Category Archives: criminal justice

Mass Incarceration Has Been a Costly and Utter Failure: Report

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/13/mass-incarceration-has-been-costly-and-utter-failure-report Published on Friday, February 13, 2015 by Common Dreams Despite evidence pointing to ineffectiveness of harsh penalties, ‘lawmakers are slow to take action and public outrage is largely absent,’ writes Dr. Joseph Stiglitz by Nadia Prupis, staff writer … Continue reading

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Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill and Addicted, a Report Says

New York Times By Timothy Williams Feb. 11, 2015 Jails across the country have become vast warehouses made up primarily of people too poor to post bail or too ill with mental health or drug problems to adequately care for themselves, … Continue reading

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We Must Give Americans with Criminal Records a Fair Shot

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): The United States is the global leader (PDF) in incarceration. Today, more than 2.2 million (PDF) Americans are behind bars in state and federal prisons and jails, a figure that has increased more than fourfold … Continue reading

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Hidden Costs of Youth Incarceration Nationwide Estimated To Run Between $8 Billion And $21 Billion Each Year

Reuters “33 U.S. states and jurisdictions spend $100,000 or more annually to incarcerate a young person … The first-ever estimate of the overall costs resulting from negative outcomes associated with incarceration … found that these long-term consequences of incarcerating young … Continue reading

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Fighting to End Juvenile Life without Parole: The 25th Anniversary of the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child—November 20, Webinar

On November 20, 1989, the United Nations passed the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United States, along with Somalia and South Sudan, remains one of the few nations that have failed to ratify the CRC, leaving the … Continue reading

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States Are Prioritizing Prisons over Education, Budgets Show

The Huffington Post “If state budget trends reflect the country’s policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children … The growth of state spending on prisons in recent years has far outpaced the growth of spending on education. … Continue reading

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California Proposition Says Yes to Redemption, Yes to Second Chance

From the PICO National Network (http://www.piconetwork.org): In an historic move that will have repercussions throughout the country, Californians passed Proposition 47! California is the first state in the nation to end felony sentencing for non-serious and nonviolent crimes such as … Continue reading

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National Religious Campaign Against Torture Applauds Pope Francis’ Comments on Prisons

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): WASHINGTON — Following today’s comments by Pope Francis regarding the treatment of prisoners around the world, Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture – a coalition comprised … Continue reading

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Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Violence (Advocacy Days 2015)—April 17-20, Washington, DC

13th Annual National Gathering April 17-20, 2015 Washington, D.C. AdvocacyDays.org Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation Join over 1,000 Christian advocates in Washington, D.C. in building a movement to shake the foundations of systems of human exploitation (Acts … Continue reading

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Fighting Poverty and Reducing Jail…in Real Time

by Julian Adler Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:30 am Updated: August 20, 2014 at 9:51 am Posted at http://talkpoverty.org/2014/08/20/fighting-poverty-reducing-jail-real-time Many of us who work in the criminal justice system have come to understand the profound connection between poverty and mass incarceration.  Put simply, individuals with criminal histories – even … Continue reading

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