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Publication • June 14, 2017
Filed under: Lobbying, Bail, Bail Bonds
ACLU - $elling Off Our Freedom, 2017 MAY 2017 $ELLING OFF OUR FREEDOM How insurance corporations have taken over our bail system CONTENTS Color Of Change and ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice would like to acknowledge: Katie Unger, who spearheaded the research and analysis for this report. Thanks to the ...
New Report Examines “Treatment Industrial Complex” by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna As public and legislative pressure builds to reduce the number of prisoners held in state and federal correctional facilities, the private prison industry has changed gears to offer rehabilitative and treatment services – a shift criticized in a ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Corporate Cash Helps Fill Indiana Politicians’ Coffers by Leah Carter, James Benedict, Madison Hogan and Paige Ferguson by Leah Carter, James Benedict, Madison Hogan and Paige Ferguson On paper, Indiana has a strict cap on campaign contributions from corporations. But in practice, it’s easy for businesses to turn on the ...
Immigration Detention Company Splurges on Lobbying Under Trump by Erin Rosa by Erin Rosa One of the country’s largest immigration jailers and private prison companies spent $420,000 lobbying the Justice Department and federal lawmakers during the first three months of 2017, more than half of what they spent last year ...
Report: How Private Prison Companies Exercise Influence Over Public Officials by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis An October 2016 report released by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a research and policy group that opposes the privatization of government services, details the millions of dollars spent by for-profit prison companies to ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Studies on Financing of Judicial Campaigns Indicate Need for Reform by Derek Gilna Several recent reports have examined the impact that skyrocketing campaign spending has on state court judicial elections, and whether the infusion of cash into such races is compromising judicial impartiality and integrity. One study, “Bankrolling the Bench: ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Since we started publishing PLN in 1990, the injustices of the parole system, or that of never-ending punishment and sentences without end, has been an enduring theme. In the 1970s it was prisoners’ rights activists and advocates who called for an end to parole ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
Cell Taught, Self Taught - The Chicano Movement Behind Bars, Chase, 2015 589949 research-article2015 JUHXXX10.1177/0096144215589949Journal of Urban HistoryChase Special Section: Urban America and the Carceral State Cell Taught, Self Taught: The Chicano Movement Behind Bars Urban Chicanos, Rural Prisons, and the Prisoners’ Rights Movement Journal of Urban History 2015, Vol. ...
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: ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
Considerations in building an individual or system-wide medical care case, Medical issues panel, UCLA Prisoners’ Advocates Conference, September 2016 Considerations in building an individual or system-wide medical care case Medical issues panel, UCLA Prisoners’ Advocates Conference, September 2016 1. Gather facts  prisoners and former prisoners (get people to exhaust ...
Aiming to Reduce Time-In-Cell, ASCA, 2016 Aiming to Reduce Time-In-Cell: Aiming to Reduce Time-In-Cell Reports from Correctional Systems on the Numbers of Prisoners in Restricted Housing and on the Potential of Policy Changes to Bring About Reforms Association of State Correctional Administrators The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program Yale Law ...
A Vision for Black Lives - Policy, Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice, M4BL, 2016 P OLIC Y. M 4 BL .ORG Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing ...
A Way Forward - Diverting People with Mental Illness from Inhumane and Expensive Jails into Community-Based Treatment that Works, ACLU & Bazelon, 2014 A WAY FORWARD: Diverting People with Mental Illness from Inhumane and Expensive Jails into Community-Based Treatment that Works TABLE OF CONTENTS I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.......................................................................................................... 1 A. FINDINGS............................................................................................................................ ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright The 2016 elections are only a few weeks old and many people seem surprised that Donald Trump was elected president. What this means for prisoners at this point is a bit early to say, more so when juxtaposed against what might have happened had ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Pardon for Michigan Attorney Has Political Connotations by After Michigan Governor Rick Snyder reorganized the state’s parole board, he told its new members he had an interest in granting pardons to prevent a criminal conviction from being an economic barrier to applicants. Then, in March 2015 he granted a rare ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Presidential Candidates’ Current and Past Positions on Criminal Justice Issues by Joe Watson A great deal of ink is being spilled on the upcoming presidential election in November, but only a small amount of media coverage has been devoted to the candidates’ positions on criminal justice-related issues. Thus, in the ...
GEO Group Still Invests in Florida Politics by Prison Legal News has long reported on the financial partnership between for-profit prison firm GEO Group and Florida politicians – a “legacy of corruption,” as detailed in PLN’s March 2011 cover story. GEO’s Political Action Committee (PAC) in Florida, where the company ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright PLN has opposed the private prison industry since we began publishing in 1990; back then the industry was in its infancy, having started in 1983 in its modern incarnation. Besides the political and moral implications of farming out correctional functions to for-profit corporations, there ...
A Victory in the Fight to Stop Prisoner Rape by In 2012, Cornelius, a prisoner at a Florida state prison, wrote a letter to a nearby rape crisis center. Cornelius had been sexually assaulted multiple times while incarcerated. The first time was a gang rape that had happened 17 years ...
Department of Justice Announces Plan to Phase Out For-profit Prisons by On August 18, 2016, the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced, via a memo to the acting director of the federal Bureau of Prisons, that the DOJ plans to phase out contracts with private, ...
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