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Revealed: How US Sex Traffickers Recruit Jailed Women for Prostitution

“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.

Inmates Question Prospective Prosecutors in Jailhouse Campaign Debate

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.

State Prison Partnerships Can Improve Public Health and Safety

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.

How New York City Reduced Crime and Incarceration

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.

Justice Success Story: How Illinois Cut Its Prison Population

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

Coming Soon to Solitary Confinement Cells: Nature Videos

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.

Connecting Prisoners with Loved Ones Is This Philly Woman’s Business

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.

States at a Crossroads on Criminal Justice Reform

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.

Tillis Pushing Criminal Justice Reforms Modeled on North Carolina Law

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.

Violent Crimes Drop Nearly 10 Percent in Connecticut in 2014

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.

Pennsylvania Corrections Department to Receive Recognition

“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.

America’s Incarcerated

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.”