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Prison Overcrowding

When Prison Causes More Harm Than Good

Beverly Iniguez-Conrique | Posted 05.26.2015 | Crime
Beverly Iniguez-Conrique

While the U.S. prison system should exert some amount of punishment, our prisons irrationally exert it on prisoners to the point where it counterproductively causes more harm than good.

The Storm Is Over

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. "I love storms," said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY's federal prison.

Landmark California Law Has Released Nearly 3,000 Inmates

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

California's successful effort to shrink its prison population to a court-mandated size is due in large part to Proposition 47, a measure passed last ...

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 04.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

I Was Robbed: Literally

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.13.2015 | Crime
Jon Hotchkiss

I was the victim of a burglary. I know this because that's what it says on the copy of the Los Angeles Police Department Investigative Report I was gi...

Ex-Lawmaker Sentenced To 90 Days In Jail Leaves After An Hour Thanks To Overcrowding

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

California prisons are so overcrowded that one former lawmaker recently sentenced to 90 days in prison was released almost immediately. In January,...

In a Do-Nothing Year, Here's One Thing Congress Can Actually Do

Jeremy Haile | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Haile

In a town where Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on light bulbs or cafeteria utensils, legislation to address overcrowding in the federal prison system had the backing of both President Obama and Senator Ted Cruz.

Alabama Governor Calls Inmate Advocates 'Crazy' To Sue State

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) knows his state has a serious prison problem, but he had some harsh words for reform groups suing the state over a...

Locking Up Fewer People Doesn't Lead To Increased Crime, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

The states making strides with sentencing reforms haven't just seen their prison populations drop at a faster rate than the rest of the country, they ...

Lydia O'Connor

How A Farm-To-Table Program Could Revitalize Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

A unique prison rehabilitation program launching in California may be the most powerful interpretation of farm-to-table the state has ever seen. Sa...

California's Best Answer to Prison Overcrowding

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Erik Gould

The state's recidivism rate -- the percentage of individuals released from prison who are incarcerated again within three years -- was 61 percent last year.

Who Is the Real Enemy in the War on Drugs?

Michael Komorn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Komorn

Overreaching governmental intrusions into our personal privacy, criminalization of minor drug offenses and an extremely overpopulated prison are realities we've all begrudgingly come to accept. But why?

Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

America's prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and the war on drugs is mainly to blame. Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are ...

Governor Brown Given Another Chance to Offer Real Solutions to Prison Overcrowding in California

Lynne Lyman | Posted 04.14.2014 | San Francisco
Lynne Lyman

When Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2014-2015 budget it included over $500 million in additional spending for private prison contracts, anticipating an additional 10,000 inmates over the next few years.

Saki Knafo

10 Ways To Reduce Prison Overcrowding And Save Taxpayers Millions

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

America’s federal prisons are in trouble. They’re so crowded they’re endangering the lives of inmates and corrections officers, the director ...

U.S. Prisons Have A Big Problem You're Not Worrying Enough About

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.31.2013 | Business

The big problem? Prison health care spending is rising fast with few signs of slowdown, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. ...

Can Theater Help Solve California's Prison Overcrowding Crisis?

Tim Robbins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tim Robbins

Any successful system of rehabilitation requires multiple components, ranging from mental health and drug treatment to education and skills training. One aspect that may not be initially obvious, however, is the power of art and theater.

State Lawmakers Pass Prison Crowding Plan

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Funding for a compromise plan aimed at easing overcrowding in the California's tro...

Saki Knafo

One Way To Ease Overcrowding In California Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

If California releases more elderly prisoners, the state might be able to comply with a federal court order to ease overcrowding in its prisons, priso...

Stitching Up a Paper Cut: Eric Holder Is 'Fixing' a Federal Problem at the Expense of the States

Adam Banner | Posted 10.15.2013 | Crime
Adam Banner

If the federal government recognizes that mandatory minimums are likely inappropriate sentences for nonviolent offenders, perhaps the states will follow suit, developing diversion programs, prison alternatives, and reasonable means for re-entry.

Brazil Prison Break Captured On Video

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

About 50 inmates escaped Fundacao Casa facility after a massive riot broke out at the Sao Paolo youth detention center Monday. Helicopter cameras c...

Quinn Endorses Elected Chicago School Board

Barbara Popovic | Posted 06.02.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Governor Pat Quinn offered a serious admonition to Chicago Public Schools leadership about closing 50-some elementary schools when he stopped by for a special edition of Chicago Newsroom on Friday.

Man Released From Overcrowded Jail, Kills Two When Released

AP | Posted 03.20.2013 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon man who killed two people in Portland last year was released from an overcrowded county jail just weeks before the first k...

Are State Prisons Still Overcrowded?

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 03.10.2013 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Declaring that California's long-running prison crisis is over, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday challenged a federal court orde...

A Guide for the Undecided Voter

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 12.31.2012 | Comedy
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

Approximately 2 percent of voters have still not been able to make up their minds if they should vote for Mitt Romney on November 6. I know why!