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End of Youth Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons Is Long Overdue

EBONY.com | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

In an historic moment yesterday, President Obama used his executive authority to end the use of solitary confinement for youth in the federal prison system. This action is incredibly important to the numerous youth who are prosecuted and sentenced as adults in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) each year.

Good Prison Reform Helps the Most Offenders Possible

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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.

Report on Understaffing in Federal Prisons Misses the Point: Focus on Reformation, not Incapacitation and Repression

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.07.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Earlier this month NBC Washington's News4 I-Team conducted an investigation into understaffing in federal prisons. The investigation, which was based ...

Ted Cruz Jokes About Hillary Clinton Sitting In Federal Prison

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- At an event on Monday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joked about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spending time i...

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

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.20.2015 | 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 11.16.2015 | 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.

Formerly Incarcerated Creating Their Own Jobs

Michael Santos | Posted 09.30.2015 | Crime
Michael Santos

People released from prison frequently face challenges. To start, people with prison records have a hard time finding a job. If employers won't hire the formerly incarcerated, then the formerly incarcerated can take a different tactic.

Make Criminal Justice Reform a Key Issue in 2016

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.

Obama Got To Visit Federal Prisoners. The Family Of This Inmate Who Had Brain Surgery Can't.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Francklin Pierre doesn't exactly seem like a drug kingpin. A citizen of Haiti and a crew member on a cargo ship called the Wave Trader, ...

The Welcome Symbolism of President Obama's Prison Visit

Kevin Sali | Posted 07.17.2015 | Crime
Kevin Sali

Even if the system perfectly delineated between lawbreakers and the law-abiding, that still wouldn't be enough to justify our feelings of personal and moral separation from convicted criminals. I'm personally guilty on this count.

Obama Goes to Prison: First Sitting President to View a Federal Prison Bed

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Van Winkle's

President Obama became the first sitting president to set his eyes on federal prison beds during his visit to El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday. The president made the stopover as he continues to rally for prison reform.

Dental Care in the Federal Bureau of Prisons: Sandpaper and Epoxy

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While many feel that prisoners are undeserving of modern amenities such as televisions and workout equipment, that's a debate for another day. Today the debate concerns health care, dental care in particular.

Another Black Man Goes to Prison

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

Just like last week and the week before, another black man will be going to prison. But the tragedy stops here. This man is not a criminal or a hopeless recidivist. This man is Barack Obama, the first sitting President of the United States to tour a federal prison -- El Reno in Oklahoma.

CEO Offers Hope to Formerly Incarcerated

Michael Santos | Posted 06.02.2015 | Crime
Michael Santos

Some may find it strange that the CEO of a publicly traded company would speak with a man who served 26 years in federal prison. But Lew Cirne, founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Relic, took time out of a busy Friday to meet with me in his office.

Obama Says He Should Have Closed Guantanamo on Day 1 -- He Still Can

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Obama has slowly stepped up transferring detainees already cleared by a multi-agency process for release from Guantanamo to other countries, his administration has dragged its feet on reviewing the 51 detainees who aren't yet cleared, out of the remaining 122.

Another Bin Laden Associate on Trial in New York

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It's become almost routine -- the prosecutions of alleged al Qaeda operatives and spokespeople, men picked up halfway across the world brought to downtown Manhattan, where they're tried for acts they're alleged to have committed years ago in cahoots with Osama bin Laden.

The Curious Case of Legal Mail

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Federally, the law is very clear on legal correspondence. In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, outgoing mail can be sealed and mailed via legal mail call every weekday morning. Correctional staff are not permitted to read these outgoing letters.

USSC Unanimously Votes for Drug Reduction Retroactivity: Thousands of Federal Prisoners to Be Released Early

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last week, in a historic victory for nearly 46,000 federal drug offenders, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to apply recent amendments to the federal drug sentencing guidelines retroactively to all eligible offenders.

Ryan J. Reilly

ACLU Report Reveals Immigrant Abuse In 'Shadow' Private Federal Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was December 2010, and officials who ran the nation's federal prisons had a dilemma. They weren't sure if they should renew a contrac...

This Vet Is Helping Inmates Stay Connected With Their Families After Being Behind Bars Himself

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.23.2014 | Impact

You could call Frederick Hutson an overachiever. After graduating from high school, Huston served honorably as a F-16 Avionics Electrician in the ...

Ryan J. Reilly

America's Top Prison Official Doesn't Know How Big A Prison Cell Is (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a tough moment for Charles Samuels, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At a hearing on solitary confinement befo...

Ryan J. Reilly

Man Sentenced To Die Behind Bars For Non-Violent Crime Describes The Day His Luck Changed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Right after lunch, the warden called inmate number 07031-078 into his office. Jason Hernandez was worried. The last time he was called t...

The New Assault on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Marc Mauer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Marc Mauer

If policymakers are not moved by hungry children and unfair consequences for communities of color, they should at least be persuaded by this: Bans on public benefits for formerly incarcerated individuals are counterproductive.

Chris Kirkham

Border Crossers Land In Private Prisons, Sparking Riots Over Conditions

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 09.27.2012 | Business

This spring, a group of inmates at a privately operated federal prison in Mississippi -- most of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico -- rose up a...

Michael McLaughlin

Overcrowding In Federal Prisons Hits Level Not Seen Since Bush Administration: GAO Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Crime

The federal prison system has been unable to keep pace with the stream of inmates flooding its facilities over the last five years despite adding spac...