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Rot and Rehabilitation in the American Penal System

What does it mean to “get tough on crime”? If the answer is meting out lengthy prison sentences to those rightly convicted of felonies, it’s an entirely reasonable proposition. But if getting tough on ... read more

California prison guards violate rules for using force on prisoners half the time, report shows

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Vicky Waters ... Eric Balaban, a senior staff member at the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, said the best ... read more

Funeral home left body to rot in system that protects homes

Instead, her body was left to rot, draped in blankets ... now under suspension, and a criminal investigation is underway into its handling of Moore’s remains. But the case underscores deeper questions ... read more

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Law-and-Order Texas Takes on Criminal Justice Reform

Craddock uttered eight words that changed Madden’s life and altered the course of American ... system. Along with his counterpart in the state Senate, John Whitmire, Madden put together a package to o... read more

Rehab, not punishment must drive prison system, key leaders tell panel

“I reject the idea that passing criminal justice reform somehow means we are soft on crime,” Lee said. Like the two governors, Booker and Lee stressed the importance of viewing the criminal justice sy... read more

Thinking Outside the Cell: Software Cuts Recidivism Among Texas’ Mentally Ill

That includes information such as previous arrests or incarcerations, previous mental health rehabilitation ... with mental illnesses will continue to cycle through the criminal justice system,” the o... read more

Here Are Six Reasons Why the Poor Are Much Better Off in Europe Than in the U.S.

And according to Carl Melin of the Swedish think tank Futurion, Sweden’s system ... and having a criminal record. But in Norway—a country Sanders and his supporters believes the U.S. should emulate—an ... read more

How American women are left to rot in jail

Here is the female incarceration rate per 100,000 people, by OECD members: If we wish to reduce the grotesque toll of misery and death inflicted by the prison system, the easiest place to start is by ... read more

Amid focus on criminal justice reform, Massachusetts district attorney races draw more candidates, attention in 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has spearheaded ... The 2018 election comes after a legislative overhaul of the criminal justice system raised the profile of criminal justice issue... read more

Child molester beaten to death 5 days after prison arrival, authorities say

A convicted child molester in California was beaten to death by a fellow inmate just five days after his arrival at the prison where he was to be processed into the larger prison system ... Department ... read more

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