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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 ...
ICE Bans Crayons in Family Detention Center Visiting Area by Prisoners who cause property damage in correctional facilities often receive swift punishment. It was no different for the very young prisoners held in one of the United States’ most controversial detention centers. Housed with their immigrant mothers in the GEO ...
Washington: Teen’s Death in Tribal Jail Sparks Lawsuit, Contract Scrutiny by On January 9, 2017, Seattle attorneys Edwin Budge and Erik Heipt said they plan to file a federal lawsuit on behalf of the family of a teenager who died after warning jailers he had a heart condition and had ...
Negative Report Foreshadows End of G4S Juvenile Operations in UK by Derek Gilna Following a damning report, a private security company lost its contract to run a juvenile detention center in the United Kingdom, then later said it intends to sell off its UK-based juvenile operations. Until May 2016, the ...
Legacy of Mass Incarceration: Parental Incarceration Impacts One in Fourteen Children by Christopher Zoukis A recent study by the research firm Child Trends revealed a stunning consequence of our nation’s policy and practice of mass incarceration: one out of every fourteen children in the U.S. has a parent who is ...
Publication • February 1, 2017
Standards for the Prevention Detection Response and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Facilities, NPREC, 2008 STANDARDS FOR THE PREVENTION, DETECTION, RESPONSE, AND MONITORING OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN JUVENILE FACILITIES STANDARDS FOR THE PREVENTION, DETECTION, RESPONSE, AND MONITORING OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN JUVENILE FACILITIES PREFACE Ours has been a daunting ...
Increased Access to Higher Education Programs for California Prisoners by Christopher Zoukis Some California prisoners, including those confined at the notorious Pelican Bay supermax, are enjoying access to higher education courses provided by the state’s community colleges. A 2014 law eliminated the requirement that all classes taught by community colleges ...
State University of New York “Bans the Box” on Student Applications by On September 14, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York voted to “ban the box” from the school’s student application form. The move revised the university’s prior policy which required applicants to declare ...
Correctional Education as a Crime Control Program, Bazos and Hausman, 2004 Correctional Education as a Crime Control Program by Audrey Bazos and Jessica Hausman UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research Department of Policy Studies March, 2004 TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary 2 Introduction 3 Correctional Education 3 Incarceration ...
New Report Says ICE Inspection Problems Perpetuate Prisoner Abuse by Derek Gilna The National Immigrant Justice Center and the Detention Watch Network recently released a joint report sharply critical of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its oversight methods, terming them "fundamentally unchanged and unreformed.  The ICE detention ...
Photo of Prisoner Beaten by Georgia Gang Members Posted Online by Prisons are designed to be closed institutions, cut off from the rest of the world. Contraband cell phones, however, are opening them up and exposing the reality of what happens behind the walls. When Demetria Harris saw a photo ...
Corrections Officials Stealing Prisoners’ Identities a Growing Problem by Christopher Zoukis Corrections officials tend to have a single-track mindset: guards oversee prisoners in an attempt to maintain security and order. But what if the looking glass needs to be reversed and the jailers need to be overseen instead? With identity ...
Publication • November 30, 2016
When I Die, They'll Send Me Home - Youth Sentenced to LWOP in CA, HRW, 2008 United States When I Die, They’ll Send Me Home Youth Sentenced to Life without Parole in California H U M A N R I G H T S W A T C H January ...
"The System Abuses Us by Locking Us Up Forever": Aging Survivors Behind Bars by Victoria Law By Victoria Law, Truthout On October 6, 2016, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows will appear in an Ohio family court for the death of her abusive father. Meadows had spent a lifetime watching her father hit, ...
Cuomo, New York Fail to "Raise the Age" As to Juveniles Tried As Adults by Christopher Zoukis Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds charged with crimes in New York courts will continue to be tried as adults, as Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature ended the 2015 lawmaking session without a law to ...
American Jail Population Remains Steady by Christopher Zoukis The population of America's jails at mid-year 2014 remained steady at approximately three-quarters or a million prisoners, at 744,600 men, women, and children.  This number represents a 1.8 percent increase from 2013 levels, but still lower than the 2008 high of 785,500 ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Company Offers Educational Tablets to Prisoners, with Mixed Results by Matthew Clarke A new educational product offered by a private company is being provided to prisoners in an increasing number of the nation’s jails – computer tablets supplied by Chicago-based Edovo (a name derived from “Education Over Obstacles”). Edovo tablets ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Landmark Settlement in New York State Juvenile Solitary Confinement Suit by Matthew Clarke The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) reached a landmark settlement in a case involving excessive solitary confinement of 16- and 17-year-old (juvenile) prisoners. The settlement, filed on October 17, 2014, ushers in wide ...
Article • September 9, 2016
Utah: Prisoners' Education Should Be Cheaper, Take Less Time, Report Says by Secondary education classes for state prisoners in Utah are wasting tax dollars and, more importantly, the time that prisoners are serving, according to an August 2012 legislative report by the state's auditor general, Utah lawmakers wanted to know ...
GAO Report finds Federal Prison Overcrowding Accelerates by Derek Gilna A General Accounting Office study of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that analyzed prisoner population from fiscal years 2006 through 2011, has shown that overcrowding in BOP prisons at all levels of security is increasing and has resulted in ...
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