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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 ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Filed under: War on Terror
Just Another Week in the War on Terror by Joseph Margulies by Joseph Margulies, Verdict (Justia) Last week witnessed four parallel developments—two on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday—that collectively reveal the casual, and therefore appalling, normality of the war on terror. The first arrived Tuesday morning, when the European Court ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Brutal Crimes Don't Justify Bad Laws by Jean Trounstine By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A true tragedy, driven by a media frenzy, often provokes a misguided need to do something as quickly as possible and leads to bad public policy - like California's Three Strikes sentencing law. Massachusetts Juvenile Judge Jay D. ...
Article • March 28, 2017
The Politics of Prisons: Location Affects Legislators’ Voting on Criminal Reform by Tim Marema by Tim Marema, Daily Yonder Legislators representing rural areas with prisons are less likely to support lighter sentencing and other criminal reforms. A new study argues that's because these rural legislators think they have an economic interest ...
Article • March 27, 2017
America’s Fortress of Blood: The Death of George Jackson and the Birth of the Prison-Industrial Complex by Dan Berger In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again by Dan Berger, Salon A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. ...
EPI - Mass Incarceration and Children's Outcomes, 2016 Mass incarceration and children’s outcomes Criminal justice policy is education policy Report • By Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein • December 15, 2016 Summary: Parental incarceration leads to an array of cognitive and noncognitive outcomes known to affect children’s performance in school. ...
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 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 ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends, Suicides
Prisoner Suicides and Attempts Increasing in Texas by Matthew Clarke The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) reported a 40% increase in suicides between 2008 and 2014. As of September 2015, the average number of suicide attempts in Texas prisons each month had jumped 28% from 81.7 attempts per month ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Louisiana’s High Incarceration Rate Economically Motivated by David Reutter It’s a well-known fact that the United States has around five percent of the world’s population but incarcerates approximately 25% of the world’s prisoners. Within that disturbing statistic is Louisiana, which has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the nation ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Defense Attorneys Seek Access to DNA-Matching Software’s Source Code by Matthew Clarke TrueAllele DNA testing software has been employed in hundreds of criminal cases around the country since 2009. The software is used to analyze evidence containing mixtures of genetic material and determine whether it contains a match to a ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Prisoner’s Escape from Illinois Jail Aided by Former Guard, Incompetence by Christopher Zoukis A convicted murderer’s brazen escape from an Illinois jail was aided by a former guard who provided him with information that “substantially assisted him,” as well as apparent incompetence among jail staff, according to the Kankakee County ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Peanut Company Executives Appeal Prison Sentences in Rare Corporate Prosecution by Christopher Zoukis In Georgia, a state where the death penalty is regularly imposed in cases involving multiple deaths resulting from criminal conduct, executives of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) received relatively light federal prison sentences for their roles ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Australia, New Zealand and UK Have Higher Proportion of Prisoners in Private Prisons by History will remember the United States as the first country in the world to privatize its prisons and jails; the modern era of prison privatization began when Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic) was ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Escapes
Georgia Prisoner Caught Sneaking into Prison Charged with Escape by FBI Special Agent James Hosty wrote in a recent federal criminal complaint that “Since in or about January 2013, the Atlanta Police Department ... has been investigating instances of inmates temporarily escaping from the prison camp at USP Atlanta and ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Obama Sets Record for Commutations Granted, and for Those Denied by Derek Gilna Former President Barack Obama has been widely commended for granting a record 1,927 applications for clemency during his two terms in office from January 20, 2009 through January 19, 2017, consisting of 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons. ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Escape is Latest Problem at Troubled Privately-run Texas Jail by Matthew Clarke In October 2015, Phillip Henry Freeman disappeared from the Liberty County Jail near Houston, Texas. He was recaptured living in a wooded area in Arkansas in late January 2016. His escape was the latest in a slew of ...
2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions by Brian Sonenstein Although the nationwide prison strike has fallen from headlines in recent months, incarcerated individuals continue to resist abuse and mistreatment while supporters on the outside rally to their defense. Prisoners in Delaware made international headlines when they took hostages and held Building C at the Vaughn ...
An Inmate Died Of Thirst In A Jail Run By A Loudly Pro-Trump Sheriff by Terrill Thomas’ death in Milwaukee County Jail has been ruled a homicide. By Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ― Authorities have ruled the death of an inmate at a jail run by a ...
Sandra Bland’s Family Got A Settlement, But The Fight Isn’t Over by Hundreds are still dying in our nation’s jails. By Dana Liebelson, The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ― An attorney for the family of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanging in her jail cell days after she ...
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