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Federal Bureau of Prisons Fires Head Of Obama-Era Education Effort, Putting Reform Under Trump In Doubt

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The federal Bureau of Prisons has quietly fired an education specialist the Justice Department hired to serve as the first “superinte...

The Choice Bus Uses Prisoner Perspectives To Discourage Students From Dropping Out

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.05.2017 | Impact
Christopher Zoukis

In an effort to stem the school-to-prison pipeline and to keep kids in school, the Choice Bus was rolled out, using the stark contrasts between storie...

Synthetic Pot Use Poses A Big Problem For Bureau Of Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.03.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Federal inmates get random urine tests for signs of use of drugs like heroin, cocaine or marijuana. But in the alcohol and drug rehabilitation web new...

The Real Winner Of Trump's 100 Days: Private Prisons

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.27.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― When Donald Trump was running for president, the private prison industry in the United States was down for the count. An undercover rep...

Bureau Of Prisons Seeks Software To Predict Post-Release Outcomes

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is hoping to find as-yet unrecognized patterns of adaptation and recidivism — which the agency terms “inmate r...

A De Facto Death Sentence For An Iowa Father

Robert Greenwald | Posted 04.20.2017 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Allison Rice’s dad was a 64-year-old, church-going Iowan father of four who owned a leasing business, got into financial trouble and broke the law t...

Teaching College Through a Prison Telephone

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.19.2017 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis Over the past two weeks, I have had the privilege of guest lecturing to a class of students at the College of Charleston in Sout...

Innovative Prison Programs Boost Opportunities For Female Inmates

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.17.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

For five years, inmates haven’t even had the opportunity to obtain high school equivalency diplomas at the Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton, Pen...

Here's How Jeff Sessions Is Preparing To Pack U.S. Prisons With Bodies

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.13.2017 | Latino Voices
Christopher Brauchli

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. - Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience It turns o...

Massachusetts May Toss Thousands Of Convictions For Drug Test Fraud

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.12.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Annie Dookhan, a chemist working for a Massachusetts state drug-testing laboratory, was paroled last year after serving nearly three years in a state ...

Nearly Half Of Prisoners Lack Access To Vocational Training

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.13.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis In the ongoing discussion of prison reform, mass incarceration and reducing recidivism, vocational programs are often overlooked...

Jeff Sessions Reverses Obama-Era Policy That Curtailed DOJ's Private Prison Use

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.24.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday withdrew an Obama-era Justice Department memo that set a goal of reducing and ultimately end...

5 Reforms Trump Should Make to the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.16.2017 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

When you think of President Donald Trump, chances are you don't think of criminal justice reform. But in his position as President of the United State...

Jailed Activist Alleges Inmates Are Being Mistreated And Neglected At New York Prison

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics

Martin Gottesfeld, an activist hacker jailed since last year on charges stemming from a politically motivated cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospi...

Federal Prisoner Who Blogged For HuffPost Has No First Amendment Rights, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A blogger who wrote for The Huffington Post while serving a federal prison sentence didn't have a First Amendment right to publish an arti...

Good Prison Reform Helps the Most Offenders Possible

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Long story short, when thinking about prison reform, stakeholders need to consider the needs of the many, not the few. Reforms should be applicable to most prisoners, not solely first-time, non-violent drug offenders.

Early Release Drops Prison Population Down, But Is Not a Long-Term Solution

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.24.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While the recent release of drug offenders is a promising start, those releases were for prisoners who were already close to leaving. In the coming two or three years, we'll see several thousand more such early releases related to that initiative, with a total of tens of thousands of federal prisoners effected by the sentencing reduction.

There's No Subway in Federal Prison: What Jared's Prison Experience Will Likely Look Like

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.20.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While the story isn't yet finished being written, Jared is heading to a place where there are no $5 footlong subs. There are also no private jets and little privacy to speak of. But there will be bars, walls, fences, and prison guards with guns patrolling the perimeter.

Solitary Confinement: A Personal Take

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.14.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Looking into the future of American corrections, I present a question to both myself and others: If not solitary confinement, then what? For the most part there is no good answer in the current model of coercive rule.

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Beyond the Prison Gates?

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.04.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

In this day and age predictive crime is what criminal justice is all about. We sentence criminals to a term of imprisonment, which is often mixed with a term of supervised release or parole, to a degree designed to adequately punish them for their misdeeds.

A Look at the Prisoner Transport System

Seth Ferranti | Posted 10.14.2016 | Crime
Seth Ferranti

With the recent spate of prison bus crashes, it's time to look into the operating and safety methods being employed when prisoners are in transit.

18 States Have Packed Prisons Over Maximum Capacity

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Eighteen states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons operated their prison facilities at more than 100 percent capacity at the end of 2014,...

5 Tips Every Federal Criminal Defendant Should Know

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.25.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Being someone who has gone through the process -- and tried to help others avoid or make up for mistakes -- we present the following five tips for every federal criminal defendant. By adhering to these tips, an individual may be able to knock time off their sentence, be housed at an easier prison, or overturn their conviction.

Federal Prisons Will Now Recognize Humanism As A Religion

Religion News Source | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion

Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. (RNS) The Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to recognize humanism as a rel...

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Liz Ryan

The president and congress should not leave out youth behind bars in efforts to reform criminal justice this year and their actions must focus on reforms at both the federal and state level. Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind.