Category Archives: criminal justice

Ban the Box Summit—August 1, St. Davids (Philadelphia)

All too often, the thousands of individuals released from incarceration each year struggle with the challenge of successful reentry into society. Faced with numerous barriers and collateral consequences which if not corrected; they will unfortunately minimize their ability to resume … Continue reading

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Whistleblower Exposes Torture and Child Abuse at For-Profit Prison

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/27/whistleblower-exposes-torture-and-child-abuse-profit-prison Published on Monday, July 27, 2015 by Common Dreams Social worker Oliva López, formerly employed at a family immigrant detention center in Texas, testifies that prison is plagued by mistreatment By Sarah Lazare, staff writer Oliva López, … Continue reading

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For-Profit Prison Accused of Subjecting Juveniles to ‘Disgraceful’ Conditions

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/27/profit-prison-accused-subjecting-juveniles-disgraceful-conditions Published on Monday, July 27, 2015 by Common Dreams G4S already stands accused of human rights violations from Israel to South Africa to the United Kingdom By Sarah Lazare, staff writer G4S runs nearly 30 juvenile detention … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Disproportionately Enforced Against African Americans

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): A new report from the ACLU of Pennsylvania finds that police in Philadelphia disproportionately enforced civil asset forfeiture laws, specifically cash seizure, in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. African Americans represent 44% of the … Continue reading

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95% of Elected Prosecutors Nationwide Are White

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): A new study analyzing the race and gender of elected prosecutors nationwide found that the vast majority of prosecutors are white men. Out of 2,437 elected prosecutors, 95% are white and 83% are men. “White … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Drug-Free School Zone Enhancements Declared Unconstitutional

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Pennsylvania’s enhanced penalties for drug distribution near schools have been declared unconstitutional by the state’s Supreme Court, reports the Morning Call. This follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that any fact presented as an element … Continue reading

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Prison-Created Poverty

by Amme Voz Posted at http://talkpoverty.org/2015/07/13/prison-created-poverty/ No one likes to talk about the fact that “doing time” leaves the majority of returning citizens worse off than before they were incarcerated. Prior to my imprisonment, I had a very successful consulting … Continue reading

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Urge the President to Act to End Solitary Confinement

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): This is a week of firsts: the first time a President visited a federal prison while in office and the first time President Obama publicly addressed the horror of solitary confinement in … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Pass the SAFE Justice Act

From Families Against Mandatory Minimums (http://famm.org/): “A little less conversation, a little more action.” We hear your complaints. While there is movement on sentencing reform, it’s been a long, slow road (we’ve been at it since 1991!) and we’re ready … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of Black Women Have a Family Member in Prison

A recent study in the Du Bois Review, “Racial Inequalities in Connectedness to Imprisoned Individuals in the United States,” finds that 44% of black women have at least one family member in prison in contrast to only 12% of white … Continue reading

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