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Article • May 16, 2017
She was Desperate. She Tried to End Her Own Pregnancy. She was Thrown in Jail by Nina Liss-Schultz by Nina Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones "I was a mess, I was crying, I didn't know what to do." One night in May 2009, Jocelyn packed a backpack and left the ramshackle house in ...
Article • May 10, 2017
How Our User-Pay Justice System Drives Mass Incarceration by Jon Wool by Jon Wool (Director, Vera Institute of Justice New Orleans Office) A few years ago, when the district attorney in New Orleans proposed shifting misdemeanor marijuana cases from the state court to the municipal court, the state court judges ...
Publication • May 8, 2017
GAO - Prisoner Labor, 1993 I ----------i t l11ikd St at.<"s Ge1wral A<·cmrnt in~ Of'f1<'e GAO l{eport to the llonorablc 1Tarry Flcid, lJ.S. Senate PRISONER LABOR Perspectives on Paying the Federal Minimum Wage GAO/G<i D-H:l-H8 .--------·-; GAO United States General Accounting Offtce Washington, D.C. 201548 General Government Division B-253226 May20, ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends, Trials
The Case of the Disappearing Criminal Jury Trial by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Every person accused of a crime has the right to a trial by jury. That right is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, and is available to anyone charged with a serious criminal offense. But the number ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Cost of Prison Systems
Bonds Used to Finance Private Prisons, Jails Turn into Junk by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The promise of safe, humane and less costly prisons has been used for decades by the private prison industry to sell its products. As prison populations skyrocketed, local, state and federal governments became convinced ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Cost of Prison Systems
White House Justice Initiative Seeks Economic Boost from Policy Change by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Former President Obama&rsquo;s Council of Economic Advisors produced a report in April 2016 that concluded the United States would gain an economic boost by reducing the nation&rsquo;s level of imprisonment. According to the report, ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Missouri Prisoners Vexed by Bills for Incarceration Costs by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Current and former Missouri state prisoners have been experiencing &ldquo;sticker shock&rdquo; as they are presented with bills for the cost of their incarceration. The Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act (MIRA) has been around since 1988, but wasn&rsquo;t ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Indiana County is Leader in Sending People to Prison by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a major shift from just a decade ago, rural areas of the U.S. are more likely to send people to prison than urban areas. While big cities have been trying to reduce incarceration rates, ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Quickest Path to Reducing Pretrial Incarceration? Eliminate Money Bail by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna According to the non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), the fastest way to reduce the number of pretrial detainees held in local jails is simple: Eliminate or reduce the use of money bail. In a money ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Out of Prison, Uncovered by Beth Schwartzapfel Medicaid for ex-prisoners saves money and lives, but millions are released without it. by Beth Schwartzapfel and Jay Hancock Before he went to prison, Ernest killed his 2-year-old daughter in the grip of a psychotic delusion. When the Indiana Department of Correction released ...
Publication • May 3, 2017
Sentencing Project - Still Life, Life Sentences, 2017 STILL LIFE America’s Increasing Use of Life and Long-Term Sentences For more information, contact: The Sentencing Project 1705 DeSales Street NW 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 628-0871 sentencingproject.org twitter.com/sentencingproj facebook.com/thesentencingproject This report was written by Ashley Nellis, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst ...
Brief • May 2, 2017
O'Donnell v. Harris County, TX, Ruling, Harris County Bail System, 2017 Case 4:16-cv-01414 Document 302 Filed in TXSD on 04/28/17 Page 1 of 193 United States District Court Southern District of Texas ENTERED IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION MARANDA LYNN ODONNELL, ...
Article • May 1, 2017
Behind bars, beyond means: the crushing expense of loving someone in prison by Lisa Riordan Seville by Lisa Riordan Seville and Zara Katz,&nbsp;The Guardian When Kristal Bush&rsquo;s mother nearly went broke from the expense of visiting her son in prison, Kristal saw an opportunity to connect Philadelphia families to loved ...
Article • April 25, 2017
Will Hopes Raised by Clemency Initiative Pronouncements be Realized? by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In December of 2013, President Obama created a wave of excitement in the incarcerated&nbsp;community when he announced the commutation or pardon of 21 federal prisoners, bringing his first-term total to 52, plus 10 clemencies, and ...
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&rsquo;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
Filed under: Statistics/Trends
Jail Time for Overdue Library Books Trending Nationwide by Joe Watson by Joe Watson When police in Copperas Cove, Texas, enforced a city ordinance in 2013&nbsp;criminalizing the failure to return public library books on time, they illustrated perfectly the perpetuation of misspent tax dollars. In October 2013, after being called ...
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&rsquo;s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) incarcerates almost 30,000 fewer people ...
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