Former City Council member David Greenfield applauded the decision on Twitter and noted the story of a mom forced to sell her food stamps so her children could call their father, who was incarcerated in Rikers.
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In jail, reading can be a lifeline to the world outside of the cell, a connection to normalcy — or an escape to complete fantasy. In the insular, barred world of a county lockup, it’s a way to keep the days full and the tensions low.
“Predators thrive off isolation and trauma, so prisons and jails are perfect hunting grounds because there you have a captive population of women who often have nowhere to go, and no support when they’re released,” said Nicole Bell, a trafficking survivor and founder of Living in Freedom Together, an anti-trafficking organization in Massachusetts.
District attorneys are usually the ones asking the questions of those who run afoul of the law: Where were you on this night? Why did you do it? Do you feel remorse? But the tables were turned on Tuesday at a rather unusual candidate debate for six people campaigning to become Boston’s chief prosecutor.
Authors’ Circle participants live together in the same area of the facility during the program. Over time, they begin to trust one another, find commonalities, open up and understand that, even in jail, they’re part of a community.
In Ohio the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction partners with the state’s Medicaid agency to assist eligible offenders in applying for and enrolling in the federal-state health program and then selecting a Medicaid-managed plan 90 days before their release.
New York City is blessed with an array of community crime prevention programs, including dozens of youth development agencies and organizations implementing the Cure Violence model, originally developed in Chicago.
“The one that seemed to really work that surprised me was the green bed linen trial,” said Bret Bucklen, director of planning research and statistics at the state Department of Corrections. The only cost was to buy the dye to color linens already on hand.
There has been a policy shift towards probation as the preferred disposition in non-violent criminal cases. The move to provide defendants with several chances to succeed before sending them to prison has the support of all levels of the local justice system, including the judiciary
A study published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Environment in September found that inmates who were shown nature videos for 45 minutes up to five times a week exhibited a 26 percent reduction in discipline referrals.
Most prisoners don’t get regular visits. A 2015 study from the Prison Policy Initiative found that in a typical month, only one-third of state prisoners were visited by a loved one, often because they’re locked up so far from home. But visits are crucial for helping them and their families cope with their incarceration and for easing the journey home if they are released.
Three-fifths of Dart’s correction officers have mental health training; all new incoming staff now must complete 60 hours of advanced training in mental illness treatment.
“Women are the fastest growing population behind bars in the United States,” said Udi Ofer, director of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. “To end the mass incarceration of women we must end a cash bail system, where women are incarcerated for being too poor to afford bail.”
After two decades of “tough on crime” policies, many states are taking a hard look at the way people are charged, how much time they serve, and what happens when they are released from prison.
The bipartisan federal Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act includes several concepts that were inspired by North Carolina’s criminal justice reforms. It would reduce prison sentences for certain nonviolent drug offenders while increasing prison terms for violent criminals and adding two new mandatory minimum sentences. The legislation also seeks to reduce the number of repeat offenders by expanding education, job training, drug rehabilitation, and faith-based programs.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and Undersecretary of Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Mike Lawlor discuss corrections reform in Connecticut during WNPR’s “Where We Live” program.
Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel recently was presented with the Association of Women Executives in Corrections’ (AWEC) Legacy Award for his work in the area of furthering and fostering women’s achievements in the field of corrections.
Violent crime in Connecticut dropped nearly 10 percent in 2014 over the previous year, among the largest decreases in the country and one that followed a 10 percent decline in the state in 2013, according to new data on reported crime released Monday by the FBI.
“This award adds to the national recognition our agency already has received for implementing performance-based contracts with privately operated halfway house providers in order to incentivize recidivism reduction,” Acting Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said.
Today the United States has more people in prison than any other country in the world—more than 2 million Americans. A disproportionate number of them are African Americans. Correspondent Tim O’Brien asks criminal justice reformer Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, about the social and economic costs of extreme punishments, lengthy sentences, and “a history of racial inequality and injustice that has left us vulnerable to presuming guilt and dangerousness when minority people interact with the criminal justice system.”