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Using Supportive Housing to Help Solve the Prison Problem

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.13.2012 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections saw the problem and built a supportive housing program for the men and women coming out of Ohio's prisons that would help keep them housed, healthy and stable.

In Our Toxic Prison System, Is There Room for Hope?

David Chura | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime
David Chura

I didn't expect my talk to a class of criminal justice majors at a local community college to be any different from the other workshops, presentations and classes I'd done.

No Violence Is Acceptable -- In a Prison or in a Locker Room

Bob Cowser | Posted 08.25.2012 | Crime
Bob Cowser

Reilly's implication that we want prisoners to continue to mete out street justice while locked up sends a mixed message of the worst kind. Let's not set these men up for failure by implying that violence is acceptable, expected, and that they're good for nothing else.

Why Are Prisons More of a Priority than Schools?

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

No 10 year-old in this nation should feel as though they are more likely to live a life in prison than a life filled with possibilities that only a high quality education can bring.

No More Prisons, No More Closets

Toshio Meronek | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toshio Meronek

Supporting trans and queer prisoners is a crucial way we can continue the legacy of liberation-minded people like Angela Davis and Sylvia Rivera. We need to work toward a world where no one has to come out once, and definitely not twice.

How Would You Design a Prison According to UX / User Experience Principles?

Quora | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Eric "Phil" Phillips, Inmate at San Quentin If I were designing a prison, I would eliminate double b...

Mother's Day: Tears and Triumphs

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 07.13.2012 | Parents
Gretchen Burns Bergman

For most women, Mother's Day is a time to honor and celebrate motherhood. For countless other women, it also marks a day of grieving and loss.

"Prison Break" Lemonade

Marc Mauer | Posted 07.10.2012 | DC
Marc Mauer

For far too long, our approach to developing public policy on issues of crime and punishment has been overly framed by sensationalist imagery.

Is This The Future Of Prisons?

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home

By Karissa Rosenfield (click here for original article) Courtesy of Andreas Tjeldflaat and Greg Knobloch With the guidance of their instruc...

The Bureaucracy of Prisons

Michael Santos | Posted 06.06.2012 | Crime
Michael Santos

During the decades I've served, I have learned that to expect justice from this system is absurd. Justice would provide mechanisms that would encourage individuals to work toward reconciling with society and earning graduating increases in liberty.

What Is a Typical Inmate Day Like in San Quentin? What's the Schedule?

Quora | Posted 05.02.2012 | Crime

Although San Quentin State Prison is known for its notorious past, currently it happens to be the most stable and consistent of all the prisons. Here is a typical day for me.

Life In a Box

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.30.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Americans were once riveted by the horrific news of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Today, I believe there is another atrocity taking place inside our own American prison system.

Why Mass Incarceration Really Is The New Jim Crow

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 04.25.2012 | Black Voices
Inimai Chettiar

I spent this past New Year's Eve lying on the floor of a New England police station. Just hours before, I was enjoying sushi with my best friend Jamal; excitedly discussing his possible political appointment and promising career.

She was an inmate. I was a suburbanite. We were never supposed to be friends.

Joan Gelman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Women
Joan Gelman

She was an inmate. I was a suburbanite. We were never supposed to be friends.

WATCH: Which Country's Prison System Lets Inmates Go Hunting?

Posted 01.04.2012 | World

Where in the world are prisoners served breakfast buffets, allowed to go on snowy hikes, and given permission to handle firearms? In the video above, ...

Fla. Prisons Open Veteran-Only Dorms

Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact

Florida's Department of Corrections opened five new prison dormitories exclusively for incarcerated war veterans on Wednesday, reports the Orlando Sen...

Texas Prisoners Get Two Meals A Day On Weekends To Ease Budget Woes

Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

As the weak economy continues to hit cash-strapped city and state governments, some are passing the costs on to prisoners. More than 20,000 Texas ...

Prisoners Formally Complain For More TV Sports Channels

PA | Posted 11.26.2011 | Home

Inmates at a jail in South Wales have lodged a formal complaint with prison authorities because they want more sports channels on television. ...

Why We Can't Incarcerate Our Way Out of Crisis

Wes Moore | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Wes Moore

Innovative programs such as the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) have long proven that departing from the large, prison-like correctional institutions in favor of smaller, regionally dispersed facilities is quantifiably and qualitatively more effective.

TAKE ACTION: We need a Christmas miracle for Betsie Gallardo

Bil Browning | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bil Browning

Folks, we need a Christmas miracle and we need it today. Get out your cell because you're about to start crying and then start making phone calls. Be...

How Drugs and Prisons Became Replacement Economies

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Charles Shaw

Cops and prisons, drugs and guns, McDonald's and Wal-Mart ... these were the replacement economies America had to offer in her postindustrial age if you couldn't get a college degree.

How Leonard Peltier Could Leave Prison by August 18

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

For a formidable and growing global community of supporters, the prospect of Native American activist Leonard Peltier finally leaving prison inspires a longing that cuts to the depths of the soul.

What If Released Inmates Stopped Committing Crimes?: Prison Reform That's Already Working -- Like Nothing You've Seen Before

Pamela Gerloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pamela Gerloff

Let's start changing our lock-up facilities into places that actually cause inmates to change their behavior -- so that when they leave them they never go back.

State Prisons Look To Cut Medical Costs With Telephone Doctors

Quad-City Times | Kurt Erickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Hoping to combat rising medical costs, Illinois prison officials have quietly begun investigating a new way to treat inmates....

A Month of Killing, More on the Way?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Shooting an armed, hostage-holding assailant can be a life-saving act of heroism. But there's something fundamentally wrong with taking the life of someone in the state's custody.