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GEO Group Acquires CEC in $360 Million Deal by In an all-cash transaction that closed on April 6, 2017, private prison firm the GEO Group, Inc. acquired New Jersey-based Community Education Centers (CEC), a for-profit reentry and treatment provider. GEO plans to integrate CEC into its existing business operations. The ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Harvard Law School Report Highlights Ill Effects of Criminal Justice Fees by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In September 2016, Harvard Law School published a report titled “Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: A Guide for Policy Reform,” which questioned the moral justification of a criminal justice system that relies on fees ...
FAMM - Using Time to Reduce Crime, 2017 USING TIME TO REDUCE CRIME: Federal Prisoner Survey Results Show Ways to Reduce Recidivism By Kevin Ring and Molly Gill JUNE 2017 AUTHORS Kevin A. Ring President Families Against Mandatory Minimums Molly Gill Director of Federal Legislative Affairs Families Against Mandatory Minimums ...
Publication • May 8, 2017
Office of the Washington State Auditor - Correctional Industries Planning, Pricing and Market Share, 2017 Office of the Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy Performance Audit Correctional Industries: Planning, pricing and market share May 4, 2017 In Washington, about one-third of all inmates released will reoffend or violate conditions of their ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Federal Judge Grants Ex-offender “Certificate of Rehabilitation” by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna New York U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson, known for his well-reasoned opinions, has, in addition to his usual duties, immersed himself in other issues not typically associated with the federal judiciary. For example, he has encouraged ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Report Says Private Prison Companies Increase Recidivism by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In June 2016, In the Public Interest (ITPI), a non-partisan public policy group, published a report titled “How Private Prison Companies Increase Recidivism,” based upon the fact that for-profit prisons rely upon incarceration to generate revenue – ...
Article • April 13, 2017
Study: Public Misperceptions About Sex Offenders Skew Policy-Making by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Public opinion toward crime is complex. Research shows that Americans strongly favor punitive measures to address criminal behavior while also demanding the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders. When it comes to sex offenses, it gets even ...
Exposing the Audacious Project to Make Christian Converts in America's Prisons by Tanya Erzen With a higher incarceration rate than anywhere in the world, the United States prison system has placed its faith in Christian prisoners. by Tanya Erzen, Beacon Press It’s hard to focus on anything, much less the Book ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Delaware Prisoners Demand Education, Rehabilitation by Monte McCoin At 1:59 p.m. on February 1, 2017, the tip line rang in the newsroom at Delaware’s largest paper. Reporters from The News Journal were the first members of the media to hear about a disturbance and hostage situation at the James T. ...
Face-to-Face Family Visits Return to Some Jails by By Mindy Fetterman, Stateline The jailhouse scene from 2014 remains vivid in Rebecca Shlafer’s mind. A 3-year-old girl came to the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, Minnesota, to see her dad. “She ran down the hall, jumped up in a chair and ...
Trapped by Sam Levin California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they’ve been rehabilitated – denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process. by Sam Levin, East Bay Express Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment Demian Johnson knows he ...
PLN Exclusive! Wisconsin DOC Audit Reveals Contract Violations by Community Corrections Provider by Derek Gilna Genesis Behavioral Services, a private company, contracts with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide community corrections services to male offenders at a facility in Kenosha – including certified substance abuse, mental health, domestic ...
Justice Department Inspectors Find Problems with BOP Reentry Programs by Derek Gilna A report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Justice, released in August 2016, faulted the quality and effectiveness of the Release Preparation Program (RPP) provided to federal prisoners by the Bureau ...
Australia Uses Recidivism-Based Performance Contract at Private Prison by Currently a third of all Australian women prisoners return to prison following their release, but a new pilot program initiated by the government in the state of Western Australia hopes to change those recidivism rates. According to a November 28, 2016 ...
After Prisons: A Supervisory State? by James Kilgore After Prison? Freedom, Decarceration and Justice Disinvesment By William G. Martin and Joshua Price (eds.) Lexington 2016 Reviewed by James Kilgore, Daily Kos After Prisons? is a remarkable book for several reasons.  First of all, it remains strong from start to finish.  Every ...
Model Mental Health Care Diversion System Started by Miami Judge by David Reutter Thanks to the efforts of Florida Eleventh Circuit Court Judge Steve Leifman, Miami-Dade County is leading the way in how police and the courts deal with the mentally ill. As PLN has reported over the years, jails ...
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 ...
Hawaii Warden Subjected Female Prisoners to “Shame Therapy” by The head of the Kauai Community Correctional Center (KCCC) came under fire after admitting he had humiliated female prisoners by showing them sexually-oriented films in an attempt to administer “shame therapy.” Warden Neal Wagatsuma denied he had shown porno­graphy to the ...
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 ...
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