Category Archives: criminal justice

New Report on the Potential for Reducing Prison Populations

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): I’m pleased to inform you of a new publication from The Sentencing Project that examines the potential for substantial prison population reductions. Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States (http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_Fewer_Prisoners_Less_Crime.pdf) profiles the experiences of … Continue reading

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Urge Our Senators to Cosponsor the REDEEM Act to Remove Barriers to Successful Reentry from Incarceration

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up in Washington, DC to sponsor new bi-partisan criminal justice reform legislation, the REDEEM Act (S. 2567). The bill was … Continue reading

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Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Rethinking ‘Zero Tolerance’

The American Prospect Tremendous piece—features a Philadelphia school… “The first federal measure to implement ‘zero tolerance’ in schools was the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 … Districts expanded on Congress’s obligatory punishments to include possession of drugs and alcohol; many … Continue reading

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National Call-In Day on Solitary Confinement—June 26, National

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): Alarmingly, a question remains unanswered in Washington, DC: Why is the federal government planning to expand its supermax prison beds at a time when the rest of the nation is waking up … Continue reading

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TEDx Talk—Prisoner Reentry and Alternatives to Incarceration

Melanie G. Snyder, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO), recently delivered a TEDx talk on prisoner reentry and alternatives to incarceration at the Ware Center in Lancaster. She is an NIC-certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist, a … Continue reading

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Urge Your Representative to Cosponsor Bill to Study Solitary Confinement and Its Impacts

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): As national momentum to end the torture of solitary confinement continues to build, Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana has introduced federal legislation to confront its use: “The Solitary Confinement Study and Reform … Continue reading

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National Juvenile Justice Network’s Leadership Institute—Applications Due April 7

Picture somebody in your mind — someone you know — who wants to set the juvenile justice world on fire.  Someone who’s fed up with seeing kids get kicked out of school for minor misbehavior, locked up without due process, … Continue reading

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Service Helps Ex-Offenders Obtain Pardons—Meetings in Philadelphia

From the Pennsylvania Prison Society (http://www.prisonsociety.org): X-Offenders for Community Empowerment has scheduled a series of Pardon Me Clinics that assist ex-offenders who are no longer on probation or parole and who are seeking clemency and a second chance at employment … Continue reading

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New Web Resource Offers Ex-Offender Resources

From the Pennsylvania Prison Society (http://www.prisonsociety.org): The Pennsylvania Prison Society and the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania have announced a new website, the Philadelphia Network of Care for Prisoner Re-Entry, to assist in better managing ex-offenders with behavioral-health issues as … Continue reading

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Urge Our Senators to Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (http://www.civilrights.org): Take Action: Send a letter to your senators (Casey and Toomey) and urge them to support criminal justice reform and the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410, when it comes up … Continue reading

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