Pictured above: Rep. Greg Steuerwald of Avon, Indiana (Co-author of the bill) "Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, co-author of the bill, said during a discussion before Monday's vote ... 'This is a way to make sure we're keeping people out of jail and keeping families together.'" The bill, geared towards addressing non-violent crimes, especially non-violent

"...teams of inmates in bright orange outfits have been deployed across Boston, Beacon Hill, Revere, and Roxbury to clear crosswalks, fire hydrants, and handicap ramps..." Click here for the full boston.com article, by Eric Levenson.

"Here’s how it works: Homewav installs video stations in each cell block at no cost to the jail. Then it charges families for each video visit. Lewis County takes a 40 percent cut and Homewav keeps the rest." Click here for the full Northwest Public Radio interview.

The Marshall Project recently reported on the Bronx's Fulton Correctional Facility, a former prison now to be used "as a reentry center for newly released inmates", among other repurposed prisons and jails. Click here for the full article.

A recent Seattle Times article highlighted the Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS), a program which offers inmates in Washington the opportunity of a college education: "Education does more than offer inmates a credential, "... it teaches them how to be the people we want our fellow citizens to

"Effective immediately, the new rules will reduce the maximum amount of time inmates age 18 and older can be sentenced to solitary confinement to 30 days, from 90. The department also will eliminate so-called owed time. In the past, inmates who left Rikers before completing their stint in solitary confinement

"Research has shown drug treatment for drug involved offenders is effective in lowering the rates of recidivism (Mackenzie, 2006; Sherman, et al, 2002; MADOC, 2009). The focus of this study was toidentify and describe differences in the recidivism rates of offenders who participated in the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC)

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“Our role is not to punish. The punishment is the prison sentence: they have been deprived of their freedom. The punishment is that they are with us,” says Nils Öberg, director-general of Sweden’s prison and probation service. The United States prison system is widely regarded as broken. Prisons were supposed to

"It was serious—but I knew leukemia is very treatable. I didn’t understand what was happening or why she wasn't receiving treatment"- Sue Ellen Allen (left) on her friend Gina's (right) lack of medical care. In a previous post, attorney Joel Thompson was on HuffPost Live to discuss the inadequate healthcare and

HuffPost Live Segment "Questions Over 15 Deaths in New York Jail" HuffPost Live had a segment dedicated to the lack of healthcare prisoners receive while incarcerated, and most importantly, why we should care about the healthcare rights of inmates. Joel Thompson, a PLAP attorney, was invited to be a guest contributer to

Above, a photo from the scene at Keene State College's Pumpkin Fest this weekend. We've been hearing about the Ferguson protests since the day Michael Brown was shot and killed by white police officer, Darren Wilson. The media has described the protesters as everything from "thugs" to "domestic terrorists" that are

"The way we treat prisoners while they are locked up, after all, directly affects how they fare when they re-enter society"- Clio Chang, author of article. Rikers Island has started to improve conditions for inmates with the  elimination of solitary confinement for youth ages 16 and 17. However, much more

"People talk about the euphoria you feel about getting out," he said. "I didn't feel anything like that. I was scared to death and I certainly wasn't happy. You don't spend three decades in an eight-by-sixteen foot cell and then come out and expect to live a normal life. You

 Above, Bridgewater State Hospital Bridgewater State Hospital has been under fire after a patient died by the hands of several correctional officers while they were attempting to place him in restraints. The death, ruled a homicide, sparked an investigation into the hospital and the treatment of mentally ill prisoners. As

If you've been reading the PLAP blog regularly, then you'll remember the post titled "Mothering Between a Rock and a Hard Place" that told the story of Shanesha Taylor and her struggle as a poor, single mother. Well, today I learned that  Shanesha Taylor has been awarded custody of her

As the drug epidemic continues to grow and drug offenders continue to pile up in prison, we are faced with the undeniable truth that sending addicts to jail is not going to solve the drug problem. The "War on Drugs" specifically focused on eliminating the supplier while completely ignoring the

Shanesha Taylor is just one of the thousands of single mothers struggling to make a suitable living for her and her children in the United States. It was during this struggling time that she, without child support or child care, had to bring her two children with her to a