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We Have No Idea Which Prison Programs Are Reducing Recidivism in America

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The implication is that in America our prison systems have no idea which programs work and which programs don't. This should concern you. If we don't measure our prison programs to determine if they reduce recidivism, how can we make claims that they work?

Don't Blame Family Ties for Violence at Rikers Island

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 10.28.2015 | Crime
Brooklyn Defender Services

New York City is poised to push through new rules restricting visitors and packages to city jails that are likely to have significant negative consequences both inside the jails and for the families they will impact.

Inmate Guilty Of Raping Teacher As Prison Appeals Safety Fine

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.10.2015 | Crime

PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona inmate pleaded guilty Monday to raping a prison teacher and will likely be sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind ...

5 of the Oldest Prisoners in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.26.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While many people might think of criminals as young people, some of the about 48,000 prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are much older than most of Illinois' non-incarcerated residents.

Illinois lawyer to Gov. Rauner: Cut waste in prisons

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One southern Illinois lawyer, Joni Beth Bailey, has a message for the new governor as he looks to take the state in a new direction. She appreciates G...

Open Letter from Brooklyn Defender Services to City, State & Federal Elected Officials

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 03.07.2015 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

Advocates uniformly agreed: increased levels of punishment and restriction will neither curb violence nor create better conditions for DOC employees or the people who have the misfortune to be in their custody.

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

Criminal U: America's Most Successful Institution Educating the Poor

Mike Green | Posted 09.07.2014 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Solutions. Change. Hope. These are the words that Bolsinger, a recovering alcoholic, focuses on daily. He saw the flood of the school-to-prison pipeline first-hand. He also saw the raw talent and skills in the men who wore matching clothes with "inmate" stamped across their chest.

Worker Safety Agency Reviewing Alleged Rape Of Prison Teacher

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 06.27.2014 | Crime

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's workplace safety agency confirmed Thursday that it has launched a review of the rape of a teacher inside a state prison cla...

WATCH: Fight On Rikers Island

Posted 10.22.2013 | New York

ABC has obtained a video of a prison fight on Rikers Island. The fight took place on August 5. Eleven inmates were injured, and 5 seriously, accor...

Colorado Muslims Disgusted At Clements Murder Coverage

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 03.22.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. News surrounding the murder Tuesday of Colorado Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements centers ...

Is Saudi National Involved In Shooting Death Of Colo. Prison Chief?

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.20.2013 | Denver

According to anonymous sources that spoke to Fox31, officials will look into the possibility that the recent denial to transfer Saudi national Homaida...

Former Inmate Accused Of Sneaking BACK Into Rikers

AP | Posted 05.02.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Most people who've done time in jail can't wait to get away. But this week, New York City authorities accused one former inmate of sneakin...

Debating Immigration Detention Reform

Eleanor Acer | Posted 12.02.2012 | Crime
Eleanor Acer

The United States is a nation of immigrants. It's shocking that those who flee to this country seeking protection from persecution, as well as many other immigrants seeking better lives, are often welcomed to this great nation with shackles and prison uniforms.

Female Inmates: Unique Challenges and Needs

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.27.2012 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Bogus and false arrests happen. Most people are quick to judge until someone they know and care about screws up and is on the wrong side of the law. When that happens, you'll want that person to receive fair treatment, and for fair justice to run its course, even if the person is guilty.

Colorado Takes A Second Look At Juvenile Justice

Posted 04.24.2012 | Denver

For juveniles, "direct file" is a phrase that means that in the eyes of the law you've become an adult overnight and may go to an adult prison. Ne...

Inside The Reopened Brooklyn House Of Detention (PHOTOS)

Posted 02.06.2012 | New York

After years of debate, a lawsuit, and another lawsuit, the Brooklyn House of Detention is slated to reopen next week. The facility closed in 2003 ...

Coral Gables Doc Sued Over Penis Amputation

Posted 01.07.2012 | Miami

A South Florida man has filed suit against a Coral Gables urologist, as first reported by the Miami New Times, claiming that botched and inadequate ca...

Top Ten Things to Know About Illinois' Prisons in 2011

John Maki | Posted 02.26.2012 | Chicago
John Maki

Although Illinois' adult prison system has long exceeded its design capacity of 33,663 inmates, the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) reached more than 49,000 for the first time in 2011.

Christopher Mathias

850,000 Bodies Buried In Mass Graves On Forbidden NYC Island | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.30.2011 | New York

A City Council oversight committee held a hearing Friday to review the operations of the oft-forgotten cemetery at Hart Island, New York City's potter...

Toward an Industry of Peace

Elena Quintana | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Elena Quintana

When I was growing up I learned that, although not perfect, the United States had the "best justice system in the world." That bill of goods can not even be faintly passed off with a straight face to today's schoolchildren.

Bloomberg Announces 70 New Electric Cabs

It's Electric! | C. Zawadi Morris | Posted 09.12.2011 | New York

In a move towards a greener New York City, Mayor Bloomberg announced Tuesday the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to its transportation services f...

Rikers Makes Scantily Clad Female Visitors Cover Up

Posted 08.21.2011 | New York

Here's a policy that won't go over well with the inmates. Rikers Island doesn't want to see lots of skin from its female visitors, reports the New Yor...

Famous Death Row Last Meals

Posted 08.17.2011 | Home

Regardless of your beliefs when it comes to the death penalty, one thing we've become accustomed to hearing and talking about is the famous last meal....

California Incarcerated: Hitchhiker Writes Stories Of Criminal Justice

The Huffington Post | Carly Gillis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Luke Whyte writes about criminals. And he hitchhikes to find them. On his blog, Voices of Justice, Whyte chronicles the experiences of people who h...