During the past several months, states and cities as varied as Illinois; Nebraska; New Jersey; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and New Orleans and have adopted so-called Ban the Box laws. In total, some 70 cities and 13 states have passed such laws — most in the past four years.
Prompted by changing police tactics and a zero-tolerance attitude toward small crimes, authorities have made more than a quarter of a billion arrests over the past 20 years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates.
A recent report from the National Woman’s Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund highlights findings that show African American pre-K–12 female students were suspended at six times the rate of white female students during the 2011–12 academic year, more than any other group of girls (and several groups of boys).
In its first status report on Los Angeles County jail reforms, the Office of Inspector General said commanders were committed to reforms, but changing the attitudes of some deputies would be a slow, difficult process.
After serving time in multiple Kentucky prisons, Beccia was placed at Blackburn. Shortly after his arrival, he joined the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program, which allows inmates to work with horses. He saw it as an opportunity that was twofold: He could focus on turning his life around and work with horses.
A study of prison reforms in Nebraska is beginning to home in on some reasons why state prisons are so overcrowded.
A national group that is helping Alabama tackle prison reform is working to reduce prison overcrowding in Nebraska and Washington.
Inmates at West Virginia’s regional jails will soon be able to sign up for a financial education course designed to help them avoid becoming repeat offenders.
More than half of youth offenders in Utah will return to juvenile detention after their release, a legislative audit finds.
Statewide law enforcement groups in Minnesota say they support community-based youth programs as a way to keep young people out of trouble.