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In the News (Thu 21 Mar 19)

  Article | Post-Prison Reform
Prison and parole systems should learn from the New York Police Department, which engineered a massive victory over crime in the 1990s by rigorously analyzing police data and making local commanders responsible for public safety in their jurisdictions, with the help of a computer-based process called Compstat.
Make the prison and parole systems more analytic and accountable, and immerse new releases into a flurry of work activity as soon as they hit the outside world, and recidivism could be cut significantly, perhaps by 10 or even 20 percent.
The prison graduates I spoke with were Ayn Randian in their assertion that it is individual will that determines whether someone returns to a life of crime, but in fact ex-offenders' personal connections play an equal role in keeping them out of trouble.
www.manhattan-institute.org /html/_nypost-post_prison_reform.htm   (1758 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union : ACLU Policy Priorities for Prison Reform
Prison programs that seek to change these statistics make an important difference in the lives of prisoners and for the outside community.
Prisoners accorded the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills are better equipped to resist a life of crime once outside of prison and more likely to gain employment and become self-sufficient.
One female prisoner complained to the facility's administration and was later beaten, sodomized and raped by three men who had been told of her grievances.
www.aclu.org /prison/gen/14760res20010131.html   (1231 words)

 Prison, Prison Reform and Penal Reform
Action for Prisoners' Families (APF) is the national organisation acting as the voice for the concerns of prisoners' families across the UK.
Prison Enterprise Services run in prisons in England and Wales and is responsible for a range of activities, processes and products available to the general market.
The Prison Reform Trust is a charity concerned with improving prison conditions.
www.prisonreform.org   (1935 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Prison Conditions in the United States
Thirty percent of prisoners are estimated to have major depression and 15 percent may have a psychotic disorder.
Prisoner A: “The hajuz is the punishment cell.
The evidence is overwhelming that it is cruel and a violation of basic human dignity to force prisoners with serious mental illness to spend years confined round the clock in claustrophobic cells, with nothing to do, and no one with whom to have a normal conversation.
www.hrw.org /prisons   (1562 words)

 The Prison Society - HISTORY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Prisoners awaiting trial might barter their clothes for liquor or be forcibly stripped upon entering by other inmates seeking funds for the bar.
An act of 1790 brought about sweeping reforms in the prison and authorized a penitentiary house with 16 cells to be built in the yard of the jail to carry out solitary confinement with labor for "hardened atrocious offenders."
Each prisoner was to be provided with a cell from which they would rarely leave and each cell had to be large enough to be a workplace and have attached a small individual exercise yard.
www.prisonsociety.org /about/history.shtml   (1637 words)

 Prison Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The treatment of remand prisoners all too often means that they are at the bottom of the pack when they should be, as unconvicted prisoners, at the top of the pack.
Unsentenced prisoners experienced very restricted regimes and were often unable to reach enhanced regime status as they were considered ineligible for work or not in prison long enough to demonstrate a sustained pattern of ‘good’ behaviour.
The 1996 figure of nine per cent of remand prisoners in England and Wales requiring immediate transfer to the NHS [1], suggests that about 5,500 prisoners a year are not appropriately located, at a substantial cost to the Prison Service and an equally substantial saving to the NHS.
www.innocentuntilprovenguilty.com /callsforreform.html   (2124 words)

 Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment
Some prisoners became passive while others became rebellious, and the guards that wanted to put in their time on a shift and go home did nothing to stop the guards that reveled in exercising their power over the prisoners.
The prisoners initially tried to resist their dehumanization by engaging in non-violent tactics like a hunger strike, but the guards responded to every threat to their authority with brutal tactics designed to crush the spirit of the prisoners.
The stress of being in a prison environment caused a general deterioration of the prisoners into pathological behavior, and a prisoner a day had to be released after snapping.
www.prisonexp.org /legnews.htm   (1736 words)

 Prison Links
Deeply committed to working with prisoners, their families and other persons associated with the prison system to address the systematic violence within the prison-industrial complex.
Prison massacres, dramatic protests, and violent guard abuse earn occasional news headlines, but the deplorable daily living conditions that are the plight of the great majority of the world's prisoners pass largely unnoticed.
Also supports prisoners in the practice and study of the Buddhist teachings and promotes the Buddhist path of wakefulness and non-aggression as an ideal means of self-rehabilitation and transformation.
www.heartsandminds.org /links/prisons.htm   (2062 words)

 welcome to the prison reform trust website
The work of the Prison Reform Trust is aimed at creating a just, humane and effective penal system.
The Prison Reform Trust cannot be held liable for any loss incurred as a result of acting upon this or any other fraudulent email.
A new report released by the Prison Reform Trust finds that personal mitigation plays an important part in the sentencing decision; it can be the decisive factor in choosing a community penalty in preference to imprisonment.
www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk   (303 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Clarke reveals prison reform plan
Prison reform groups backed the five year criminal justice plan but want funding to keep jail populations down.
Mr Clarke said the idea of community prisons, to bridge the gap between custody and community, would be developed.
Mr Clarke said there were "segments" in the numbers in prisons where the numbers were too high, including foreign nationals, those on remand, women, young people and those on short sentences.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/politics/4695730.stm   (680 words)

 Prison Reform Talking Points
Any assessment of the US prison system is incomplete without considering the prison-industrial complex, a network of private corporations with a direct interest in increasing the number of prisoners.
They also lead to a related criticism of prison trends: Increasingly, people are re-arrested on technical parole violations, such as missing an appointment with a parole officer, and returned to the system more quickly than in the past.
The demand to build more prisons has often siphoned funds from the few existing treatment and education programs, leading to a vicious circle in which more prisons are needed because, partly due to the lack of these programs, more prisoners continue to come back.
www.thenation.com /doc/20040105/tuhusdubrow   (757 words)

The prison that rehabilitates inmates is the one whose environment is therapeutic.
Leave from prison grounds from one to ten days is granted to qualified inmates, giving them a chance to reintegrate gradually into their social group.
Prisoners undergo multi-faceted therapeutic experiences, allowing them to release tensions and uncover blocks; naturally, this allows them to come closer to the spiritual and transpersonal aspects of their experience.
www.ahpweb.org /involve/prison.html   (1131 words)

 Civil Rights
The Auburn model influenced the emergence of reform schools and workhouses in the 1820s, such as the New York House of Refuge in 1825 that separated juveniles from the adult prisoners, and the workhouse on Blackwell's Island for vagrants and drunks and misdemeanants.
New York City built the Tombs on Centre Street in 1838 to add prison capacity to the old Bridewell jail and the 1814 Bellevue Penitentiary and the 1828 Blackwell's Island Penitentiary (Blackwell's was closed by reform mayor LaGuardia and all inmates moved to the new Rikers Island in 1934).
The second wave of prison reform began with the 1870 National Congress on Penitentiary and Reformatory Discipline that led to the founding of the American Correctional Association, known then as the National Prison Association, and to the building of Elmira Reformatory.
history.sandiego.edu /gen/soc/prison.html   (2257 words)

 Governor Phil - Arnold Fails on Prison Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The real problem with Arnold's reform proposal was that it proposed a short-term band-aid solution (and an ineffective band-aid at that), that sought to solve prison overcrowding by merely adding more prison beds and shipping prisoners off to other states, instead of addressing sentencing reform.
Now, having failed to enact his "prison reform-lite" package through the Legislature, Arnold now is considering taking unilateral action to enact prison reform that has no chance of solving long-term prison overcrowding.
Arnold's prison plan was so hastily and haphaardly put together that it proposed spending $1.2 billion on two new prisons, but officials could not say where the new prisons would be built.
governorphil.com /2006/09/arnold_fails_on_prison_reform.html   (1148 words)

 California Prison Union
The California Prison system is the third largest penal system in the country, costing $5.7 billion dollars a year and housing over 161,000 inmates.
Novey, the son of a prison guard and a guard himself, led a successful effort to combine Youth Authority supervisors and parole officers with prison guards, and the CCPOA's membership soared.
Another part of Gov. Schwarzenegger's key prison reforms was dropped in April 2005 under pressure from the CCPOA and their allies.
www.igs.berkeley.edu /library/htCaliforniaPrisonUnion.htm   (2517 words)

 Middle Ground Prison Reform, Inc. :: Welcome
Middle Ground, on behalf of all prisoners in the Arizona Department of Corrections who are assigned to WIPP and other jobs, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Arizona on September 10, 2007.
No mention is made of why formerlly successful programs for integrating prisoners into the community -- such as home furloughs, community visits or other programs -- have not been reinstated by a Director who claims that she wants inmates to have a "parallell universe" with the free world.
Middle Ground Prison Reform is dedicated to public education, legislative advocacy and litigation, when necessary, to protect and define the rights and responsibilities of prison and jail inmates and their loved ones.  We believe in a middle-of-the-road approach to solving problems and challenges, rather than one which supports the extreme of any position.
www.middlegroundprisonreform.org   (3941 words)

 Prison-sentence reform urged   (Site not responding. Last check: )
That proposal and others advocating prison reform in Arizona were part of a report released Tuesday by Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit group that commissioned a study of the state's sentencing laws.
Those prisoners would be better served by community-based or residential treatment, which cost less than the average $20,000 a year it costs to keep someone in prison.
Those enhancements, which cause the prison sentence to be significantly inflated, do not take into consideration whether previous felonies were violent or not, or related to the current offense.
www.azcentral.com /specials/special21/articles/0512sentencing12.html   (700 words)

 Transcript: Angela Davis 9/22/98
The campaign against prisons should be a site for building coalitions and radical consciousness -- considering the extent to which prison construction and operation are becoming increasingly central to the US economy.
Certainly there are people in prison who have committed horrendous crimes, but that should not justify treating the young person who is in prison who might have used drugs the same way.
We will be urging people to visit prisoners -- we'll be urging individuals, encouraging their churches to participate, and encouraging schools to arrange visits -- to create more traffic inside and outside, so it becomes possible to defend the human rights of those who are incarcerated.
www.time.com /time/community/transcripts/chattr092298.html   (2985 words)

 Why prison reform?
Foreign national prisoners make up 13 per cent of the overall prison population and one in five women in prison are foreign nationals.
The Prison Reform Trust works to ensure they are a just, humane and effective.
Prison keeps some offenders off the streets, but it seems neither to deter nor reform.
www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk /section.asp?id=17   (317 words)

 welcome to the prison reform trust website
It refers to a contract to supply bed-spreads and T-shirts to the Prison Reform Trust and asks recipients to send a “Refundable Tender fee of GBP780”.
This email is fraudulent and has NO connection with the Prison Reform Trust.
Prison is our least visible and, arguably, most neglected public service - and after the illegal strike by the Prison Officers' Association there are many questions to be answered.
www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk /index.html   (301 words)

 Welcome | Prison Policy Initiative
On July 24, the movement for prison reform lost a great leader when Harmon Wray died of a stroke in Nashville Tennessee.
The report is the first to analyze local governments' response to inaccurate Census data, in which prisoners are counted as residents of communities with prisons, and to measure the dilution of voting power within each county in New York.
The Boston Globe has endorsed the findings of a new report co-authored by Prison Policy Initiative board member Barbara Fedders and called for Massachusetts officials to end the practice of detaining children overnight without giving the children or their parents access to a bail commissioner.
www.prisonpolicy.org   (753 words)

 The death of prison reform | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Within nine months of initiating the reforms, Schwarzenegger's office abruptly announced it was rescinding its new policies, citing lack of evidence that such reforms work – reversing earlier statements and adopting the very language used by the opponents of reform.
The governor's proposal to build two new maximum security prisons is designed to placate the union at the expense of the public interest and will further increase the state's prison budget, maintain the system and drain resources necessary for other areas of state government.
If the governor is to fulfill his promises on prison reform, he must be willing to show steadfast determination in standing up against powerful interest groups on behalf of the public interest.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20060118/news_lz1e18macalla.html   (717 words)

 American Chronicle: Real Hope for Prison Reform
The governor and legislators implemented a grandiose reform plan that puts far too many responsibilities on a few men and women, but already it has crumbled by the resignation of one of the key men hired just 18 months ago to bring about the reform.
If prisoners doubled who are locked in cages and basic needs aren't met, such as decent food, water, proper housing and sanitary conditions, then the result is predictably chaos and crisis.
That's because most of the callous people who block this reform were put into office by law enforcement labor unions so they could serve their interests, not the interests of the people.
www.americanchronicle.com /articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=1082   (1363 words)

 PRUP (Prison Reform Unity Project)
The annual Prison Reform Unity Day events are for the purpose of advancing the human rights of prisoners and their families.
Combined effort of prisoners, families, advocates, and prison workers to show the public the real picture of what their prison money is paying for.
This is a site dedicated to justice and prison reform in addition to featuring individual cases of injustice.
x.webring.com /hub?ring=prup   (799 words)

 cbs5.com - Schwarzenegger Outlines Calif. Prison Reform Plan
Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday he will seek a review of California's prison sentencing guidelines, a politically risky undertaking that is part of a wide-ranging plan to address the state's burgeoning prison crisis.
Critics questioned whether the commission would be capable of proposing significant reform because it will not have authority to make changes in the law and its membership tilts heavily toward police, prosecutors and victims' relatives.
Another pillar of Schwarzenegger's reform effort is creating more space for state prison inmates and those being housed in county jails.
cbs5.com /politics/local_story_355182229.html   (1102 words)

 Best Prison Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Private Prisons Save Money, Boost Productivity, Studies Find (11/17) Florida passed in 1995 a law requiring all prison inmates to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.
A guard at Corcoran State Prison was just arrested on suspicion of conspiring with an inmate in a murder- for-hire scheme.
By shifting to private prison companies and putting the government in the role as independent monitor with the power to fire poor-performing companies, states have a more powerful hand in making significant improvements.
www.rppi.org /bestprisonreform.shtml   (4110 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Opinion -- Prison reform ...
Both cited the fact that the prison guards' union, the politically powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association, was pretty much running the prison system and that made reforms nearly impossible to implement.
He introduced five bills calling for, among other things, construction of two new prisons to ease overcrowding, the shifting of 4,500 nonviolent female inmates to facilities closer to their homes and the opening of re-entry facilities for inmates about to be released.
It is this kind of comprehensive approach to prison reform that is needed.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/op-ed/editorial1/20060901-9999-lz1ed1top.html   (508 words)

 China Letter-News and Human Rights: China: Prison Reform and Candid Reporting
The article claims that this initiative follows a series of prison reforms carried out of late by the Ministry of Justice to protect the rights of prisoners.
According to the article there exists within the prison system widespread abuse of power by prison officials including corruption and the use of unlawful discretionary power with respect to issues such as reducing prisoners' penalties, releasing prisoners on parole and allowing prisoners to be bailed out for medical treatment.
China's prison system comes in from considerable criticism for it's treatment of prisoners including allegations of forced labour, torture, deaths in custody and human organ harvesting.
uygurletter.blogspot.com /2004/05/china-prison-reform-and-candid.html   (567 words)

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