On October 14, three PLAPpers joined individuals and organizations from across the Commonwealth at the State House to testify before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, in support of bills aimed at improving criminal justice.  Despite little advance notice, a dozen PLAPpers volunteered to do research and draft written testimony

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On September 4th, just before students began working in Harvard Law School’s clinics and student practice organization, the Prison Legal Assistance Project and the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs hosted a lunch talk entitled Public Service Litigation and Solitary Confinement by Jules Lobel, Professor of Law

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No country in the world imprisons as many people as America does, or for so long. Across the array of state and federal prisons, local jails and immigration detention centers, some 2.3m people are locked up at any one time. America, with less than 5% of the world’s population, accounts

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A recent study done by Joseph Doyle, an economist at MIT's Sloan School of Business Management, and Anna Aizer, a professor of economics at Brown University, suggests that "other things being equal, juvenile incarceration lowers high-school graduation rates by 13 percentage points and increases adult incarceration by 23 percentage points." Click

The Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer, along with Georgetown Law professor David Cole, wrote an op-ed last week in the New York Times, offering a holistic perspective on criminal justice reform, addressing issues of mass incarceration, drug courts, sentence lengths, and recidivism, among others. Click here for the full article.

"Whatever the label, the experience for the person is the same —confinement in an isolated cell (alone or with a cellmate) for an average of 23 hours a day with limited human interaction, little constructive activity, and in an environment that ensures maximum control over the individual." Click here for the report,

On April 23rd, 2015, in an an op-ed published on CNN.com, New Jersey Senator (D) Cory Booker called for large-scale reform of America's criminal justice system: "As we reform our criminal justice system at the national level, we will alter the cycles of poverty and recidivism that plague too many American

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