Tag archive for ‘prison’

Reentry Effort for Drug Offenders a Start, But Short Funds

Following below is a republication in entirety of a timely editorial that appeared in the March 19, 2012 issue of one of South Florida’s major newspapers, the Sun Sentinel. The editorial clearly portrays that progress aimed at reducing Florida’s ex-inmate recidivism is underway, but because of budget cuts not yet a slam dunk.-ED Prison Reentry […]

Multinational Drug Court Report Shows Cuts in Recidivism

Multinational Drug Court Report Shows Cuts in Recidivism

A recently released report prepared by American University, in conjunction with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Commission (CICAD), for the OAS’s April 21-23, 2010 Drug Summit in Lugo, Spain provides proof positive that activities by “drug courts” (DTC’s) in multiple countries effectively and dramatically appear to be reducing offender recidivism rates, while providing significant financial incentives […]

Job Hunters Alert: Iowa Seeking 200 Corrections Personnel

Job Hunters Alert: Iowa Seeking 200 Corrections Personnel

Surprisingly, even in these times of ten percent unemployment and widespread state budgetary crises, Iowa’s Department of Corrections intends to hire about 200 personnel, mostly for work as corrections officers, but others for counselors, probation officers and residential officers. These much-needed new hires come about as the result of the loss of 362 employees from […]

Recidivism Cure: Change Inmates’ Hearts, Inside Out

Recidivism Cure: Change Inmates’ Hearts, Inside Out

by Bill Glass Founder, Champions for Life Best known in the sports world as a former four-time All-Pro football player with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, Bill Glass has continued to gain worldwide recognition over the decades as Founder and leader of the Champions for Life prison ministry. He is author of 11 books, including “Crime: […]

Addressing Drug Addiction among Offenders

Addressing Drug Addiction among Offenders

by Diana DiNitto Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas On November 19, 2009, Professor DiNitto had the opportunity to testify before a hearing of the United States Sentencing Commission, marking the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. She highlights her major points from that appearance in the following commentary.- […]

Wrongful Executions: “Fail-Safe” Judicial Systems Do Fail

Wrongful Executions: “Fail-Safe” Judicial Systems Do Fail

By Gretchen Cothron Forensic Research Consultant Throughout the history of capital punishment in the United States, innocent people have been wrongfully convicted and executed. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opined in State v. Marsh that, “the dissent does not discuss a single case — not one — in which it is clear that a […]

Wrongful Convictions Could Cost State Big Bucks

In the past week, two news items dealing with wrongful convictions came to light. One was for a Utah man freed after spending 4 ½ years in prison for a robbery; the other for a New York man released after serving 17 years for a murder he didn’t commit. In the former case, charges were […]

Transitional Programs Help Vets in Prison

The following article, a republication with permission from a local hometown Illinois newspaper, illustrates what can be done at local levels, with state support, to help reduce recidivism. Though local in nature, and specific to reentry programs for a special group of inmates, U.S. military veterans, it proves that it’s possible to slash prison return […]

Prison Officials Bow to Pressure and Reverse Book Ban

Virginia prison officials, bowing to pressure from multiple sources, reversed their recent decision to ban the Books Behind Bars program. As a result, Virginia inmates will once again be able to get books from the nonprofit Quest Institute, including Bibles, dictionaries and many others. This program was halted just a month ago after corrections officials […]

Chopping Recidivism: Get Out and Stay Out – Part 2

On August 25th, 2009, The-Slammer.org published Part 1 of a commentary by Mark Goldsmith, winner of a $100,000 Purpose Prize for his work to reduce the recidivism rate for young offenders serving time on Rikers Island, New York City’s largest corrections facility. Following is Part 2 of his commentary. – ED By Mark Goldsmith Following […]

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