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Article • April 24, 2017
Illinois Governor Threatens Prison Closure, Gets New Budget by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Nothing inspires politicians to scour under the seat cushions for change like a threat to close prisons. Following months of tense discourse and panic, the Illinois legislature extended its session in November to reach a new ...
Article • April 24, 2017
A Prison Closes in Upstate New York, but Employees Continue to Show Up and Get Paid by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Who does a doctor care for, or a teacher teach, at a prison without prisoners? What do employees do to earn a paycheck when the prison closes and ...
Article • April 13, 2017
Alabama Guard Shortage Results in Huge Overtime Pay by David Reutter by David Reutter Alabama paid $20.8 million in overtime to guards for staffing of its prisons in calendar year 2013. That is an increase of an average of $13 million over the previous for years. From 2000 to 2012, ...
Article • April 13, 2017
Political Contributions Push Privatization in Florida’s Prison System by David M. Reutter by David M. Reutter Privatization has been all the rage in Florida’s prison system for some time. By 2003, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC), had contracts with private companies to operate its canteen, food service, and telephone ...
Article • April 11, 2017
California Corrections Spending At an All Time High Despite Dramatic Decrease in Prison Population by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Compelled by court-ordered reductions in its prison population and voter initiatives reducing penalties for drug and property offenses, California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) incarcerates almost 30,000 fewer people ...
Article • April 11, 2017
Agency of U.S. Department of Justice Curbs Its Use of "Felon" and "Offender" by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), a U.S. Department of Justice Agency, has instituted a policy discouraging the use of the terms "felon" and "offender" in its communications referring to released ...
Article • April 5, 2017
Filed under: Cost of Prison Systems
Cost Overruns Halt Construction of Massive Michigan Jail by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Cost overruns of $91 million pushed Michigan’s Wayne County to end development of its partially finished new 2,000- bed jail. Wayne County Commissioners decided in 2010 to build a new jail. Its contract with AECOM ...
Despite Past Problems, Prison Privatization in Ohio May Expand by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Ohio Governor John Kasich believes in privatization of some government functions as both a way to save the state money and improve the services that residents receive. So in 2011 he submitted a budget plan ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
ACLU Exposes Debtors’ Prisons Across New Hampshire by Joe Watson by Joe Watson In a September 2015 report, the ACLU of New Hampshire revealed that judges across the state were jailing impoverished defendants due to their inability to pay fines, a practice the ACLU-NH called “unconstitutional, financially unsound and cruel.” ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
State Sentencing Reforms Doing Little to Reduce Nation’s Prison Population by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton With almost 7 million people under some sort of correctional supervision, including probation and parole, the United States continues to lead the world in terms of tough-on-crime policies and incarceration rates. Although there have ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Work Release Programs Reduce Recidivism in Louisiana – At a Cost by The Louisiana Department of Corrections (LDOC) Transitional Work Program has been having a positive effect on reducing recidivism in Louisiana, though it has not been without its faults and criticisms. A recent audit of the program called for ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Your Kid Goes to Jail, You Get the Bill by Eli Hager by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project In dozens of one-on-one meetings every week, a lawyer retained by the city of Philadelphia summons parents whose children have just been jailed, pulls out his calculator and hands them more bad news: ...
Article • March 31, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Video Calling Services vs. In-person Visitation by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Video calling* is gaining a significant foothold in local jails. The technology is seen both as less costly than in-person visitation and a potential profit generator for jailers. But it can also have a detrimental impact on prisoners’ ...
Article • March 31, 2017
Poverty, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Debt by Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Jessica Eaglin by Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Jessica Eaglin, Talk Poverty In today’s economy, overwhelming debt is an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans.  From credit card debt to mortgage debt to student loan debt, Americans increasingly live off of borrowed money. ...
Paying for Your Time: How Charging Inmates Fees Behind Bars May Violate the Excessive Fines Clause by Lauren-Brooke Eisen by Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law Introduction In 1846, the United States saw the birth of the first correctional fee law when Michigan enacted legislation authorizing counties to charge ...
Article • March 29, 2017
Oklahoma DOC Chief Gets Bullet-Resistant SUV After Botched Execution, Threats by Joe Watson Oklahoma's Department of Corrections director Robert Patton has been provided with a team of bodyguards and a bullet-resistant SUV in the wake of purported death threats following the botched execution of a death row prisoner. Threatening emails ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Locked Up for Being Poor by Jessica Pishko How private debt collectors contribute to a cycle of jail, unemployment, and poverty by Jessica Pishko, The Atlantic 19-year-old Kevin Thompson didn’t think that he was going to jail the day he pulled his car out of the garage to go to his ...
Publication • March 16, 2017
Senator Grassley - Letter to FBOP on Untimely Release of Prisoners, 2017 February 22, 2017 VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION The Honorable Thomas R. Kane Acting Director Federal Bureau of Prisons 320 First Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20534 Dear Acting Director Kane: In a 2014 news article, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ...
Prop 47 Makes Thousands of Drug, Property Offenders Eligible for Release by Joe Watson The passage of California's Proposition 47 in November 2014—which reduced many felony drug-possession and property crimes to misdemeanors— might be a harbinger of criminal-justice reform nationwide. But for now, reform advocates will gladly accept the imminent ...
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 ...
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