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
President Obama spent time at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison near Oklahoma City that is home to 1,045 male inmates. The stop was part of his campaign to reform the criminal justice system, which includes several policies aimed at life inside the nation’s prisons, including addressing the practice
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."
The article, titled "The Missing Statistics of Criminal Justice", addresses issues of solitary confinement in prisons, inmate on inmate violence, use of force by police officers, and prosecutorial discretion.
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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.
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"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."
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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
"As of late March, over 400 people had been locked up for more than two years without being convicted of a crime ... As part of Mr. de Blasio’s proposal, all cases involving defendants who have been incarcerated for over a year — currently more than 1,500 people — are
"What if, a few times a week, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, were streamed on the prison’s internal station, channel 3? ... The MOOCs, which are free for the rest of the world, could help American prisoners become more educated and connected."
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"Tom was adamant that overcoming his substance-abuse problem was his responsibility alone. But he conceded that the environment at Halden, and the availability of therapists, made it easier. Compared with other prisons, “it’s quiet,” he said. “No fighting, no drugs, no problem,” he added. “You’re safe.""
The title says it all. In an impassioned keynote speech at the second annual MassINC Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Summit, Chief Justice Gants asserted, "doing so makes fiscal sense, justice sense, policy sense and common sense, and ultimately, good sense will prevail", to loud applause from the audience. Not everyone, however was
"On March 9, the private company is due to bid for contracts to run a new immigrant facility in Leflore County, Miss., as well as four existing immigration facilities throughout Texas. MTC will compete for these contracts with two bigger private prison operators, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and
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..."
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"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."
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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.
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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)
“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