Tag archive for ‘reform’

California Not Soon Likely to Free 40,000; Maybe 27,000

California Not Soon Likely to Free 40,000; Maybe 27,000

Despite all the hype over a federal judicial panel ruling ordering the State of California to come up with a plan to release over 40,000 inmates to slash prisons overcrowding, it’s unlikely to happen very fast, if at all. First of all, the state’s lawyers are mulling whether or not the court’s ruling to come […]

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 […]

Prison vs. Work

From the interesting blogging website, Bits and Pieces, 6/17/2009 Spending months or years in a prison environment is a serious, if not tragic circumstance. Much of the mission of The-SLAMMER is aimed at improving the lot of everyone spending time behind prison walls through exploration of reform, rehabilitation and recidivism issues. But perhaps a little […]

SLAMMER Mission Statement

To be the online forum where all individuals, advocacy organizations and political entities actively involved or impacted in the corrections systems can meet to air their opinions, concerns, ideas, and recommendations aimed at system reform, such as improved rehabilitation and reentry programs for inmates, all directed to reduce recidivism rates while also optimizing staff work environments, and at minimized cost to taxpayers. Input from related law enforcement and judicial entities, inmates and inmate families, as well as the general public are to be encouraged.

To keep participants abreast of all local, regional and national news and commentary potentially impacting or relating to corrections.

To provide helpful contact information for all in-system entities and for the general public.

Submissions to The-SLAMMER

Editorial Policy Statement Jack Murphy (Murf the Surf), a past inmate of many prisons, once said that the only thing he learned behind bars was foul language and how to eat with a spoon.  We welcome any and all commentaries, including constructive criticism, controversy and political incorrectness, as well as uplifting stories, and even prison slang, all […]

Take a walk from the reception area of almost any prison or jail facility in the country to any cell block or other detention area, and you’ll have to pass through a series of heavy spring-loaded steel or barred doors designed for security. As you pass through each door, it shuts behind you with a resounding metallic SLAM. The sound is unforgettable, and lets you know you’ve been separated from freedom, and have entered a different somewhat-oppressive world, the “slammer.” It’s a world where shouting, bravado and anger flare every day, and fear, despondency and tears reign silently in the dark of each night. Its role is to protect society, to discipline the guilty and to rehabilitate amenable offenders.

The-SLAMMER is dedicated to all the people that spend time behind those doors in that other world — the inmates, former inmates, the correctional officers, other law officers, administrative staffs, chaplains, medical personnel, visiting attorneys and civilian volunteers.

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