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Beyond the Bars of Hopelessness: How We Can Revive Parole by By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A newly released Sentencing Project report, "Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences", lays it on the line: Incarcerated people who have been sentenced to "life" but are eligible for parole are serving ...
Trapped by Sam Levin California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they’ve been rehabilitated – denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process. by Sam Levin, East Bay Express Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment Demian Johnson knows he ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Louisiana City Declines to Open Jail Funded by Offender Fees by Officials in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, apparently acquiescing to community opposition to profit-based and racially discriminatory policing, have scrapped plans to build a jail for misdemeanor offenders. The jail was to be financed solely through bench warrant fees levied on ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
New York State Closes 14 Prisons Amid Decline in Crime Rates by Christopher Zoukis Since 2009, New York State has closed 14 prisons in an effort to reduce costs and better utilize correctional resources as its prison population has decreased. [See: PLN, June 2013, p.1; April 2009, p.1]. While it’s ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Hawaii: Prison Subcontractor under Scrutiny by Louis Berger, a New Jersey-based engineering firm, was tapped as a subcontractor for the construction of a prison to replace the dilapidated Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC), despite having a checkered history of legal troubles and accusations of fraud and corrupt practices. The improprieties ...
After Prisons: A Supervisory State? by James Kilgore After Prison? Freedom, Decarceration and Justice Disinvesment By William G. Martin and Joshua Price (eds.) Lexington 2016 Reviewed by James Kilgore, Daily Kos After Prisons? is a remarkable book for several reasons.  First of all, it remains strong from start to finish.  Every ...
Michigan’s Wayne County Jails Plagued with Inhumane Conditions by The jails in Michigan’s Wayne County are “inhumane for everybody,” according to one law enforcement official. The outmoded and dangerous jails were supposed to be replaced, but cost overruns at a new state-of-the-art facility forced the county to discontinue the project. ...
Michigan: Corizon Audit Finds Deficiencies, State Extends and Expands Contract Anyway by A performance audit of the Michigan Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) contract with Corizon Health for the provision of prison medical, dental and optical services uncovered a number of deficiencies. Among other issues, the Michigan Office of the Auditor ...
ICE Deportations Peaked in FY 2012, Declined from 2013 to 2015 by Derek Gilna Despite the fact that the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president in U.S. history, in 2015 the number of deportations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a low not seen ...
Vera Institute for Justice Reports Tracks Prisoner Increase from 1970 to 2014 by Derek Gilna The Vera Institute for Justice, a non-profit research organization, has completed an ambitious aggregation and analysis of the county-by-county increase in incarceration from 1970 to 2014.  Starting with figures provided by the Department of Justice's ...
California’s Historic Corrections Reforms, PPIC, 2016 California’s Historic Corrections Reforms September 2016 Magnus Lofstrom, Mia Bird, and Brandon Martin PPIC.ORG © 2016 Public Policy Institute of California. PPIC is a public charity. It does not take or support positions on any ballot measures or on any local, state, or federal ...
Charging the Poor - Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Sobol, 2016 Legal Studies Research Paper Series Research Paper No. 16–09 Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons Neil L. Sobol This paper can be downloaded without charge from the Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper ...
Community Cages - Profitizing community corrections and alternatives to incarceration, AFSC, 2016 COMMUNITY CAGES: Profitizing community corrections and alternatives to incarceration e h t f o t r a P l Treatment Indusetriax Compl 2tic #no series AUGUST 2016 COMMUNITY CAGES: Profitizing community corrections and alternatives to incarceration AUGUST 2016 ...
Confronting Criminal Justice Debt - A Guide for Policy Form, CJPP, 2016 CONFRONTING CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEBT A GUIDE FOR POLICY REFORM September 2016 CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY PROGRAM HARVARD LAW SCHOOL A © Copyright 2016, Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School. All rights reserved. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: ...
Better by Half - The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public Safety, Greene & Schiraldi, 2016 Better by Half: The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public Safety JUDITH A. GREENE* Director, Justice Strategies VINCENT SCHIRALDI Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy ...
33 States Reform Criminal Justice Policies Through Justice Reinvestment, PEW, 2016 A fact sheet from Nov 2016 33 States Reform Criminal Justice Policies Through Justice Reinvestment Overview Since 2007, 33 states have reformed their sentencing and corrections policies through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a public-private partnership that includes the U.S. ...
A Community Mental Health Model in Corrections, Kupers, 2015 A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MODEL IN CORRECTIONS Terry A. Kupers* The jail and prison population in the United States has been multiplying exponentially for four decades. We now have almost two-and-a-half million people behind bars, and during the same years the ...
Report Finds Criminal Justice System Financially Overburdens Prisoners and Their Families by Christopher Zoukis The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit focused on racial and economic policy, in conjunction with Forward Together and a dozen other community and civil rights organizations recently released a study which surveyed hardships ...
Cost of Incarceration Assessment Handcuff Poor Releasees by David Reutter The imposition of cost of incarceration fees upon released prisoners is a “permanent financial sentence” that overwhelms those trying to successfully integrate into society. Fees for room and board are authorized in at least 43 states.  “We’re seeing it all ...
Office of Inspector General Chides DOJ and Navajo Nation for Wasteful Prison Project by Derek Gilna The Department of Justice (DOJ) plan seemed straightforward: build two badly-needed correction facilities on the Navajo Nation to replace two obsolescent and overcrowded facilities. Over $70.5 million was allotted for this project, elaborate plans ...
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