The total costs of incarceration from causes to consequences are incalculable and rising. Without a comprehensive plan to address the structural causes of recidivism and incarceration, these costs will continue to rise and burden our economy.
The problem of long-term solitary confinement is far from fixed -- the cells that have been emptied as men are returned to general population have been filled by others newly transferred into the SHU. The prisoners need our support to finish the job.
Prison is an odd place to be celebrating LGBT issues. To us non-LGBT prisoners, it can feel as if this celebration causes more problems than it solves. But if we look within ourselves and focus on the real issue then I think that we can come to the agreement that celebrating LGBT month in prison really wasn't a bad idea at all.
A responsible approach to criminal justice can make our communities safer, save tax dollars and help all of us, but our current system is falling terribly short -- at great economic, human and moral cost.
Only recently have the number of incarcerated people within our borders begun to decline. In some respects, the reasons are logistical and economic; for others, the change of heart is informed particularly by their understanding of scripture and the mandates of the Gospel.
On average, one out of every 25 Death Row inmates are innocent. In developing The Divide, premiering July 16 on WEtv, our attempt to portray their stories as well as those dedicated to the Innocence Project has been a humbling experience.
Zangeif got in a work-release program. This meant that he was allowed to work while in jail. At every shift, I drove to his restaurant and had sneaky makeout sessions with him. I'd be lying if I said that his sentence provided no additional thrill -- defiance is hot.
It has taken a long time, far too long, but politicians seem finally to have realized how catastrophically expensive it is for the United States to lock up more people than any other country on the planet.
The series' nuanced, fair portrayal of female inmates has been hailed as its greatest strength, and as the series gains in popularity, more and more people are beginning to understand that, more often than not, a person's crime is not their defining characteristic.
This is an interview with Sabrina Seronello, who was on active duty in the Air Force from March 2000-March 2006. She was a medic working in the emerge...
I couldn't find a wedding card for you, one that says, "Congratulation on being so patient, marrying though the groom won't be released from prison until 2038..."
The latest effort by for-profit prison corporations to laud their superiority over publicly-run prisons is supported by two Temple University professo...
In some quarters in the United States, the supposed superiority of unregulated capitalist enterprise over government programs for the delivery of social services is a virtual religious mantra. But should it be?
We Americans like to think of our nation as the "shining city on a hill," as a protector of human rights, a beacon for the rest of the world. The reality, however, is that widespread torture is happening today in our own country, especially in state and federal prisons and detention facilities.
Not every inmate can or will benefit from these programs, but don't those who have the desire deserve a chance to become productive, skilled, employable members of society?
The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened -- potentially sparking unrest -- as migrant arrivals continue and Australia's maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say.