Archive for July, 2009

1 in 11 Inmates Are Serving Life Sentences

1 in 11 Inmates Are Serving Life Sentences

The Sentencing Project, a national non-profit organization engaged in research and advocacy on criminal justice policy issues, has issued a 48-page, detailed report titled: No Exit/The Expanding Use of Life Sentences in America. Following are three selected key excerpts from this document, which was written by Ashley Nellis and Ryan S. King (July 2009). The […]

How to Keep Your Kids Out of Prison

By Dick Witherow, Author “The Modern Day Leper” I know what you’re thinking: “My kids will never have to go to prison!” I certainly hope not. However statistics tell us that in today’s society, it is a very strong possibility. The Pew Report of March 2009, titled “One in 31,” tells us that the population […]

Recidivism: Work-First Programs May Help

Recidivism: Work-First Programs May Help

SaSreFrom CITY JOURNAL By Kimberly Hendrickson Mayors Put Work First: Reentry programs for ex-prisoners show promise About 700,000 federal and state prisoners return home each year in America, and most soon commit more crimes. A 2002 Department of Justice study found that over 67 percent of released prisoners are rearrested within three years; about half, […]

Hearing: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009

United States Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) is probably the most outspoken advocate of prison reform and recidivism reduction in Congress. On March 26, 2009, Sen. Webb introduced a bill in the Senate entitled “The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009.” This Act if passed will create a blue-ribbon commission to look at every aspect […]

Why Tolerate Prisons That Produce 70% Recidivism?

Our ‘tough on crime’ approach lets both government and criminals ‘off the hook,’ says legal expert Jonathan Simon As originally published by the UC Berkeley NewsCenter By Cathy Cockrell In Part 1 of this two-part Q&A, UC Berkeley Law Professor Jonathan Simon talked about criminal sentencing and parole as practiced today in California. He concludes […]

State Budgets Dictate Alternative Sentencing

According to an article in The Washington Times, over half of America’s states are attempting to reduce the growth rate in their prison populations by either experimenting with alternative sentencing methods, or by employing new probation and parole methodology, with some states doing both. Is this a revival of altruistic thinking? No, it’s the almighty […]

Two Sides to Prison Cell Phone Jamming

Two Sides to Prison Cell Phone Jamming

There’s a big debate going on between corrections officials and public interest groups over the problem of contraband cell phones within prison systems. On one side, the corrections folks want to electronically jam their illegal use for illicit activities such as planning escapes or running criminal activities outside prison walls. But the opposing view is […]

“Doing Time”    by Jack (Murf the Surf) Murphy

“Doing Time” by Jack (Murf the Surf) Murphy

Jack (Murf the Surf) Murphy reveals his personal straight-talk insight of incarceration issues.