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People Detained at Jail Given Medicine Used to Treat Animals for Parasites as a Treatment for COVID-19
FDA has warned against using Ivermectin in treating COVID-19  Read More   08-26-2021

Life After White-Collar Crime
Every week, fallen executives come together, seeking sympathy and a second act  Read More   08-25-2021

Would You Rather Have Your Wallet Stolen on the Street or Spend Two Weeks in Jail?
Relative Harm Valuation (RHV) explained  Read More   08-24-2021

Report: The Business Case for Criminal Justice Reform: Second Chance Hiring
At the national level, economists estimate that the Gross Domestic Product (G.D.P.) is reduced between $78 billion and $87 billion due to excluding formerly incarcerated job seekers from the workforce  Read More   08-23-2021

Federal Loophole Thwarts State Curbs on Police Seizures of Property
People who have not been arrested or convicted of a crime can still have their property seized  Read More   08-20-2021

Investing in Evidence-Based Alternatives to Policing: Community Violence Intervention
Vera Institute of Justice makes recommendations for jurisdictions, states, and the federal government  Read More   08-19-2021

Mentoring Programs for Youth: A Promising Intervention for Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awarded nearly $1 billion in grants to mentoring organizations from 2008 to 2019  Read More   08-19-2021

The Case for Prison Nurseries
Evidence shows that prison nurseries benefit the infants, mothers, and taxpayers  Read More   08-17-2021

Gerrymandering Explained
Gerrymandering has been around for centuries, but now redistricting is seen as more of a threat  Read More   08-16-2021

Formerly Incarcerated Teens Share Their Research, Ideas to Improve the Juvenile Justice System
Group helps rework probation agreement, block curfews, and work toward new approaches  Read More   08-13-2021

Jailhouse Lawyers Take on COVID-19, and More
Despite many restrictions and obstacles brought about by the pandemic, jailhouse lawyers persevere in seeking justice for those behind bars  Read More   08-12-2021

Shon Hopwood, Who Know Firsthand, Tells How Atrocious Prisons Conditions Make Us All Less Safe
The American prison system seems designed to ensure that people return to incarceration instead of successfully reentering society  Read More   08-11-2021

The First Step Act Required the Federal Prison System to Treat People With Opioid Dependence. What Happened?
Less than 2% of the 15,000 who were deemed eligible received treatment  Read More   08-11-2021

Race, Disability and Criminal Justice
55 percent of Black people with a disability are arrested before the age of 28  Read More   08-09-2021

Vera Announces Funding for Organizations in Rural America Seeking Alternative Solutions to Incarceration
Third round of community grants intended to sustain existing work in smaller cities and rural communities to reduce incarceration and address inequities in the criminal justice system  Read More   08-08-2021

"Lettuce Grow," a Sustainable Gardening Program Prepares People in 16 Oregon Prisons and Juvenile Detention Centers for Employment upon Release
Graduates find jobs in nurseries and horticultural –related businesses  Read More   08-06-2021

Four Ways The Pandemic Made Us Rethink Our Criminal Legal System
Evan with decarceration jails and prisons continue to be epicenters of COVID-19  Read More   08-04-2021

Unfinished Business: A Former U.S. District Judge Reckons with the Men She Sentenced
Judge: "I could not shake my horror at the laws I was obliged to apply, even as I was applying them."  Read More   08-04-2021

Nine Ways That States Can Provide Better Public Defense
Prison Policy Initiative provides questions to ask to assess the strength of your state's public defense system  Read More   08-02-2021

Is Closing Prisons Decarceral Progress?
Inquest finds closing prisons creates overcrowding, the compounding of geographic disparities, and elimination of pro-social, programming-dense environment  Read More   07-30-2021

Monetary Sanctions as a Pound of Flesh
America has established a two-tiered system of justice: one for people with financial means and one for people without  Read More   07-29-2021

Advocacy Groups File Complaint with Homeland Security Over Conditions of Immigrants at Bergen County Jail in N.J.
Allegations include sexual assault, medical and physical abuse, religious discrimination, and "deplorable" conditions  Read More   07-28-2021

Klansmen Working As Corrections Officers
Murder plot by Florida corrections officers revealed  Read More   07-28-2021

Plea Tracker Project Will Produce Aggregated Data Showing Patterns in How Prosecutors Use Their Discretion
90-95% of all criminal case dispositions end with a plea bargain  Read More   07-26-2021

The 50-Year War on Drugs Sent Millions of Black Americans to Prison
Background checks can prevent people with decades-old drug convictions from getting jobs, housing, and higher education  Read More   07-23-2021

Four Steps to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Correctional Officers
Former chief medical officer of the New York City jail system offers recommendations to increase COVID-19 vaccination among correctional officers  Read More   07-23-2021

Building Exits Off the Highway to Mass Incarceration: Diversion Programs Explained
Prison Policy Initiative lists five exits that will divert people from incarceration  Read More   07-21-2021

Philadelphia Detectives 'Offered People in Jail Sex and Drugs for False Testimonies'
"Sex for lies" contributed to men serving life sentences in the 80's according to a new report  Read More   07-21-2021

L.A. County Jail Gives Overdose Reversal Treatment Directly to Incarcerated People
The L.A. County Office of Diversion and Reentry also provides doses of Narcan to people being released from jail  Read More   07-19-2021

South Carolina Has Lowest US Rate of People Who Return to Jail
Less than 22% of people released in 2017 returned to prison within three years  Read More   07-18-2021

Examining the Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Involvement in the Justice System
The National Institute of Justice presents seven studies to better understand and improve responses to children exposed to violence and childhood trauma  Read More   07-16-2021

Brennan Center for Justice: The Dehumanizing Work of Immigration Law
  Read More   07-15-2021

Inside The Nation's Overdose Crisis in Prisons and Jails
Behind bars, drug use is rampant and uniquely deadly, new data shows  Read More   07-15-2021

People in Prison and Doctors Who Battle Over Transgender Medical Care
WIRED introduces us to the psychiatrist who most times nixes gender confirmation surgery for incarcerated people who seek it  Read More   07-13-2021

United States Sentencing Committee Releases Easy-to Read Quick Facts on a Variety of Federal Crimes
Topics include sentencing issues, drugs, groups of people who commite crimes, economic crimes, sex offenses, firearm, immigration, escape, national defense and robbery  Read More   07-10-2021

Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia Jails are in a Crisis, and a Tactic Used During COVID-19 is the Solution
90% of people in Philadelphia jails are awaiting trial  Read More   07-10-2021

What More can Be Done To Keep Black Youth Out of Florida's Juvenile Justice System?
Only 40.8 percent of Black Juveniles who were eligible served in a diversion program  Read More   07-10-2021

Checking The Success Of Your State's Efforts To Restore Voting Rights To The Formerly Incarcerated
The Marshall Project found no more than 1 in 4 of the newly eligible voters had registered for the 2020 election in four key states. Here's how to examine yours.  Read More   07-10-2021

Policy Assessments: Task Force Conducted Two Dozen Assessments of Proposed Policing Reforms
Examining measures focused on preventing excessive use of force, reducing racial biases, increasing accountability, and improving the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve  Read More   07-10-2021

Diversion, Positive Youth Development, Restorative Practices: Connecting the Dots
Report concludes that youth with diverse and complex needs struggle to complete diversion programs  Read More   07-05-2021

Susan Sered on the Ineffectiveness of Prison-Based Therapy
Noted sociologist finds that there is little evidence that mental health services in prison are of benefit to women after they are released  Read More   07-04-2021

On Independence Day, Whose "Freedom" Do We Celebrate?
For many Black and brown people "freedom" is just an illusion  Read More   07-04-2021

The People's Plan for Prison Closure
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)  Read More   07-03-2021

New Report Finds Evidence That People Convicted of Violent Crimes Rarely Commit New Crimes of Violence After Release
In addition to findings, report offers recommendations to advance the criminal legal system to become fair, efficient, and humane  Read More   07-03-2021

Prisons Have a Health Care Issue — And It Starts at the Top, Critics Say
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit those responsible for overseeing the health care and safety of people incarcerated in 120 lockups had no formal medical training  Read More   07-01-2021

Probation and Parole as Punishment
Community supervision must be transformed in order to help people caught up in the justice system, not hurt them further  Read More   06-30-2021

A Grandmother Didn't Answer Her Phone During a Class. She Was Sent Back to Prison
Her lawyer was told by BOP because she could have been robbing a bank, she will be treated as if she was robbing a bank  Read More   06-30-2021

Fully Free Campaign Seeks to End System of 'Permanent Punishments'
Human rights activists prefer the term permanent punishments over “collateral consequences” because its "punishment after the punishment after you’ve been released from incarceration"  Read More   06-29-2021

Text Reminders of Court Appearances Leads to a Drop in Pre-Trial Detentions in Massachusetts
Failure to appear rates have dropped to 12.6 percent in Massachusetts  Read More   06-28-2021

The Marshall Project Issues Its Final Report on the Coronavirus in Prisons
From the start of the pandemic until June 2021 398,617 people in prison were infected by the virus  Read More   06-25-2021

AP Sources: Officials Mulling Ousting US Prisons Director
A final decision to fire Michael Carvajal has not been made  Read More   06-24-2021

Collateral Consequences and the Enduring Nature of Punishment
For some people, punishment can continue years after the sentence ends, even decades  Read More   06-23-2021

Female Reentry and Gender-Responsive Programming
Recommendations for Policy and Practice  Read More   06-22-2021

Opinion: Most Women Don't Need Prison, They Need Support
Once in custody, women find themselves in a system created for and by men  Read More   06-21-2021

CT Readies For Free Phone Calls From Behind Bars
Law also stipulates that the state Department of Correction can't reduce the number of in-person visits to inmates because calls are now free  Read More   06-20-2021

Report: 25,000 Years Lost to Wrongful Convictions
More than $2.9 million paid in compensation, but over half of exonerees received nothing  Read More   06-17-2021

10 Crime Coverage Dos and Don'ts
The Sentencing Project offers media can help media outlets develop coverage that will better inform the public and policymakers on how to pursue the most effective and humane public safety policies  Read More   06-16-2021

Study Finds Lack of Statewide Oversight Causes Excessive Caseloads for Illinois Public Defenders
Sixth Amendment Center report cites Illinois is one of seven states in the country without a state commission, agency or officer that sets standards for indigent representation  Read More   06-15-2021

Opinion: Youth Justice Needs Specialized Training of Judges, Lawyers, Court Employees, and Courtroom Language that Doesn't Demean
Young people might get fairer treatment in court if judges, lawyers and court employees are trained in youth behavior and how to interact with youth in legal settings  Read More   06-14-2021

Despite Promises of Reform, Investigation Found "Death, Neglect, and Disrepair" in Tribal Jails
As of April, 236 of the 1,133 correctional officers — 1 in 5 — working in tribal detention centers had not completed the required basic training  Read More   06-11-2021

New Data: State Prisons Are Increasingly Deadly Places
New data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that state prisons are seeing alarming rises in suicide, homicide, and drug and alcohol-related deaths.  Read More   06-10-2021

New Jersey to Shut Down Only Women's Prison
Gov. Phil Murphy "disturbed and disgusted" over violent incidents against incarcerated women  Read More   06-09-2021

Minnesota Will Be the First State to Stop Separating Incarcerated Moms and Newborns
As it stands now, after two or three days in the hospital, the baby goes on to a new caregiver  Read More   06-08-2021

Laws Criminalizing HIV Are Obstructing Efforts to End the AIDS Epidemic
32 states have laws designed to punish HIV+ people by creating or enhancing criminal penalties for various behaviors  Read More   06-07-2021

More States Expand the Ballot to Previously Incarcerated
5.2 million Americans are are not allowed to vote because of their felony convictions  Read More   06-04-2021

NBA Champion Caron Butler Speaks Out Against Solitary Confinement
Once locked up in solitary confinement, Butler knows how damaging it can be  Read More   06-03-2021

A Person Who Is Incarcerated Explains, Yet Again, Why the Word "Inmate" Is Harmful
The term is dehumanizing, so why is it still being used?  Read More   06-03-2021

Opinion: End, Don’t Move, Solitary Confinement
Connecticut is closing its notorious supermax prison, but planning to continue its restrictive solitary confinement policy in other state prisons  Read More   05-28-2021

Over One-Third of Miami-Dade County Drivers Have Suspended Licenses
Those who can't pay their initial fine face even steeper fines, as well as arrest  Read More   05-28-2021

Western District of Louisiana Announces DOJ Grants for Reentry Programs and Others
Funding is also considered for gang violence and gun violence reduction, and enforcement, adjudication and supervision programs, as well as other programs  Read More   05-28-2021

'I Let Go of the Outcome': Jeff Grant, Convicted of a Felony, Shares His Journey of Overcoming Addiction and Winning Back His Law License
The co-founder of Progressive Prison Ministries offers a weekly white-collar online support group for people convicted of white-collar crimes  Read More   05-27-2021

Arrest Trends in Action
What the data tells us about police practices  Read More   05-26-2021

Out of Prison, Doing Well, Seeking a Relationship, and Getting Shut out by Dating Apps
Does banning people convicted of felonies from dating apps really make people safer?  Read More   05-26-2021

Someone Facing Life without Parole Could Die in Prison, but They Won’t Get the Same Caliber of Legal Representation That Someone Facing the Death Penalty Will
56,000 people are serving life without parole, but most states don’t have minimum qualifications for their lawyers  Read More   05-25-2021

Women's Voices: Stories from Women Changing the Criminal Legal System
Women impacted by the criminal legal system shed light on the compounding harms of incarceration  Read More   05-24-2021

Federal Prisons Forced to Use Cooks, Nurses to Guard Inmates Due to Staff Shortages
Prisons are struggling to maintain control as fights, homicides, and suicides rise  Read More   05-22-2021

How Corporations Buy, and Sell, Food Made with Prison Labor
That mozzarella on your pizza might have been produced by prison labor  Read More   05-21-2021

Study Brief: Adequacy of Healthcare in Louisiana State Prisons
Review found several substantial issues with healthcare delivery, access, and administration with the DPSC system  Read More   05-19-2021

Fact Sheet: Trends in U.S. Corrections
The Sentencing Project's key fact sheet provides a compilation of major developments in the criminal justice system over the past several decades  Read More   05-18-2021

Energy Company Is Using People Incarcerated in Florida to Make Robocalls to Consumers in Other States
While the state makes money, some incarcerated people receive only 15% of their paycheck after numerous deductions  Read More   05-17-2021

Why Self-Care Isn't Enough: Resilience for Trauma-Informed Professionals (R-TIP)
R-TIP incorporates best-practice recommendations for recognizing and addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)among those implementing trauma-informed practices  Read More   05-14-2021

A Second Look at Injustice
Ending mass incarceration and tackling its racial disparities require taking a second look at long sentences  Read More   05-13-2021

The War Over the 13th Amendment and Modern Day Slavery
Senator Jeff Merkley and a band of activists are fighting back against the 13th Amendment  Read More   05-12-2021

Prisons and Jails Will Separate Millions of Mothers from Their Children in 2021
80% of the 2,019,900 women incarcerated each year are mothers  Read More   05-11-2021

Three Ways to Increase the Impact of the First Step Act's Earned Time Credits
Urban Institute report suggests reconsidering and increasing the amount of ETC expand opportunities for early release  Read More   05-09-2021

Youth Justice System Punishes Poverty: Study
Families of justice involved juveniles pay a heavy price  Read More   05-09-2021

'This is My Home.' Texas Lawmakers Consider Statewide Ban on Camping in Public Places
Critics say the proposal would further criminalize homeless people  Read More   05-06-2021

Reflections On Mother's Day in Prison
It's hard to be a mother in prison, but that doesn't stop women from trying  Read More   05-05-2021

College in Prison Adapts as COVID-19 Upends Education in Schools Everywhere
COVID-19 upended education in schools everywhere and prisons were no exception  Read More   05-04-2021

Lawyers for Juveniles Trained in Racial Justice Trials
Ambassadors for Racial Justice, trains juvenile defenders across the nation on how to combat systemic racism through case advocacy, community activism and legislation  Read More   05-03-2021

Tool to Predict Recidivism in People in Federal Prisons Could Make More Eligible for Early Release
PATTERN (the Prisoner Assessment Tool Targeting Estimated Risk and Needs). PATTERN, was designed to be gender-responsive and customized to the BOP population.  Read More   05-02-2021

Connecticut Legislative Leaders Signal An End to Prison Gerrymandering
Legislators and others are promoting a bill that would require the state to count people in prison prisoners as members of the communities they came from  Read More   04-29-2021

Citing "An Egregious Lack of Concern for the Health and Safety of All Who Enter," Virginia Seeks to Shut Down Notorious Jail
Jail Review Committee also asserts the jail poses "a significant public safety threat to inmates and correctional officers"  Read More   04-29-2021

Urban Institute: Police Traffic Stops Have Little to Do with Public Safety
Advocates suggest removing officers from traffic enforcement activities, listening to the people most harmed by traffic stops, and shifting the power to community members to define and address their public safety concerns  Read More   04-27-2021

The Importance of Racial Impact Statements
Racial impact statements are a tool for lawmakers to evaluate potential disparities of proposed legislation prior to adoption and implementation  Read More   04-26-2021

"Smart on Crime, Soft on Taxpayer Conservative Reform"
Mississippi governor signs bill that could make 2,000 people in prison eligible for parole  Read More   04-24-2021

What Is It Like to Survive COVID-19 in Prison?
Four incarcerated people tell what they witnessed and how they coped  Read More   04-23-2021

Disability Rights Organization Sues Oregon DOC
Incarcerated people in Oregon are forced to pay for prosthetic limbs, eyes. and other necessary medical equipment  Read More   04-23-2021

Manhattan to Stop Prosecuting Prostitution
Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr. asserts that prosecuting sex work doesn't make the city safer  Read More   04-22-2021

Tennessee Legislators Seek to Right Wrongs through Sentencing Reforms
500 people were left behind in prison after a new, reduced drug-free zone law was enacted  Read More   04-19-2021

We Can "Reimagine Justice," But how Do We Make It Work?
Local efforts will decide how justice evolves  Read More   04-16-2021

Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview
Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have banned life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles  Read More   04-15-2021

Fentanyl Ban Complicates Biden’s Plan to Shift Drug Policy
Civil rights groups want fentanyl-like substance ban to end  Read More   04-14-2021

Experts Weigh in on Punitive Excess
Essays reflect on ways to end excess punishment that permeates America's criminal justice system  Read More   04-14-2021

To End Mass Incarceration, We Need to Bust the Myths That Prop It Up
Victoria Law addresses myths related to the belief that prisons make us safer  Read More   04-12-2021

The Call to Apply Brain Science to Plea Bargains for Developmentally Informed Approach
Research on decision-making shows that adolescents are more likely to take risks and make impulsive choices  Read More   04-11-2021

Hundreds of Transgender People in California Prisons Get to Choose Whether to be Housed in a Male or Female Prison
One study found the rate of sexual assault is 13 times higher for transgender people  Read More   04-10-2021

New Jersey Congresswoman Leads Bipartisan Letter Calling on President Biden to Reverse "Cruel" Trump Justice Department Legal Memo
CARES Act requires people on home confinement to return to prison  Read More   04-10-2021

PA. Justice Encourages Courtroom Reforms to Serve Those on Autism Spectrum
Judge had wake-up call when he found out juvenile before him was on the autism spectrum, not incorrigible as he thought  Read More   04-04-2021

Words Matter: Don’t Call People Felons, Convicts, or Inmates
Vera Institute offers a list of words and phrases that are more humanizing  Read More   04-04-2021

Faulty Forensics and Wrongful Convictions
New report demonstrates how forensic methods are only as good as the scientist or technician using them  Read More   04-02-2021

New Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: Time Served in State Prison, 2018
Two-thirds of people released from state prison in2018 served less than two years  Read More   04-01-2021

President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate 11 Judicial Candidates
Nominees include four public defenders  Read More   03-31-2021

The Economic Costs of Pretrial Detention
A Brookings report reveals defendants detained pre-trial lost $29,001 in income on average over a lifetime compared with defendants who weren’t detained pre-trial  Read More   03-30-2021

New York State Trial Penalty: The Constitutional Right to Trial Under Attack
The trial penalty manifests in numerous ways including forcing defendants to waive various appellate rights  Read More   03-29-2021

Is Lead Poisoning a Partial Explanation for Low-Income Neighborhood Crimes?
A Florida attorney claims studies show lead poisoning has a harmful effect on the development of brains in young children  Read More   03-26-2021

Reuters Investigation: Lamentable Medical Care in Jails and Prisons Exposed During Pandemic
More than 480,000 people held in jail are presumed legally innocent  Read More   03-26-2021

Iowa Grieves the Murder of a Nurse and Corrections Officer
Corrections Officer Robert McFarland and Nurse Lorena Schulte died trying to prevent a prison escape  Read More   03-24-2021

Trauma Informed Prosecution Resource is Available
The Trauma-Informed Prosecution Project aims to develop guidance for prosecutors to incorporate trauma-informed best practices into their work  Read More   03-23-2021

Louisiana Department of Corrections Has a Year-Over-Year Turnover Rate of 73% among Correctional Officers
Gov. John Bel Edwards is seeking $21.5 million to raise the pay for entry-level correctional officers and to add incentives  Read More   03-22-2021

JustLeadershipUSA is Calling for a Voice in the Biden Administration
JLUSA created a roadmap executive actions, administrative rules, constitutional reforms, and more  Read More   03-19-2021

New Data on Jail Populations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
A drop in jail populations, jail reductions not going far enough, and racial disparities in jail incarceration widening during the pandemic are some of the topics covered  Read More   03-18-2021

What Comes Next For the Men Who Used to Be On Death Row?
In CT the call is to "put them in a situation that is just like death row."  Read More   03-17-2021

Incarcerated Parents and Termination of Parental Rights in Connecticut: Recommendations for Reform
Everything you need to know about The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), and why it needs reform  Read More   03-16-2021

Homeless, Mentally Ill, and Behind Bars
Research shows that forty-five percent of homeless people have mental illness  Read More   03-15-2021

Congress Delivers Nearly $4 Billion for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health
Office of National Drug Control Policy lists areas where the funding will be awarded  Read More   03-12-2021

World's Largest Evangelical Prison Ministry Supports Democrat Bill to Eliminate Sentencing Disparity Between Crack Cocaine and Cocaine Powder
81% of those convicted of crack offenses between 2015 to 2019 were Black  Read More   03-11-2021

CT Federal Prison: Refuse a Vaccine against COVID-19, Forget about Home Confinement
Worries about the vaccine's safety, and lack of trust, are some reasons people in Danbury FCI would rather forgo home confinement than get the vaccine  Read More   03-10-2021

What Jails Costs In Kentucky and Tennessee Counties
An interactive map allows one to select a county and view a breakdown of its jail budget  Read More   03-09-2021

People in Prison Have Access to Pell Grants Again, But Now What?
Questions have been raised about the quality of the programs, as well as how racial equality gaps will be closed  Read More   03-07-2021

Private Prisons in the United States
Thirty-one states and the federal government incarcerated 116,000 people in private prisons in 2019, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population  Read More   03-07-2021

Local Spending on Jails Tops $25 Billion in Latest Nationwide Data
Costs increased despite falling crime and fewer people being admitted to jail  Read More   03-07-2021

Jail Lockup Tied to Early Death in U.S. Counties
A new analysis suggests jail incarceration rates may help drive causes of death like infectious disease and suicide among county residents.  Read More   03-03-2021

Does Restorative Justice Stabilize Racist and Toxic Systems?
Critics claim oppressive systems must be dismantled before justice can be restorative  Read More   03-02-2021

New Massachusetts Rules Would Eliminate Handwritten Letters in Prison
MADOC's proposed rules would allow for photocopying legal mail  Read More   03-01-2021

Physical Mail Could Be Eliminated at Federal Prisons
Will Biden reverse a pilot program started by Trump that converts mail to electronic scans?  Read More   03-01-2021

Poverty and Mass Incarceration in New York: An Agenda for Change
Criminal justice reform can save New York State money and reduce the racial wealth gap  Read More   02-27-2021

U.S. Government Accountability Office Report: U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons Should Better Align Policies with National Guidelines
GAO offers six recommendations for executive action  Read More   02-25-2021

No End in Sight: America's Enduring Reliance on Life Imprisonment
One out of every seven in prison.  Read More   02-24-2021

Rigging the Jury: How Each State Reduces Jury Diversity by Excluding People with Criminal Records
More than 20 million people with a criminal conviction are barred from jury service  Read More   02-23-2021

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Calls on Biden to Grant Clemency to 100 Women in his First 100 Days in Office
Over 231,000 women and girls are incarcerated in the U.S.  Read More   02-22-2021

Activists Rally against Building a New "Trauma Informed" Women's Prison in Massachusetts
Families for Justice as Healing, in calling for community-based rehabilitation, argues that trauma informed care isn't possible in a prison setting  Read More   02-21-2021

Extracting Punishment from Our Civil Systems: Drug Policy Alliance Launches New Initiative with Series of Reports Illustrating How the Drug War Has Contaminated Six Critical Systems
'Uprooting the Drug War' Highlights Need to Remove Drug War's 'Roots' from Education, Employment, Housing, Child Welfare, Immigration, and Public Benefits  Read More   02-20-2021

Injustice in the Lowest Courts: How Municipal Courts Rob America's Youth
Report finds municipal courts expose youth to significant harm without providing them with adequate procedural protections  Read More   02-19-2021

Charities are Not Put in Jail For Asking for Money, So Why are Panhandlers?
In Florida, asking people who panhandle can be sent to jail for upto 60 days, and fined $500.  Read More   02-19-2021

New Data: The Revolving Door Between Homeless Shelters and Prisons in Connecticut
Unsheltered people in other states face the same problem  Read More   02-15-2021

"Invisible Disabilities are Still Disabilities," Bill Requiring Consideration of Autism, Mental Illness in Criminal Justice System Passes in Virginia
Bill also repeals a state law that currently bans defendants from introducing evidence about their mental health conditions/disabilities  Read More   02-13-2021

New Report: Policing by the Numbers
Charts provide information on trends in key areas, including the size and makeup of the nation's police agencies, spending, and, crime and victimization rates  Read More   02-12-2021

COVID-19 and a Violent Uprising in a St. Louis Jail
Incarcerated individuals throughout the country are feeling fear and anger over not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination  Read More   02-11-2021

Connecticut to Close Its Notorious Supermax Prison
Prison was under heavy criticism for solitary confinement policies, including its treatment of incarcerated individuals with mental health issues  Read More   02-10-2021

First-Of-Its-Kind National Poll Reveals Broad Consensus for Fines and Fees Reform
82% of U.S. voters support stopping the collection of fines and fees during the Covid-19 economic downturn  Read More   02-09-2021

People in Jail and Prison 2020
Report: Despite an historic drop in incarceration, the decrease was neither substantial nor sustained enough to be considered an adequate response  Read More   02-07-2021

Lessons from 2020: A Racial Awakening for Prosecutors
Guide recommends how prosecutors can create an office culture that embraces racial justice and supports prosecutors of color  Read More   02-05-2021

After the Sentence, More Consequences: A National Report of Barriers to Work
A complex web of local, state, and federal statutes and regulations can make it impossible for some people with criminal records to rebuild their lives  Read More   02-04-2021

Florida Criminal Justice Advocate and Entrepreneur Knows the Importance, and Benefits, of Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People
Mykal Tairu hopes to expand his business to give other formerly incarcerated people a second chance  Read More   02-04-2021

New Report Shows Youth Incarceration Disparities State-by-State
African American and American Indian youth are five times and three times as likely, respectively, as their white peers to be incarcerated  Read More   02-03-2021

16 Deadlines Extended for National Institute of Justice Funding
Most of the NIJ funding are for Research and Evaluation  Read More   02-02-2021

New Study Shows Low-Level Contact with the Criminal Justice System Negatively Impacts First Time Home Buyers
More research is needed to find solution to problem  Read More   02-01-2021

Newspapers Are Helping People Remove Negative Information from Old Articles
Old arrests and mug shots are just some of the items being removed from the newspapers' digital files  Read More   01-29-2021

Behavioral Challenges Can Push Youth With Disabilities Into School-to-Prison Pipeline
Fourteen percent of public school students receive special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  Read More   01-28-2021

Dozens of Staff Members at NJ Prison Suspended Over Allegations of Severely Beating Several Incarcerated Women
30 officers, supervisors and other staff have since been put on "administrative paid leave" during ongoing criminal investigation  Read More   01-27-2021

Margo St. James, Leader of the Sex Workers Rights Movement, Dead at Age 83
St. James advocated for decriminalization of sex work, as well as for treating sex workers with dignity and respect  Read More   01-26-2021

The Sentencing Project Asks, and Answers: Can We Wait 60 Years to Cut the Prison Population in Half?
At the going rate, the decline will take 57 years  Read More   01-24-2021

The Reintegration Agenda During Pandemic: Criminal Record Reforms in 2020
In 2020, 32 states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government enacted 106 legislative bills, approved 5 ballot initiatives, and issued 4 executive orders to restore rights and opportunities to people with a criminal record  Read More   01-24-2021

Columbia University: Innovate Criminal Justice Reform
Columbia faculty members identify the most pressing criminal justice issues facing the country, and offer possible solutions  Read More   01-24-2021

Visualize Savings to Unburden Your State Corrections Budget
Course Corrections Cost Calculator shows how changes to revocation rates can help reduce prison populations and save costs  Read More   01-20-2021

Only Nine States Have Laws against Prison Gerrymandering, will Illinois be the 10Th?
Illinois' HB 3653 is the culmination of 10 years of effort to end prison gerrymandering in that state  Read More   01-19-2021

Top Trends in Criminal Justice Reform, 2020
The Sentencing Project’s briefing paper describes key reforms that were prioritized in 2020  Read More   01-18-2021

Letter from Birmingham Jail: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Honoring Dr. King as we celebrate his birthday  Read More   01-17-2021

The Call for More States to Use Their "Good Time" Policies to Release People From Prison During the COVID-19 Epidemic
People in prisons earn credits by participating in educational, vocational and other programs, as well as complying with prison rules  Read More   01-15-2021

500 People in CT Prisons Cured of Hepatitis C after Lawsuit against the CT DOC Was Filed
CT DOC required to test and treat incarcerated people for Hep-C and file a report to the court every three months until March of 2022.  Read More   01-14-2021

"It Is Time to Free the Press in Prison"
Concerns arise when freedom of the press is severely curtailed when it applies to access to prisons  Read More   01-13-2021

Virginia State Crime Commission Votes to Eliminate Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Proposal would eliminate mandatory jail and prison terms attached to 224 offenses  Read More   01-12-2021

Innovative Music Program in Ohio Women's Prison Puts Moms' Words to Music
Healing songs on Zoom calls bring kids and their incarcerated mothers closer  Read More   01-11-2021

A Civilians Guide to Insurrection Legalese
The Marshall Project breaks down what it means to commit sedition, treason and conspiracy, and how the laws against those crimes are enforced  Read More   01-08-2021

Reason: Biden's Judicial Picks Should Include Lawyers Who Battled the Government in Court
The incoming president can bring some much-needed professional diversity to the federal bench  Read More   01-07-2021

An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind
Eugene, Oregon’s Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets, (CAHOOTS) has staff of unarmed outreach workers and medics is trained in crisis intervention and de-escalation  Read More   01-06-2021

Mississippi to End Tobacco Ban in Its Prisons
Profits from tobacco sales will fund MDOC’s Reentry Program  Read More   01-03-2021

Incarcerated Men at Soledad State Prison Raise $32,000 For a High School Student's Tuition
At a base wage of 8 cents an hour for many, it took three years  Read More   01-03-2021

Ex-Prosecutors on Federal Bench Reinforce Police Impunity: Report
The report cites three examples of how the beliefs of federal judges have biased constitutional law and expanded police power  Read More   12-29-2020

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons
The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.  Read More   12-29-2020

How Kentucky in Keeping Youth Out of the Juvenile Justice System
Kentucky is recognized for its juvenile diversion efforts  Read More   12-27-2020

Vera Institute of Justice Annual Report 2020: Reckoning with Justice
Vera recounts criminal justice issues of 2020, and the changes they implemented  Read More   12-27-2020

The Department of Justice Issues "Blistering" Report Concerning Staff's Rampant Sexual Abuse of Incarcerated Women at Florida's Lowell Prison
DOJ investigation found staff members have "raped, sodomized, beaten and choked" numerous incarcerated women at the prison for years  Read More   12-24-2020

Racial Disparities Found in Police Enforcement of Warrants
Report found "substantial racial disparities" in warrant arrests, mostly having to do with non-violent or low-level charges  Read More   12-24-2020

Dallas Works to Avoid Sending People in Crisis to Emergency Rooms or Jails
Pilot program shows early success in rethinking responses to mental health emergencies  Read More   12-20-2020

One in Every Five Individuals in State and Federal Prisons Tested Positive For The Coronavirus
In some states more than half of incarcerated people have been infected  Read More   12-19-2020

How States Transformed Criminal Justice in 2020, and How They Fell Short
Report contains nearly 90 state-level bills and initiatives, with 17 themes, and 7 maps  Read More   12-19-2020

New Report Claims Mass Incarceration Led to Over a Half a Million New COVID-19 Cases Nationwide
The study provides the first estimates of how prisons and jails led to more coronavirus infections, both inside and outside prisons  Read More   12-17-2020

Learned Helplessness, Criminalization, and Victimization in Vulnerable Youth
Paper offers community-based solutions to help vulnerable youth overcome challenges that may have lifetime consequences  Read More   12-17-2020

As Fires are Being Set in Texas Prisons, 200 of Them Don’t Have Working Fire Alarms
A 2019 inspection report found 2,925 safety violations in the prison system, only six which were corrected  Read More   12-14-2020

Incarcerated Women Are Punished for Their Trauma With Solitary Confinement
Too often women are thrown into solitary confinement for mental health issues  Read More   12-13-2020

The Data That Can Make Prosecutors Engines of Criminal Justice Reform
Shifting the focus from convictions and sentences to fairness and community wellbeing is key to transforming the system.  Read More   12-11-2020

Why Focusing On Women, Girls Could Reduce Gun Violence
Women are often left picking up the pieces following a shooting or when a loved one is killed, injured or incarcerated  Read More   12-10-2020

Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities
Study examined crime rates for ten different offenses in 28 American cities during the COVID-19 pandemic  Read More   12-09-2020

Reducing Violence Without Police: A Review of Research Evidence
Report represents the consultants' best advice for funding organizations and community leaders  Read More   12-09-2020

New Report: Incarcerated Women and Girls
Between 1980 and 2019 the number of incarcerated women increased more than 700%  Read More   12-06-2020

Opinion: Bring Back Black Girls Before They're Herded Into Foster Care, Justice System
Black girls are more likely to get suspended or expelled from school than white girls and disproportionally placed in foster care  Read More   12-06-2020

No Escape: The Trauma of Witnessing Violence in Prison
A study found that 30% to 60% of men in state prisons already had PTSD before entering prison which was compounded by witnessing more violence in prison  Read More   12-06-2020

When Prison Grievance Systems Fail to Protect Incarcerated People
Formal complaints about egregious prison conditions and sub-standard medical care are most often denied redress  Read More   12-06-2020

States Can Shorten Probation and Protect Public Safety
Wide variations in policies and term lengths across states point to opportunities for reform  Read More   12-06-2020

First Class: Starting a Postsecondary Education Program in Prison
Every dollar invested in prison-based education yields $4 -$5 in dollars taxpayer savings from reduced incarceration costs  Read More   11-17-2020

The Promise - and Peril - of Biden’s Criminal Justice Reform Platform
How Biden implements his goals will be a factor in their success or failure  Read More   11-17-2020

Quantity and Quality: The 1994 Crime Bill and the Role of the Federal Government in Local Law Enforcement
Report breaks down the 1994 Crime Bill, what was learned, and the "rigorous" need for evaluation of outcomes  Read More   11-17-2020

Once Again the Brooklyn Federal Detention Center is Slammed, This Time Concerning the Poor Response to COVID-19
Previous issues include inhumane treatment of people locked up, sexual abuse by staff members, and the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein while in custody  Read More   11-11-2020

New BJS Data Reveals a Jail-Building Boom on Tribal Land
Expanding more jails incarceration led to more incarceration and as a result, more overcrowding  Read More   11-10-2020

Credit Overdue: How States Can Mitigate Academic Credit Transfer Problems For Youth In The Juvenile Justice System
On any given day 48,000 youth are locked up and away from school, most not given academic credit for classes taken in juvenile facilities  Read More   11-10-2020

From the Big House to the State House, Tarra Simmons Beat the Odds
Having a felony conviction and imprisoned, then pursuing a law degree and fighting successfully to take the bar exam, spurred Simmons to run for office  Read More   11-07-2020

How Do Your Political Views Match Up with People in Prison?
There are sharp differences and a few areas of agreement.  Read More   11-05-2020

On the Autism Spectrum and In Prison
Autistic people who can’' understand prison rules have a harder time in prison and are more vulnerable to exploitation  Read More   11-04-2020

Federal Certificate Offers New Hope for Americans in 'Internal Exile'
Currently offered in 12 states, Certificate of Rehabilitation has support of law reform organizations  Read More   11-04-2020

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prison, Updated
Find out the infection and death rate in a state or federal prison near you  Read More   11-02-2020

Why Juvenile Records Should Not Be Used in Adult Sentence Enhancements
Plea bargaining convictions as a juvenile can haunt adults decades later  Read More   10-30-2020

Just and Well: Rethinking How States Approach Competency to Stand Trial
Report outlines the 10 state officials can pursue to improve the competency to stand trial process  Read More   10-29-2020

How Bad is Prison Health Care?
Corizon Health has had thousands of law suits, including class action suits, filed against them  Read More   10-28-2020

Incarcerated People Tell What Could Have Kept Them Out of Prison
Some answers are surprising, some are heartbreaking, and some answers have been repeated for years  Read More   10-27-2020

Bill Would Provide Grants to Fund America's Smallest Communities to Support Families and Promote Public Safety
Bipartisan legislation introduced to support local efforts to reduce and address racial inequities in incarceration rates  Read More   10-26-2020

U.S. Sentencing Commission First Step Act of 2018 Resentencing Provisions Retroactivity Data Report
Nearly 92% of persons receiving these FSA sentence reductions were Black  Read More   10-24-2020

New Report: Misdemeanor Enforcement Trends Across Seven U.S. Jurisdictions
Misdemeanor charges a moved away from drug-related offenses but increased in person-related offenses  Read More   10-24-2020

Photographer Helps Survivors of California Youth Training School Tell Their Horrific Stories of Life Inside of the Notorious "Gladiator School"”
Formerly incarcerated youth claims that if you weren't violent you became a victim of violence  Read More   10-24-2020

App Sends Free Email to People in Prison, and Helps Them Register to Vote
Ameelio, a tech nonprofit founded by Yale students, launched a voter registration campaign targeting people incarcerated in Maine  Read More   10-21-2020

New Data: Solitary Confinement Increases Risk of Premature Death after Release
Any amount of time spent in solitary confinement increases the risk of death after release from prison, including deaths by suicide, homicide, and opioid overdose  Read More   10-18-2020

Locked Out 2020: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rites
5.2 million people remainare denied the right to vote due to a felony conviction  Read More   10-17-2020

If Prison Walls Could Talk: Personal Stories about COVID-19 and Prison
Incarcerated people and their loved ones speak on the fear, stress, and anger that the public is unaware of behind prison walls  Read More   10-17-2020

Judges in Tennessee are Training in the Physiology of Substance Use Disorder, Evidence-Based Interventions, and Medical-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Pilot program, originally created for healthcare professionals, helps judges better understand how they can contribute to recovery, rather than hand down a prison sentence  Read More   10-17-2020

What the Surge in Juvenile Homicides Means, and What to Do About it
Homicide cases spiked by 35% between 2014 and 2018  Read More   09-21-2020

Latest Bureau of Justice Report Shows Crime Down
The rate of violent victimization in urban areas declined 20% from 2018 to 2019  Read More   09-21-2020

Failing Grades: States' Responses to COVID-19 in Jails & Prisons
Shockingly most states received an F+  Read More   09-17-2020

Conviction, Imprisonment, and Lost Earnings: How Involvement with the Criminal Justice System Deepens Inequality
People who have spent time in prison find their subsequent annual earnings reduced by an average of 52 percent  Read More   09-16-2020

Investigation Called For after Nurse Whistleblower Alleges Numerous Unnecessary Hysterectomies Performed at Ice Detention Center
Accused doctor was also a subject of a Justice Department investigation five years ago  Read More   09-16-2020

Bipartisan Bill Introduced That Could Keep Unconvicted People Charged with Federal Drug Crimes Out of Prison
22,000 people are now being held in prisons on pretrial detention for federal drug charges  Read More   09-14-2020

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Ruling That People with a Felony Conviction Don't Have to Pay off Court Fees and Fines in Order to Vote
Ruling is expected to be appealed to Supreme Court  Read More   09-13-2020

The Many Roads to Reintegration: A 50-State Report on Laws Restoring Rights and Opportunities
Each state is assigned a grade state for each type of relief  Read More   09-13-2020

In the Shadows: A Review of the Research on Plea Bargaining
Trial penalty and other coercive factors result in 90% of people taking a plea bargain instead of utilizing their constitutionally guaranteed trial rights  Read More   09-11-2020

1,400 People Evacuated from Oregon Prisons as Fires Rage Nearby
Emergency evacuations comes as attempts are made to curtail spread of COVID-19 in prisons throughout the state  Read More   09-10-2020

When Facial Recognition Technology Used By Law Enforcement Goes Wrong
Facial recognition technology has a "substantial error rate" among black and brown people  Read More   09-09-2020

Prison Policy Initiative: What You Should Know about Halfway Houses
The underreporting of COVID-19 cases is just the tip of the iceberg  Read More   09-06-2020

Trends in U.S. Corrections
Updated fact sheet states changes in policy and laws, not increase crime rates are responsible for 500% increase in people in prisons and jails  Read More   09-06-2020

Effects of School Resource Officers on School Crime and Responses to School Crime
Study suggests increasing SROs doesn't improve school safety  Read More   09-06-2020

New Study Finds Private Prisons Increase Cost of Incarceration
People in private prisons serve longer sentences  Read More   09-06-2020

How to Reduce Repeat Encounters: A Brief for Law Enforcement Executives
Identifying people in the community who are high utilizers is the first step  Read More   08-25-2020

Perspectives on Incarceration and Abolition from People with Experience in the Criminal Punishment System
Activists and writers Albert Woodfox , Lyle May, and Reginald Dwayne Betts offer critical insight  Read More   08-24-2020

No Access to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail
The criminalization of homelessness leads to a never-ending cycle that shuffles people from the streets to the jail and back again  Read More   08-22-2020

California Severely Short on Firefighting Crews after COVID-19 Lockdown at Prison Camps
Only 30 of California's 77 prison firefighter crews are able to fight the raging fires  Read More   08-20-2020

A State-by-State Guide to Prison Visiting Restrictions During the Coronavirus Pandemic
An added link is included for tracking court openings  Read More   08-19-2020

The Call to Dismiss Misdemeanor Cases During the Pandemic
Each year 13 million misdemeanor cases jam courts in this country  Read More   08-18-2020

Susan Burton Truly Shows Women Released from Prison A New Way of Life
Formerly incarcerated herself, Ms. Burton provides safe, transitional housing  Read More   08-17-2020

Strategies to Help Police Address Citizens With Special Needs
A study showed one in five teens with autism are stopped and questioned by police before age 21  Read More   08-14-2020

What People Released from Prison Found Most Shocking
Colors, choices, and nature are some of the things that took getting used to  Read More   08-14-2020

U.S. Marshalls Accused of Spreading COVID-19 Across Federal Prison System
Incarcerated people being transported to and from federal prisons are not tested for coronavirus  Read More   08-13-2020

Revoked: How Probation and Parole Feed Mass Incarceration in the United States
The Council of State Governments reports 45 percent of all US state prison admissions stemmed from probation and parole violations  Read More   08-12-2020

Vera Institute of Justice Announces Expansion of Initiative Designed to Change Restrictive Public Housing Policies
Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative seeks to reduce barriers in housing for formerly incarcerated people  Read More   08-12-2020

New Report: Federal Probation and Supervised Release Violations
The report examines the prevalence, types, and locations of federal supervision violations as well as the characteristics of more than 82,000 violators  Read More   08-02-2020

Visualizing the Racial Disparities in Mass Incarceration
Prison Policy Initiative offers key statistics compiled into a series of charts  Read More   08-02-2020

U.S House of Representatives Votes to Lift the Ban on Pell Grants for People in Prison
The House joins governors, businesses, education organizations, and justice groups in supporting Pell reinstatement  Read More   08-02-2020

Decarceration and Crime During COVID-19
ACLU report finds fewer crimes were committed between March and May 2020 than the same period in 2019  Read More   07-29-2020

How the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office Has Used a Shadowy Charity Fund in Criminal Cases
It is reported that defendants fearing criminal convictions and prison time have handed over thousands of dollars into the funds  Read More   07-28-2020

Why the Senate Should Pass the Driving for Opportunity Act
Suspending drivers license for unpaid fines and fees creates an unnecessary cycle of punishment and poverty  Read More   07-27-2020

The Popularity of YouTube Prison Lifestyle Videos
Videos by people with authentic prison experiences help the curious understand what life behind bars really is like  Read More   07-24-2020

Judge Sends Juvenile to Detention for Not Doing Online School Work
A Michigan family court judge claims 15-year old black girl is "exactly where you are supposed to be"  Read More   07-24-2020

The New Jane Crow: Women's Mass Incarceration
Black women shown to be the victims of a racist, broken, criminal punishment system  Read More   07-22-2020

A Vision for the Modern Prosecutor
The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution contrasts traditional practice with a vision of the future  Read More   07-21-2020

Can Religious Ideals That Helped Shape the Broken U.S. Prison System Also Help Fix Them?
America's criminal justice system holds the ‘fundamental belief that the harm caused by crime is resolved by state-imposed suffering'  Read More   07-20-2020

Ending Police Violence: What Do Defund and Divest Mean?
Vera Institute of Justice outlines two perspectives and offers key tenets for bringing about systemic change to policing in America  Read More   07-18-2020

Updated: State-by-State Covid-19 Numbers in Juvenile Facilities as of July 15
Since March 20 there has been a continuous spike of COVID-19 diagnoses among juveniles and staff  Read More   07-16-2020

The Last Prisoner Project's Goal Is to Free All 40,000 People Incarcerated for Nonviolent Cannabis Offenses
LPP's Prison to Prosperity program also provides cannabis executives to mentor newly released individuals and lead them to employment in the cannabis industry  Read More   07-15-2020

How Long Can You Hide a Dead Body in a Prison Cell?
Mental-health problems, short staffing plague a Texas lockup in COVID lockdown  Read More   07-14-2020

In the Wake of the Pandemic, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Sets to Release 8,000 People
Those released must fit eligibility requirements  Read More   07-13-2020

New Report Finds No Significant Difference in Recidivism Rates of Those Released Early and Those Who Served a Full Sentence
A third of those who did recidivate were sent back to prison for a asupervision violation  Read More   07-12-2020

Three New Publications on Juvenile Court Statistics, Arrests, and Residential Placement
National Institute of Justice releases the latest reports on juvenile court statistics, juvenile arrests, and juveniles in residential placement  Read More   07-09-2020

Shifting the Blame for Coronavirus Deaths in Texas Prisons from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to the Governor and His Appointed Board of Pardons and Parole
Critics claim Governor and board refused call for releasing those near end of sentence or with short sentences  Read More   07-08-2020

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Gives $5.3 Million to Distribute Books to Prisons
Distributing curated books to prisons is a part of Mellon Foundation's decision to invest in social justice issues  Read More   07-07-2020

Prison Policy Initiative Offers Up-to-Date List of Legal Resources for People Incarcerated on Civil Matters
PPI calls upon other organizations to add to their list  Read More   07-06-2020

State-by-State Guide to Prison Visiting During the Pandemic
With new spike in COVID-19 infections, reopening visits may be delayed  Read More   07-04-2020

What Policing Costs: A Look at Spending in America's Biggest Cities
Every three seconds a person is arrested in America, and more than 80% of arrests are for low-level, non-violent offenses  Read More   07-03-2020

Did Three Women at FCI Aliceville Die of "Natural Causes" or Medical Neglect?
Investigation by Reason is stymied by BOP's refusal to answer questions about the deaths  Read More   07-03-2020

How a Group of Lifers Cracked the Code of Prison Reform
National Lifers of America is a powerful organization that believes people with lived experience should be the drivers of prison policy reform  Read More   07-01-2020

44,000 Indirect Consequences of a Criminal Conviction Make Successful Reintegration Challenging
The ramifications of a conviction can be temporary or permanent  Read More   06-30-2020

Five Tips for Youth Leaders on the Front Lines of Advocacy, Change, and Justice
Youth advocate Grant E. Loveless guides others on advocacy, activism and social entrepreneurship  Read More   06-27-2020

The Crisis of Self-Harm in Arizona Prisons
Self-harm incidents in Arizona prisons have increased over 360% during the past five years  Read More   06-27-2020

Prison Policy Initiative Shares Ten Key Facts about Policing
Only five percent of all arrests are for serious violent crimes  Read More   06-24-2020

Why One Man Asked for a Second Chance for the Killer of His Only Son
Believing young people can change, a father fought against a life sentence for the 14-year old who took his son's life  Read More   06-23-2020

ICYMI: Before He Was Killed, Rayshard Brooks Spoke About the Struggles of Life after Incarceration
In a February interview with Reconnect, Brooks was hoping for a better future despite the obstacles in his path  Read More   06-22-2020

Paying on Probation: How Financial Sanctions Intersect with Probation to Target, Trap, and Punish People Who Cannot Pay
People on probation who can't afford to pay court-sanctioned fines, fees, and restitution face harsh consequences  Read More   06-20-2020

"I Begged Them To Let Me Die": How Federal Prisons Became Coronavirus Death Traps
BOP accused of failing to follow its own pandemic response plan and other committing other egregious acts  Read More   06-18-2020

Vera Announces Funding for Organizations Transforming State and Local Justice Systems in Rural America
The new grants will help shift resources to community-based movements in small cities and rural counties across the country  Read More   06-17-2020

Studies Show That City Violence Prevention Programs Save Lives and Lots of Money
Looking at violence a communicable disease the Cure Violence program has a remarkable record for reducing shootings  Read More   06-16-2020

Tennessee Looks to Reduce the Size of Its Drug-Free School Zones
Currently, judges are required to incarcerate anyone possessing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, even if that person is inside their own home  Read More   06-15-2020

Protecting Black Lives: The Crisis of American Policing
Vera Institute of Justice commits to work to ensure systemic change  Read More   06-12-2020

A Legislative Guide for Winnable, High-Impact Criminal Justice Reforms
Prison Policy Initiative offers sound policy ideas for state legislators to reform their criminal justice system without expanding it  Read More   06-11-2020

Failure to Protect: An Oklahoma Child Abuse Law Treats Women Differently Than Men
60 Minutes segment found that 15 women who were never found to have abused their children have received harsher punishments than the man who did  Read More   06-10-2020

One Woman's Story about What Life is Like the First Year after Prison
Freedom from prison can be exhilarating, but also downright scary  Read More   06-09-2020

Survey: 52% Drop in Admissions to Youth Detention in Two Months Matches Reduction Over 13 Years
While admissions into detention slowed, so have rates of release  Read More   06-08-2020

Senators Portman, Cardin, Lankford, and Booker Introduce the Paycheck Protection Program Second Chance Act
Act will allow small business owners with criminal records to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  Read More   06-06-2020

Persistent and Aggressive Interactions with the Police: Potential Mental Health Implications
Study concludes there is evidence of an association between high lifetime police stops and PTSD symptoms  Read More   06-04-2020

All of Federal Prisons are on Lockdown after Nationwide Protests against the Killing of George Floyd
Lockdown is strictest since mass rioting in federal prisons in 1995  Read More   06-03-2020

Why So Many Police are Handling Protests Wrong
Disproportionate use of force can turn a peaceful protest violent, research shows  Read More   06-02-2020

Obstacles to Successful Reintegration During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Obtaining an ID is necessary for employment, housing, and public benefits are near impossible with DMVs closed due to COVID-19  Read More   06-01-2020

Hawaii Is Trying to Arrest Away Homelessness and It’s Not Working
In the midst of a pandemic, Honolulu conducted 23 sweeps, arresting and displacing people and not providing shelter for them  Read More   05-29-2020

When Parole Doesn't Mean Release
Prison Policy Initiative reveals "senseless program requirements" that keep people locked up during the COVID-19 pandemic  Read More   05-28-2020

A Look into Jail-Based Behavioral Health Diversion Interventions
The Council of State Governments offers practical information for developing a community-wide diversion plan  Read More   05-27-2020

Utah Residents Can Find Themselves Incarcerated If They Default on Loans
With an average interest of 652 percent a $700 loan can cost over $18,000 at the end of one year  Read More   05-26-2020

Cal State Fullerton Offers Off-Campus Housing for Formerly Incarcerated Students, the Only Such Housing in the U.S.
CSU Fullerton's Project Rebound program provides stable housing to formerly incarcerated men earning their degrees  Read More   05-25-2020

New Report: People in Prison 2019
Vera report fills gaps on people who were incarcerated until Bureau of Justice Statistics report is released in 2021  Read More   05-21-2020

U.S. Prison Decline: Insufficient to Undo Mass Incarceration
Slow-Walking an End to Mass Incarceration Amidst Pandemic  Read More   05-20-2020

National Institute of Justice Solicitations Closing Soon
ICYMI, NJI is offering funding opportunities, but hurry!  Read More   05-19-2020

COVID-19 in Juvenile Facilities
The Sentencing Project provides daily updates of youth and staff testing positive for the coronavirus in juvenile facilities  Read More   05-19-2020

Women Dying of COVID-19 in Prison Shed a Spotlight on Female Incarceration in America
Historically, women have been overlooked in the criminal justice system, and today that's true of COVID-19 victims  Read More   05-18-2020

New Documentary Reveals an Intimate Look at What It’s Like to Be Pregnant in Prison
Pregnancy and birth are difficult under normal situations, but in prison it's worse  Read More   05-15-2020

How to Aid People Transitioning from Prison Back into the Community During a Pandemic
Report finds that providing phones, adequate medication, hotel rooms, and job training to people released from prison is necessary, and has bipartisan support  Read More   05-14-2020

Vera Issues New Guidance to Protect People Behind Bars from COVID-19 as Prisons and Jails Grow into America's Biggest Pandemic Clusters
Vera reports prisons and jails account for 10 out of 15 of America’s biggest COVID-19 clusters.  Read More   05-13-2020

How Bad is Prison Food? The Proof is in the Photos
As bad as it is, people in Texas prisons claim they are going to bed hungry  Read More   05-13-2020

Heavy Criticism Greets Connecticut's Decision to Send Incarcerated People Who Test Positive for COVID-19 to a Maximum Security Prison
As Connecticut plans on testing everyone in its prisons, critics claim that isolation of sick patients in a maximum security prison "is a punitive measure, not a public health one"  Read More   05-11-2020

New Report: Voting in Jails
Report highlights jurisdictions across the country that support ballot accessing for people in jail  Read More   05-08-2020

Prisons Described As "Nursing Homes Behind Bars"
In 10 years older people are expected to account for one-third of America's prison population  Read More   05-07-2020

A Dangerous Limbo: Probation and Parole in the Time of Covid-19
The Marshall Project reports on how closed courts, technical violations and faulty technology are keeping people, who are eligible for release, in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic  Read More   05-06-2020

Track the Reported Number of COVID-19 Infections in Your State and Federal Prisons
Cases of infections has grown three-fold in past week  Read More   05-05-2020

Resentencing of Juvenile Lifers: The Philadelphia Experience
Report finds released juvenile lifers pose little risk to public safety  Read More   05-04-2020

Current Government Funding Opportunities Deadlines Looming
If you haven't already checked out the solicitations, do so now  Read More   05-03-2020

67 More Educational Facilities Invited to Participate in Second Chance Pell Experiment
Pell Grant Experiment expansion brings total to 130 colleges in 42 states and the District of Columbia  Read More   05-01-2020

Over 70 Percent of Incarcerated People Who Were Tested in Federal Prisons Have COVID-19
With 150,000 people incarcerated in federal prisons, concern grows that many more who were not tested will spread the virus  Read More   04-30-2020

VICE Exclusive: Whistleblower Warned of Coronavirus Danger in Prison Where a Woman Just Died After Giving Birth
The president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1006, the union for staff and correctional officers at FMC Carswell, was the signee  Read More   04-30-2020

COVID-19 in Juvenile Facilities
Information is updated daily to show numbers of youth and staff in juvenile facilities diagnosed with COVID-19  Read More   04-28-2020

Crushing Blow for People Incarcerated in Federal Prisons as BOP Changes Early Release Policy
Incarcerated people and their families expected BOP to abide by AG Barr’s directive to release the elderly and at risk who served at least 50% of their sentence  Read More   04-27-2020

Washington Post: American Prison Factories Becoming Incubators for Coronavirus
Despite warnings from health experts, incarcerated people are being sent to work on prison production lines and in prison factories  Read More   04-24-2020

Often Dumped into the Category of "Others," There is Little Information on Native Americans in the Criminal Punishment System
What is known is that Native Americans are disproportionally represented in jails and prison populations  Read More   04-23-2020

Software Being Used to Scan Prison Phone Calls for Mention of Words Relating to Coronavirus
While scanning is being touted as a way to curb the spread of Covid-19 in prison, advocates for incarcerated people view it as having a darker side  Read More   04-22-2020

How Prepared Are State Prison Systems for a Viral Pandemic?
Prison Policy Initiative was not encouraged by the answers they received from prisons that replied to their survey  Read More   04-21-2020

Seven Things to Know Before You Take Coronavirus Disaster Relief Money: I Went to Prison for S.B.A. Loan Fraud
Co-founder of Progressive Prison Ministries offers sage advice for those who mistakenly believe rules are suspended in times of crisis  Read More   04-20-2020

Bloody Riot at Youth Detention Center Being Blamed On "Misguided" Covid-19 Policy
Fear and uncertainty among staff and youth became flashpoint for violence when youth were suddenly moved between two facilities  Read More   04-17-2020

New Tool from Vera Institute of Justice Allows Monitoring of Jail Populations across America
Tracking data can be used to hold policymakers accountable for not reducing jail populations enough during the COVID-19 pandemic  Read More   04-16-2020

Federal Investigation Report Concludes Women at NJ Prison Suffered Serious Harm from Staff Sexual Abuse
Incarcerated women were sexually assaulted by prison staff and forced to have sex with other incarcerated women as staff watched  Read More   04-15-2020

The Atlantic: Can't We at Least Give Prisoners Soap?
Hand sanitizers are contraband in prison, so why isn't free soap being distributed?  Read More   04-15-2020

Upcoming Webinar on Influencing the Congrssional Response Covid-19 in Prison
Webinar will be held April 16 at 2 p.m. ET  Read More   04-13-2020

Reforms without Results: Why States Should Stop Excluding Violent Offenses from Criminal Justice Reforms
Prison Policy Initiative finds people convicted of violence have lower recidivism rates  Read More   04-10-2020

Small Business Administration Denies Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Loans to People with a Criminal Record
People who built small businesses, and a new life, need CARES Act loans to overcome devastating economic crisis  Read More   04-09-2020

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advocates Call for the Release of Juveniles in Detention Centers
Preventative measures to protect juveniles in detention are also urged  Read More   04-08-2020

Why Some People in Prison Say They Are Afraid to Be Released During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Lack of housing and not knowing if they have been exposed to the coronavirus is unnerving to some who were abruptly released  Read More   04-07-2020

Under AG Barr’s Directive Federal Bureau of Prison Begins Releasing People
Priority for release given to the most at risk for the coronavirus and those near the end of their sentence  Read More   04-06-2020

Advocates for Releasing People from Prison Fear That 100,000 Incarcerated Individuals Can Die From the Coronavirus If U.S. Doesn't Act Now
Business Insider reports the 2.8% infection rate at Rikers Island is 10 times higher than New York State and 18 times higher than Italy  Read More   04-03-2020

The New Statesman on Why the US Criminal Justice System Locks Up So Many Women
The notoriously high prison population in the US is starting to decline - so why is the number of jailed women rising?  Read More   04-02-2020

New York City Offering Pay of Six Dollars Per Hour to Incarcerated People, But Not Mentioning It's to Bury Victims of Coronavirus
Some critics of Rikers Island claim incarcerated people would be better off in fresh air with PPE than in the notorious jail  Read More   04-01-2020

Vera Institute of Justice Offers Coronavirus Guidance for the Criminal and Immigration Legal Systems
Fact sheets available with guidance for courts, prisons and jails, detention centers and police departments  Read More   03-31-2020

Prison Policy Initiative Offers Responses to Covid-19 Pandemic Resource Page
Page is updated daily with the latest information and PPI invites others to share resources  Read More   03-30-2020

Shocking Photos of Overcrowded Prisons as a Pandemic Rages Across the Country
Social Distancing is impossible in jails and prisons  Read More   03-27-2020

New Solicitation: National Youth Gang Survey, Fiscal Year 2020
Deadline for application submission changed to May 26, 2020  Read More   03-26-2020

Some National Institute of Justice Funding Opportunities Closing Soon
April solicitations and later funding opportunities listed  Read More   03-25-2020

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020
Once again, Prison Policy Initiative breaks down where and why people in America are locked up, and dispels myths about what drives mass incarceration  Read More   03-25-2020

Register for Webinar on FY 2020 Second Chance Act Solicitations
Several funding opportunities will be covered  Read More   03-20-2020

FY 2020 Competitive Research Grant Solicitation: Research on Juvenile Reoffending
Total amount anticipated to be awarded under solicitation is $1.25 million  Read More   03-19-2020

Parole and Probation Heads Call for Drastic Reduction of New Probationers and Parolees over Covid-19 Concerns
Call to monitor people on parole and probation by phone, postcards  Read More   03-18-2020

Utah Bill Would Help Those with a Criminal Conviction Obtain a Professional License
Bill would make it harder for Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to refuse to issue or renew license simply based on a prior conviction  Read More   03-18-2020

Tennessee Bill Would Reform the State's Strict Drug-Free Zone Law
Drug-free zone crimes often carry harsher penalties than rape and murder  Read More   03-16-2020

First of Its Kind Survey of Political Views of People in Prison and Jail
Trump gains support from white people who are incarcerated  Read More   03-13-2020

Alabama’s Despicable "Felon ID Card"
Few other places in the U.S. require those who have felony convictions to register and carry felony ID cards.  Read More   03-13-2020

Study Finds Harsher Sentences Imposed on Immigrants in Nontraditional Georahic Areas
Hostility and fear of undocumented immigrants plays a big role in sentencing  Read More   03-13-2020

People in Prison Denied One of the Most Recommended Methods to Reduce the Spread of the Coronavirus
Alcohol-based products are forbidden in prisons, but will that change to allow items like Purell to be given to a vulnerable population?  Read More   03-10-2020

Are Prisons and Jails Doing Enough to Prevent the Covid-19 Virus From Spreading ?
So far the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and many other prisons and jails, have not come up with a contingency plan  Read More   03-09-2020

Prison Policy Initiative Reveals Five Policies That Can Reduce a Viral Pandemic in Prisons and Jails Now
PPI urges swift reform to prevent the Covid-19 virus from infecting incarcerated people and staff members  Read More   03-08-2020

What Was on the Menu at Federal Prisons? Caution, You Might Gag
People in prison are often correct when they say they are served "mystery meat"  Read More   03-05-2020

Report: The Criminal History of Federal Economic Crime Offenders
Approximately fifty percent of those who committed a federal economic crime had at least one prior conviction  Read More   03-04-2020

12 Thousand People are Released from Prison Each Week, Why are So Many Dying?
The death rate of people who were in prison is 3.5 higher than those who were never locked up  Read More   03-03-2020

The Alarming New Report on Women in Prison
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds women treated more harshly than men and classified at higher security levels  Read More   03-02-2020

The High Cost of Juvenile Life-without-Parole Sentences
Pennsylvania, Michigan and Louisiana account for two-thirds o juvenile LWOP sentences  Read More   03-01-2020

New Vera Institute Report: Changing Course in the Overdose Crisis
How to move away from punishment and toward harm reduction and health  Read More   03-01-2020

People Serving Life Exceeds Entire Prison Population of 1970
Report reveals state-by-state comparison of life-sentenced population in 2016 to prison population in 1970  Read More   02-21-2020

Virginia to Join Seven Other States in Ending Prison Gerrymandering
People in prison will be considered as residents of where they lived before incarceration  Read More   02-21-2020

Republican Senator from Florida Denounces Unequal Sentences for Black and White Defendants Charged with the Same Crime
Senator Jeff Brandes seeks to put some sense in sentencing  Read More   02-21-2020

Court Rules Floridians Convicted of a Felony Can't Be Barred from Voting Because of Owed Fines and Fees
Despite overwhelming support to give people with a felony conviction the right to vote, Florida Governor asks 11th Circuit court to reconsider its ruling  Read More   02-20-2020

Study Contends Community-Level Exposure to High Incarceration Rates Affects Community Health
Mass incarceration's "spillover" phenomenon is associated with higher mortality rates for families and communities  Read More   02-19-2020

New Jersey Offers Programs to Reduce Parole Violations
Mental health, substance abuse, housing and employment services offered  Read More   02-18-2020

More Funding for Justice-Related Programming, Research and Evaluation and More
62 funding opportunities for justice-related programming, research and evaluation, courts, cops, juveniles and more  Read More   02-17-2020

Report: Incarceration Rates Went Down but Deaths of Incarcerated People Rose
Over half of prison deaths occurred in eight states  Read More   02-15-2020

New Chair of Vera Institute Explains Why Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People Is Good For Business
Giving second chances to formerly incarcerated people through employment opportunities would boost the economy  Read More   02-11-2020

Trump's Homeless Czar Set on Further Criminalizing Homeless People
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Head accused of having "a mentality of hatred"  Read More   02-10-2020

Nowhere to Go: Homelessness Among Formerly Incarcerated People
Homeless rate is 13 times higher for people incarcerated more than once  Read More   02-07-2020

Vera Institute's Reshaping Prosecution Program Expands
Prosecutors in DeKalb County, GA, Ingham County, MI, and Boulder County, CO recognized for their commitment to transform policies, practices, and culture  Read More   02-06-2020

"Sentencing Discount" Proposed for People Incarcerated in Super Max Prison
Study recommends two days credit for every day confined in a super max  Read More   02-06-2020

Criminal Justice Reform in the Fentanyl Era: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
The Drug Policy Alliance reveals 45 states have proposed legislation to increase penalties for fentanyl while 39 states D.C. have passed or enacted such legislation  Read More   02-04-2020

How Jail Officials Profit from Selling E-Cigarettes to People in Their Custody
Investigation finds jailers, their friends and family are raking in money in spite of health concerns relating to vaping  Read More   02-03-2020

Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak at Florida Federal Prison
Women at satellite prison camp taken to hospital for treatment of potentially fatal disease  Read More   01-31-2020

How Jail Officials Profit from Selling E-Cigarettes to People in Their Custody
Investigation finds jailers, their friends and family are raking in money in spite of health concerns relating to vaping  Read More   01-30-2020

ICYMI, Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations That Define Television's Scripted Crime Genre
Many Americans get a distorted view about how the criminal punishment system really works by watching crime shows on television  Read More   01-30-2020

Funding Available for Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women, Fiscal Year 2020
Grant funding will be awarded to conduct research and evaluation projects examining a broad range of topics relating to Violence Against Women  Read More   01-28-2020

What percent of the U.S. Is incarcerated? (And Other Ways to Measure Mass Incarceration)
Nearly one out of every 100 people in the United States is in a prison or jail  Read More   01-27-2020

Truthout: Disabled People Are Tortured in Solitary Confinement
America holds up to 100,000 people in solitary confinement including people with "Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)"  Read More   01-26-2020

Some of the Most Disturbing Stories of People Held in Solitary Confinement That You Will Ever Read
Texas is holding over 680 people in solitary confinement from anywhere between six to thirty years-plus years  Read More   01-26-2020

New Study Finds Little Evidence "Ban the Box" Policies Reduce Recidivism for Minorities
Study looks at why black formerly incarcerated individuals released in a job market with a BTB policy have a higher rate of recidivism  Read More   01-22-2020

A Look into "Shadow Prisons"
Privately run Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons face less scrutiny than federally run immigrant detention centers  Read More   01-21-2020

Research and Evaluation Funding Opportunities from the National Institute of Justice
Forthcoming funding covers research on topics related to criminal justice  Read More   01-20-2020

New Report on Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2019
U.S. has over 2.2 million people incarcerated and another 4.6 million on probation or parole  Read More   01-18-2020

What Can We Expect in Criminal Justice Reform in 2020?
Not all states are on board with reducing prison populations  Read More   01-16-2020

Changing the Name of Solitary Confinement Doesn't Make It Less Tortuous
Restrictive housing units and restrictive movement units share some of the very same issues  Read More   01-16-2020

Massachusetts Facing Strong Opposition on Plan to Build $50 Million Prison for Women
Families for Justice as Healing leads fight for alternatives to incarceration rather than building a new one  Read More   01-14-2020

Using Data to Support LGBTQ Youth in the System
What is SOGIE and why is it important in collecting data on a vulnerable population?  Read More   01-13-2020

Mississippi's Shocking Debtors Prison System
Mississippi is the only state that confines people for an indefinite period while they work at low paying, and sometimes dangerous, jobs to pay off court-ordered debts  Read More   01-11-2020

What If Judges Had to Assess How Much A Recommenced Sentence Would Cost Taxpayers?
Social costs and budgets should be recognized when considering the length of a sentence  Read More   01-10-2020

Five Factors Behind The Murders of Five Incarcerated Men in Mississippi
Warnings about potential violence were ignored  Read More   01-08-2020

Is There a Problem with Problem-Solving Courts?
Critics claim alternatives to incarceration are a better reform method  Read More   01-08-2020

Colorado Just One of States Cutting Solitary Confinement to Make Staff, People in Prison, and the Community Safer
Studies point to consequences related to solitary confinement including violence towards staff, and uptick in felonies or death upon release  Read More   01-06-2020

The First Step Act One Year Later
Fact sheet shows accomplishments and mixed outcomes  Read More   01-03-2020

New Report, Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie 2019
The Prison Policy Initiative reveals where and why 48,000 young people are locked up in America  Read More   01-02-2020

New Report: People in Jail in 2019
According to Vera Institute, jail incarceration rates have increased by 26 percent in rural jurisdictions since 2013  Read More   12-31-2019

Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg Used Prison Labor to Make Campaign Calls
Bloomberg claimed he was unaware exploitive prison labor was used  Read More   12-30-2019

Brennan Center Releases New Report, The Politics of Judicial Elections 2017-18
Report reveals $39.7 million was given in 48 state supreme court races for judges in 21 states  Read More   12-23-2019

New York to Pay $12.5 to Jail Visitors Subjected to Invasive Body Searches
In some instances female corrections officers looking for contraband penetrated female visitors  Read More   12-20-2019

More Funding Opportunities!
Three more funders are offering grants to community justice organizations  Read More   12-19-2019

Funding Opportunities from the Department of Justice
$376 million to be awarded to promote public safety  Read More   12-18-2019

Is There a Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline?
A 12-state survey found one in four people in prison were formerly in foster care  Read More   12-17-2019

Three Transgender Women Take on Texas Law Barring Them from Changing Their Names While Incarcerated and For Two years After Release
Attorney for the women claims denying the name changes increases risk of depression and suicide  Read More   12-16-2019

First of Its Kind Look at 2019 Jail Data Reveals Urgent Need to Address Mass Incarceration in Smaller Cities and Rural Counties
The number of people in local jails is estimated to be over in 758,000  Read More   12-13-2019

New Report: State-level Criminal Justice Reforms That Can Win in 2020
Prison Policy Initiative offers over 20 criminal justice reforms that can be successfully implemented  Read More   12-13-2019

Mentally Ill People are Held Pretrial for "Unconstitutionally Long Periods" in Jails Instead of Mental Health Treatment Centers
Lack of treatment center beds means lack of mental health services for those not even convicted of a crime  Read More   12-13-2019

The Number of Pregnant Entering Prison is Rising
Medical care for incarcerated pregnant women is found to be lacking  Read More   12-07-2019

New Florida DOC Secretary: "The Status Quo Is Not Sustainable"
Mark Inch tells officials to take heed of the warning signs or pay later  Read More   12-07-2019

Why is Successful Reintegration Eluding Juveniles?
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange highlights problem areas and offers solutions to combat recidivism  Read More   12-06-2019

Vera Institute Interactive Map and Fact Sheets Explore Incarceration in Local Jails and State Prisons
Find out your state's regional ranking in total incarceration  Read More   12-05-2019

New Report: Prosecutors and Responses to Violence
Institute for Innovation in Prosecution offers several solutions to change the ineffective status quo  Read More   12-04-2019

The Growing Racial Disparity in Prison Time
A new study finds black people are staying longer in state prisons, even as they face fewer arrests and prison admissions overall  Read More   12-03-2019

The Sentencing Project Annual Newsletter Includes Links to Several Must-Read Reports
Topics include ways end to mass incarceration, life and virtual life sentences, and building coalitions  Read More   12-02-2019

Report: What's Happening in Pretrial Justice
A state-by-state table provides pretrial changes and resources  Read More   11-27-2019

Poor Mental and Physical Health of Formerly Incarcerated People Attributed to Reintegration Barriers
Study finds "re-entry work has been far too narrowly focused on recidivism"  Read More   11-26-2019

The Correlation of Mandatory Overtime and Sleep Deprivation in Corrections Officers
Being awake for 24 hours is comparable to having a blood alcohol content of 0.10%  Read More   11-25-2019

New Department of Justice Report on Management and Performance Challenges Facing the FBOP
Safety, reentry programming, medical care, and insufficient staffing are just some of BOP's problem areas  Read More   11-22-2019

Report: The Steep Costs of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines
Report finds jailing those unable to pay fees and fines is sometimes as much as 115 percent of the amount collected  Read More   11-21-2019

Why Are Jails and Prisons Being Used as Substance Treatment Centers?
Critics claim there should be more options than forced treatment  Read More   11-20-2019

Pennsylvania to Release 136 Individuals with the Death Penalty Sentence from Solitary Confinement
Recognizing that solitary confinement is tantamount to torture, the DOC will also provide resocialization assistance and physical and mental health evaluations  Read More   11-19-2019

New Report on Court-Ordered Community Service as a Coercive Labor System
An Overview of Court-Ordered Community Service in Los Angeles  Read More   11-18-2019

Ending Mass Incarceration: A Presidential Agenda
Brennan Center for Justice informs candidates how they can transform America's criminal justice system  Read More   11-16-2019

The Problem with Prison Doctors
Illinois is just one state where prison doctors have been accused of deliberate indifference for not providing critical health care to incarcerated people  Read More   11-14-2019

Fortune Society's Action Against Landlord Who Refused to Rent to Formerly Incarcerated People Nets $1 Million
Settlement 'fires a warning shot' to any landlord in America who automatically refuses to rent to people with criminal justice involvement  Read More   11-13-2019

Suicide is the Number One Cause of Death in Oregon and Washington Jails
During the same tracking period, Northwest prisons suicides were at 6 percent compared to 47 percent in jails  Read More   11-12-2019

Promising Radical Changes, Chesa Boudin Wins Race to Become San Francisco's New District Attorney
Voters embraced Boudin's offering of 'the most aggressive departure from the status quo'  Read More   11-11-2019

'Starve the Beast': Southern Campaigns to Divest, Decarcerate, and Re-Imagine Public Safety
Grassroots organizations are transforming justice  Read More   11-06-2019

Crisis Response Services for People with Mental Illnesses or Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
A Review of the Literature on Police-based and Other First Response Models  Read More   11-06-2019

John Grisham: Best Selling Author and Champion of Criminal Justice Reform
Reading Grisham's stories is an education in how the system fails people  Read More   11-06-2019

Oklahoma Pulls Off Largest Single-Day Sentence Commutation In U.S. History
Pardon and Parole Board voted to release 527 people sentenced for possession or property crimes  Read More   11-05-2019

Report: A United Vision for a World Without Youth Prisons
Young people say money would be better spent on closing prisons and investing in educational opportunities for youth, mental health support, and more  Read More   11-04-2019

Incarcerated Individuals in California are Risking Their Lives to Fight Wild Fires
However, after release, California's licensing laws deny employment as firefighters for most formerly incarcerated people  Read More   11-03-2019

Criminal Justice Reform in America: Rethinking the Role of the Prosecutor
Former DA concludes: "The primary duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice within the bounds of the law, not merely to convict"  Read More   11-03-2019

Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019
73% of women in prisons and jails are locked up for nonviolent offenses  Read More   10-30-2019

Federal Court Awards $1.2 Million in Fees in Human Rights Defense Center's Florida DOC Censorship Case
Prison Legal News wins yet another case against censorship  Read More   10-30-2019

Why Is North Carolina Keeping Pregnant Women in Prison in Solitary Confinement?
Keeping pregnant women in solitary confinement goes against U.S. Department of Justice and International standards  Read More   10-28-2019

Private Prisons Fact Sheet
Private prisons incarcerated 121,718 people in private prisons in 2017, representing 8.2% of the total state and federal prison population  Read More   10-25-2019

Reformist Prosecutor Kim Foxx Is Making Sweeping Changes in Cook County, Illinois
Her office already refused to prosecute 5,000 cases  Read More   10-24-2019

The Consequences of Prisons Creating "Absentee Dads"
Fathers' contributions and parenting often ignored, putting children at risk physically, behaviorally and educationally  Read More   10-23-2019

Five Facts about Crime in America
Public perceptions about crime rates and facts are often at odds  Read More   10-22-2019

Pennsylvania Governor Encouraging People with Life Sentences to Apply for Clemency
Ten percent of people serving life without parole in America are incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons  Read More   10-21-2019

They Led a Successful Campaign to Close Rikers, Now They Are Fighting Against Building New Jails
No New Jails advocates for emptying out other crowded, dangerous, inhumane jails, not constructing new ones  Read More   10-19-2019

State Data Lacking Impact of Mass Incarceration on Latinx Communities
State Criminal Justice Data Drawn from White, Black and “Other” Category, often lumping Latinx population into White population  Read More   10-17-2019

How Race Impacts Who Is Detained Pretrial
In large urban areas, Black felony defendants are over 25% more likely than white defendants to be held pretrial  Read More   10-16-2019

ACLU Victorious Against South Carolina City and Town That Violated Right of Council for Poor Defendants
People in municipal Courts were tried and convicted without being told they had a right to an attorney  Read More   10-15-2019

Major Banks Committed to Cutting Ties with Private Prison Leader GEO Group
Banks will not renew $2.4 billion in credit lines and term loans to private prisons and immigrant detention centers  Read More   10-14-2019

Would You Rent a Room In Your House To Someone Released From Prison?
The radical Homecoming Project is being compared to an Airbnb for people getting out of prison, but it is much more welcoming  Read More   10-11-2019

Sexual Victimization and Mental Illness Prevalence Rates Among Incarcerated Women: A Literature Review
Review concludes sexual victimization is a pathway to prison  Read More   10-10-2019

The Ordeal of Lawrence and Lamont Garrison: A Sad Tale of Unfair Federal Drug Conspiracy Laws
Quantity of drugs involved, not individual’s involvement, results in harsh and disproportionate sentences  Read More   10-09-2019

Study Shows People Who Spent Time in Solitary Confinement Significantly More Likely to Die in First Year of Release
Spending over 14 days in solitary linked to higher risk of recidivism or death  Read More   10-08-2019

A Horrifying Video of What Goes on in a Notorious Prison in Florida
Graphic violence, rodent infestation and a mold-filled kitchen are just some of shocking scenes captured on a video smuggled out of prison  Read More   10-07-2019

Los Angeles to Void Two Million Minor Citations That Keep Homeless and Poor from Cycling Through Jails
Minor infractions clog courts and create obstacles for those needing services  Read More   10-03-2019

Prosecutors, Reentry and Public Safety
Prosecutors should not just focus on the front-end of the criminal justice system, but also care about reentry and reducing recidivism  Read More   10-03-2019

Connecticut Senator Asks Sentencing Commission to Study Mental Illness in Prisons
Study would include identifying the number of mentally ill people in prison, determining their needs, and providing necessary services  Read More   10-02-2019

Incarcerated People with Serious Medical Issues are Being Released So That Sheriffs Don't Have to Pay Medical Bills
Alabama sheriffs release people on a "medical bond," but often re-arrest some as soon as they recover  Read More   10-01-2019

Toolkit Developed for Business and HR Leaders to Evaluate Applicants with a Criminal History to Increase Hiring of People with a Criminal History
The GNP is reduced by $78-$87 billion by excluding formerly incarcerated people from working  Read More   09-30-2019

Vera Institute of Justice Chart Reveals How Much 40 States Spend on Education vs Incarceration
Hint: most school children lose out on funding  Read More   09-29-2019

Florida Lawmakers Partner with Researchers to Assess Racial Impact of Legislation
Florida will join Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Oregon in incorporating racial impact statements in the criminal justice legislative process  Read More   09-29-2019

Utah to Reduce Over 12, 000 Convictions
Reductions will open the doors for criminal cases to be expunged  Read More   09-29-2019

Prisons of Poverty: Uncovering the Pre-Incarceration Incomes of the Imprisoned
Report provides information on the role that poverty and opportunity play prior to incarceration  Read More   09-24-2019

Breaking Down Mass Incarceration in the 2010 Census: State-by-State Incarceration Rates by Race/Ethnicity
The Census Bureau's data in this report is useful starting point for evaluations of the disparate impacts of criminal justice policy decisions  Read More   09-23-2019

U.S. Prison Population Trends: Massive Buildup and Modest Decline
Eleven states, led by Arkansas, had their highest ever prison populations in 2017  Read More   09-20-2019

Albany, NY County Sheriff Converts 25 Jail Cells to Rooms for Homeless
Innovative new project will also offer services to reduce cycling in and out of jail  Read More   09-20-2019

Vera Institute of Justice Report Finds 12 Percent of Prison Population Confined to "Restrictive Housing"
Report claims people sent to segregation for "murky" reasons  Read More   09-18-2019

Removing Youth from Adult Jails: A 50-State Scan of Pretrial Detention Laws for Youth
Report reveals children as young as age 7 years are eligible to be charged as adults and housed in adult jails pretrial  Read More   09-18-2019

Recommendations to End School Pushout for Black Girls and Other Girls of Color
Black girls are 7 more times more likely to be suspended from school, and 4 times more likely to be arrested in school  Read More   09-16-2019

California Bans Private Prisons, Including Immigration Detention Centers
California governor calls private prisons an "outrage"  Read More   09-14-2019

The Link Between Family Abuse and the Incarceration of Young Girls
Telling authorities about being abused could lead to girls becoming involved in the juvenile punishment system  Read More   09-13-2019

The 1994 Crime Bill and Beyond: How Federal Funding Shapes the Criminal Justice System
25 years after the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, work is still being done to undo its damage  Read More   09-11-2019

Five Elements Contributing to Inadequate Indigent Defense, and Recommendations to Improve Resource Parity
A Fair Fight calls for achieving indigent defense resource parity  Read More   09-10-2019

Aging in Prison: The Forgotten Plight of Women Behind Bars
Older women in prison are often lacking "specialized treatment, preventative care and emotional support"  Read More   09-09-2019

Urban Institute Accepting RFPs from State Departments of Corrections to Join the Prison Research and Innovation Network
Six states to be chosen for phase one, with four states advancing to phase two  Read More   09-06-2019

The Call for Immigration Courts to Become Separate and Independent From Presdential Control
Backlog of 93,000 cases gives birth to "rocket docket," and "speedometers" leaving immigrants with little time to prepare a defense  Read More   09-05-2019

Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School 50-State Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder
State-specific facts about criminal justice debt  Read More   09-04-2019

Prosecutors, Democracy, and Justice: Holding Prosecutors Accountable
Paper "offers guidance for prosecutors to orient their strategies and a framework for communities to hold them to account"  Read More   09-04-2019

Fact Sheet on Virtual Life Sentences
The Sentencing Project collected data for the first-ever count of virtual life sentences being served  Read More   09-02-2019

Pennsylvania to Expunge Half of All Criminal Records
Over 30 million records will be sealed over the next year  Read More   08-30-2019

New York Governor Supports Raising Prison Labor Wages to $3 Per Hour
Average prison labor wage in N.Y. is currently 62 cents per hour  Read More   08-30-2019

Arrest, Release, Repeat: How Police and Jails Are Misused to Respond to Social Problems
A shocking 4.9 million people are put in jail each year, some more than once  Read More   08-28-2019

Syracuse Opens Doors for Formerly Incarcerated People with First of Its Kind Housing Especially for Them
Freedom Commons strives to be the role model for other housing authorities across the country  Read More   08-28-2019

Kathleen Hawk Sawyer Is Back As Director of Bureau of Prisons
US Attorney General appalled by Jeffrey Epstein’s death under acting director  Read More   08-26-2019

Young, Homeless, and Criminalized
Just trying to survive should not be a reason to get arrested  Read More   08-26-2019

John Oliver On Prison Labor
Paying for necessities can be difficult, or impossible  Read More   08-26-2019

Connecticut Council on the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Record Begins Study
Goal is to remove barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated people  Read More   08-26-2019

What It Is Like in Prison When Someone Commits Suicide
Little is said about how suicide in prison impacts others in surrounding cells  Read More   08-26-2019

Private Prisons Are Only One Part of the Mass Incarceration Problem
We must look beyond targeting private prisons to end mass incarceration  Read More   08-15-2019

They Got Their Voting Rights Back, But Will They Go to the Polls?
Thousands of Louisianians on probation and parole face numerous obstacles to casting a ballot, including the idea that their votes don't matter  Read More   08-15-2019

Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts Pledges to Open A Safe Consumption Site (SCS)
SCS have been found to save lives, become a pathway to treatment, and potentially reduce arrests  Read More   08-15-2019

Between 2007 and 2017, 34 States Reduced Crime and Incarceration in Tandem
The Northeast saw the largest average decline in imprisonment rate (24 percent)  Read More   08-15-2019

The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice
Key process and outcome evaluation findings  Read More   08-14-2019

Gatekeepers: The Role of Police in Ending Mass Incarceration
Punishing mass enforcement drives mass incarceration  Read More   08-14-2019

Momentum Is Building to End Medical Co-Pays in Prisons and Jails
Three states have taken action in 2019 to change one of the most harmful policies in prison healthcare  Read More   08-14-2019

They Survived Solitary Confinement, Now They're Fighting to End It
80,000 people in the U.S. are held in solitary confinement, often under tortuous conditions  Read More   08-14-2019

Coercive Plea Bargaining: The "Secret Sauce" That Helps the U.S. Continue to Be the Country with the Highest Incarceration Rate in the World
Prosecutors use "fearsome tools" to coerce people to forgo their right to a jury trial  Read More   08-14-2019

Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Sheds Light on Suicides in Prison and Jails
A HuffPost investigations reveals suicides while incarcerated are more common than most people believe  Read More   08-13-2019

Connecticut First State in the Nation to Mandate the Collection of Prosecutorial Data
Statewide, prosecutors must collect data on who gets prison time, plea deals or divisionary programs  Read More   08-12-2019

How a Con Man Preying on Families of Incarcerated People Scammed Them Out of Over $1 million
Promising families he could get their loved ones out of prison, he instead robbed them of their money and dreams  Read More   08-09-2019

To Protect and Slur? Law Enforcement and Social Media
The Sentencing Project offers several news articles on race and justice  Read More   08-08-2019

Applying Criminal Justice Model to Mental Illness Is a Recipe for Disaster
83 percent of people in jail with a mental illness can't access to needed treatment  Read More   08-07-2019

Resistance to Private Prisons Comes Amid Debate Over Immigrant Detention Policy
Private prison firms are responsible for detaining more than 70 percent of ICE detainees  Read More   08-06-2019

Beyond One-Liners: A Guide to the Democratic Debate on Criminal Justice
Marshall Project highlights critical issues that candidates failed to mention  Read More   08-05-2019

America Has a Health-Care Crisis - in Prisons
Prison medical care has been described as "abysmal"  Read More   08-02-2019

The Impact of Police on Criminal Justice Reform
Evidence from Cincinnati, Ohio shows both crime and arrests were reduced in Cincinnati even after a jail closure  Read More   08-01-2019

Providing Religious Freedom For Muslims in Prison
Report offers suggestions to correct "systematic hurdles" Muslims in prison face  Read More   07-31-2019

Who's Helping the 1.9 Million Women Released from Prisons and Jails Each Year?
Most post-release policies and programs are geared towards men, ignoring the unique issues women face upon release  Read More   07-30-2019

Orange Is the New Black Team Creates Fund For Non-Profit Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy Groups
Each organization tackles issues such as advocacy for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls, post-secondary education, and immigration rights  Read More   07-29-2019

Prosecutors and Crime Survivors: How Can Prosecutors Better Address the Needs of Crime Survivors?
Prosecutors urged to develop community partnerships, build community trust, develop trauma informed office practices, and expand trauma recovery and supports  Read More   07-26-2019

The American Conservative: Who’s Making Money From the Border Crisis? Private Prisons
This year ICE detained over 53,000 people at a cost to taxpayers of $148.43 per person per day  Read More   07-26-2019

Oregon Governor Signs Wide-Ranging Juvenile Justice Bill into Law
Bill is expected to benefit generations to come  Read More   07-24-2019

Diversion Pleas Qualify As Convictions Under Federal Background Check Law
Collateral Consequences Resource Center suggests two ways to ensure that state non-conviction dispositions are not included in background checks as federal "convictions" after seven years  Read More   07-23-2019

Court Rules It Was Legal for Jail Guards to Force Incarcerated Women to Strip, Remove Tampons, for 'Training Exercise'
Strip searches were visible to others not associated with the training  Read More   07-22-2019

Trauma-Informed Courts: How to Create One and Why You Should
96% of women and 89% of men in jail diversion programs reported a lifetime of trauma  Read More   07-19-2019

Testimony to House Judiciary Committee Highlights Alarming Facts Concerning the Mass Incarceration Women and Girls in America
One in four incarcerated females have not even been convicted  Read More   07-18-2019

The Tragic Story of Rick Turner's Descent into Meth, Prison, and Death
Mandatory minimum sentences claim another life  Read More   07-17-2019

Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm in Jail: A Sentinel Events Approach
Each year in the U.S. more than 300 people commit suicide while incarcerated in jails  Read More   07-16-2019

A Piece of the Puzzle: State Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students
14 states have barriers for incarcerated students that extend past their return to the community  Read More   07-15-2019

Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt
Private companies charge hundreds of dollars a month for ankle monitors worn as an alternative to incarceration  Read More   07-12-2019

New York Sex Workers Fighting for Decriminalization
Decrim NY, intends to make New York the first state to decriminalize the adult sex work  Read More   07-12-2019

Study Concludes Prisons Need to be More "Child-Friendly for" Children of Incarcerated Parents
Study also discloses 70% of young children with incarcerated mothers have emotional or psychological problems  Read More   07-10-2019

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: When States Don't Provide Air Conditioning in Prison
Prison Policy Initiative Explains the Consequences  Read More   07-09-2019

Research Shows High Rates of Incarceration Linked to a More Than 50 Percent Increase in Drug Related Deaths
Counties with higher jail and prison incarceration rates had higher drug-mortality rates  Read More   07-08-2019

DeAnna Hoskins on Why Language Matters When Discussing Justice Reform
Words such a such as "ex-con," "felon," or "inmate". need to be replaced by "more humanizing 'people-first' language"  Read More   07-05-2019

Florida Public Defenders Take on Judge Who Rejects Mental Illness Defense
Miami-Dade County has the highest rate of serious mental illness in any urban county in America  Read More   07-03-2019

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer
6 Million Americans have been denied voting rights because of a past felony conviction  Read More   07-02-2019

Not in Isolation: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities
How three state agencies and one county sheriff's department undertook efforts to safely reduce the use of room confinement  Read More   07-01-2019

Bank of America Latest to Stop Lending Money to Private Prisons and Detention Centers
Small banking fee was not worth the backlash bank from politicians and activists  Read More   06-28-2019

Health Care Scandal in Prisons: "Please Help Me Before It's Too Late"
CNN investigates the largest provider of correctional healthcare in America  Read More   06-28-2019

One of Every 15 Women in Prison is Serving a Life, or virtual Life, Sentence
Women serving life sentences increased by 20%, compared to a 15% increase for men  Read More   06-27-2019

Do Prisons Make Us Safer?
New research shows that prisons prevent far less violent crime than you might think  Read More   06-25-2019

Poor Jail and Prison Conditions Are Not Conducive to Meaningful Reform
Rehabilitation is compromised when incarcerated people are treated inhumanely  Read More   06-24-2019

The Unwanteds: Looking for Help Landing in Jail
Disability Rights Oregon focuses on Portland hospitals that criminalize people with mental illness  Read More   06-21-2019

Bureau of Justice Statistic Fuels Myths about Sex Offense Recidivism, Contradicting Its Own New Data
A new government report reinforces harmful misconceptions about people convicted of sex offenses  Read More   06-20-2019

Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations Are Filling Prisons and Burdening Budgets
On any given day 1 in 4 are incarcerated for a supervision violation  Read More   06-19-2019

First Step Offers Release for Some People in Prison—But Not Non-Citizens
About 750 people in federal prisons will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody  Read More   06-18-2019

Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption and the Effects on Communities
People with a felony record are further punished by over 44,000 collateral consequences  Read More   06-17-2019

The Fight for Fair-Chance Housing Ordinances
People with a criminal history are often denied housing, no matter how long ago the conviction took place  Read More   06-15-2019

Jail, Justice, and Race in Southwest Georgia
Huge for-profit prison probation companies are responsible for probation becoming the state's default sentence, even for minor offenses  Read More   06-13-2019

Incarceration vs. Education: America Spends More on Its Prison System Than It Does on Public Schools
15 states spend at least $27,000 more per person in prison than they do per student  Read More   06-12-2019

Fact Sheet: Incarcerated Women and Girls
Charts include race and ethnicity, offense types, and highest and lowest state rates of incarcerated women and girls  Read More   06-11-2019

Jury Awards $68 Million to People Who Were Formerly Incarcerated at Bucks County, PA Jail from 2011-2013
Class action suit claims the jail put arrest information and mug shots on its searchable electronic database  Read More   06-10-2019

Prison Language 101
People in prison create their own unique words and phrases for a variety of reasons  Read More   06-09-2019

The White House is Scrambling to Find Jobs and Housing for 2,200 People Being Released from Federal Prison Next Month
Funding for First Step Act programs is not yet available causing growing concern that successful reintegration will be problematic  Read More   06-06-2019

What You Should Know About Mental Health After Prison
A social worker at The Fortune Society shares what people released from prison taught her  Read More   06-05-2019

Vera Institute of Justice Announces Inaugural Round of "In Our Backyards" Community Grants
Grants will fund 11 projects undertaken by 16 organizations in 7 states  Read More   06-04-2019

An Ignored and Unseen Crisis in American Prisons and Jails
President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums calls for every jail and prison to undergo 'vigorous, independent' oversight  Read More   06-03-2019

Three Reasons Why Veterans End Up in Jail or Prison
Eight percent of veterans are justice involved  Read More   06-01-2019

Securus Won't Oppose Bill to Provide Free Calls for People in Prison and Their Families in Connecticut
Bill to provide free calls faces hurdles concerning how the state would make up lost income generated from phone calls  Read More   06-01-2019

30 States Still Impose a Lifetime Ban on SNAP and/or TANF Benefits for Those with a Felony Drug Conviction
President Clinton's 1996 'tough on crime' legislation still causes food insecurity decades later  Read More   06-01-2019

Policing Women: Race and Gender Disparities in Police Stops, Searches, and Use of Force
Prison Policy Initiative analyzes gender and racial disparities in traffic and street stops, including arrests, searches, and use of force that occurs during stops  Read More   06-01-2019

New York's Shock Incarceration Programs Called "Torture" and "Hell"
Participation in the "tough love" programs can lessen a sentence, but is the abuse and humiliation worth it?  Read More   05-22-2019

The Cost of Caring for Mentally Ill People in Prison
Jails spend 2 to 3 times more on people who require mental health care  Read More   05-21-2019

Florida Is Creating a New Sex Offender Registry or Customers Who Pay for or Attempt to Pay for Sex
Register will include a person's name, photograph, address, and offense  Read More   05-20-2019

Fairfax County, VA Creates Alternative Accountability Program As Option to Divert Youths from Entering the Juvenile Justice System
Restorative justice program data points to promising outcomes  Read More   05-19-2019

Ending Mass Incarceration: Ideas from Today's Leaders
16 noted experts provide what they believe should be the next steps to end mass incarceration  Read More   05-18-2019

Pushed Out and Punished: One Woman's Story Shows How Systems Are Failing Black Girls
Black Girls are punished more harshly for the same behavior as white girls  Read More   05-16-2019

How Private Prison Services Control a 'Captive' Market
Low income people in prison and defendants are burdened with another level of punishment when authorities require them to pay for services they can ill afford  Read More   05-15-2019

60 Minutes Segment on Restorative Justice Shows How People Who Committed Violent Crimes and Their Victims'Families Heal
Restorative Justice Projects across the country are bringing peace to the unlikeliest people  Read More   05-14-2019

Is Talk Therapy Necessary for Treating Opioid Addiction?
Some doctors believe mandatory counseling sessions can be an obstacle to medically assisted treatment  Read More   05-14-2019

Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime?
A new analysis finds there is no evidence to support the perception that undocumented immigrants increase crime rates  Read More   05-14-2019

What Happened to Mississippi's Grand Promise of Major Criminal Justice Reform?
Implementation of Mississippi's reforms "marked by broken promises and a lack of funding"  Read More   05-14-2019

Prison Policy Initiative Offers a Guide for Avoiding Unnecessary Jail Expansion
Series of questions point to best practices for each  Read More   05-13-2019

Wisconsin Culinary Academy Gives People in Jail Skills to Pursue Employment in the Culinary Field
Goal of program is for graduates of program to find jobs as line cooks, prep cooks, and kitchen managers and chefs upon release  Read More   05-13-2019

Author Susan Burton and Formerly Incarcerated Women to Discuss the Over Incarceration of Women
May 14 event will also offer opportunity to support bill that ensures access to health care in jails and prisons in NY  Read More   05-11-2019

ICYMI: Brennan Center Report Finds 40% of U.S. Prison Population Are Locked Up for No Compelling Safety Reason
Releasing those who aren't a threat to the public could save $20 Billion annually  Read More   05-07-2019

Malcolm Young: There's Hope to End Mass Incarceration, But Not in the Numbers
With the continuing average decrease of -1.4% over the last three years, the prison population won't fall below one million until at least 2042  Read More   05-06-2019

Is Dyslexia More Prevalent Among People in Prison?
First Step Act requires federal prisons to test for dyslexia but state prisons are not compelled to do so  Read More   05-05-2019

Cops Morphing Into Social Workers Is Not a Solution
Director of Policing Strategies for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) asserts the police should never be the point of contact for people to get into services  Read More   05-03-2019

The Prison Industrial Complex: Mapping Private Sector Players
New report exposes corporations that profit from incarceration  Read More   05-02-2019

Rise in White Prisoners Doesn't Change Innate Racism of Prisons
Dan Berger asserts prisons just don't house victims of racism, but they also produce them  Read More   04-30-2019

People Released From Prison Are Ten Times More Likely to Become Homeless Than the General Population
In an effort to reduce recidivism, some states are creating novel ways to connect formerly incarcerated people to housing  Read More   04-29-2019

Indiana Seeks to Help Incarcerated Parents Keep Custody of Their Children
Termination of the parental rights of incarcerated parents is the family separation crisis that receives little attention  Read More   04-26-2019

Why Are People in California Jails Begging to Go to Prison?
The effort to downsize prisons by sending people to jails backfired, causing serious consequences  Read More   04-25-2019

Federal Judge Gives Final Order to Florida Department of Corrections to Provide Treatment to All Incarcerated People with Hepatitis C
FDC accused of having "a long and sordid history of failing to adequately manage HCV"  Read More   04-24-2019

Should 2,000 Leaked Photos Showing Cruelty in an Alabama Prison Be Published?
Controversy surrounds the people’s right to know what happens in prisons versus "privacy, and audience sensibilities"  Read More   04-23-2019

Criminal Justice Reform is No Longer Just for People on the Left
States with bi-partisan support for criminal punishment reform credited with "good governance"  Read More   04-22-2019

"Feeling Cute" Messages by Corrections Officers Spark Outrage
More firing of corrections officers expected after posts about harming people in prison go viral  Read More   04-20-2019

Passover in Prison
Celebrating Passover while incarcerated can bring a bit of light to a place steeped in despair  Read More   04-18-2019

Expert Report Urges Changes to Forensic Analysis in Courtrooms
American Statistical Association (ASA) Advisory Committee on Forensic Science calls on prosecutors and forensic experts to "rely more on hard data and statistics"  Read More   04-17-2019

Prison Policy Initiative Offers Legal Data Base for Incarcerated People
Database includes law firms and organizations that provide free legal assistance to incarcerated people on civil (non-criminal) matters  Read More   04-16-2019

The Push to Remove HIV Positive People from the Sex Offender Registry
The stigma associated with HIV can keep some people from revealing their status and land them behind bars  Read More   04-15-2019

Michigan Families of Incarcerated Loved Ones Fight Law That Restricts Visits
Study reveals people with consistent visits "were one-sixth as likely to be back in prison a year later"  Read More   04-13-2019

Lane County, Oregon Federal Reentry Court Aims to Lower the Recidivism Rate of People Released from Federal Prison
Revocation rate for participants of Reentry Court is 26 percent less than other supervised release programs in Oregon  Read More   04-13-2019

His parents Were Incarcerated When He Was a Baby, Now He is Hoping to Become San Francisco’s Next Distract Attorney
Chesa Boudin went to Yale, became a lawyer. and then a public defender, so his new ambition isn’t surprising  Read More   04-10-2019

How to Survive Solitary Confinement
Johnny Perez tells how to set one's mind free when you live in a 10 feet by 6 feet world  Read More   04-09-2019

Impact of Risk Assessment on Judges' Fairness in Sentencing Relatively Poor Defendants
Report found risk assessment information reduced the likelihood of incarceration for affluent defendants, but increased the likelihood of incarceration for poor defendants.  Read More   04-08-2019

Department of Justice Issues Scathing Report on Violence, Including Rape, in Alabama's Prisons for Men
Some prisons were operating at 182% of capacity and some had only 20% of staff positions filled, leading to "a high level of violence that is too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive"  Read More   04-07-2019

When "Violent Offenders" Commit Nonviolent Crimes
Entering a building without consent and embezzlement are just a few of the crimes termed "violent"  Read More   04-04-2019

The Next Step: Ending Excessive Punishment for Violent Crimes
Report highlights 15 reforms in 19 states  Read More   04-03-2019

From a Cell to a College Basketball Court: How CT's T.R.U.E. Prison Program is Changing Lives
60 Minutes segment shows how German prison system influenced Connecticut to create a special unit for those 18-25 years old  Read More   04-02-2019

Promoting a New Direction for Youth Justice: Strategies to Fund a Community-Based Continuum of Care and Opportunity
Report identifies proven, promising, and innovative strategies for identifying funds  Read More   04-01-2019

The 1994 Crime Bill Continues to Undercut Justice Reform-Here's How to Stop It
Brief spotlights four problematic tough-on-crime policies that undermine criminal justice reform  Read More   03-31-2019

Study Shows Even a Very Short Sentence Can Lead to Decrease in Voting
Millions of people are convicted of misdemeanor offenses which could lead to a significant drop in future voting  Read More   03-31-2019

New Bill Would Keep Incarcerated Pregnant Women From Being Put in Medical Isolation
Pregnant women in Maryland prison now isolated and locked up nearly 24 hours a day  Read More   03-27-2019

18 Must-Read Reports From The Sentencing Project
Topics include on women and children, racial disparities, state reforms, decarceration strategies, federal reform, and more  Read More   03-26-2019

New Report, Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019
Report contains the "big picture" view of confinement in the U.S. with 7 new infographics  Read More   03-25-2019

This Women's History Month, Let's Leave Girls’ Incarceration in the Past
Girls are overlooked in efforts to divert young people with low-level offenses  Read More   03-24-2019

Groundbreaking Empirical Study of Expungement
Expungement recipients "have extremely low subsequent crime rates"  Read More   03-23-2019

Formerly Incarcerated Person Cashing in on College Admissions Scandal
Who knows better how to navigate and survive prison than someone who has been there?  Read More   03-23-2019

Court Rules Against Alabama Warden Who Ordered Incarcerated Person to be Taken Off Life Support
Warden is not entitled to qualified immunity  Read More   03-23-2019

No New Youth Prisons: Strategies for Stopping Construction of New Youth Prisons
Tips on gathering your information, marshalling allies, and more, are found in new guide that other cities and states can use  Read More   03-18-2019

Collaborating for Successful Reentry: A Practical Guide to Support Justice-Involved Young People Returning to the Community
Needs of young people must not only be addressed, but also understood  Read More   03-15-2019

"Free" Prison Tablets Are Anything But For People Locked Up
DOC contracts with tablet providers found to put needs of incarcerated people last  Read More   03-14-2019

Funding Opportunity for Reducing Incarceration in Small Cities and Rural Areas
Funds can be used to sustain work, launch new initiatives, expand work, or foster partnerships  Read More   03-13-2019

Keeping Children Out of Florida's Adult Criminal Justice System Would Have Positive Economic Impact, Study Says
Returning young people to the juvenile justice system would save $3.6 million  Read More   03-12-2019

The Surprising Benefits of Serving People in Prison Better Food
A prison diet is typically filled with highly processed and high carb foods  Read More   03-11-2019

What Happens When Incarcerated People are Treated As Victims?
Young adults in prison have experienced chronic trauma at triple the rate of young adults in the general population  Read More   03-07-2019

State Strategies to End Life Imprisonment, Expand the Vote, and Strengthen Reentry Policies
Spurred on by the passage of Florida's Amendment 4, six other states advance actions to restore voting rights  Read More   03-07-2019

JP Morgan Chase & Company Pulling Out From Financing Private Prisons
Activists have confronted JP Morgan’s CEO about over financing private prisons  Read More   03-06-2019

50 State Incarceration Profiles
Prison Policy Initiative report of all of their recent reports about prison/jail growth, racial disparities, and more, re-organized by state  Read More   03-05-2019

Fix the Criminal Justice System to Open Up Our Economy
Tens of millions of Americans are excluded from the workforce due to felony and misdemeanor convictions  Read More   03-04-2019

The Effects of Holistic Defense on Criminal Justice Outcomes
Holistic reduces the likelihood of a custodial sentence by 16% and expected sentence length by 24%  Read More   03-02-2019

Return to Nowhere: The Revolving Door Between Incarceration and Homelessness
Formerly incarcerated individuals are nearly 10 times more likely to be homeless  Read More   02-28-2019

Critical Voices on Criminal Justice: Essays from Directly Affected Authors
Five formerly incarcerated people who made changes in criminal justice policy speak of their own experiences  Read More   02-27-2019

Mandatory Minimums, Crime, and Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned, Paths Ahead
A study of three states, New York, Michigan and Florida, illustrates the downside of mandatory minimum sentences  Read More   02-26-2019

Do Jails Kill People?
Former chief medical officer for New York City’s Correctional Health Service explains how "duel loyalty" can lead to the deaths of people in prison  Read More   02-25-2019

Where Have All the Black Men Gone?
Mass incarceration cited for gender imbalance in Black neighborhoods  Read More   02-24-2019

Imagine Pleading Guilty Because You Can't Afford to Call Your Lawyer
Intrastate calls from prison are not subject to price caps and some providers take advantage of that  Read More   02-20-2019

The Top 15 States That Spend More on Prisons Than Education
California tops the list spending $64,642 per person in prison and only $11,495 per student  Read More   02-19-2019

Second Chances: The Importance of Occupational Licensing Reform to Arkansas's Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives
Arkansas licensing reform expected to reduce recidivism by 17.5 percent in five years  Read More   02-18-2019

Crack Down on Smuggling is Causing Hardships on Families and People in Prison
Letters are the primary means of communication for 92 percent of people in prison in contact with their family  Read More   02-15-2019

Bruce Western Reports on The Challenge of Criminal Justice Reform
Western argues that mass incarceration is defined by three characteristics: racial inequality, poverty, and a high level of violence  Read More   02-15-2019

State of Phone Justice: Local jails, State Prisons and Private Phone Providers
Read how much people in your state are paying for a prison phone call today compared to 2008  Read More   02-15-2019

Corizon, The Health Care Giant, Stumbles Again
This time, Corizon loses its contract with the Arizona Department of Corrections  Read More   02-12-2019

Finding Love While Serving a Life Sentence
A Valentine's Day story that proves that love can be found in the most unlikeliest of places  Read More   02-11-2019

How Does the History of Race in America Affect the Role of Prosecutors?
Goal of new paper is to uncover roots of racial inequality and guide prosecutors to transform disparities into positive change in policy and practice  Read More   02-08-2019

Want to Fight Against Hepatitis C? Start at the Prison Level
Hepatitis C affects 1 percent of the general population but 17 percent of incarcerated individuals  Read More   02-08-2019

New Best Reentry Practices Guide for Supporting Tribal Members with Records through Collaboration and Partnership
Root & Rebound and the Yurok Tribe create first of its kind best practices guide  Read More   02-06-2019

Federal Defenders of New York Files Lawsuit to Grant Attorney Visits to Those Incarcerated at MDC Brooklyn
During power outage people locked up at MDC Brooklyn were without heat, electricity, phone calls and visits from families and attorneys for a week  Read More   02-05-2019

Municipal Drug Strategy: Lessons in Taking Drug Policy Reform Local
Drug Policy Alliance report offers "a framework for implementing new coordinated policies rooted in harm reduction and human rights at the local level"  Read More   02-04-2019

New Report Reveals Every Three Seconds Someone in the U.S. is Arrested
Vera Institute of Justice provides a new interactive database tool that unlocks crucial police data  Read More   02-01-2019

Prison Consulting Firm Taken Down By Feds
Firm promised a sentence reduction of 18 months for those who hired them  Read More   01-31-2019

Florida Locales Vote to Stop Using Prison Labor—and Others May Follow
Gainesville mayor a"serts that terminating contracts that use "slave labor" is a "moral imperative”  Read More   01-30-2019

Judge Urges More Leeway to Provide Alternatives to Incarceration for Those Who Commit a Violent Crime
The term "violent crime" is very broad and does not always mean a violent crime was committed  Read More   01-30-2019

Meek Mill, Jay Z and Other Heavy Hitters Form Foundation to Reduce Re-Incarceration
Reform Alliance will focus on the 4.5 million people on probation or parole  Read More   01-28-2019

LGBTQ Youth Are At Greater Risk of Homelessness and Incarceration
LGBTQ youth compose 40% of the homeless youth population  Read More   01-27-2019

Report: The Wisconsin Community Corrections Story
People reincarcerated without a new offense in Wisconsin will spend an average of 1.5 years in prison, costing taxpayers $147.5 million  Read More   01-26-2019

Connecticut Drafting Legislation That Would Make It Easier for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals to Obtain Housing
30-Page offers focuses on solutions to end housing discrimination after release from prison  Read More   01-24-2019

Investing in Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison
Greater access to postsecondary education in prison would result in a $45.3 million increase in combined earnings of formerly incarcerated workers one year after release  Read More   01-22-2019

Alabama Prison Homicide Rate 600 Times Higher Than National Average
Alabama's prison justice organizations and incarcerated individuals advocate for task force investigation into prison murders  Read More   01-21-2019

The Home Coming Project: Innovative Program Offers Housing to People Released from Prison
Homeowners and renters are matched with newly released individuals in a novel experiment with benefits for all  Read More   01-20-2019

Formerly Incarcerated Man Writes Poem about the First Few Minutes of Being Released
Poem focuses on the hope and the determination to never go back to prison that reintegrating individuals feel while walking out the gate  Read More   01-18-2019

New Report: Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2018
Topics include sentencing, felony disenfranchisement, juvenile justice, addressing racial disparity, and more  Read More   01-16-2019

Criminal Justice Solutions: Model State Legislation
Brennan Center for Justice report includes models and examples of legislation to help stem mass incarceration in America  Read More   01-15-2019

Intra-City Differences in Federal Sentencing Practices
Report finds in most cities the length of a defendant's sentence depends on which judge is assigned to the case  Read More   01-14-2019

Integrating the Social Safety Net Into America's Prisons
Author of article calls for federal law requiring prisons to assist the incarcerated in signing up for, or to automatically enrolling them in, social safety net programs  Read More   01-11-2019

ABA: Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who've Committed No Crime
Besides being a civil rights violation, housing mental health patients in prison who haven't committed a crime has been linked to additional mental health issues  Read More   01-10-2019

Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Opportunity: Benefits and Costs of the RecycleForce Enhanced Transitional Jobs Program
Despite Government's assessment, others found benefits to society outweighed program costs by about $2,200 per person  Read More   01-09-2019

Government Shutdown Causes FBOP to Furlough Half of Its 36,000 Person Staff
Additionally, Prison guards are working without pay  Read More   01-08-2019

Newspaper Article Stirs Controversy Over Pitting Guards Against People in Prison
Guards' misplaced anger over Trump's government shutdown causes bitterness over holiday meal for the incarcerated  Read More   01-08-2019

ICYMI: The Appeal's Top Stories of 2018
The Appeal staff picked top 12 stories on policing, prosecutors and incarceration  Read More   01-06-2019

Congressional Report Finds Senior BOP Officials Continually Covered Up or Ignored Misconduct
New congressional review provides "blistering" account of how wardens and senor officials operate outside of BOP’s rules  Read More   01-04-2019

Jewish Journal Asks: First Step or Last Step?
First Step's inclusion of assessment tools seen as problematic, especially for African-Americans  Read More   01-03-2019

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Issues New Report on Juvenile Arrests
Juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes, such as robbery and aggravated assault, have declined in the last five years  Read More   01-02-2019

Has New Jersey's Elimination of Most Cash Bail Transformed the State into a "Model of Justice Reform for the Entire Nation"?
Since bail reform was implemented, violent crime dropped 30% and pretrial detention decreased 40% in the state  Read More   01-01-2019

When Incarcerated People Care for The Sick and Dying
At the California Medical Facility men doing time offer care and compassion to the sick in prison  Read More   12-31-2018

Connecticut Wins National Recruiting Battle for New Corrections Commissioner
Governor-elect Ned Lamont chose former Utah DOC Commissioner Rollin Cook to carry on state’s nationally praised model prison reform  Read More   12-31-2018

Ten Women Who Changed Criminal Justice in 2018
From ending solitary confinement, to challenging the unjust ways young people are treated in the juvenile justice system, these are some of the women who stood up against injustice  Read More   12-28-2018

Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests in New York, 1980 to 2017
New report focuses on the part of NYC's "peace dividend," that led to a 39.9 percent decrease in misdemeanor arrests, however, enforcement rates went up  Read More   12-28-2018

Mothers Are Incarcerated at Record Rates, Yet Prison Nursery Beds are Empty
Mothers who are allowed to keep their babies with them in prison, for a time, have a much lower recidivism rate  Read More   12-28-2018

The Economics of Bail and Pretrial Detention
New report finds pretrial detention costs $15 billion a year  Read More   12-24-2018

Okay, The First Step Act Passed, But What Is the Next Step?
Will a change in conspiracy laws be next?  Read More   12-24-2018

Youth Incarceration: We Must Think Outside the (Literal) Box
Juvenile Justice advocates call for community-based solutions rather than juvenile incarceration  Read More   12-21-2018

Think You Are Knowledgeable About Law and Justice This Past Year?
Take the Marshall Project Quiz and find out  Read More   12-19-2018

Will First Step Act Reach a Final Vote Today?
Bill called a "compromise of a comprise" but some conservatives still voice criticism  Read More   12-18-2018

21 Principles for the 21st Century Prosecutor
The principles include examples of innovative endeavors by prosecutors around the nation  Read More   12-17-2018

The Myth of the Electronic Monitor
Critics call electronic monitoring an alternative form of incarceration, not an alternative to incarceration  Read More   12-16-2018

The Criminal Justice Reform Bill You’ve Never Heard Of
Mitch McConnell's Senate has quietly passed juvenile justice legislation that would ban states from holding children in adult jails  Read More   12-13-2018

New Report Ranks States on "Correctional Control," Showing Huge State Disparities in Use of Probation
Adults under community supervision account for nearly twice the number of people who are incarcerated in jails and prisons combined  Read More   12-12-2018

Mississippi to Use $715,000 Grant for Reentry and Treatment Programs in Six Counties
Programs targeting people released from prison to rural counties that often lack reentry services  Read More   12-11-2018

Jerry Madden On The Texas Model of Prison, Probation and Parole
Texas has closed eight prisons and reduced parole revocations and overall arrests  Read More   12-10-2018

The Needs of Children Must Be Prioritized When Parents Are Arrested
Trauma starts with the arrest of a parent, especially in front of a child  Read More   12-09-2018

Minnesota Begins Training People in Prison to Become Solar Installers
Training will help people released from prison to find jobs in a rapidly growing field  Read More   12-06-2018

Delaware Governor Signs Executive Order to Improve Reentry Procedures, Reduce Recidivism
As part of the National Criminal Justice Reform Project, Delaware commission will implement reentry reform  Read More   12-06-2018

The Heartbreaking Law That Tears Children from Incarcerated Parents Forever
The Clintons helped pass the Adoption and Safe Families Act with devastating consequences  Read More   12-04-2018

Prison Policy Initiative's Top Reports of 2018
PPI's annual report covers topics from "Whole Pie" reports on women and youths to calculating the first national unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated people  Read More   12-03-2018

New Study: Elderly People in Prison Are a Low Risk for Recidivism
Justice Policy Institute survey found "no significant impact or negative impact on public safety" when elderly are released  Read More   12-02-2018

The Girlfriend Problem: How Mandatory Minimum Sentences Punish Women
Women in a relationship with a drug dealer are often hit with conspiracy charges even though they may have a nothing to do with dealing drugs  Read More   11-23-2018

The Jerry Brown Way of Pardoning
Governor tries to "walk back" major mistakes from California’s tough-on-Crime era  Read More   11-22-2018

Critics Call Electronic Monitoring of Young People Ineffective and Inhumane
Stigma, cost to families and doubt that EM is effective are just some of the concerns  Read More   11-22-2018

Infographic: Reducing Recidivism–States Deliver Results (2018)
Profiles of eleven states with "impressive declines" in recidivism rates  Read More   11-20-2018

The Sentencing Project’s 2018 Fall Newsletter Offers Numerous Reports and Articles That You Won't Want to Miss
Topics include decarceration, States' reform successes, women's issues, and Trump's attempt at criminal justice reform  Read More   11-19-2018

Eight Keys to Mercy: How to Shorten Excessive Prison Sentences
Clemency isn't the only way for governors and legislators to show mercy  Read More   11-16-2018

Neuroscientists Make a Case against Solitary Confinement
Prolonged social isolation can do severe, long-lasting damage to the brain  Read More   11-15-2018

Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018
Sixty percent of incarcerated women under local control have not been convicted of a crime  Read More   11-14-2018

Population 17,049: Welcome to America's Largest Jail
L.A. County Jail is also the largest mental health institution in America  Read More   11-13-2018

What Do Christians in America Really Think About Criminal Justice Reform?
Prison Fellowship's survey reveals practicing Christians are more concerned about the care and conditions of people in prison than the general public, but prefer stronger punishments  Read More   11-12-2018

The Good News Is the Number of People Violating Parole or Probation in Arkansas Dropped 41 Percent
The bad news is that the number of people in prison is expected to grow at rate of 0.9 percent annually over the next 10 years  Read More   11-09-2018

Restoring Hope, Creating Opportunity: A White Paper on the Need for Comprehensive Reentry Services and Progressive Justice Reform in Illinois
Safer Foundation concludes that if recidivism trends don't change over next 5 years, recidivism will cost Illinois taxpayers $13 billion  Read More   11-08-2018

Florida Voters Agree That Most People with a Felony Conviction Should Have Their Right to Vote Restored Automatically
Historic vote will affect approximately 1.4 million disenfranchised people in the state  Read More   11-07-2018

Safe Consumption Sites Not Jail
Former and current prosecutors advocate for SCS, also known as Safe Injection Sites, as a means to help reduce arrests and incarceration for people who use drugs  Read More   11-06-2018

One in 55 U.S. Adults Is on Probation or Parole
Better strategies can cut that rate while protecting public safety, decreasing drug misuse, and reducing incarceration  Read More   11-05-2018

The High Costs of Low Pay for Public Defenders
Along with Public Defenders, District Attorneys are leaving their jobs to search for ones with higher salaries  Read More   11-04-2018

Kentucky Governor Supports Jobs for Formerly Incarcerated People
Governor Bevin asserts work is the pathway to redemption  Read More   11-01-2018

Justice Department Announces $35 Million to Battle the Distribution of Methamphetamine and Another $35 Million to Assist Children Impacted by the Opioid Crisis
Opioid overdoses still on the rise  Read More   10-31-2018

Incarcerating Mothers Is a "Generational Curse"
The Oklahoma punishment system has the highest number of incarcerated women in the country -Still She Rises aims to end that  Read More   10-30-2018

Chicago's HOPE Diversion Court Shut Down After Several Attempts to Fix Problems Failed
Program did not reach population for which it was intended  Read More   10-29-2018

Kentucky Prison Reentry Program Has Correction Officers and Incarcerated People Switch Roles
Correction Officers learn how difficult life can be after release from prison  Read More   10-27-2018

How Jeff Sessions Is Undermining Trump's Prison Reform Agenda
Federal halfway house beds remain empty because the Justice Department has reduced the number of halfway house placements  Read More   10-25-2018

PA Prisons’ Unprecedented Security Crackdown: 5 Things You Need to Know
Lawyers claim the policies might be unconstitutional  Read More   10-24-2018

In Prison, Women Face the Harshest Discipline
Women discipline far more often than men  Read More   10-23-2018

New Report Finds Felony Disenfranchisement Reforms in 23 States Restored Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People
Six million Americans are still ineligible to vote due to a felony conviction  Read More   10-22-2018

How Can We Reconcile Prison Abolition With #MeToo?
Advocates for transformative justice claim that gender-based violence can be addressed without police and prisons  Read More   10-16-2018

Colorado Attempting to Keep Connections Between Teens Who Are Incarcerated and Their Children
Seven-day visiting, parenting classes and a furlough to attend birth of a child are some of the policy changes at Colorado youth jail  Read More   10-16-2018

California's Top Prison Psychiatrist Claims State Officials Are Providing Misleading Data to a Federal Court and Lawyers
Dr. Michael Goling’s report affects 30,000 people in prison who have a pending case involving medical and mental health care  Read More   10-16-2018

3,000 People in Florida Prisons Evacuated During Hurricane Michael
Damage from hurricane caused four prisons to be evacuated  Read More   10-16-2018

New Vera Institute of Justice Report: Reimagining Prison
Report reimagines the how, what, and why of incarceration  Read More   10-15-2018

New Report Finds a Large Number of Federally Funded Reentry Programs to be "Dissapointing"
Second Chance Act services had no significant effect on outcome of reincarceration  Read More   10-13-2018

The Novel Way Connecticut Is Hoping to Reduce the Recidivism Rate of Young Females
Women who are incarcerated helped design the WORTH program that includes mentoring, counseling and classes  Read More   10-12-2018

Formerly Incarcerated Person Takes on New Hampshire’s Pay-to-Stay (in Prison) Law
ACLU accuses New Hampshire of filing retaliatory lawsuit after formerly incarcerated man sued the state for medical negligence  Read More   10-10-2018

During National Mental Illness Awareness Week a Judge Writes on How the CJ System Responds to Those with a Mental Health Diagnosis
Alternatives to incarceration sought to break the system of incarcerating people with mental disorders  Read More   10-09-2018

Reclassified: State Drug Laws Reforms to Reduce Felony Convictions and Increase Second Chances
Five states that reclassified all drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor saw both a drop in prison populations and millions of dollars saved  Read More   10-08-2018

Virginia Department of Corrections Headquarters Houses "Fresh Start" Bakery That Teaches Women in Prison Job Skills
At neighboring café and restaurant women taught skills from serving food to managing a restaurant  Read More   10-07-2018

Pew: Probation and Parole Systems Marked by High Stakes, Missed Opportunities
1 in 55 adults is under community supervision  Read More   10-05-2018

Let Down and Locked Up: Why Oklahoma's Female Incarceration Is So High
Critics claim a penchant for building prisons instead of investing in education and a warped idea of "proper womanhood" are just two reasons Oklahoma is the capital for female incarceration in the world  Read More   10-04-2018

No More Shackles: Why We Must End the Use of Electronic Monitors for People on Parole
Electronic monitoring has increased tremendously, as has technical violations that send people back to prison  Read More   10-03-2018

Courts Force States to Provide Costly Hepatitis C Treatment to People in Prison
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 3 people in U.S. jails and prisons has hepatitis C.  Read More   10-02-2018

George Will: America Should Strike Down the Death Penalty
Will concludes capital punishment is expensive and does not demonstrate enhancement of public safety  Read More   10-01-2018

For People Behind Bars, Reporting Sexual Assault Leads to More Punishment
People who report sexual assault in prison are often punished by being put in solitary confinement  Read More   10-01-2018

Virginia Suspends Ban on Tampon Use by Visitors to State Prisons
Ban was originally put in place over fears tampons could hide Contraband  Read More   09-27-2018

New Report: Reconciliation Between Police and Communities
Report offers four components for a foundation to build reconciliation  Read More   09-26-2018

New Phrase Guide to Reduce Stereotypes and Promote Respect and Equality
Language is very important when speaking to, or about, people involved in the punishment system  Read More   09-25-2018

The Movement to Abolish Death by Incarceration
Abolitionist Law Center report reveals Pennsylvania is the national and international leader in DBI sentencing, with Philadelphia being the DBI center of the world  Read More   09-24-2018

20 Organizations Planting the Seeds for Food Justice in Prisons
The World Health Organization claims nutritious food in prison can help with rehabilitation and resettlement  Read More   09-21-2018

New Brennan Center for Justice Report Predicts Crime and Murder Rates Will Decline in 2018
Findings put to rest the falsehood that America is seeing a spike in crime  Read More   09-20-2018

New OIG Report on Bureau of Prisons' Inadequate Addressing of Distinctive Needs of Females
Report finds BOP lacking in strategic management of females in its prison system  Read More   09-19-2018

Chicago's Cook County Aimed to Be the Country’s Leader in Bail Reform--So What Happened?
New report asserts that Cook County judges continue to ignore Chief Judge's order to use money bonds only when necessary  Read More   09-19-2018

Colorado DOC to Spend $41 Million to Treat People with Hepatitis C
Critics accused DOC of dragging its feet to treat people because of high cost of drugs that can wipe out hep C virus  Read More   09-17-2018

Female Legislators Introduce Bill to Ban Shackling of Pregnant Women in Federal Prisons
Bi-partisan bill would also prohibit pregnant women from being placed in solitary confinement  Read More   09-14-2018

Seven States Do Not Provide Victim Compensation to Those with a Criminal Conviction, or Their Families
Companion article tells how to investigate victim compensation information in every state  Read More   09-13-2018

Mandatory Evacuation As "Monster" Hurricane Approaches Doesn't Include People in Jails and Prisons
Corrections officers and people in prison seem to be expendable in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia  Read More   09-12-2018

Lawsuit Claims Man Held in Solitary Confinement for 12 Years Because He Cannot Speak or Read English
Corrections officials contest allegation but lawyers assert client is not able to complete "step-down" program to get out of solitary confinement  Read More   09-11-2018

Women's Experience Behind Bars: Incarcerated Women Face Unique Challenges
Half of incarcerated women in America are held in jails  Read More   09-10-2018

A Roadmap to Decarceration
Five states - Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina -reduced prison populations by 14-25%  Read More   09-07-2018

Four States Receive Funding from Koch Brothers for Criminal Justice Reform
Four million dollar Safe Streets and Second Chances (S3C) program includes people in prison and volunteers in Florida, Kentucky, Texas and Pennsylvania  Read More   09-06-2018

What It Is Like to Be a Trans Woman in a Male Prison: "Housed as Men, Assaulted as Women"
Trans women are incarcerated at higher number than the "general population" and face harsher consequences  Read More   09-05-2018

Public Comments on Sentencing Commission's Proposed Priorities for 2018-2019 Amendment Cycle
Coalition of civil rights, criminal justice reform, and human rights groups offer Sentencing Commission suggestions for improvement and fairness civil  Read More   09-04-2018

Vera Institute of Justice Expands Initiative to Increase Access to Public Housing for Formerly Incarcerated People
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the initiative will implement reentry programs and improve admissions policies for people with conviction histories  Read More   09-03-2018

Acknowledging Incarcerated Workers As Labor Day Approaches
From fighting forest fires, to cleaning toilets, advocates for people in prison say they deserve fair wages  Read More   08-31-2018

Getting to Zero: Shocking New Report on Juveniles Housed in Adult Jails
Although the number of juveniles housed in adult jails has dropped in recent years tens of thousands young people enter adult jails annually  Read More   08-30-2018

California Governor Abolishes Money Bail System But Reform Advocates Are Not Pleased
Governor's bail reform lauded but judges given more power to hold individuals held in "preventative detention"  Read More   08-29-2018

Three weeks, 10 Dead Inside Two Mississippi Prisons (Update: Death toll rises to 15)
Deceased ranged in age from 24 to 75, with "natural causes" presumed to be the cause of death in most cases, according to spokesperson  Read More   08-28-2018

Parent-Child Visiting Practices in Prisons and Jails: A Synthesis of Research and Practice
Urban Institute report offers recommendations on parent-child visiting, including improving how visiting is implemented  Read More   08-27-2018

Breaking Open the "Black Box": How Risk Assessments Undermine Judges' Perceptions of Young People
Report states 60% of the risk score is attributable to age  Read More   08-27-2018

A "Radical Experiment" in a Connecticut Prison for Women May Be the Answer to Reducing Recidivism among Young Adults Nationwide
WORTH program focused on young women whose brains are still developing  Read More   08-24-2018

New York State Parole Board: Failures in Staffing and Performance
New report underscores the importance of the makeup of parole boards everywhere  Read More   08-23-2018

Determined to Hold a City Council Position in Texas, Lewis Conway Jr is Cleared to Do So Despite Felony Conviction
Vague law without a precedent once thwarted Conway from running for political office  Read More   08-22-2018

How Does Unaffordable Money Bail Affect Families?
Prison Policy Initiative reveals over half of people held in pre-trial detention are parents of minor children  Read More   08-21-2018

The Role of Outcome Monitoring in Evidence Based Policymaking
How states can use performance management systems to achieve results  Read More   08-20-2018

People in 17 Prisons Across the U.S. Set to Go on Strike Starting August 21
Organizers Issue 10 demands including improvements in prisons and policies  Read More   08-19-2018

Nowhere to Go: Homelessness among Formerly Incarcerated People
Formerly Incarcerated people are 10 times more likely to be homeless  Read More   08-17-2018

Neuroprediction: Should Brain a Scan Be Used to Predict the Risk of Committing Future Crimes?
Neuroscientists at the University of New Mexico believe brain imaging technology is an important risk assessment tool  Read More   08-16-2018

Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Electronic Monitoring Company of Extortion
Plaintiffs struggling to afford electronic monitoring claim if they miss a electronic monitoring fee of $25.50 per day they will be sent back to jail  Read More   08-16-2018

Fifty State Report on Public Safety
Report billed as "one comprehensive public safety roadmap" with 300 state-by-state data visualizations  Read More   08-09-2018

Raising a Baby in Prison
While studies show having a prison nursery is good for mom and baby, critics claim it is unconstitutional  Read More   08-09-2018

The Need for Support and Resources for LGBTQ Youth in Juvenile Facilities When They Reveal Their Sexual Identity
Directly impacted member of the LGBTQ community discusses his struggle with his sexual identity while in a juvenile facility that offered no support  Read More   08-08-2018

Lancaster County, PA Shows Others How to Say No to a For-Profit Prison Company
County leaders backed down against planned takeover by GEO of reentry program when constituents rose up en masse against it  Read More   08-08-2018

More Than a Jail: Immigrant Detention and the Smell of Money
Special Report: The Vera Institute examines the connection between the growing criminalization of immigration and rural jail expansion in the United States  Read More   08-07-2018

Concerns Rise As Reports of Sexual Abuse in Prison Increase, But Few Allegations Are Deemed Credible
Corrections officials investigating 61,316 allegations of sexual abuse decided only 8.5 percent were truthful  Read More   08-06-2018

The Changing State of Recidivism: Fewer People Going Back to Prison
Data show the number returning 3 years later is down by nearly a quarter  Read More   08-03-2018

The Last Mile Program Teaches Coding to People Who Are Incarcerated in Youth Facilities and Prisons
Program boasts a zero recidivism rate among it 393 graduates  Read More   08-02-2018

Prison Abolition Explained
The Nation offers insight to a not-so-new movement that believes incarceration does society more harm than good  Read More   08-01-2018

Ninety-Seven Percent of People in Prison with Hepatitis C Are Not Getting Treatment
Despite Court ruling that medical care is a constitutional right for people in prison, medical cure for Hep C is routinely denied  Read More   07-31-2018

Out of Prison and Out of Work: Unemployment Among Formerly Incarcerated People
New report reveals the first ever estimate of unemployment among formerly incarcerated people finds that over 27% are unemployed  Read More   07-30-2018

Directly Impacted Young Woman Tells "Why We Need to End Girls' Incarceration"
Status offenses are responsible for a disproportionate number of girls entering juvenile detention centers  Read More   07-29-2018

Toxic Prisons Are Poisoning Incarcerated People
Prisons and detention centers built on toxic land are blamed for countless illnesses, and deaths  Read More   07-26-2018

How to Spot the Hidden Costs in a "No-Cost" Tablet Contract
Tablet maker stands to make hefty profit off of phone calls, emails, music, and video games that must be paid for by incarcerated individuals given tablets  Read More   07-25-2018

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer
6.1 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to felony disenfranchisement  Read More   07-24-2018

Health Care Use and Health Behaviors among Young Adults with History a of Parental Incarceration
Study finds parental incarceration is associated with lower health care and problematic behaviors in early adulthood  Read More   07-23-2018

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Slammed for New Policy Direction
Critic assail OJJDP for implying public safety will be threatened by reducing racial and ethnic disparities (RED)  Read More   07-22-2018

All Female Task Force Seeks to Reduce the Number of Females in Illinois Prisons by Half
Task force includes formerly incarcerated women  Read More   07-20-2018

Prisons Using Virtual Reality to Prepare People with Long Sentences about Living in the Community Again
Juveniles sentenced to life, but are now eligible for parole, learn to restart a brain dormant for decades  Read More   07-18-2018

Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger
Report: U.S. poverty would have dropped by 20 percent between 1980 and 2004 if not for mass incarceration.  Read More   07-17-2018

Palm Beach County, Florida to Host Reentry Summit October 3-5
Event will convene experts for a national conversation on criminal justice reform  Read More   07-16-2018

'They're Not Monsters': The Roots of Young Girls' Violence
Trauma is a major cause of maladaptive behavior in young girls  Read More   07-13-2018

The Push to Remove Occupational License Restrictions That Deny Formerly Incarcerated People Jobs
Economy suffers as 2.85 million jobs are lost due to strict licensing laws  Read More   07-12-2018

When a Top Hard-Core Gang Prosecutor Fills Facebook with Racist and Sexist Posts
Some wonder if prosecutor can be fair and impartial after his xenophobic remarks  Read More   07-11-2018

The Impact of Early Representation: An Analysis of the San Francisco Public Defender's Pre-Trial Release Unit
San Francisco Public Defender's Office Pre-Trial Release Unit doubled likelihood of pre-arraignment release and cut pre-trial incarceration by 44%  Read More   07-10-2018

Do Jail Diversion Programs Really Work?
Most states have diversion programs but too often individuals can't afford fees associated with them, or are not told about them  Read More   07-09-2018

Churches Divest from Police to Protect People of Color
Churches train members and community groups on de-escalation tactics and self defense  Read More   07-08-2018

Guardian Investigation Finds Incarcerated Women are Groomed by Pimps and Forced into Sex Work Once Released
Corrupt bondsmen illegally pass on information about women arrested on prostitution charges to suspected traffickers  Read More   07-06-2018

Numerous Studies Show That People Released from Prison Would Fare Better Without Intense Supervision
Less intense supervision is cost-effective while still maintaining public safety  Read More   07-05-2018

Crime in 2017: Final Analysis
Report finds that, contrary to what some believe, the nation is not experiencing a crime wave  Read More   07-04-2018

Everywhere and Nowhere: Compassionate Release in the States
FAMM report found numerous barriers to compassionate release including "confusing rules,and unrealistic time frames"  Read More   07-03-2018

Connecticut NAACP and Yale Rule of Law Clinic Take State to Court Over Prison Gerrymandering
Plaintiffs claim lawsuit is the first statewide challenge on this issue in the U.S.  Read More   07-02-2018

Training the Brain to Stay out of Jail
Cognitive behavioral therapy program helps individuals with a pattern of repeat arrests to rethink criminal thoughts  Read More   06-29-2018

Outraged By Kids In Cages? Look At Our Entire Juvenile Justice System
Juveniles convicted of crimes in U.S. are also suffering under current juvenile justice system  Read More   06-28-2018

Oklahoma Corrections Director Offers Three Suggestions to Rid State of the Title "Number One in Incarceration"
Ironically one suggestion is building two new prisons  Read More   06-27-2018

Why Turning Homelessness into a Crime is Cruel and Costly
At any given time a half-million Americans are unhoused  Read More   06-26-2018

An Unjust Burden: The Disparate Treatment of Black Americans in the Criminal Justice System
Report asserts bias by decision makers throughout the justice process puts Black people at a serious disadvantage  Read More   06-25-2018

New Report: Implementing the Next Generation of Parole Supervision
Findings from the Changing Attitudes and Motivation in Parolees Pilot Study  Read More   06-22-2018

Music Recorded Inside (and Out) of Prison Helping to Push Conversations about Reform
"Die Jim Crow" EP puts stories of the struggles of incarceration and reintegration to music  Read More   06-21-2018

Why Are Innocent People In Prison?
In 2017 over half of wrongful convictions were due to prosecutorial misconduct  Read More   06-20-2018

Transforming Closed Youth Prisons
Urban Institute discloses how six closed youth prisons were successfully repurposed  Read More   06-19-2018

The New Dynamics of Mass Incarceration
State incarceration rates have fractured into four separate trends: decarceration, stagnation, jurisdictional shifts between prisons and jails, and continued growth  Read More   06-18-2018

A Conservative Republican Asks That We Remember Fathers in Prison
Supporting the First Step Act can lessen some of the collateral consequences faced by dads released from prison  Read More   06-17-2018

States of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context 2018
U.S has 4% of world’s female population but 30% of incarcerated women  Read More   06-15-2018

States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018
How does your state compare to whole countries when it comes to mass incarceration?  Read More   06-14-2018

New Research Report Highlights Challenges in Reducing Mass Incarceration
Prisoners in 2016 and the Prospects for an End to Mass Incarceration reports 23 states have not been reducing prison populations at all  Read More   06-14-2018

You Get What You Measure: New Performance Indicators Needed to Gauge Progress of Criminal Justice Reform
Adam Gelb proposes two "new and nuanced" indicators to discern if objectives are met  Read More   06-12-2018

Drug Policy Alliance Fact Sheet: Women, Prison, and the Drug War
More women than men in both state and federal prisons have been convicted of a drug offense  Read More   06-11-2018

If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?
People who use drug have an average of five to six relapses before finding long term sobriety  Read More   06-08-2018

Education Behind Bars: How Education is Failing Incarcerated Youth
Brown Political Review: Only 13 states provide the same educational services in juvenile detention centers as they do outside them  Read More   06-07-2018

A Shocking Account of Escapes, Beatings, Death and Rioting in a Private Prison
Rolling Stone chronicles Management and Training Corporation’s failure to keep Arizona’s Kingman Prison secure  Read More   06-06-2018

Workers with Criminal Records: A Survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Charles Koch Institute
Most managers, non- managers and HR professionals surveyed say they are open to hiring individuals with a criminal record  Read More   06-05-2018

Right on Crime Report on Addressing High Rates of Rural Incarceration
Report shows causes of increase in jail populations and offers solutions to slash those rates  Read More   06-04-2018

Incarceration Rate is Dropping, But Not in All States
Vera Institute reports that while the total prison population dipped below 1.5 million, 20 states saw an increase in the number of incarcerated people  Read More   06-01-2018

The $580 Prison Health Care Co-pay
When people in prison make pennies an hour a $5 co pay can eat up a month's salary  Read More   06-01-2018

The Company Store: A Deeper Look at Prison Commissaries
A new report claims prison reform advocates should be concerned commissary sales records  Read More   05-30-2018

Connecticut Prisons First in Country to House Trans People Appropriately
Trans people will be allowed to choose prison housing that match gender in which they identify  Read More   05-29-2018

Rethinking Restrictive Housing
Vera Institute of Justice report offers recommendations on how safe and effective alternatives to restrictive housing can be utilized  Read More   05-28-2018

Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes
Report provides "six innovative strategies that states and localities can follow to make sweeping changes to their juvenile justice systems"  Read More   05-26-2018

The "Forever Prisoner"
5,000 people convicted of sex crimes are held in a "post-prison purgatory" known as civil commitment  Read More   05-25-2018

2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)
BJS report assesses post-release offending patterns of formerly incarcerated people and their involvement in criminal activities  Read More   05-25-2018

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Breaks Down Why the First Step Act Matters
FAMM explains how the First Step Act is good for families, people in prison and public safety  Read More   05-23-2018

The High Cost of Low Risk: The Crisis of America's Aging Prison Population
By 2030, people over 50 will make up one-third of the US prison population  Read More   05-21-2018

Global Prison Trends 2018
Authors of report frame it as being a useful tool for policy makers and others seeking to create a fair and effective criminal justice system  Read More   05-18-2018

Judges Called 'Last Line of Defense' for Mentally Ill in Justice System
Forty percent of those with mental illness come in contact with criminal justice system, studies show  Read More   05-17-2018

LGBTQ Girls Are Fueling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
LGBTQ girls of color are particularly singled out for harsher punishment  Read More   05-16-2018

Connecticut Governor Signs Law That Provides Sweeping Changes to How Women in Prison are Treated
Previously, An Act Concerning the Fair Treatment of Incarcerated Persons was unanimously approved by both chambers of the CT General Assembly  Read More   05-15-2018

Transforming Juvenile Probation: A Vision for Getting It Right
Report calls for a dramatic cut in probation population and transforming probation for those remaining on caseloads  Read More   05-14-2018

How Walmart is Helping Prosecutors Pursue 10-Year Sentences for Shoplifting
Prosecutors are upgrading shoplifting charges to burglary for those issued a "Notification of Restriction from Property" by Walmart  Read More   05-13-2018

Advocates Want You To Remember Moms In Prison On Mother's Day
Mother's day in prison is one of the saddest days for both moms and their children  Read More   05-13-2018

New Report Examines Trends in Female Incarceration
The number of women in prison is nearly eight times higher than in 1980  Read More   05-11-2018

FOSTA-SESTA Force Sex Workers into the Dangerous Streets and into the Arms of Abusive Pimps
Sex workers claim the laws do more harm than good  Read More   05-10-2018

My Education, My Freedom
Toolkit provides currently and formerly incarcerated people a roadmap to pursue educational goals  Read More   05-08-2018

A Jailbreak of the Imagination: Seeing Prisons for What They Are and Demanding Transformation
Authors of article posit “awareness of the humanity of prisoners is a crucial step toward undoing the harms of mass incarceration”  Read More   05-05-2018

Federal Prisons Reverse Policy That Made Buying Books Difficult and Expensive
Limited selection and 30 percent markup was met with resistance from families, advocates, people in prison, and educators  Read More   05-04-2018

Cruel and Usual: A National Prisoner Survey of Prison Food and Health Care Quality
Survey of people incarcerated in 83 prisons reveals complaints of inadequate food, health care, and of disrespect from staff members  Read More   05-04-2018

Criminal Justice Involvement of Families in Child Welfare: 24 Reports
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare examines the negative impact of parental incarceration and offers ways to support children of justice involved families  Read More   05-02-2018

A Question of Compassion: Medical Parole in New York State
Vera Institute report offers recommendations that NY, and other states, can implement to make full use of their compassionate release laws  Read More   05-01-2018

New Release: Correctional Populations in the U.S. 2016
Bureau of Justice Statistics report shows almost one in 38 were under some form of correctional supervision at year-end 2016  Read More   04-30-2018

An Unsupported Population: The Treatment of Women in Texas' Criminal Justice System
Second report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition suggests women in prison should be treated with dignity as a way to reduce recidivism  Read More   04-29-2018

Seattle Asks Court to Dismiss Marijuana Convictions Before It Was Legalized
Now that marijuana is legal in Seattle. Mayor wants to wipe out collateral consequences of marijuana convictions before law took place  Read More   04-29-2018

Marc Levin: Rural Counties Need to Get on Justice-Reform Train
The population of people awaiting trial in rural jails is rapidly expanding  Read More   04-25-2018

The Prison Industrial Complex: Mapping Private Sector Players
Over 3,100 corporations make money off of mass incarceration  Read More   04-24-2018

States Are Compelling Prosecutors to Turn Over Evidence, Even When They Balk at Doing So
Prosecutors don't like to lose, and they can win by purposely withholding evidence  Read More   04-23-2018

Report to the United Nations on Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
Some recommendations to the UN Special Rapporteur include ending the war on drugs, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, reducing cash bail and fully funding indigent defense agencies  Read More   04-20-2018

U.S. Sentencing Commission Releases 2017 Federal Sentencing Statistics
Tables for each judicial district include crimes in each primary offense category, guilty pleas and trials, and incarceration rate of defendants eligible for non-prison sentences  Read More   04-19-2018

New York Governor to Restore Voting Rights to People on Parole
Gov. Andrew Cuomo would consider pardons for 35,000 people on parole, and also for people with a new felony conviction on a monthly basis  Read More   04-19-2018

Traumatic Brain Injury, Prison, and Reentry
Screening for TBI can lead to treatment instead of prison and recidivism  Read More   04-17-2018

Too Much License? A Closer Look at Occupational Liscencing and Economic Mobility
People with a criminal record are often barred from obtaining an occupational license which would provide gainful employment  Read More   04-16-2018

Law Enforcement in Several States Call for Alternatives to Arrest and Prosecution For People With an Addiction
Arresting people will not stop the opioid crisis  Read More   04-13-2018

Jobs Are the Ultimate Criminal Justice Reform
Allowing people with a criminal history to obtain occupational licenses is one of three policy changes suggested  Read More   04-12-2018

The Prosecutor's Role in Officer Involved Shootings
Prosecutors, directly impacted individuals, police and activists held a meeting at the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution to address accountability  Read More   04-11-2018

Florida Federal Prison Bans Families from Sending Books, Greeting Cards and Children's Drawings to Incarcerated Loved Ones
Profiteering suspected as motive for ban  Read More   04-10-2018

Second Chance Month: An Opportunity to Call for Adequate Funding
Focus has been on "Reentry Task Forces" and Commissions, but little attention has been given to building reentry into the justice infrastructure  Read More   04-09-2018

Imprisoned for Offering Oral Sex: Ill-Founded Laws Criminalize People With HIV
In 33 states the possible transmission of HIV is a criminal act  Read More   04-06-2018

The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant
Research shows that an increased immigrant population hasn't shown an increase in crime  Read More   04-05-2018

The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison
What will happen when the 2017-2018 Pell Grant funding for incarcerated people ends?  Read More   04-04-2018

I Am Buried Alive in a Michigan Prison
A look at solitary confinement through the eyes of someone experiencing its hell  Read More   04-03-2018

President Trump Declares April Second Chance Month
Second Chance Month replaces National Reentry Week  Read More   04-03-2018

More Evidence Shows Early Release after Drug Convictions Has No Impact on Recidivism
U.S. Sentencing Commission report found no difference in the recidivism rates for drug dealers released early and those who had served their full sentences  Read More   04-02-2018

The Sentencing Project's 2017 Annual Report Contains Links to a Year's Worth of Other Reports
Reports within the annual report includes a wide range of criminal justice topics  Read More   03-30-2018

Criminal Justice: An Election Agenda for Candidates, Activists, and Legislators
Report offers "bold" policy proposals for 2018 candidates to take on to help end mass incarceration  Read More   03-29-2018

Trump's Comments About His "Good Genes" Make His Death Penalty for Drug Dealers Proposal Even More Horrifying
Previous comments made by Trump point to him wrongly believing that Blacks and immigrants are responsible for the opioid crisis  Read More   03-28-2018

Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs
Funding bill provides greater investment in reentry and mental health treatment programs that increase public safety  Read More   03-27-2018

New Research Ends the "Is it Race or Class?" Debate About Mass Incarceration
Black men of every economic level have higher incarceration rate than white people  Read More   03-26-2018

Now You Can Visualize What 10.6 Million Jail Admissions a Year Looks Like
Data journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi created a visualization that helps you grasp the sobering number of people in U.S. jails  Read More   03-24-2018

The Detention and Forced Medical Treatment of Pregnant Women: A Human Rights Perspective
Report finds civil commitment laws that detain pregnant women restrict a woman's right to liberty, privacy, personal autonomy, and non-discrimination  Read More   03-23-2018

The Call to Focus on Desistance Instead of Recidivism in Measuring Success
Justice system is asked to "support the process of success instead of tracking single instances of failure"  Read More   03-21-2018

Should We Be Leery of Big Philanthropy's Keen Interest in Criminal Justice Reform?
Critics fear tycoons are looking to create a "privatized carceral prison industry"  Read More   03-20-2018

Work and Opportunity Before and After Incarceration
In the first year after their release, only 55 percent of formerly incarcerated people have any reported earnings, and those earnings are meager  Read More   03-19-2018

Why Do So Many Children Living in Certain Zip Codes End Up in Prison?
Chart shows zip codes with the highest rates of incarceration  Read More   03-18-2018

Law Suits Mount after Several Suicides of People Confined to Bristol County, Massachusetts Jail
New England Center for Investigative Reporting raises concern of the treatment and care of those incarcerated at the Bristol County House of Correction  Read More   03-16-2018

Plea Bargaining: From Patent Unfairness to Transparent Justice
Suggested reform measure seeks to reshape plea negotiations by offering a sentence discount to those who plead guilty  Read More   03-15-2018

Convicted of a Drug Crime, Registered with Sex Offenders
Placement on a sex offender registry comes with collateral consequences, especially if you weren't convicted of a sex offense  Read More   03-14-2018

Felony Convictions: "We're Sorry, But Your Response to One of the Questions Indicates That You are Not Qualified for This Job"
Teresa Hodge recalls trying to find a job before founding Mission: Launch, Inc.  Read More   03-13-2018

Trump Suggests People Who Sell Drugs Should Be Put To Death
The president has expressed interest in Singapore's policy about executing people who sell drugs  Read More   03-12-2018

Brief: Can We Wait 75 Years to Cut the Prison Population in Half?
With 1.5 million people in prison in 2016, the prison population remains larger than the total population of 11 states  Read More   03-12-2018

Old, Sick and Dying in Shackles
During a period of four years, the federal BOP received 5, 400 applications for compassionate release, but only granted 312 of them  Read More   03-08-2018

How One Police Force Uses iPads to Provide Better Outcomes for People They Encounter with Mental Illness
Texas sheriffs, and participants, are encouraged by pilot program’s success  Read More   03-07-2018

Hope House Neighbors' NIMBY Mentality is Preventing Returning Women from Living in a Safe, Comfortable and Loving Environment
Founders of Hope House continue to educate neighbors about how safe, secure housing reduces recidivism  Read More   03-06-2018

The Everyday Chaos of Incarceration
A person who is incarcerated explains why "Nothing about life inside prison is normal"  Read More   03-05-2018

New Report, Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie, Breaks Down Where Youth are Locked Up and Why
The U.S. locks up 8,500 youths every day for technical probation violations  Read More   03-02-2018

Divided Justice: Trends in Black and White Jail Incarceration, 1990-2013
Report examines why race matters in incarceration in America  Read More   03-01-2018

The American Immigration Detention Machine
"So What? Maybe It Is a Concentration Camp"  Read More   02-28-2018

How Bad is Prison Health Care? Depends on Who's Watching
A federal judge considers $1 million in fines for one state’s "pervasive and intractable failures"  Read More   02-27-2018

Ready to Launch: A Campaign Starter Toolkit to Close Youth Prisons
Guide includes what you need to know before you get started, how to launch your campaign and examples and resources for strategies, activities, and tactics  Read More   02-26-2018

Report: New York Community Mentoring Program Reduced Recidivism by 69 Percent
Arches Transformative Mentoring Program was founded in 2012 as part of Bloomberg's New York City Young Men's Initiative  Read More   02-23-2018

"Tough on Crime" Policies Failed in the Past, So Why Are They Being Brought Back Now?
During 200-2015 tough on crime policies had little effect on reducing crime  Read More   02-22-2018

Why Police Backing Is Key to Needle Exchanges
Law enforcement is starting to recognize the importance of syringe exchanges in improving public health  Read More   02-21-2018

One of 10 Adults in Mississippi Can’t Vote Due to Felony Disenfranchisement
Across America 6.1 million can’t vote for the same reason  Read More   02-20-2018

Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions
Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases  Read More   02-19-2018

How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis
Treatment, reducing demand, and harm reduction discussed  Read More   02-16-2018

New Report, Too Big to Succeed: The Impact of the Growth of Community Corrections and What Should Be Done About It
Five million people are under community corrections supervision in America  Read More   02-15-2018

Criminalizing the Homeless in Los Angeles
Los Angeles saw a 31 percent increase in homeless arrests since 2011  Read More   02-14-2018

False Equivalence: Local, State, and Federal Detainees
Seventy-three percent of people facing criminal charges in federal district courts are detained and never released during the pretrial period  Read More   02-13-2018

Brennan Center for Justice: Criminal Justice One Year Into the Trump Administration
New report addresses key shifts in federal policy  Read More   02-12-2018

Canada's Landmark Ruling against Solitary Confinement
Ruling called "stunning, decisive and far reaching"  Read More   02-11-2018

Efforts to Decrease Prison Populations Are Leaving Women Behind
Fewer diversion programs and longer sentences are just two of the issues women must contend with  Read More   02-08-2018

Maryland Supreme Court May Challenge the State's Parole System
Those under 18-years old who were sentenced to life seldom get parole  Read More   02-07-2018

Five Charts Show Why Mass Incarceration Harms Everyone's Health
Mass incarceration has far reaching consequences  Read More   02-06-2018

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017
Briefing paper includes trends regarding sentencing, racial disparity, juvenile justice, and collateral consequences  Read More   02-05-2018

The Day ICE Knocked on My Door
Well-known criminal justice policy maker and leading advocate to end mass incarceration tells the frightening story of being swept up in ICE's net  Read More   02-04-2018

San Francisco to Expunge or Reduce Thousands of Marijuana Convictions
Prosecutors will dismiss 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions and, review and if necessary, resentence almost 5,000 more felony marijuana cases  Read More   02-02-2018

For Some with a Felony Conviction, Voting Rights Might Be Coming Soon
While some states are restoring voting rights, a formerly incarcerated person is taking on felony disenfranchisement in Florida  Read More   02-01-2018

The Role of Jails in Combating the Opioid Crisis
Sixty-three percent of people in jail meet the criteria for drug dependence or use  Read More   01-30-2018

Where Does Your State Rank on the List of Incarceration Rates?
While America still has the highest incarceration rate in the world, some states are cutting their numbers of incarcerated people  Read More   01-29-2018

New Poll Shows Mass Incarceration Is a Latinx Issue
The majority of Latinxs people favor rehabilitation over more punitive responses to crime  Read More   01-26-2018

Florida Sees Spike in Deaths of Incarcerated People
Deaths of those in Florida’s prisons in 2017 show a 20 percent increase over previous years  Read More   01-25-2018

Beyond Diversion: Philadelphia Program Diverts Young Adults Away from Felony Convictions and into Job Training and Education
The Choice is Yours program uses mentoring instead of punishment to achieve optimal outcomes  Read More   01-24-2018

Doing 'Hard Time' in the Nation's Jails
Eight points of comparison to a Kansas prison and a jail reveal stark differences  Read More   01-23-2018

Have You Ever Wondered Why a People Plead Guilty to a Crime They Didn't Commit?
A defense attorney explains the “plea bargain trap"  Read More   01-22-2018

Federal Defenders Claim U.S. Sentencing Commission Report on Racial Disparity Is "Flawed and Misused"
Fears abound that misuse of the report will increase racial disparity  Read More   01-21-2018

Facebook for the Prosecution
How social media companies take sides in criminal cases  Read More   01-19-2018

How Gang Policing Is Criminalizing Whole Communities
While the “Ceasefire” model of policing looks progressive, its reliance on gang indictments is anything but  Read More   01-18-2018

Finding a Home When Released from Prison Shouldn't Be Contingent Upon Providing Sexual Favors
prey upon women (and men) desperate for a place to live  Read More   01-17-2018

The Case for Not Having Young Sex Offenders on a Registry
Being on a sex offender registry doesn't increase public safety  Read More   01-16-2018

Black Robes, White Justice: How Prison Traumatic Stress Disorder Almost Made Me Commit Suicide
Louis L. Reed's battle with society’s perpetual punishing label of "ex-convict"  Read More   01-15-2018

People in Eight Florida Prisons Plan to Go on Strike on Martin Luther King Day
Payment for labor is one of three changes strikers are pushing for  Read More   01-14-2018

California Examines High Rate of Suicides among Corrections Officers
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Report: The Gender Divide: Tracking Women's State Prison Growth
The report includes more than 100 state-specific graphs tracking 40 years of women's prison growth  Read More   01-11-2018

Newly Elected Philadelphia DA Ousts 31 from His Office
Larry Kasner's "broad reorganization" of his office seen as the beginning of the cultural change he promised during campaign  Read More   01-10-2018

A "Crazy-Quilt of Disqualifications and Restoration Procedures" Isn't Stopping Lewis Conway, Jr. from Pursuing a Chance to Run For City Council
Vague Texas statute puts legality of Conway's running for office in limbo for now  Read More   01-09-2018

What to Know About the Death Penalty in 2018
Four important places will have an impact on the death penalty  Read More   01-08-2018

ICYMI: A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America's Prisons
Incarceration in America has quadrupled since the 1970s  Read More   01-06-2018

Florida's Felony Disenfranchisement: "A Destructive, Pointless Policy" Rooted in Racism
1.5 million Florida Citizens are not allowed to vote  Read More   01-05-2018

How One Mississippi Teen Spent 1,266 Days Behind Bars Before Receiving a Mental Evaluation
Mississippi cited as having the worst record for keeping people in jail for long periods while awaiting psychiatric evaluations  Read More   01-04-2018

New Jersey Passes Laws to Help Remove Obstacles from the Path of Justice-Involved Individuals
New laws make it easier to find employment and to expunge records  Read More   01-04-2018

Report: Jobs for All
Ten priority actions to advance equal opportunities for people with past convictions  Read More   01-02-2018

Some of the Top National Criminal Justice Stories of 2017
Although there have been some setbacks on a federal level, several states have implemented meaningful reform  Read More   12-31-2017

Brennan Center Updated Analysis on Crime in 2017
Report gives lie to claim there is a nationwide increase in crime  Read More   12-31-2017

People in Prison 6.4 Times More Likely to Suffer Food-Related Illnesses Than General Population
Critics claim the meals served in prison are cause for a public-health crisis  Read More   12-31-2017

Returning Women Barred from Living at Hope House, a Stable, Transitional Home
NIMBY mentality and DOC technicalities send reintegrating women to homeless shelters  Read More   12-31-2017

A Mass Incarceration Mystery: Why Are Black Imprisonment Rates Going Down?
Four theories that might surprise you are provided  Read More   12-31-2017

John Legend Talks to, and about, Children of Incarcerated Parents
2.7 million children in America have a parent who is incarcerated  Read More   12-25-2017

How Private Corporations Capitalize on Holiday Treats for People in Prison
Sending a corrections-approved package to a loved one can be costly and unhealthy  Read More   12-22-2017

Opioids: Treating an Illness, Ending a War
Fewer than 1 in 5 incarcerated people with drug use disorder receive professional drug treatment behind bars  Read More   12-21-2017

State Governors Grant Over 500 Pardons, Commutations
Governors of California, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Arkansas and Vermont exceed President’s one pardon for disgraced sheriff  Read More   12-20-2017

For Some, Getting Out of Prison Is More Terrifying Than Going In
The Doe Foundation helps individuals navigate the frightening world of reentry  Read More   12-19-2017

The Other Death Sentence
More than 100,000 Americans are destined to spend their final years in prison. Can we afford it?  Read More   12-18-2017

Who Pays for Judicial Races? The Politics of Judicial Elections 2015-16
Does your state have a million dollar court?  Read More   12-15-2017

Report: Private Prisons Are Skimming the "Best" of Incarcerated People with Lowest Needs to Keep Costs Down
Oregon study also found that private prison staff are mostly women of color who earn less money than female staff in state and federal prisons  Read More   12-15-2017

Growing Up and Growing Old in Prison
The media is focused on Cyntoia Brown but there are thousands of individuals sentenced to decades in prison for a crime they committed when they were under the age of 18  Read More   12-13-2017

A Dubious Arrest, a Compromised Prosecutor, a Tainted Plea: How One Murder Case Exposes the System
Witnesses were found to be lying yet the prosecutor in Demetruius Smith refuses to free him  Read More   12-09-2017

No Longer Home for the Holidays: Trump’s Budget Cuts Keep Mothers Behind Bars Past Release Dates
The collateral consequences of the budget cuts are the children of an incarcerated parent  Read More   12-09-2017

Inside a Judge’s Rehab: Unpaid Work at a Local Coca-Cola Plant
Participants in rehab program forced to fraudulently say they weren’t working and apply for food stamps  Read More   12-08-2017

Connecticut Bail Fund Aims to Bring People Home for the Holidays
Charitable organization believes people should not be held in jail simply because they can't afford bail  Read More   12-07-2017

Bail Bond Industry in Utah Tries to Sway Legislators against Pretrial Assessments
"Well funded" pushback on pretrial assessment has judges worried that their ability to make informed decisions will be reduced  Read More   12-07-2017

Does Our Belief in Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence Extend to Women Behind Bars?
Media focus on white women who experienced sexual abuse ignores women of color who are behind bars for protecting themselves  Read More   12-06-2017

After Deadly Vice Sting, Advocates Say End to Prostitution Arrests Is Long Overdue
Urban Institute survey found diversion programs fail to provide participants with what they really need  Read More   12-06-2017

A Conservative's View of What Is Wrong with the Criminal Justice System Today
Republican Senator Mike Lee pushes to reform "out of date, counterproductive and unfair" system  Read More   12-04-2017

Vera Institute of Justice Receives $4 Million from Google to Help Launch In Our Backyards
Vera seeks to uncover the driving forces behind the rapid growth of incarceration in small cities and rural areas  Read More   12-01-2017

Incarcerated Women Are Nine Times More Likely to Be HIV-Positive
"Systematic inequities" lead to incarceration and HIV for women  Read More   11-30-2017

Syrita Steib-Martin: From Prison to Creating Policies That Make It Easier For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals To Obtain Higher Education
Steib-Martin was instrumental in helping Louisiana to become the first state to "ban the box" on college applications  Read More   11-30-2017

New Report: Estimating the Prevalence of Wrongful Convictions
Report claims in Virginia wrongful conviction rate could be as high as 11.6 percent  Read More   11-29-2017

The Dismal State of Transgender Incarceration Policies
Review finds most states' policies are sparse, and convey a clear discomfort with and ignorance about the transgender community  Read More   11-28-2017

New Report: Black Males Sentences 20 Percent Longer Than Similarly Situated White Males
U.S. Sentencing Commission provides update to 2012 Booker report  Read More   11-27-2017

Public Defenders Fight Back Against Budget Cuts, Growing Caseloads
Public defenders resorting to crowdfunding to raise money  Read More   11-24-2017

A Thanksgiving Message from Glenn E. Martin
Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA explains why Thanksgiving in prison really matters  Read More   11-23-2017

Those in Prison Hope the President Will Pardon Them, Along With Turkeys
For people in prison, the tradition of pardoning turkeys for Thanksgiving is difficult to watch  Read More   11-22-2017

CSG Justice Center Launches Clean Slate Clearinghouse
Clearinghouse will help millions of adults and a million youths clear their criminal records  Read More   11-21-2017

Prison Policy Initiative 2016-2017 Annual Report Chock Full of Information
Links to several PPI reports on a wealth of criminal justice subjects included  Read More   11-20-2017

Teams from All 50 States Examine Local Criminal Justice Trends at "Unprecedented Gathering"
Each state team included the state's corrections administrator, a key state legislator, a law enforcement official and a local behavioral health professional  Read More   11-17-2017

When A Small Town's Private Prison Goes Bust
Towns desperate for jobs learn the hard way that building a prison isn't the right answer  Read More   11-16-2017

Large Cities Drive Nationwide Jail Population Decline; Jails in Most Rural Counties Still Growing
Local jails admit 20 times more people than prisons annually  Read More   11-15-2017

Global Statement Calls for International Action on Philippine Drug War Killings
Concern growing in Asia, US, and World over Philippines extrajudicial drug war killings  Read More   11-14-2017

How Neuroscience Can Improve the Current Criminal Justice Landscape
Article provides evidence-based practices guided by neuroscience that prison systems could adopt for a better outcome  Read More   11-13-2017

Federal Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Narcotics, and Sexual Abuse Charges
Defendant Received Thousands of Dollars in Bribes to Smuggle Drugs into a Federal Prison in Brooklyn and Sexually Abused Three Female Inmates  Read More   11-12-2017

An Overdose Death Is Not Murder: Why Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Are Counterproductive and Inhumane
Report picks apart prosecutors' notions that punitive drug-induced homicide enforcement will suppress drug overdose deaths  Read More   11-10-2017

A Third of States are Failing on Pretrial Justice, says New Report
While nation gets a "D" on pretrial justice, several states show promise of reform  Read More   11-09-2017

How the Grinch is Stealing Holidays From Individuals Eligible to Be Released From Prison
Clemency organization president writes of the heartbreak of a loved one being kept in prison after his or her release date  Read More   11-08-2017

Restorative Justice or Extortion?
California judge bars "offender-funded" diversion program used by Walmart and other retailers from operating in the state  Read More   11-07-2017

American Corrections Officials Are Visiting European Prison to Bring Home Innovative Ideas to Reduce Recidivism
The model of rehabilitation instead of punishment, along with counseling and education, has been proven successful in several European countries  Read More   11-05-2017

Social Impact Bonds Help Keep People off the Streets and Out of Jail
Denver pays private investors $188,000 for successfully finding chronically homeless people a place to live  Read More   11-02-2017

Second Chances: The Funders Bringing College into Prisons
Well-known foundations contribute to John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prison to College Pipeline Program  Read More   11-01-2017

Using Diversion to Leverage Justice System Reform
Ending felony prostitution filings in New Orleans  Read More   10-31-2017

They Call It the Best Little Reentry Program in America
In ten years the Georgetown County, S.C. Sheriff's Reentry Services has had a zero percent recidivism rate for those completing the program  Read More   10-30-2017

Bond Court Reforms May Lead to More Punitive Pretrial Conditions: Report
Bail amounts may be lower but pretrial restrictions are a hardship for people who are legally innocent  Read More   10-29-2017

For Some Youths, "Minor Offenses" Lead to Major Sentences in Adult Prison
Cases threaten to undermine Illinois' efforts at juvenile justice reform  Read More   10-27-2017

New Report: Prison Health Care Costs and Quality
How and why states strive for high-performing systems  Read More   10-26-2017

Ted Gest: In Feds' Juvenile Justice Agency, "Reform" is a Four-Letter Word
"Language guidance" is issued to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention employees and even some grantees  Read More   10-26-2017

Former New York City Commissioner of Probation Reveals Why Community Corrections Fails
Over-zealous corrections officers and bureaucratic red tape are drivers of over-incarceration  Read More   10-23-2017

60 Minutes Segment on Shon Hopwood, "Arguably the Most Successful Jailhouse Lawyer Ever"
Hopwood went from bank robber to professor at Georgetown Law School  Read More   10-22-2017

New Report on Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017
Report answers who is locked up, why, where, and how policies must be changed  Read More   10-20-2017

60 Minutes Segment on Shon Hopwood, "Arguably the Most Successful Jailhouse Lawyer Ever"
Hopwood went from bank robber to professor at Georgetown Law School  Read More   10-19-2017

Females in Federal Prison are Still Being Charged for Having Their Periods
Despite a directive from the Federal Bureau of prisons to provide free tampons, sanitary pads and panty liners, 11 prisons are not compliant  Read More   10-18-2017

Native Youth are 300 Percent More Likely Than White Youth to Be Detained or Committed to Youth Facilities
New reports show the incarceration disparities of Native and Latino Youth compared white youth  Read More   10-17-2017

Prosecutors and Bail: Using Discretion to Build an Equitable and Effective System
443,000 of the 630,000 people in U.S. Jails are awaiting trial  Read More   10-16-2017

Two North Carolina Prison Employees Killed in Escape Attempt
Three prison employees hospitalized in critical condition; seven prison employees and four people who are incarcerated also injured  Read More   10-13-2017

Hello, My Name Is Felon: Why Language Can Impede Successful Reintegration
Using terms like felon, convict, addict and inmate keep people from reclaiming their true identities  Read More   10-13-2017

"Cooking Them to Death": The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons
Dying from soaring temperatures in cells without air conditioning is an unintended and unacceptable death sentence  Read More   10-12-2017

A Place to Call Home: A Vision for Safe, Supportive and Affordable Housing for People with Justice System Involvement
New report finds increasing access to housing reduces taxpayer costs for shelters and other emergency systems and also promotes public safety  Read More   10-11-2017

Formerly Incarcerated Women Open a Haven for Women Newly Released from Prison
Topeka K. Sam and Vanee Sykes use their own reentry experience to provide safe housing and support services and programs to give women a second chance  Read More   10-10-2017

The Reverse Mass Incarceration Act: How to Get States to Reduce Crime and Incarceration At Once
Reverse Mass Incarceration Act states would give $20 billion in incentive funds to reduce prison populations and reduce the crime rate  Read More   10-09-2017

They Thought They Were Going to Rehab but Ended Up in a Chicken Plant
Critics slam courts for sending people to "slave camps"  Read More   10-06-2017

An Evaluation of Seven Second Chance Act Adult Demonstration Programs: Impact Findings at 18 Months
Being assigned to a program group did not reduce involvement with the criminal justice system in the 18 months after random assignment  Read More   10-05-2017

The Crisis of Criminalization: A Call for a Comprehensive Philanthropic Response
Barnard report serves as resource for funders and others committed to ending mass incarceration and deportation  Read More   10-04-2017

Prison Nurseries: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration
Diversion programs also help to stem the intergenerational cycle of incarceration  Read More   10-03-2017

In Midst of Opioid Crisis, an Addiction Medication Program for Federal Prisons Fizzles
Treating opioid addiction in prison requires medications with a proven track record, such as methadone and buprenorphine  Read More   10-02-2017

Opening Doors: How to Develop Reentry Programs Using Examples from Public Housing Authorities
Public Housing Authorities are reuniting families by recruiting applicants in prison and via probation officers and allowing those with Section 8 vouchers to share housing with formerly incarcerated family members  Read More   09-29-2017

The Department of Justice Announces Nearly $59 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic; Fund Drug Courts
$24 million in federal grants will be awarded to 50 cities, counties and public health departments  Read More   09-28-2017

The Cradle-to-Justice System-Pipeline for LGBQ/GNCT Youth
New report offers reflections on racial discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia surrounding LGBQ/GNCT youth  Read More   09-27-2017

New EPA Tool Maps Prisons and Pollutants
Communities will be able to check out prison-based pollutants in their area  Read More   09-26-2017

Keeping Kids and Parents Together: A Healthier Approach to Sentencing In Massachusetts
Massachusetts Senate Bill S770 would aims to keep families together while holding primary caregivers of dependent children accountable for their crimes  Read More   09-25-2017

Two Articles Concerning The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
Prosecutor in Jones' case says Harvard’s rejection of Jones, after she was initially accepted, is "highly inappropriate"  Read More   09-22-2017

Colorado Uses $6 Million from Marijuana Tax Revenue to Keep People in a Mental Illness Crisis Out of Jail
Unfortunately, in other states people in a mental health emergency situation, including children, are taken away to jail  Read More   09-21-2017

Most Jail Suicides Happen on Days Three and Four After Being Locked Up
Almost half of all jail deaths are ruled "unnatural"  Read More   09-20-2017

The Trouble Deaf People in Prison Have Trying to Communicate with Loved Ones
Telecommunication devices for the deaf in prisons are usually outmoded or non-existent  Read More   09-19-2017

The Parallel Epidemics of Incarceration and HIV in the Deep South
Black men made up only 12% of the US male population but account for over 40% of all incarcerated men and 42% of all newly reported HIV infections of men  Read More   09-18-2017

Why the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act is the Wrong Solution
Human trafficking expert claims SESTA is flawed  Read More   09-15-2017

Sentencing Project: Black Youth are 5X More Likely to Be Locked Up Than White Youth
Since 2001 racial disparities grew in 37 states  Read More   09-14-2017

The Center for Community Alternatives Celebrates Two Years of Achievements in Innovative Federal Prison Reentry Program
Participants of Project New Opportunity, a reentry program for people coming out of federal prison, have a remarkable recidivism rate of zero  Read More   09-14-2017

From a Setback to a Comeback: Formerly Incarcerated Woman Writes Self-Help Guide for Reintegrating Individuals
Veronica Everette used her own experiences navigating life after prison to pen a book with strategies for succeeding post release  Read More   09-14-2017

Thousands of People in Florida Prisons and Jails Left in Evacuation Zones
In Miami a federal prison, local jail and two state prisons are all located in a storm surge area  Read More   09-11-2017

The Positive Role Teachers Can Play in the Life of Children with an Incarcerated Parent
Two new articles provide strategies that teachers can utilize to help children reach their educational potential during a very stressful time in their lives  Read More   09-11-2017

The Issues Facing LGBT People in Prison and What One Warden Has Done About It
Warden Margaret Gilbert's "social experiment" has eased depression and suicide attempts at one Washington State prison  Read More   09-08-2017

Federal Court Rules Colorado's Sex Offender Registry Is Unconstitutional
Judge found sex offender registry violates Eighth Amendment clause and due process rights  Read More   09-07-2017

United States Sentencing Commission Releases An Analysis of the Implementation of the 2014 Clemency Initiative
Key finding includes commutations in sentences resulted in average sentence reduction of approximately 140 months  Read More   09-06-2017

What Is Penal Abolition?
Jean Trounstine reports on the International Conference on Penal Abolition meeting in New Bedford, Massachusetts  Read More   09-05-2017

New Zealand Private Prisons are Designed to Keep People from Coming Back
Data will show if New Zealand's unique "payment-by-result" model is an effective alternative for private prisons  Read More   09-04-2017

How a Formerly Incarcerated Person Created a Multi-Million Dollar, Cutting-Edge Criminal Justice Reform Initiative
Forbes highlights Glenn E. Martin's Leading with Conviction training programs that puts people with first-hand CJ experience at the helm of reform  Read More   09-03-2017

Why So Few People with Violent Offenses Are Let Out on Parole
Author of Unusually Cruel: Prisons, Punishment, and the Real American Exceptionalism speaks on depoliticizing parole  Read More   09-01-2017

Report: Slash U.S. Probation Rolls by 50 Percent within 10 Years
Harvard report finds probation a key driver in mass incarceration in America  Read More   08-31-2017

New Fact Sheet on Private Prisons in America
New Mexico and Montana house over 40 percent of their prison population in private prisons  Read More   08-30-2017

The Havoc Hurricane Harvey Plays on Incarcerated People in Texas
Over 4,500 people have been evacuated, while people on supervised release must report to evacuation addresses  Read More   08-29-2017

Naked, Filthy and Strapped to a Chair for 46 Hours: A Mentally Ill Inmate's Last Days
Shortage of long-term mental health facilities often leads to the arrest and imprisonment of those with mental illness  Read More   08-28-2017

The Push to Recognize Mental and Physical Health Problems of Corrections Workers Before They End in Death
A "culture of toughness"is responsible for the high rate of suicide among corrections workers  Read More   08-25-2017

Foreign Policy: How Not to Handle the Opioid Crisis
This year so far over 52,000 people in the U.S. died of opioid overdoses  Read More   08-25-2017

'Ban the Box' Laws May Be Harming Young Black Men Seeking Jobs
Studies have shown that black men, including those without a criminal record, often don't get hired when a BTB law is enacted  Read More   08-23-2017

Formerly Incarcerated Persons Should't Be Denied Entrance into State Bar Associations
Barring formerly incarcerated persons from being lawyers dismisses some of the best, brightest and most knowledgeable people  Read More   08-22-2017

Private Prisons: The Secretive $5B Industry Growing Under Trump
GEO Group alone raked in $774 million worth of federal contracts so far this year  Read More   08-21-2017

Louisiana Is Reviewing 16,000 Sentences in Preparation Pending Criminal Justice Reforms
Forty-five percent of stat's prison sentences will be examined  Read More   08-18-2017

Sheriff Criticized for Allowing Men in His Jail to Go to Outside Church Services
Although all of the men will be released one day, community members do not want them attending church now  Read More   08-17-2017

Council of State Governments Regional Council Brings CT Governor and Founder of JustleadershipUSA Together to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform
Successes touted, but better collaboration with labor market recommended to help returning citizens find employment  Read More   08-16-2017

State Criminal Re-Enfranchisement Laws (Map)
Interactive map shows which states are responsible for preventing 5.85 million people the right to vote  Read More   08-15-2017

New York Governor Announces $7.3 Million to Fund Prison Education Programs and Reentry Services
2,500 people in prison to receive college-level education in effort to reduce recidivism  Read More   08-14-2017

Jailed to Death: An Examination of 51 Deaths in N.C. Jails That Could Have Been Prevented
Each death is attributed to people in jail left unsupervised against jail regulations  Read More   08-08-2017

Just Kids: When Misbehaving is a Crime
Vera report is a primer on status offenses and how they land young people in the criminal justice system for things that aren't crimes for adults  Read More   08-08-2017

Can the Court Order a Person to Participate in A Christian Drug Course?
Probation officer and judge threaten those who don't abide by the order with revocation of parole  Read More   08-08-2017

When Prosecutors Keep Secrets
Push is on for prosecutors to hand over discovery materials before accused is sentenced  Read More   08-08-2017

What the Insanity of Mass Incarceration Has Done To Us
The film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes presents a haunting view of the effects prison has on communities  Read More   08-07-2017

States Are Removing Barriers to Reentry to Reduce Recidivism
From "Ban the Box" to expunging records, states are working to help, rather than hinder, reintegration into the community  Read More   08-04-2017

Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview
Will most of the 2,5000 individuals sentenced as juveniles to LWOP now have a chance at freedom?  Read More   08-03-2017

Aggressive Policing Levies Hidden "Criminal Justice Tax" in Minority Communities
Noted criminologists weigh in on economic and social impact of policing tactics on communities of color  Read More   08-02-2017

Nine Lessons about Criminal Justice Reform
The federal criminal justice system can learn from states how to reduce incarceration, recidivism and how to increase public safety  Read More   08-01-2017

Physicians for Human Rights Releases Report on Drug Courts
PHR concludes that drug courts pose significant human rights concerns  Read More   07-31-2017

Prison Legal News Files Book Censorship Suit Against Kentucky DOC
The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) accuses Kentucky's DOC for violating its free speech, due process and equal protection rights  Read More   07-30-2017

America's Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration
Report underscores the correlation between environmental justice and criminal justice  Read More   07-28-2017

Georgia Juvenile Court Judge Calls for the Tearing Down of Juvenile Jails
Report underscores the correlation between environmental justice and criminal justice  Read More   07-27-2017

How a Trip to Norway Changed the Way the Director of North Dakota's DOC Runs the State's Prison System
The Norwegian principle of "dynamic security" helps corrections officers and people in prison develop a more trusting and amicable relationship  Read More   07-26-2017

(Updated 8-1-17) Get a Vasectomy and Cut 30 Days Off Your Sentence
Tennessee District Attorney and ACLU question if that option is ethical or constitutional  Read More   07-25-2017

Research: Incarceration Shortens Life Expectancy
Each year in prison takes 2 years off an individual's life expectancy  Read More   07-24-2017

A Matter of Time: The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America's Prisons
Reforms focused solely on nonviolent crimes won't end mass incarceration  Read More   07-21-2017

Alaska Cops Defend Their 'Right' to Sexual Contact with Sex Workers Before Arresting Them
Alaska’s HB 73 and SB 112 assert police engaging in sex to with a sex worker to make an arrest is a human rights violation  Read More   07-20-2017

The Atlantic: What Happens to Criminal Justice Reform When Connecticut’s Governor Leaves Office?
From ending the death penalty to creating the "Second Chance Society," Dannell Malloy has pushed CT to the forefront of criminal justice reform  Read More   07-19-2017

Law for Black Lives: Reimagining Safety and Security in Our Communities
Freedom to Thrive report examines racial disparities, policing landscapes, and budgets in twelve jurisdictions across the country  Read More   07-18-2017

Sentencing Commission Releases New Publication on Federal Mandatory Minimum Penalties
New report shows impact of mandatory minimum sentences on people in the federal prison system  Read More   07-17-2017

As Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week Approaches Topeka K. Sam Offers Insight on Why the System Needs Overhauling
Counterproductive policies can hinder 4.7 million Americans from achieving lawful and productive goals  Read More   07-14-2017

Senators Corey Booker and Elizabeth Warren Introduce the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act
Bill would ban shackling of pregnant women in federal prisons and improve treatment in other areas  Read More   07-13-2017

Revisiting Evidence Based Practices
Reclaiming Futures sees need for improvement in the area of culturally responsive EBPs  Read More   07-12-2017

Welfare and Imprisonment: How "Get Tough" Politics Have Excluded People from Society
New book examines the effects Reagan's policies had on working-class communities of color  Read More   07-11-2017

Participatory Defense: Bringing Family and Community into the Courtroom for Better Outcomes
Started 10 years ago in CA, participatory defense programs are expanding across the country  Read More   07-10-2017

State-by-State Analysis of Restoration of Rights and Status Following Arrest or Conviction
Resource aimed at criminal justice system practitioners, as well as policy makers and criminal justice reform advocates  Read More   07-07-2017

Untreated Traumatic Brain Injury Keeps Youth in Juvenile Justice System
Systematic assessment for TBI urged for all entering juvenile justice system  Read More   07-06-2017

Hundreds Gather in Milwaukee to Launch Campaign to Close Down the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF)
Leaders of the #CloseMSDF Campaign Call on Governor Walker to Save Lives and Save Money by Closing MSDF  Read More   07-05-2017

Connecticut Passes Bail Reform Bill But Does It Fall Short?
Critics argue that the presumption of innocence only extends to those charged with misdemeanors  Read More   07-04-2017

Georgetown Law Report: Black Girls Viewed As Less Innocent Than White Girls
Black girls are 20% more likely to be charged with a crime than white girls  Read More   07-04-2017

BJS Finds Incarcerated People Have Higher Rates of Serious Psychological Distress Than General Population
Females in prisons and jails have higher rates of mental health indicators than males  Read More   06-30-2017

Women in California's Largest Immigrant Detention Center Hold Hunger Strike
Since March three women have died at California's Adelanto Detention Facility  Read More   06-30-2017

Johnny Perez: Why Higher Education in Prison Is an Essential Part of Rehabilitation
Formerly incarcerated person asserts a second chance at education not only saves lives but also taxpayers' dollars  Read More   06-28-2017

Criminal Justice System Fails When Children Forced to Raise Themselves When Mom Goes to Jail
Report finds that too often children are left alone and raising themselves and minor siblings  Read More   06-27-2017

Getting Out of Prison and Facing 48,000 Legal Restrictions
With so many barriers are in place is it any wonder why recidivism rates are so high?  Read More   06-26-2017

Crime in 2016: Final Year-End Data
Chicago accounted for 55.1 percent of the total increase in urban murders  Read More   06-23-2017

Project Liberation: Helping Formerly Incarcerated Women Free Themselves from the Shackles of Self-Doubt
Holistic approach to healing and empowerment offered to justice-involved women  Read More   06-22-2017

Unlocking Solitary Confinement: Ending Extreme Isolation in Nevada State Prisons
Nevada lacks statutes that "define, regulate, or limit segregation, isolation, or solitary confinement"  Read More   06-21-2017

Out of Sight: The Growth of Jails in Rural America
Pretrial incarceration rates in rural counties increased 436 percent between 1970 and 2013  Read More   06-21-2017

Lawsuit Alleges Inadequate Mental Health Treatment in High Security Federal Penitentiary
According to lawsuit "treatment" consists of 5-minute counseling sessions and crossword puzzle books  Read More   06-19-2017

Louisiana Governor Signs Historic Ten Criminal Justice Bills into Law
Louisiana's prison population is expected to drop 10 percent over the next 10 years  Read More   06-18-2017

California Corrections Officers Take Part in Study to Assess Their Mental Health Needs
One in nine respondents reported thinking about or attempting suicide  Read More   06-16-2017

New Report Documents How Fair Hiring Practices Benefit Individuals, Companies and Economic Growth
Seventy-five percent of formerly incarcerated individuals still don’t have a job a year after release  Read More   06-15-2017

Maine Governor Releases People from Prison to Provide Labor to Tourist Industry
Most view this form of clemency as a positive move  Read More   06-14-2017

For Families of Incarcerated Dads, Father’s Day Comes at a Premium
Costs of phone calls and visiting keep children of incarcerated fathers from vital bonding  Read More   06-13-2017

Transgender People Speak on the Brutality in Immigrant Detainee Centers
The closing of the only ICE immigration center for transgender people is met with mixed reactions  Read More   06-12-2017

How the U.S. Can and Should Greatly Reduce Mass Probation
Over four million Americans are on probation  Read More   06-10-2017

Measures for Justice Tool Allows Users to Track County Criminal Cases from Arrest to Post-Conviction
Portal shows discrepancies between counties and demographics  Read More   06-08-2017

Using Time to Reduce Crime: Federal Prisoner Survey Results Show Ways to Reduce Recidivism
Families Against Mandatory Minimums survey offers valuable information to lawmakers  Read More   06-07-2017

Advocates Fight to Get Courts to End the Criminalization of Survivor-Defendants
Most victims of domestic abuse tried other paths to protect themselves before resorting to violence  Read More   06-06-2017

LA County Puts Thousands of Kids on 'Voluntary' Probation for Merely Struggling With School
Controversial program raises concerns that it is ineffective and counter-productive to keeping students in school  Read More   06-05-2017

The Price of Prisons: Examining State Spending Trends, 2010-2015
Does closing prisons always mean prison budgets are reduced, too?  Read More   06-02-2017

Era of Mass Expansion: Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth
One out of every three people who is locked up is being held in a local jail  Read More   06-01-2017

Leading With Conviction: The Transformative Role of Formerly Incarcerated Leaders in Reducing Mass Incarceration
JustLeadershipUSA supports the concept that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution  Read More   06-01-2017

On Leaving Prison: A Reflection on Entering and Exiting Communities
Coming back to the community can be as traumatizing as entering prison  Read More   05-31-2017

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Offers Five New Funding Opportunities
Applications for fiscal year 2017 due June 19-21  Read More   05-29-2017

Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA
Amnesty International report finds policing pregnant women has a devastating effect on their health and that of their children  Read More   05-29-2017

A New Analysis of State and Federal Prison Populations
While overall prison populations declined 4.9 percent some states saw a double-digit drop  Read More   05-26-2017

Fostering Failure: Criminalizing Children in Shelters
An alarming look at the foster care-to-prison pipeline  Read More   05-25-2017

Urban Faith: A Closer Look at the Families of Mass Incarceration
Families share their stories on what it is like when a loved one is incarcerated  Read More   05-24-2017

A Federal Agenda to Reduce Mass Incarceration
Brennan Center for Justice report offers bipartisan legislation and executives actions for reform  Read More   05-21-2017

'Orange is the New Black' Author: Jeff Sessions Pushes a Racist Agenda
Harsh sentencing unfairly targets minorities and has decimated the black community  Read More   05-20-2017

Women Imprisoned Under the Drug War Speak Out Against Sessions' New Policy
Will Sessions' new directive "worsen racial disparities, increase the number of women serving draconian sentences, and do nothing to improve public safety"?  Read More   05-19-2017

Ban the Box Reforms and Statistical Discrimination
Caution is advised in interpreting studies  Read More   05-18-2017

Tarra Simmons Graduated from Law School and Earned the Dean's Medal, But a Barrier Prevents Her from Becoming an Attorney
As a member of the Washington Governor's Reentry Council Simmons is working to tear down barriers to successful reintegration  Read More   05-17-2017

Funds Available to Massachusetts Organizations Serving Young Women
Pilot program's goal is to help low-income young women achieve optimal health, economic security, safety, and leadership skills  Read More   05-16-2017

Marc Levin: Texas Must Continue to Think Beyond the Cell
Cutting probation budgets can undo years of reducing the state’s prison population  Read More   05-15-2017

Selling Off Our Freedom: How Insurance Corporations Have Taken Over Our Bail System
Less than 10 insurers underwrite most of the $14 billion bail bonds in America each year  Read More   05-12-2017

In Memory of National Reentry Week
National Reentry Week, begun under Bush, seems to have been ignored under the Trump administration  Read More   05-12-2017

Can a "Housing First" Approach Help End the Revolving Door of Jail-Street-Jail?
New York City believes permanent housing and wrap-around services are less costly than jail and will reduce arrests and recidivism  Read More   05-11-2017

Treating Cancer with Ibuprofen
Human Rights Watch report reveals deficient health care is an ongoing problem in US detention centers  Read More   05-11-2017

Buffett Family to Make $90 Million Available to Organizations Focused on Young Women and Girls of Color
First grant to be distributed this fall  Read More   05-08-2017

Aging Alone: Uncovering the Risk of Solitary Confinement for People over 45
Solitary confinement of older people found to be dangerous  Read More   05-05-2017

A Critical Look at Plea Bargaining
Constitutional right for public trial perceived as "almost a myth"  Read More   05-04-2017

Restrictions on Access to Criminal Records: A National Survey
Collateral Consequences Resource Center offers 50-state chart that summarizes laws in several categories  Read More   05-03-2017

Healthcare Employer Guide to Hiring People with Arrest and Conviction Records
Toolkit explains how healthcare providers can help reduce recidivism while cutting costs and improving patient care  Read More   05-02-2017

Prisons as Sites of Reproductive Injustice
Report focuses on several barriers to reproductive justice women who are incarcerated face  Read More   05-01-2017

Using Technology to Connect Families to Loved Ones in Prison
From a smart phone or computer comes a postcard and personal message to brighten up the day of a person behind bars  Read More   04-28-2017

Connecticut Nursing Home for Elderly and Sick People on Parole is Model for Country
Innovative nursing home saves state millions of dollars  Read More   04-27-2017

Beyond Recidivism Reduction
Reverend Howard Dean Trulear reflects on why simply not going back to prison is not a measure of success for reintegrating individuals  Read More   04-26-2017

The Parole-to-Prison Pipeline
Technical violations, not new crimes, send tens of thousands back to jail or prison  Read More   04-25-2017

A Year of Reports from The Sentencing Project That You Won’t Want to Miss
Topics include racial disparity, juveniles, prison and sentencing reform and felony disenfranchisement  Read More   04-24-2017

A Perfect Match: Hard-to-Fill Healthcare Jobs and Formerly Incarcerated Persons
Johns Hopkins Hospital hires people with a record and the Safer Foundation is launching vocational training in healthcare  Read More   04-21-2017

Co-Pays for Health Services Put People in Prison at Risk
Compare prison co-pays to the equivalent of what minimum wage earners in your state would have to pay  Read More   04-20-2017

Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails
400,000 people with mental illness are incarcerated in U.S. Jails  Read More   04-19-2017

New Criminal Justice Debt Tool from Harvard's Criminal Justice Policy Program
50-state interactive map is guide to fees, surcharges, reform recommendations and more  Read More   04-18-2017

Cato Institute Report Explains Why the War on Drugs is Still Failing After 46 Years
An increase in overdoses, disease, violence and cartels are some of the results of the war on drugs  Read More   04-17-2017

Where Does Your State Fall When It Comes To Paying People in Prison Hourly Wages?
Some states pay as low as four cents an hour for a non-industry job  Read More   04-14-2017

New York Passes Law Allowing the Sealing of Some Criminal Convictions
The law will not automatically exclude law enforcement agencies from unsealing certain criminal records  Read More   04-13-2017

Prison Fellowship, ACLU, and NAACP Fight "Immoral" Prison System
Launch of Second Chance Month brings diverse groups together  Read More   04-12-2017

People Who Are Deaf Face a "Prison Within a Prison"
Deaf people in prison face discrimination on many levels  Read More   04-11-2017

Victims of Domestic Violence and Sex Abuse Call for Seat at the Table When Prison Reform Is Discussed
Victims' rights advocates support policies that reduce recidivism and increase public safety  Read More   04-10-2017

Report: Consequences of Policing Prostitution
The Legal Aid Society of New York City Exploitation Intervention Project recommends a different response to people arrested for sex work  Read More   04-07-2017

Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children
An estimated 11 percent of all children face risks associated with having an incarcerated parent  Read More   04-06-2017

Collateral Consequences: Protecting Public Safety or Encouraging Recidivism?
Conservative think tank's report asks legislators to examine the harm collateral consequences has on successful reintegration  Read More   04-05-2017

The Nonviolent/Violent Dichotomy
Victoria Law writes on why the term "violent crime" bears careful scrutiny if we are to end mass incarceration  Read More   04-05-2017

Food for Thought: Prison Food is a Public Health Problem
New report claims "food products" people in prison are forced to eat can lead to serious health issues  Read More   04-03-2017

Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness
Report examines double punishment homeless youth experience  Read More   04-03-2017

New York Mayor Expected to Announce His Support for Closing Rikers Island (Updated 4-3-17)
Independent commission recommends building smaller jails in city's five boroughs  Read More   03-31-2017

Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City
"One size fits all" approach to incarceration and reform doesn’t serve women  Read More   03-30-2017

ICYMI: Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration
Report: Mass Incarceration Cannot End Violence  Read More   03-28-2017

US Labor Department Announces $66 Million in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals
Organizations encouraged to create customized employment projects for ages 18-24 and for adults 25 and older  Read More   03-27-2017

Race and Wrongful Convictions in the United States
At only 13 percent of the population African Americans counted for 47 percent of exonerations as of 2016  Read More   03-24-2017

Neither Here nor There: Incarceration and Family Instability
Report sheds light on the collateral consequences the criminal punishment system unloads on families  Read More   03-23-2017

Bob's Sales Camp Teaches Men in Prison Life Skills Via a Unique Sales Training Program
University of West Florida teams up with faith-based treatment program to help prepare incarcerated men for life on the outside  Read More   03-22-2017

North Dakota Department of Corrections Seeks to Cut Costs by Offering Treatment to People on Probation and Parole
Seven million dollars would be earmarked for substance abuse and mental health treatment  Read More   03-21-2017

Private Prisons Profit Handsomely from Forced Prison Labor
Prison industrial complex makes billions from involuntary servitude  Read More   03-20-2017

States Reconsidering Allowing People with a Criminal Record to Obtain Occupational Licenses
In Illinois alone, people with a felony conviction must, or can be, denied 118 professional, occupational or business licenses  Read More   03-17-2017

The "Criminal Justice System?" How About Calling it the "Human Justice System"
It's all about the language  Read More   03-16-2017

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017
15 infographics give information on who is locked up, where and why  Read More   03-15-2017

The Abuse Excuse: Dismissing Domestic Violence and Its Effects in the Criminal Court System
Domestic violence survivors have been criminalized, and imprisoned for acts carried out by their abusive partners  Read More   03-14-2017

California's Jail System Allows Wealthy to Pay for Better Jail Accommodations
Critics assail the state's "two-tiered" justice system  Read More   03-13-2017

The Downside to Public Crime Registries
People convicted of a crime may change, but registries hinder successful community reintegration  Read More   03-09-2017

Transformative Bail Reform in the Black Community
Interactive curriculum developed to educate and engage Black communities working for bail reform  Read More   03-08-2017

Report: Should Women Convicted of Crime Be Treated Differently Than Men?
Women seen as "poster child" of what's wrong in America's punishment system  Read More   03-07-2017

How Do People in High-Crime, Low-Income Communities View the Police?
Survey finds that although the vast majority of respondents feel police don't respect their rights, they would be willing to work with them  Read More   03-06-2017

Glenn E. Martin's Stinging Answer to Trump's Question to Black Americans About What They Have to Lose Under His Presidency
Fear abounds that the push for more private prisons means the loss of another generation of black children to the criminal punishment system  Read More   03-05-2017

Google Gives $11.5 Million to Help End Mass Incarceration
Ending racial disparity in the criminal punishment system is a goal of Google funding  Read More   03-03-2017

From Lock Up to Leaders: Formerly Incarcerated Youth Help Direct Juvenile Justice Policy in California
Bringing to the table people who were or are closest to the issue of incarceration is a crucial step toward creating effective policies  Read More   03-02-2017

Twenty-One Percent of the U.S. Prison Population is Comprised of Young People 18 to 24 Years Old
Juvenile justice reform advocates look to Germany, and Connecticut, for more effective solutions  Read More   03-01-2017

Diverse Programs for Juveniles are Helping to Dismantle School-to-Prison Pipeline
Organizations in Philadelphia, Seattle and D.C.are recognized for their work  Read More   02-28-2017

Double Punishment: After Prison, Moms Face Legal Battles to Reunite With Kids
Termination of parental rights is a very real threat that mostly affects mothers in prison  Read More   02-27-2017

Community-Based Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults
Good intentions to help children of the 1800’s thrive resulted in the creation of the juvenile court and its consequences  Read More   02-23-2017

Scholars Behind Bars: Bard Prison Initiative Opens Minds and Futures
Only two percent of Bard Prison Initiative graduates go back to prison  Read More   02-23-2017

Why the War on Drugs Has Failed
British infographic offers several reasons the U.K. and America have lost the War on Drugs  Read More   02-22-2017

Harvard Report: Building Trust and Legitimacy Within Community Corrections
Individuals on parole and probation often overlooked when discussing incarceration rates and criminal justice reform  Read More   02-21-2017

A Victim of Crime Weighs in on a Survivor-Centered System Versus a Survivor-Ruled One
Danielle Sered favors a restorative justice approach to punishment  Read More   02-20-2017

Law Enforcement Leaders to Trump: Arrest, Conviction, and Prison Should Not Be Default Response for Every Broken Law
Mission of organization of police chiefs, sheriff and prosecutors is to improve public safety and reduce recidivism and unnecessary incarceration  Read More   02-17-2017

Pressure Grows on New York City Mayor to Close Notorious Rikers Island Jail Complex
Each day Rikers admits 211 people into what has been called a culture of violence  Read More   02-16-2017

Pretrial Justice: How Much Does it Cost?
Brief reveals who is in our jails, why they are there, and for how long, and if pretrial detention guarantees a court appearance or public safety  Read More   02-15-2017

Incarcerated Black Women Face Immeasurable Human and Civil Rights Violations
Concerns include labor exploitation, sexual victimization, overmedication, and assault on reproductive rights  Read More   02-14-2017

Spotlight on Second Chances Are for Everyone
A formerly incarcerated person uses his experience to help successfully reintegrate  Read More   02-13-2017

Free Time Sensitive Access to Journal Article on Positive Outcomes for Youths After Detention Available
Article focuses on sex and racial/ethnic differences  Read More   02-12-2017

Case Study: Innovative Female Reentry Project
A New Way of Life started off as a single room in Susan Burton's house and expanded to become a model program for reintegrating women  Read More   02-11-2017

What Does it Mean for Criminal Justice Reform Now That Jeff Sessions Has Been Confirmed?
The Marshall Project reports on eight areas of reform that might be in jeopardy  Read More   02-09-2017

The Other PTSD: Prison Traumatic Stress Disorder
Suicide rate among newly released people is eight times higher than the general population  Read More   02-08-2017

Rethinking Punishment for Crimes Deemed Violent
Can Americans subscribe to the fact that most people can find redemption?  Read More   02-07-2017

Number of People on Federal Supervised Release is at a Record High
Research shows shortening length of supervised release does not have negative impact on public safety  Read More   02-06-2017

Kentucky Governor Joins Ban the Box Movement
Governor Matt Bevin asks private employers to follow state's lead in "following principles of redemption"  Read More   02-03-2017

Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences
One in nine people who are incarcerated in the U.S. has a life sentence  Read More   02-02-2017

Tarrant County, Texas Reentry Organizations Breaks Down the Top Three Barriers to Successful Reintegration
The Reentry First-Stop Center tackles employment, housing and transportation problems  Read More   02-01-2017

New Jersey Advances Bill to Mandate Insurance Companies to Provide Treatment for Substance Abuse
If passed, New Jersey could see a drop in crime, incarceration and recidivism rates  Read More   01-31-2017

Still She Rises First Public Defenders Office Exclusively Representing Justice-Involved Mothers
The Bronx Public Defenders opens office in Oklahoma,the state incarcerates the highest number of women in the U.S.  Read More   01-30-2017

New Report: Following the Money of Mass Incarceration
Prison Policy Initiative reveals how mass incarceration and over-criminalization are deeply embedded in our economy  Read More   01-26-2017

A Prison Experiments with the Young, Reckless and Neuroscience
Pilot program opens Young Adult Offender Unit with specially trained staff  Read More   01-26-2017

The Innocent Project Reveals Why So Many Innocent People Plead Guilty
Prosecutors, incentives, threats of the death penalty, and poor legal advice all factor in as to why innocent people plead guilty  Read More   01-25-2017

What Happens to Innocent People After They Are Set Free?
New book follows exonerees as they leave prison and are thrust out into an unwelcoming world  Read More   01-25-2017

New Report: State Advances in Criminal Justice Reform, 2016
17 states targeted reforms in sentencing, collateral consequences, juvenile justice, and racial disparity  Read More   01-24-2017

The Impact Mass Incarceration Has on Children's Learning Ability
Black children are particularly hard hit due to the racial disparity in the U.S. criminal punishment system  Read More   01-23-2017

Must Read: Obama's Clemency Program Has Failed Incarcerated Women
Out of 1,715 people granted clemency, less than 100 were women  Read More   01-20-2017

Housing: New York City Housing Authority Gives Formerly Incarcerated People a Fair Chance
Pilot program allows most people returning from prison to live in public housing  Read More   01-19-2017

Fear of Rise in Private Prisons Growing Over Trump's Belief That They "Work Better"
Trump's immigrant deportation plan can also be a boon for private prison contractors  Read More   01-18-2017

The Top Five College Correspondence Programs for People in Prison
People in prison are often forced to use "snail-mail" correspondence courses to achieve higher education  Read More   01-17-2017

Caged In: The Devastating Harms of Solitary Confinement on Prisoners with Physical Disabilities
ACLU report reveals that people with disabilities who are placed in solitary confinement are "acutely and uniquely harmed"  Read More   01-16-2017

Former Corrections Officer Indicted for Leaking a Graphic Video of Men in Prison Being Tear Gassed
After the incident the Texas Department of Criminal Justice admitted errors were made in the gassing  Read More   01-14-2017

Past Due: Examining the Costs and Consequences of Charging for Justice in New Orleans
Vera Institute report on consequences in New Orleans is reflective of other cities across the U.S.  Read More   01-12-2017

Mothers Affected by the Incarceration of Their Sons Become Leading Criminal Justice Reform Advocates
Once ignorant of the criminal punishment system, these women became catalysts for change  Read More   01-11-2017

Interactive Map Shows Which Neighborhoods in the U.S. Have the Highest Rates of Gun Violence
127 cities accounted for 50 percent of all murders that were committed by use of a firearm  Read More   01-10-2017

Connecticut's Malta Justice Initiative Publishes New Survey on Practices and Attitudes Regarding the Hiring of Formerly-Incarcerated Persons
95 percent of employers believe in giving people convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance...with provisions  Read More   01-09-2017

Best Selling Author John Grisham Speaks His Mind on Innocent People in Prison
Grisham also shares his belief on why prisons for women should be closed  Read More   01-06-2017

Pew: National Imprisonment and Crime Rates Fall
Decrease in incarceration does not mean a decrease in public safety  Read More   01-05-2017

Alice Marie Johnson Asks Obama Not to Forget People Like Her Before He Leaves Office
Johnson is one of thousands seeking clemency  Read More   01-04-2017

The Hill’s Nine Top Criminal Justice Stories of 2016
From marijuana reform to Trump’s choice for Attorney General, take a look back at issues that had the whole country talking  Read More   01-03-2017

What Crimes Are Eligible for Deportation?
Analysis of ICE data found half of immigrants targeted by ICE for criminal deportation didn't have criminal convictions  Read More   01-02-2017

A Former Gang Member and a Former Probation Officer Join Forces to Reduce Violence
Duo Creates Reimagining Justice, an organization focused on restorative justice, public health and collective efficacy  Read More   12-31-2016

John Valverde to Head International YouthBuild, USA, Inc.
While incarcerated and after release from prison, Valverde accumulated impressive track record for innovative justice reform initiatives  Read More   12-29-2016

Jewelry Kiosk at New Jersey's Liberty Airport Gives Reintegrating Women a Fair Chance
Partnership provides returning women with education, housing, job training, drug treatment, and dignity  Read More   12-28-2016

The San Antonio Approach to Diverting the Mentally Ill Away from Incarceration
Texas City is hailed as model for fixing broken mental health system  Read More   12-27-2016

Massachusetts Police Department Helped 400 People with an Addiction Get Treatment
Gloucester’s Angel program expedites treatment for those asking for help  Read More   12-26-2016

ACLU: Prisons Are Not Equipped to Handle the Geriatric Population
Push to expand compassionate release meets resistance  Read More   12-23-2016

Court Issued Employment Certificates Help People with a Criminal History Get Jobs
Employability certificates have a proven success rate  Read More   12-22-2016

Must-Read: Why All Americans Should Go to Prison
Unless you've been there you just can't understand what it's like  Read More   12-21-2016

National Institute of Justice Funding Opportunities for 2017
A sneak peak at upcoming grants, webinars and tips on making your proposal competitive  Read More   12-20-2016

Two New Reports Detail How the Criminal Justice System Fails Youths
The ACLU and The Sentencing Project s take on prosecutors and parole boards  Read More   12-19-2016

Urban Institute: The Alarming Lack of Data on Latinos in the Criminal Justice System
Report concludes states should follow Census Bureau standards in collecting race and ethnicity data separately  Read More   12-16-2016

A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project Receives Kellogg and Weingart Foundations Grants
ANWOL founder Susan Burton launches storytelling initiative to give formerly incarcerated women, like herself, a voice  Read More   12-15-2016

D.C. Wants to Bar Landlords from Refusing to Rent to Applicants Who Have a Criminal Record
Proposed law would "level the playing field" in D.C., where housing is hard to come by  Read More   12-14-2016

Diversion Courts Work--If you Have Money
Study found that in some places diversion courts were used as a way to gain revenue  Read More   12-13-2016

New York Times Looks at Four Violent Crimes and Asks You to Be the Judge
NYT points to new Brennan Center report showing 39 percent of people in prison are not threats to public safety  Read More   12-12-2016

The Desperate and the Dead: Mental Illness and Homelessness
Arrests do not solve the problem, so what can?  Read More   12-09-2016

New Report Ban the Box in Employment: A Grassroots History
Report includes brief history, needs assessment, best practices and myths and realities of BTB  Read More   12-08-2016

Jeffrey Grant's Story Is an Inspiration to Other Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
Grant went from having an eight digit prison number to being number one at top reentry organization  Read More   12-07-2016

The Harsh Consequences of Releasing People from Prison without Medicaid Coverage
Recidivism, suicide and overdoses plague newly released people without health coverage  Read More   12-06-2016

Impossible Choices: Teens Selling Their Bodies for Food
Study finds teens resort to criminal activity to feed themselves and families  Read More   12-05-2016

Justice Department Announces Reforms at Bureau of Prisons to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Inmate Rehabilitation
Justice Department Announces Reforms at Bureau of Prisons to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Inmate Rehabilitation  Read More   12-02-2016

Marc Levin Offers Recommendations for Ending America's Debtors’ Prisons
Right on Crime policy director assails revenue generating policies that are unfair to the poor  Read More   12-01-2016

Siblings of Incarcerated Individuals are the Forgotten Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration
Siblings found to suffer from "disenfranchised grief"  Read More   11-30-2016

Nicholas Kristoff on the Collateral Consequences of Putting Mothers Behind Bars
Sixty percent of women in prison are the primary caregivers of dependent children  Read More   11-29-2016

Petey Greene Program Brings College Students into Prisons as Teachers
Instructors and people in prison learn from each other as they work toward the goal of successful reentry  Read More   11-28-2016

Will Black Lives Matter Under Sessions?
Fears from people of color and progressives are that prospective Attorney General will set back reform gains dramatically  Read More   11-25-2016

A Happy Thanksgiving for Over 1000 Sentenced for a Crime
Thousands more await for President Obama to grant them clemency before he leaves office  Read More   11-24-2016

In the Midst of a National Opioid Epidemic Methadone Unfairly Gets a Bad Rap
Methadone treatment is wrongly perceived as substituting one harmful drug for another  Read More   11-23-2016

Reimagining Prison
Connecticut opens the gates to a prison for a look inside, and a look beyond incarceration  Read More   11-22-2016

Study Finds Older Women Less Likely to Recidivate
Women 46 or older who are released from prison are more focused on rehabilitation  Read More   11-21-2016

Third Sector Receives $2.4 Million Grant That Focuses on Child Welfare, Homelessness and Juvenile Justice Services
Third Sector will partner with five selected states, local governments and research universities to create "Performance Hubs"  Read More   11-18-2016

Report: Laws Criminalizing the Homeless Creates More Serious Problems
Homeless people are arrested for performing "life-sustaining conduct"  Read More   11-18-2016

A Suicide in Court: "I Can't Take It Anymore"
When mental illness coupled with substance abuse is ignored dire consequences follow  Read More   11-16-2016

The Dutch Way of Running Prisons Helps to Close Them Down
Treating the cause of what brought an individual to prison and devising individual treatment plans slashes the Netherlands" recidivism rate  Read More   11-15-2016

New Jersey Reentry Program Receives $1 Million to Help End "Tragic Cycle" of Violence
Newark and Rutgers collaborate in effort to identify and provide services to men with a high risk of killing or being killed  Read More   11-14-2016

Study to Focus on Depression and Suicidal Thoughts among Aging People in Prison
Five-year study hope findings will encourage prisons to develop interventions that will decrease depression  Read More   11-13-2016

"Fine-Time" Doesn’t Mean a Good Time in the Criminal Punishment System
Paying off a fine by serving time in jail is just another way of punishing the poor  Read More   11-10-2016

The Marshall Project: What Does Trump's Victory Mean for Criminal Justice Reform?
Critics fear Trump will undermine many of the progressive, bi-partisan supported, reforms now in place  Read More   11-09-2016

Philanthropies Offer New Toolkit for Fair-Chance Hiring of People with Records
Toolkit is a step-by-step guide aimed at foundations, but other employers will find it useful, too  Read More   11-08-2016

A Formerly Incarcerated Person's Plea to Other FIPs to Vote if They Can
Millions of people who can't vote because of felony disenfranchisement are counting on others to speak for them via the ballot box  Read More   11-07-2016

ICYMI: How the War on Drugs Harms Veterans
PTSD, TBI, and substance abuse are some of the issues that land veterans in prison  Read More   11-07-2016

Conservative Think Tank Presents Seven Criminal Justice Reform Measures that Show Great promise
The Heritage Foundation encourages the federal government to incorporate states’ legislation in the Justice Department’s policies  Read More   11-04-2016

Celebrating Thanksgiving in a Prison Visiting Room
Sadness, tinged with the hope of clemency, permeates prison visiting rooms across the country as the holiday season kicks off  Read More   11-03-2016

Lewisburg Federal Prison SMU: "If You Did to Your Dog What They Do to Men Here, You Would Be Arrested"
Incarcerated men at Lewisburg SMU and FBOP have conflicting views of shackling procedures and policies  Read More   11-02-2016

6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016
One of every 40 adults is disenfranchised due to a current or previous felony conviction.  Read More   11-02-2016

After Prison, the Exonerated Face a Different Kind of Hell
Life can be "too big, too fast, too loud, too bright, too overwhelming," causing a myriad of problems  Read More   10-31-2016

President of International Association of Chiefs of Police Apologizes for Past Mistreatment of Communities of Color
Statement viewed as important first step in building trust and respect between police and communities  Read More   10-28-2016

Uber CEO Explains Why People with a Criminal Record Should Not be Barred from Employment Opportunities
Co-founder of Uber also advocates for reclassifying nonviolent crimes as misdemeanors  Read More   10-27-2016

As His Term Winds Down President Obama is Urged to Grant Clemency to More Women
The president has granted clemency to 673 people, but only 50 of them are women  Read More   10-26-2016

What Works in Reentry Clearing House Offers "One Stop Shop"
Focus areas allows easy access to the effectiveness of programs, interventions, and evaluations  Read More   10-25-2016

25 Exceptional Nonprofits in Criminal Justice Reform
Namaste Foundation profiles some of America's premier criminal justice reform organizations  Read More   10-24-2016

Must Read Report: Transforming the Criminal Justice System
Interactive report offers solutions for problems that plague the criminal Justice System  Read More   10-21-2016

Coming out of the Concrete Closet: A Report on Black & Pink's National LGBTQ Prisoner Survey
Survey produced the "largest ever dataset available on the experiences of LGBTQ prisoners in the country"  Read More   10-21-2016

Feds Award $1.3 million to Chicago Schools to Treat Students Exposed to Violence
Traumatized students face obstacles to learning and going to school  Read More   10-19-2016

RFP Open for Artist as Activist Fellowship Focusing on Racial Justice with Emphasis on Mass Incarceration
Fellowship grant offers $100,000 over two year period  Read More   10-18-2016

Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States
Every 25 seconds someone in America is arrested for possessing drugs for personal use  Read More   10-17-2016

Moving Beyond Money: A Primer on Bail Reform
Harvard's Criminal Justice Policy Program finds bail reform presents a historic challenge - and also an opportunity  Read More   10-14-2016

Prison to College Pipeline Goes National With New Program - Find Out How You Can Participate
The College Achievement in Reentry Technical Assistance Project (CARTAP) is seeking four pilot sites  Read More   10-13-2016

On Yom Kippur: Criminal Justice Reform for a New Year
Rabbi asserts America's criminal punishment needs "teshuvah"  Read More   10-12-2016

Focusing on the Front End of the Juvenile Justice System to Give Juveniles "First Chance"
Some veteran juvenile court prosecutors are at the forefront of reform  Read More   10-11-2016

Think You Know All About the Collateral Consequences of Incarceration?
You might be surprised how people who have paid their debt to society are still being penalized after release  Read More   10-10-2016

Righting Wrongs: The Five-Year Groundswell of State Bans on Life Without Parole for Children
New report proves that children can change, and so should legislation  Read More   10-07-2016

Two Formerly Incarcerated People to Receive Prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
Andrea James and Glenn Martin called "moral leaders" in fight to end unjust criminal punishment system  Read More   10-06-2016

Pennsylvania High Court Expands Right to Sue Counties over Public Defenders
Defendants claim funding for criminal defense cases is not adequate to provide proper representation  Read More   10-05-2016

"The Best Guard at My Prison Was Murdered"
A man serving a life sentence pays homage to a fallen correctional officer  Read More   10-04-2016

New Harvard Report: Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: A Comprehensive Project for Reform
A report on the urgent need for comprehensive reform, and guides for litigation, and for policy reform are must reads  Read More   10-03-2016

From Murder Conviction to Yoga Instructor: One Man’s Entrepreneurship Journey
Taking yoga skills learned in prison, Marshawn Feltus parlayed a small business loan into a career  Read More   09-30-2016

Report: Reclaiming Futures and Organizing Justice for Drug-Using Youth
Aggressive Intervention can be more harmful than drug use, report finds  Read More   09-29-2016

Report: Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work in Criminal Justice?
Juveniles seem to respond better to CBT  Read More   09-28-2016

A Conversation on "How Criminal Justice Is Becoming a Latino Issue"
If trend continues one of six Latino males can expect to be incarcerated  Read More   09-27-2016

What You Should Know About the 12 State Prison Strike
The Prison labor system is under heavy criticism  Read More   09-26-2016

Watch Live: The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Conference at Yale Law School on 9-23
Reentry Centra is a proud co-host of this groundbreaking educational symposium  Read More   09-23-2016

Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People Has a Wide Range of Benefits Including Saving Millions and Boosting the Economy
Recidivism rates for those employed right after release from prison plummet  Read More   09-22-2016

Captive Lives: Children of Incarcerated Parents
Efforts are underway to increase the odds of success for the largely ignored 10 million children with an incarcerated parent  Read More   09-21-2016

Seventy Million Dollars Awarded to Counties in North Carolina to Increase Public Safety
Some of the funds will be used to aid reintegration and to reduce recidivism  Read More   09-20-2016

First Annual Conference of Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People, and Families Movement Draws 500 People from 30 States
Activists convene to discuss policies, priorities and plans for ending mass incarceration  Read More   09-19-2016

What is in the Future for Community Policing?
"Ideal Model" of Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) has become distorted over the years  Read More   09-18-2016

Essie Justice Group: A Community of Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones Working to Erase Stigmas and to End Mass Incarceration
One in four women in America has an incarcerated loved one  Read More   09-18-2016

Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success
Justice Reinvestment Initiative final report on 17 jurisdictions finds savings despite challenges  Read More   09-16-2016

It's Down to the Wire for Those Seeking Clemency from President Obama
People in prison and their loved ones await the President’s decision as he spends final months in office  Read More   09-15-2016

Defining Violence: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America's Approach to Violence
The U.S. must have an "honest conversation" about violent crime to truly reduce mass incarceration  Read More   09-14-2016

Racial Profiling in Hiring: A Critique of New "Ban the Box" Studies
Critics argue two new studies ignore "entrenched racism" in hiring practices  Read More   09-07-2016

How California Democrats Flipped Their Views against Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Lenient sentence in Brock Turner rape case has legislators uncharacteristically calling for mandatory minimum sentencing  Read More   09-07-2016

When Suicide Seems to be the Best Option for Dying in Prison
Letters of support from prison guards, judges, and prosecutors failed to sway parole board  Read More   09-07-2016

Mississippi DOC Sharply Restricts Prison Visits Sparking Outrage
Visiting ban includes pastors and girlfriends of people who are incarcerated  Read More   09-06-2016

On Labor Day 2016: Is Prison Labor Cost Effective or Costly?
Every day is laborious for people in prison who make pennies an hour  Read More   09-05-2016

There Is a Way to Help Reduce Mass Incarceration, So What's the Holdup?
Why hasn't the Senate voted on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015?  Read More   09-02-2016

Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Release Preparation Program
Review finds the RPP courses do not always meet participants' needs and there is little incentive to participate  Read More   09-01-2016

President Obama Commutes the Sentences of 111 Individuals
Included in this latest action are people who were serving life sentences for nonviolent drug charges  Read More   08-31-2016

Children Witnessing Violent Arrests Experience Trauma and a Long-Lasting Fear of Police
Article and report look into how children are affected when witnessing arrests and offers recommendations to police officers on reducing trauma  Read More   08-30-2016

$2.1 Million to be Awarded to Formerly Incarcerated Individuals for Entrepreneurial Education and Microloans
Initial rollout to take place in Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, and St. Louis  Read More   08-29-2016

Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses in County Jails: A Survey of Jail Staff's Perspectives
Survey finds majority of jail staff inadequately trained to deal with the individuals with serious mental illness and less than 25 percent offer post-release support systems  Read More   08-28-2016

U.S. Department of Education and DOJ Offer Resources for Reducing Suspensions, Expulsions, and Violence in Schools
Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2015 reports on schools' successes and failures  Read More   08-26-2016

Bureau of Prisons Report Slams Private Prisons
Private prisons under contract with the BOP have experienced riots, assaults, murder, fires, and unwarrented placements in SHU  Read More   08-25-2016

Look into Their Eyes: Photos and Commentary on Elderly People in Prison
Keeping geriatric people locked up is costly and usually unnecessary  Read More   08-24-2016

Court Rules for Prisoners in Challenge to Secretive Federal Prison Units
Decision reinstates lawsuit over communications management units  Read More   08-23-2016

No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System
Keeping girls safe in an adult prison is just one of the problems  Read More   08-22-2016

Breaking News: The Department of Justice is Axing Private Prisons' Contracts (Updated 8-19-16)
Prison reform advocates say that the people affected will be placed in federal prisons that have their own problems  Read More   08-18-2016

Report: Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform
Vera Institute report reveals that the number of women in jails has jumped 14- fold since 1970  Read More   08-18-2016

Air Conditioning in Prisons and Jails Considered "Coddling" Incarcerated People
Violation of the Eighth Amendment is cited in class action lawsuit over dangerously hot conditions in jails  Read More   08-17-2016

Is Animal Hoarding A Crime or a Mental Illness?
Hoarding is classified as a mental disorder so how do we help, rather than criminalize, a hoarder?  Read More   08-17-2016

How a Woman Who Is Serving Life Raised Her Daughter from Behind Bars
Into her 23rd year of incarceration, Michelle West is still an important part of her daughter's life  Read More   08-16-2016

Half of Wisconsin's Black Neighborhoods Are Jails
In America, Wisconsin has the highest incarceration rate of African Americans  Read More   08-15-2016

The First-Ever National Survey of Victims' View On Safety and Justice
What crime victims have to say might surprise many people  Read More   08-12-2016

Does Transferring Juveniles to Adult Courts Reduce Recidivism?
New report suggests that transfer can increase offending  Read More   08-11-2016

National Survey of Prison Health Care: Selected Findings
Not all states test for infectious diseases when people are admitted to prisons  Read More   08-11-2016

When Defense Lawyers Become Prosecutors
Truthout exposes the practice of public defense lawyers working with prosecutors to the detriment of their clients  Read More   08-11-2016

Indefensible: A Decade of Mass Incarceration of Migrants Prosecuted for Crossing the Border
New downloadable book estimates that prosecuting 730,000 people for immigration violations over past 16 years costs taxpayers at least $7 billion  Read More   08-08-2016

Coalition of Justice Organizations Plan to Protest at American Correctional Association Conference in Boston
Demonstrators will rally under the banner "Imagine a World Without Prisons"  Read More   08-05-2016

Tacked on Fees of "Get-Out-of-Jail-Broke" Cards Are Ripping Off People Released from Jails
The Nation reports on "The Financial Firm That Cornered the Market on Jails"  Read More   08-05-2016

National Association of Women Judges: Conditions For Women at Brooklyn’s Federal Metropolitan Detention Center "Unconscionable"
Women were only supposed to temporarily transferred to MDC when the only Federal Correctional Institution(FCI)in the Northeast was converted to a male facility  Read More   08-04-2016

What Happens When the Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime?
Children as young as 11 who are put on sex offender registries face long term consequences as adults  Read More   08-03-2016

Must Read Report on The American Correctional Association: Betraying the Promise of Accreditation: Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
Prison Legal News finds flaws, misconduct, and outright questionable practices regarding ACA accreditation  Read More   08-01-2016

Why is the Federal Bureau of Prisons So Recalcitrant When It Comes to Granting Compassionate Release to Aging and Ill People?
Out of 2,621 applications for compassionate release during in a 13 month time period only 85 people were released  Read More   07-29-2016

Correlation Found between Children with Poor Reading Skills and Juvenile Incarceration
Fifty-seven percent of kids who are locked up have basic, or below basic, reading skills  Read More   07-28-2016

AT DNC CT Governor Calls For Democrats to Shuck Off "Weak on Crime" Label and Enact Laws Diverting People from Prison
Governor Dan Malloy's criminal justice reform ideas are some of the most progressive in the country  Read More   07-27-2016

The Mass Incarceration of People With Disabilities in America’s Jails and Prisons
Report claims many disabled people are unjustly criminalized and incarcerated  Read More   07-26-2016

Two Reports on "Rethinking the Front End of the Criminal Justice System"
Top minds convened at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Roundtables to help reframe pre-trial practices  Read More   07-25-2016

ICYMI: How a $2 Roadside Drug Test Sends Innocent People to Jail
False results coupled with pressure to take a plea bargain put an alarming number of people behind bars  Read More   07-24-2016

Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Statistical Discrimination: A Field Experiment
New research on how a criminal record and race stymie employment  Read More   07-22-2016

The Pros (and Some Cons) of Restorative Justice
Studies find those charged with a crime who participate in a restorative justice program have a low recidivism rate but minorities seem to be left out of the process  Read More   07-21-2016

Researchers Claim Refusing to Provide Condoms in Prison Violates Human Rights and International Law
The spread of HIV can be controlled in prisons (and in the community) if condoms are available  Read More   07-20-2016

Little Public Outrage Occurs When Women are Raped by Authority Figures in Prison
Fear of not being believed or of retaliation force incarcerated women to keep silent after being raped  Read More   07-19-2016

White House Call to Action: Call to Action: Data-Driven Justice Initiative, Disrupting Cycle of Incarceration
Organizations and jurisdictions encouraged to sign-on to support and commit to the initiative  Read More   07-18-2016

Roca Has "Unprecedented Record" in Saving Youth from Crime and Incarceration
Two years ago Roca received $27 million in a "Pay for Success" initiative that has proven to be a highly successful model  Read More   07-15-2016

One Year after Sandra Bland's Death Almost 900 People have died in Jails--at least 201 of Them Suicides
People are dying in jail at an alarming rate but their deaths are generally ignored by society  Read More   07-14-2016

New Connecticut Bail Fund to Post Bail for Some Indigent Arrestees
Although tied to Yale University, the fund seeks to make the project a community-based organization  Read More   07-13-2016

Spending on Incarceration Has Increased from $17 Billion to $71 Billion, Far More Than Spent on Education
Spending on public schools only increased from $258 billion to $534 billion during same time period  Read More   07-12-2016

Homelessness and Justice-Involved Youth
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange issues warning that the U.S. is failing its children  Read More   07-11-2016

Is Criminal Justice Reform Another Victim of Last Week's Tragic Events?
The Marshall Project reports on why reform measures may now be "under siege"  Read More   07-10-2016

The Case for Rethinking Placing People on Sex Offender Registries
Most people on the registry will not commit another sex crime, or go back to prison when released  Read More   07-08-2016

When a For-Profit Prison Transport Company Vehicle Turns into a Hearse for Its Occupants
The New York Times reports on Private Prisoner Vans' Long Road of Neglect  Read More   07-07-2016

A Formerly Incarcerated Lawyer Seeks, and Finds, Redemption as Founder of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.
PPI is the first prison ministry in the country that is committed to counseling people who committed white-collar crimes and their families  Read More   07-06-2016

America's Dirty Little Secret: The Female Prison Population Increased 800 Percent over the Past Three Decades
Despite this alarming statistic, the topic is seemingly ignored in criminal justice reform circles  Read More   07-05-2016

Do Hungry Kids Grow Up to Be Violent Adults?
Study finds that reducing hunger in children helps strengthen impulse control, thus reducing violence in adulthood  Read More   07-04-2016

President of the Vera Institute Makes Case for Providing Public Housing to Formerly Incarcerated People
Studies show that formerly incarcerate people who have affordable housing are less likely to go back to prison  Read More   07-01-2016

The Rise in Arrests for Drug Crimes Among Juvenile Girls
Overall, young females make up 30 percent of all juvenile arrests  Read More   06-30-2016

P.R.I.D.E. Program Teaches Justice-Involved Individuals Entrepreneurial Skills
The recidivism rate for graduates of this innovative program is far below the national average  Read More   06-29-2016

Advocates for Formerly Incarcerated People Push for More Businesses to be "Felony Friendly"
Finding a job isn't easy for those with a criminal history  Read More   06-28-2016

Undercover Correctional Officer at Private Prison Tells His Story
Shocking revelations about violence, neglect, and unprofessionalism might make you wonder if contracts with private prison should be abolished  Read More   06-27-2016

Pleading the Sixth: SCOTUS Decision Exposes Unequal Justice for Native Americans
Double standard of justice applies to indigent Native defendants  Read More   06-24-2016

Piper Kerman on "Horrific" Violations Associated with Private Prisons
Orange is the New Black author relates how private prisons cost taxpayers millions while safety and human rights violations abound  Read More   06-23-2016

Victoria Law on Aging, Sick and Incarcerated: The Need for Compassionate Release
Federal compassionate release program described by OIG as "poorly managed and implemented inconsistently"  Read More   06-21-2016

Updated Report Compares Rates of Incarceration in All 50 States and the District of Columbia to the Rest of the World
All states deemed to be "out of step" with the international community  Read More   06-20-2016

(Updated 7-25-16)Virginia GOP Files to Remove 200,000 People with a Criminal Record from Voter Registry
Republican leaders are at odds with Democratic Governor’s executive order granting voting rights to those who completed their sentence  Read More   06-18-2016

The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons
Sentencing Project report offers solid recommendations for eliminating racial disparity in America’s criminal justice system  Read More   06-16-2016

Returning Citizens: Immigrants From Our Own Country
Prison volunteer Dick Sederquist reflects on newly released people seeking the American Dream  Read More   06-15-2016

Radiothon to Focus on Clemency and Criminal Justice Issues
Follow-up to White House meeting to include formerly incarcerated people, bi-partisan government representatives, criminal justice reform advocates, and celebrities  Read More   06-14-2016

Mothers are at the Forefront of Challenging the Juvenile Justice System to Bring about Meaningful Reform
"Homegrown leaders" are making sure their voices are heard and their proposals implemented  Read More   06-14-2016

Office for Victims of Crime to Administer Several Awards from $600,000 to $1.5 Million
Deadline for Applications is looming for funding for "identifying promising practices in responding to communities impacted by violence"  Read More   06-13-2016

By the Numbers: Parole Release and Revocation Across 50 States
Extensive data offers state-by-state comparison of prisons and parole populations  Read More   06-12-2016

The Low-Down on How the User-Pay Justice System Fuels Mass Incarceration
Tacked on fees at the front- and back-end of the justice system keeps indigent people in jail, and poses a heavy burden on taxpayers  Read More   06-10-2016

Faith-Based Leaders Call for End to Solitary Confinement
Push for reform of solitary confinement polices called "moral effort"  Read More   06-09-2016

Soft Skills Builder Provides Employment Tips for Justice-Involved Individuals
Blogs offer helpful information for justice-involved people and career specialists who work with them  Read More   06-08-2016

One in Four Formerly Incarcerated People Face "Second Prison" Upon Release
Lost economic output from collateral consequences is $65 billion annually  Read More   06-07-2016

The MacArthur Foundation is Offering a $100 Million Dollar Grant to Solve Society’s Biggest Problem
Mass incarceration destroys is a huge problem that destroys communities, nations, and budgets  Read More   06-06-2016

Five Ways to Reduce Recidivism
More emphasis on reintegration could help end mass incarceration  Read More   06-03-2016

New Report Provides Data on All Types of Correctional Control on a State-by- State Basis
Pie charts for all 50 states shows how many people are locked up (and where) and how many people are in each state's justice system  Read More   06-02-2016

New Book Draws Direct Line from the War on Poverty to the War on Crime
In the era from Presidents Kennedy to Carter some of the most punitive criminal justice policies against African Americans were implemented  Read More   06-01-2016

Report: New Trends in State Sentencing and Corrections 2014-2015
Forty-six states implemented 201 bills, executive orders, and ballot initiatives making for significant reforms  Read More   05-31-2016

Post Incarceration Syndrome: A Precursor to Recidivism?
Stages of PICS include hopelessness, immobilizing fear, anger, and impulse violence  Read More   05-30-2016

States Consider Loosening Stranglehold on Time Limits Associated with the Federal Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)
Parents who are incarcerated are fighting adoption of their children under AFSA guidelines  Read More   05-27-2016

Office of Inspector General Releases Findings of Investigation of "Untimely Releases" Of People in Federal Prisons
Staff error and "situations beyond the BOP’s control" account for 4,340 untimely releases over five year period  Read More   05-26-2016

Risk Assessments: Fair or Racist?
One software program scores African Americans as higher risks to commit more crimes than whites  Read More   05-25-2016

Nicole Porter: Expanding Public Safety in the Era of Black Lives Matter
The belief that public safety policies must solely be connected to arrests and prison needs to be reexamined, says noted criminal justice reform advocate  Read More   05-24-2016

An Ignored Report by Surgeon General Predicted Prison System Health Crisis That's Rampant Today
Criminalization instead of treatment of the mentally ill and people with addictions has cost untold damage to communities and budgets  Read More   05-23-2016

Unsettling Report on the Aging of America’s State Prison Population
There’s been an 82 percent increase in people over 55 years of age sent to prison in just a 10 year span  Read More   05-20-2016

Crimmigation: What Does It Mean and Is There a Solution?
Forty Percent of Federal Prosecutions are for an immigration offense  Read More   05-19-2016

A Novel, and Healthy, Way to Reduce Recidivism
Access to Medicaid while incarcerated makes for a smoother transition back into the community post release  Read More   05-18-2016

What We Should Know, But Don't, About the Criminal Justice System
The Marshall Project offers up 13 questions that no one, including the Government, can answer  Read More   05-17-2016

Are District Attorneys Impeding Criminal Justice Reform?
ACLU of Oregon report accuses most prosecutors of having a strong self-interest to maintain more power than judges  Read More   05-16-2016

Detaining the Poor: How Money Bail Perpetuates an Endless Cycle of Poverty and Jail Time
Prison Policy Initiative report offers solid recommendations for ending the vicious cycles  Read More   05-13-2016

Twenty-Five States That Have the Highest Cost Per Person Behind Bars
Is your state on the list?  Read More   05-12-2016

A College's Award-Winning Work Force Development Program for Formerly Incarcerated People
Reuniting families and finding employment are just two components of Quinebaug Valley Community College's STRIDE reintegration program  Read More   05-11-2016

Report: One Out of Seven People Living with HIV Will Enter a Jail or Prison Each Year
Which state is "ground zero" for the dual epidemics of HIV and incarceration?  Read More   05-10-2016

The Final Report of the Reentry Employment Opportunities Benchmarking Study
Lessons in Reentry from successful programs and participants  Read More   05-09-2016

People with a Felony Conviction Often Barred from Obtaining Occupational Licenses
States should reconsider blanket denial of occupational licenses in order to reduce poverty and recidivism among reintegrating citizens  Read More   05-07-2016

The Office of Justice is Changing Its Language Regarding Formerly Incarcerated People, Shouldn't You?
Terms such as convict, felon, offender, and inmate can be replaced with less stigmatizing words  Read More   05-06-2016

Why America's Conspiracy Laws Need to Be Changed Now
Critics say conspiracy laws make it easy for prosecutors to abuse their power  Read More   05-05-2016

Reflections on Mother's Day: Two Reports on How Children Are Negatively Impacted When a Parent is Incarcerated
Little thought is given to the children left behind when parents are locked up  Read More   05-03-2016

Root & Rebound Offers Help to People with Criminal Records Attempting to Overcome Legal Barriers
The organization is seeking to partner with others to bring their unique model to other states  Read More   05-02-2016

How Mass Incarceration Inhibits Wealth for Justice-Involved Individuals and Destroys the Economy
Two reports reveal how mass incarceration negatively affects the lives of individuals and the nation itself  Read More   04-29-2016

Illinois Prosecutor Helps Arrestees Prove Their Innocence Before Trial
"Revolutionary" pre-conviction program is one-of-a-kind in U.S.  Read More   04-28-2016

Connecticut to Offer Methadone Treatment in All Jails Statewide
People in CT prisons who qualify will also be offered methadone up to two months prior to being released  Read More   04-27-2016

Are People with Felony Convictions Good Workers?
Civilian employers who are often loathe to hire people with a criminal record might be surprised at the answer  Read More   04-26-2016

Center for Community Alternatives Announces the Launch of Project New Opportunity
Program helps people released from federal prison under the "Drugs Minus Two" sentencing guidelines changes  Read More   04-25-2016

Just In Time for the November Elections Over 200,000 People with Felony Convictions Have Their Voting Rights Restored
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's executive order will also restore other rights and privileges  Read More   04-23-2016

Former Policy Advisor Makes Recommendations for Reducing the Federal Prison Population
Federal Prison population increased 786% in 33 years  Read More   04-22-2016

First-Ever National Organization Created and Led By Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Woman and Girls Launched
National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls wants to assure their voices are included in creating policies and practices  Read More   04-21-2016

Is Less More When It Comes to Juvenile Probation?
New studies show more effective ways to keep juveniles from reoffending  Read More   04-19-2016

White House Launches the Fair Chance Business Pledge
Companies signing the pledge support hiring some of the 70 million Americans with criminal records  Read More   04-18-2016

Susan Sered: "Coerced Addiction Treatment Has Many Victims"
Scholar and author calls criminalization and medicalization two sides of the same coin  Read More   04-15-2016

MacArthur Foundation Disburses Grants of $1.5M to $3.5M to 11 Jurisdictions to Reduce Jail Populations
MacArthur’s Safety and Justice Challenge is creating local models of criminal justice reform across America  Read More   04-14-2016

Pastor Sues Alabama for Restrictive New Law That Bars Providing Sex Offenders from Transitional Housing on His Church Property
His was the only county and only program in Alabama to which the new law applied  Read More   04-13-2016

People with Past Criminal Records May See Some Relief in Obtaining Housing
HUD offers new guidance, and a warning, to private landlords  Read More   04-12-2016

In the Spotlight: The College & Community Fellowship Helps Formerly Incarcerated Women Obtain College Degrees
CCF goes beyond academic support to help formerly incarcerated women transition back into the community  Read More   04-11-2016

Criminal (In)justice: A Cost Analysis of Wrongful Convictions, Errors, and Failed Prosecutions in California's Criminal Justice System
Flawed convictions caused 692 adults a total of 2,000 years in prison at a cost to taxpayers of $282 billion  Read More   04-08-2016

Comprehensive Report Looks at Recidivism Issues of Formerly Incarcerated People Who Exited the Federal System
United States Sentencing Commission report found age when released and criminal history were key factors in recidivism rates  Read More   04-07-2016

Report Shows Why Building a New Women's Jail in Massachusetts Is Not the Best Idea
Coalition against the new jail decries the costs on women, their children, and taxpayers  Read More   04-06-2016

Waiting, Worrying, and Grasping for Hope: Families of Those Seeking Clemency
BBC news highlights daughters whose mothers will die in prison if the President denies them clemency  Read More   04-05-2016

Shocking Report on Probationers and Parolees: "Get to Work or Go to Jail"
Every day 9,000 people are behind bars for violating probation or parole employment requirements  Read More   04-04-2016

Controversial Massachusetts Law Suspending Driver's License of Those Convicted of a Drug Crime Repealed
Law was seen as a major barrier of successful reintegration  Read More   04-01-2016

Ninety Percent of Youths in Juvenile Justice System Were Previously Exposed to Violence
Community-based behavioral treatment shown to yield better results than incarceration  Read More   03-31-2016

Federal Judge Creates Federal Certificate of Rehabilitation for Woman He Sentenced
Although no such document existed, Federal Judge John Gleeson believes the federal system should offer them  Read More   03-31-2016

Can Mens Rea (Guilty Mind) Provisions Let People Who Commit White Collar Crimes Off the Hook?
Two bills could increase burden of proof for prosecutors in certain crimes  Read More   03-30-2016

People Behind Bars Lift Their Voices Up in Song to Tell Their Stories
Songs and stories by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women to be featured on album decrying racism in the criminal justice system  Read More   03-29-2016

A Look at the History of the Oldest Women's Prison in U.S. by the Women Who Now Reside There
When the women researched the prison's history they uncovered a much darker version than the accepted white-washed account  Read More   03-28-2016

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016
Prison Policy Institute report is updated in 2016 with latest facts and statistics  Read More   03-24-2016

Learning from Experience: A Guide to Social Impact Bond Investing
New report from MDRC provides valuable information on social impact bonds  Read More   03-23-2016

Formerly Incarcerated Moms Fight for Reforms to Save Families
Victoria Law lists four policies that can prevent formerly incarcerated women from losing their children, their jobs, and housing  Read More   03-22-2016

The Dangers When the Criminal Justice System Becomes the Mental Health System
Report states person with untreated mental illness is 16 times more likely to be killed by police than other civilians  Read More   03-21-2016

Department of Justice Designates April 24-30, 2016 as National Reentry Week
DOJ encourages local communities to join U.S. Attorneys' Offices and BOP in holding events for reintegrating people  Read More   03-18-2016

Prison Photos: A Deep Look into Their Importance
With visits uncertain and sometimes rare, a photo taken with loved ones allows a visual connection and some solace to a person behind bars  Read More   03-17-2016

When Victims Experience Re-Victimization in the Courtroom
Court room appearances often leave victims re-traumatized  Read More   03-16-2016

Native American Girls Over-Represented in Juvenile Detention Jails
Culturally specific programs are lacking for indigenous women and girls trapped in the criminal justice system  Read More   03-15-2016

(Updated April 15, 2016) Drive Change Hires, Teaches and Empowers Young People Coming Out of Jail and Prison
The social enterprise food truck employs reintegrating young people while teaching social and business skills  Read More   03-14-2016

Non Partisan Reform...Here's What the Right Has to Say
Attendees at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference hear call for criminal justice reform  Read More   03-11-2016

Hawaii Considering Giving People in Prison the Right to Vote
Helping incarcerated people take part in election process might make them feel less disenfranchised, say advocates  Read More   03-10-2016

Court Halts Cap on Prison Phone Calls
Families of people in prison will continue to feel the financial strain of high phone rates  Read More   03-09-2016

Fatal Neglect: How ICE Inspections Ignore Deaths in Detention
Report claims ICE maintains a broken system with tragic consequences  Read More   03-08-2016

Reform Advocates Targeting 24 States That Put Juveniles in Solitary Confinement
Studies reveal long-term psychological damage to juveniles held in solitary confinement  Read More   03-07-2016

Reconnecting Disconnected Youth to Education and Jobs
Paper reveals focuses on connecting young people 16-24 to school and jobs  Read More   03-04-2016

What Happens When You're Gay, Incarcerated and Under the Care and Custody of Homophobes
One man shares his story without hope that anti-gay sentiments will be eradicated throughout the American prison system  Read More   03-03-2016

To Reduce Crime, Stop Charging Children as Adults
Call for New York and North Carolina to raise the age gaining momentum  Read More   03-02-2016

Successful Entrepreneurs and Successful Criminals Have Something in Common
Entrepreneurs, small business owners and others can find themselves steps away from a prison cell  Read More   03-01-2016

New Report Shows How Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People
Report covers entry into the system, issues faced while in the system and problems that follow after conviction  Read More   02-29-2016

New York State Bar Association Calls for Enhancing Programs to Assist Formerly Incarcerated People in Building Successful Lives After Prison
NYSBA recommendations include diversion programs, employment initiatives, and discharge planning early on in incarceration  Read More   02-26-2016

Report: First-Episode Incarceration: Creating a Recovery-Informed Framework for Integrated Mental Health and Criminal Justice Responses
Early intervention programs can reduce the incarceration of people with serious mental illness  Read More   02-25-2016

Prison Legal News Releases Prison Education Guide
New comprehensive resource aids people in prison in finding the best programs for their academic needs  Read More   02-24-2016

Albert Woodfox Free After 45 Years in One of the Country's Most Notorious Prisons
After spending nearly all of his time in solitary confinement Woodfox's dream comes true  Read More   02-22-2016

What It’s like to be Married to Someone Convicted of a Sex Crime
Being on a sex offender registry has long-reaching repercussions for the person on it and his or her loved ones  Read More   02-22-2016

Ten Renowned Economists Join Brennan Center's Economic Advisory Board
Fiscal costs of mass incarceration "tip of the iceberg"  Read More   02-19-2016

Infographic Reveals Just How Much Private Prisons Profit in America
Private prisons squeeze money out of the U.S. criminal justice system at every level  Read More   02-18-2016

Judge Makes Bold and Honest Statement Concerning the Need to Reevaluate Sentences
Connecticut Judge Stefan R. Underhill calls for legislation that would provide sentenced defendants the right to petition for a sentence reduction  Read More   02-17-2016

Why Policy Reform Proposals Must Be Rewritten to Do More for Women Who Committed a Violent Crime
Legislators are ignoring the thousands of women who are deserving of a second chance  Read More   02-16-2016

New Federal Prison for Women in Alabama Hit by EF2 Tornado
Information on the well-being of women held at the prison is lacking  Read More   02-15-2016

Pennsylvania Prison System Offers Childhood Resource Centers in Visiting Rooms
Information on early childhood education programs provided to caregivers of children with incarcerated parents  Read More   02-12-2016

Report: The State of Sentencing Reform 2015
The Sentencing Project covers the latest developments in sentencing, parole and probation, collateral consequences, and juvenile justice reform  Read More   02-11-2016

Override of Maryland Governor's Veto Restores Voting Rights to 4,000 with Felony Convictions
Nationwide felony disenfranchisement prevents 5.85 million people with a felony conviction from casting a ballot during elections  Read More   02-10-2016

The Latest Scarlett Letter for People Convicted of Sexual Offenses
Obama signs bill that identifies those convicted of a sex crime via marking their passports  Read More   02-09-2016

Mayors to Weigh-In at Up Coming Crime in America Symposium
Other participants represent various federal, state, municipal and private agencies and organizations  Read More   02-07-2016

Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives
Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections  Read More   02-06-2016

Record Number of Exonerations in 2015
Exonerations based on various reasons, including false confessions and law enforcement misconduct  Read More   02-06-2016

MDRC Report: A Successful Prisoner Reentry Program Expands Lessons from the Replication of the Center for Employment Opportunities
The following overview of the report “A Successful Prisoner Reentry Program Expands” was posted on January 14, 2016 by MDRC.  Read More   02-02-2016

Pew: States at a Crossroads on Criminal Justice Reform
“Tough on Crime” policies have been disregarded in favor of more effective and just approach  Read More   02-02-2016

When the Media and Society Refuse to Give Someone a Second Chance
Focusing on one’s past mistakes, rather than accomplishments, is counterproductive and harmful to all  Read More   02-01-2016

The Disturbing and Prevalent Sexual Abuse Female Correctional Officers Face at the Hands of Fellow Officers
Fearing retaliation and loss of job, female correctional officers often don’t report sexual abuse by coworkers  Read More   01-29-2016

An Insider’s Report on the Federal Bureau of Prison’s Experimental Prison Units
Are people placed in Communications Management Units (CMUs) denied due process?  Read More   01-28-2016

Bexar County Detention Center Parenting Program Helps Moms Behind Bars Connect with Their Children
Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) program still going strong after 30 years  Read More   01-27-2016

Supreme Court Rules Ban on Life Sentences for Juveniles Retroactive
Obama also issued a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles incarcerated in the federal prison system  Read More   01-26-2016

David H. Kerr: Why "Treat and Release" Drug Programs are Destined to Fail
Long-term programs help people with addictions navigate long road to recovery  Read More   01-20-2016

Alaska Draws Up Plans to Reduce Expanding Prison Population
Recommendations include re-examining the bail bond system and revising drug laws  Read More   01-20-2016

Supreme Court Rules Against Florida’s Death Penalty Law
Four-hundred people on Florida’s death row await clarification of what Court's decision will mean for them  Read More   01-20-2016

San Francisco School District Developing Programs and Curricula Aimed at Children with Incarcerated Parents
Providing supportive services to the school children and connecting incarcerated parents with their children and teachers is goal of innovative program  Read More   01-20-2016

The Disturbing Lack of Latinas on Obama’s Clemency List
Surely there are a number of Latinas in federal prison who deserve clemency  Read More   01-19-2016

Shelby County, Tennessee Mental Health Court Inaugurated
People with serious, on-going mental health issues to be given option of treatment instead of incarceration  Read More   01-18-2016

The Case for Medication-Assisted Drug Treatment in Prisons and Jails
Two-thirds of people who are incarcerated in America have an addiction to drugs or alcohol  Read More   01-15-2016

RAND: The Case for Correctional Education in U.S. Prisons
Report shows every dollar spent on educating incarcerated people saves five dollars of re-incarceration costs  Read More   01-14-2016

FAMM: Sentencing Commission Amends the Career Offender Guideline and Publishes New Proposed Amendments
Amendment will not be retroactive to the dismay of many sentencing reform advocates  Read More   01-13-2016

Marc Maurer on Why New Presidential Administration Should Consider a 20-Year Cap on Most Sentences
Executive Director of the Sentencing Project reveals that one in nine prisoners is serving a life sentence  Read More   01-12-2016

Shocking Investigative Report Describes Horrors at Largest Prison for Women In U.S.
Miami Herald finds rampant sexual, physical and mental abuse by corrections staff common  Read More   01-11-2016

Is Investing in Private Prisons Morally Wrong?
American Friends Committee calls for divestment from companies that make a profit off of the misery of incarceration  Read More   01-08-2016

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy Praised as Innovative Criminal Justice Policy Maker
Malloy rapidly being recognized as rising star in policy reform  Read More   01-07-2016

Prosecutors in Juvenile System Weigh-in on Policy Reform
"It’s far easier to build strong youth than it is to fix broken adults" is the new reasoning  Read More   01-06-2016

Why Restoring the Right to Vote to Formerly Incarcerated People Can Be the Impetus for Changing Thousands of Lives
Can giving a person a second chance be meaningful if the right to vote is denied?  Read More   01-05-2016

Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis
Brennan Center for Justice report finds little change in crime rate in 2015  Read More   01-04-2016

Mic: 2015 Was the Beginning of the End of Mass Incarceration
Obama, Black Lives Matter and bi-partisan coalitions touted as some of the major players in policy changes  Read More   01-01-2016

The Top 10 Domestic Drug Policy Stories of 2015 from Drug War Chronicle
Policy reform, record number of overdose deaths, and release of 6,000 people with drug convictions are some of what made national news this year  Read More   12-31-2015

Report: Disabilities among Prison and Jail Inmates
Study finds almost one-third of people in prison and jail declared a disability in 2011-2012  Read More   12-30-2015

When Dying Alone in Prison Is Too Harsh a Sentence
As many of us look forward to the New Year some in prison know a lonely death awaits them  Read More   12-29-2015

New Coalition Brings Conservatives and Liberals Together in Fight for Criminal Justice Reform
Annual $80 billion spent on incarceration is unifying factor to bring about reform  Read More   12-28-2015

ACLU-New Hampshire Sues New Hampshire DOC for Banning of Greeting Cards and Drawings
Blanket rejection of greeting cards, postcards, drawings and prayer cards due to fear of contraband is seen as unconstitutional  Read More   12-24-2015

The Missing Organizational Dimension of Prisoner Reentry
Report finds reentry organizations can play pivotal role in shaping the moral lives of formerly incarcerated people  Read More   12-23-2015

New York Governor to Pardon Some New Yorkers Who Committed a Crime at Ages 16-17
First-in-Nation act will help remove barriers for those who were convicted of a misdemeanor or non-violent crime  Read More   12-22-2015

President Obama Grants Commutations of Sentence to 95 People
The President also pardoned two others  Read More   12-21-2015

Connecticut Prison Will Be First In U.S. for Those aged 18-25
Prison will focus on brain development of young adults  Read More   12-21-2015

Paul Heroux: We Have No Idea Which Prison Programs Are Reducing Recidivism in America
Massachusetts State Representative claims evidence-based programs are not "one-size-fits-all"  Read More   12-18-2015

In Our Own Backyard: Confronting Growth and Disparities in American Jails
Jail populations grew four-fold over 45 years  Read More   12-17-2015

Why People in Prison and Jail Should Be Enrolled in Medicaid
Reasons include promoting easier access to health care by returning citizens and states receiving more federal funds  Read More   12-16-2015

(Update 12-18-15: Ramona Brant to be Free on 4-16-16) A Battered Woman Fights Against Her Life Sentence
Even Ramona Brant's judge opposed such a harsh sentence  Read More   12-15-2015

Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents with Criminal Records and Their Children
Parental incarceration can inflict long-term damage on children  Read More   12-14-2015

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2015
The Prison Policy Initiative report clarifies why 2.3 million people are locked up in America  Read More   12-13-2015

A Second Look at Electronic Monitoring
Report claims electric monitoring (EM) should not be used as a condition of parole, probation or pre-trial  Read More   12-11-2015

Fifty State Teams Gather to Develop Plans for Improving Youth Outcomes in Each State Juvenile Justice System
Juvenile incarceration rates are down but re-arrest rates are skyrocketing  Read More   12-09-2015

National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls Created
Formerly incarcerated women convene to use collective voices to improve the outcome of women and girls behind bars  Read More   12-08-2015

Moving Beyond "Ban the Box"
The Legal Action Center offers four steps to expand fair chance hiring practices  Read More   12-07-2015

The Steep Cost of Incarceration on Women of Color
Costs associated with incarceration strangle families financially  Read More   12-04-2015

Pew: Prison Time Surges for Federal Inmates
Average period of confinement doubles, costing taxpayers $2.7 billion a year  Read More   12-03-2015

Are More Programs Needed for Girls Enmeshed in the Juvenile Punishment System?
Girls detained in juvenile justice system 5 times more likely to die by 29-years old  Read More   12-02-2015

Women Behind Bars
What is the story behind the 206,000 women locked up in America’s jails and prisons?  Read More   12-01-2015

States Starting to Reconsider Putting Juveniles on Sex Offender Registries
Some states put young people on adult registries when they turn 18 even when they committed the crime as a child  Read More   11-30-2015

Report Calls for "Simple, But Courageous Steps" to Be Taken to Reduce Growing Number of Elderly People in Prison
Statistics show that formerly incarcerated people over 50-years old have a low recidivism rate and pose little public safety concerns  Read More   11-27-2015

Report: As Many Americans Have Criminal Records as College Diplomas
Having a criminal record greatly reduces one's chance of obtaining employment  Read More   11-25-2015

First Do No Harm: Advancing Public Health in Policing Practices
New report offers recommendations for eliminating disconnect between police and public health systems  Read More   11-24-2015

Justice Policy Institute: Good Reasons to Raise the Age For Juvenile Justice
Juvenile justice systems that promote rehabilitation increase public safety outcomes  Read More   11-23-2015

If Your State Was a Country Where Would It Rank on the Global List of the Incarceration Rate of Women?
Report and infographic explains America’s over incarceration of women in the global context  Read More   11-20-2015

House Judiciary Committee Approves Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) will press for eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for those with nonviolent crimes  Read More   11-19-2015

Will Three Days of Forced Incarceration Cure a Person of Opioid addiction?
Massachusetts Governor calls for holding people against their will to “cure” them of their drug habit  Read More   11-18-2015

Are the Millions Spent on Negative State Court Election Ads Causing Judges to Shy Away from Finding For the Defendant?
A new report shows 82% of attack ads on judges and candidates focused on criminal justice issues, mostly using scare tactics  Read More   11-17-2015

Study Highlights Little State Oversight of Educational Services Provided to Incarcerated Youth
Reading and math skills of incarcerated youth fall far below grade level  Read More   11-16-2015

Engaging Disconnected Young People in Education and Work
Almost half of Project Rise participants had a criminal history  Read More   11-13-2015

Toolkit Assists Service Providers to Survey Women and Girls about Traumatic Experiences that Impact Health
Many justice-involved females have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) that negatively impact health and well-being  Read More   11-12-2015

Healing the Whole Family of a Person with an Addiction
Be A Loving Mirror (BALM) program helps loved ones of people who abuse substances gain control of their own lives  Read More   11-11-2015

Connecticut Governor Unveils Innovative Ideas about Veterans and Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System
Dannel Malloy opens special unit for veterans in prison, and seeks to raise the age of juvenile justice system jurisdiction to 20  Read More   11-10-2015

A Must Read Report Details How the War on Drugs Harms Our Veterans
To truly honor our veterans we must stop incarcerating them and instead offer the mental health and substance abuse treatment they require  Read More   11-09-2015

New Report Reveals What Happens to Children When Parents Are Locked Up
Researchers found that five million children in America had at least one parent locked up at any given time  Read More   11-06-2015

Can Year-Round Day Light Savings Time Reduce Crime?
Research shows DST credited with S59 million in social cost savings from reduced number of robberies  Read More   11-04-2015

Police in Classrooms: What Are the Alternatives?
The viral video of a girl being pushed over and slammed to the ground by a School Resource Officer has opened up the conversation if SROs are the best option  Read More   11-03-2015

Weill Cornell Medicine Awarded $10 Million to Study Substance Abuse and Brain Development in Adolescents
1,100 children will be followed starting at ages 9-10  Read More   11-02-2015

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration for the Formerly-Incarcerated
New actions created to remove barriers to successful reintegration  Read More   11-02-2015

Brennan Center for Justice Proposes "Reverse Mass Incarceration Act"
Washington urged to scrap present incarceration policy in exchange for "Decarceration Act"  Read More   10-30-2015

Well Known Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Creates Petition for Clemency for Women Not Affected by Mass Release of Federal Prisoners
Women sentenced to decades or life behind bars hope that petition will make it into President’s hands for consideration of clemency  Read More   10-29-2015

Formerly Incarcerated Person Now Teaches Reintegrating Citizens "How to Live a Resilient Life"
Dwight Dickerson offers techniques on reaching positive goals after incarceration that might benefit the 6,000 people who were just released en masse  Read More   10-28-2015

Helping At-Risk Youth Resist Pressure to Join Gangs
Despite some difficulties, Gang Resistance Education and Training program is rated as "promising"  Read More   10-27-2015

Federal Communications Commission Votes to Cap Phone Call Rates for People Who Are Incarcerated
14 Years after original petition for fair rates was denied, price gouging is halted  Read More   10-26-2015

Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)
Parole officers take on role as mentors and it seems to help in reducing recidivism but some clients see EPICS as “a trap”  Read More   10-23-2015

Report Reveals Most People in Prison are Incarcerated Over 100 Miles Away from Home
Policy recommendations offered to keep families from being unduly isolated  Read More   10-22-2015

Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Join Prosecutors to Reduce Incarceration (Updated 10-22-15)
Why Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration is pushing for strong reform policies  Read More   10-21-2015

New Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Announced
IIP’s goal is to push forward policies that promote “the very best in justice innovation”  Read More   10-20-2015

Participants in Harlem Parole Reentry Court 60 Percent Less Likely to Be Reconvicted
Seventy-five percent of Parole Court's participants are also gainfully employed or in school  Read More   10-18-2015

A Public Safety Officer Who Views Incarceration as the Last Resort
As a prosecutor Paul Henderson believed a "victory" for his office meant helping to turn a defendant's life around  Read More   10-16-2015

As People in Prison Grow Older, Health Care Costs Gobble Up Corrections Budgets
Number of people in prison 55 or older increased 250 percent in 15 years  Read More   10-15-2015

Andrea James: Building a Prison-to-Purpose-Pipeline for Women
Inspiring formerly incarcerated women to push for policy change is just one of the ways the activist works to end over-incarceration of females  Read More   10-14-2015

Rise in Opiate Abuse (and Incarceration for Same) Attributed to Spike in Foster Care
Several states look toward treatment options and support services to keep families intact  Read More   10-13-2015

Innocent Until Proven Guilty, So Why Do a Half Million Unconvicted People Remain in Jail Each Day?
Massachusetts is taking on bail system that targets people of color and the poor  Read More   10-12-2015

The Suspension Penalty and What Helps Kids Get Back on Track to Graduate
Those who drop out of school after being suspended have less chance of obtaining middle class status as adults  Read More   10-09-2015

Families Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism
Women Who Never Give-Up Host "Project Freedom" Annual Symposium  Read More   10-07-2015

News Flash: Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Federal Prisoners by November 2, 2015 (Updated 10-11-15)
"Drugs Minus Two" sentencing action will open the door for thousands more by November 2016  Read More   10-06-2015

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time
James Kilgore speaks on justice reinvestment and how communities are uniting to push politicians to eliminate the root causes of incarceration  Read More   10-06-2015

Bold Reentry Plan Wins $1 Million Grant
The City of New Haven CT has been awarded a $1,000,000 Grant by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to Reduce Recidivism  Read More   10-05-2015

The Sentencing Project: Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill
Momentous Legislation Indicates "Tough on Crime" Days are Over  Read More   10-01-2015

Utah’s 2015 Policy Reforms Expected to Eliminate Projected Prison Growth Over 20 Years
Decreasing incarceration for nonviolent offenses, reducing length of prison stays and increasing support for people on parole are some of the measures that will save taxpayers $500 million  Read More   10-01-2015

The Shocking Treatment of Pregnant Women in America's Penal System
Investigation reveals poor medical care is just the tip of the iceberg encountered by pregnant women in prison  Read More   09-30-2015

On Pre Trial Status, Work Release, Probation or Parole? There’s an App for That
Louisiana Sheriff's Department calls new monitoring system more cost effective than incarceration and more "dignified" than wearing an ankle monitoring device  Read More   09-29-2015

The Fight to Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws
In 33 States "exposing" someone to HIV is a criminal offense punishable by decades in prison  Read More   09-28-2015

Increasing Job Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Black Men
Job training programs help chip away at barriers that people with a criminal history encounter  Read More   09-25-2015

Nkechi Taifa: Lengthy Sentences: Cruel and "Usual"” Punishment
Decades behind bars for first-time drug offenses should no longer be the norm  Read More   09-24-2015

One Woman's Story of Finding Faith and Strength While in Solitary Confinement
The words of her mother, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, echoed in her head  Read More   09-23-2015

Historic Hearing Set Between Suffolk County Sheriff and Boston City Council at Suffolk County House of Correction
Topics to be discussed include mass incarceration, reintegration, recidivism and racial disparity  Read More   09-22-2015

In Case You Missed It: Mothers Serving Long-Term Drug Sentences Call for Clemency
Facing dying in prison, women beg for the President to reexamine their cases and sentences  Read More   09-21-2015

Innovative Program Helps Women with Felony Charges Stay Out of Prison
Justice Home model is successful, cost effective and can be replicated in other states  Read More   09-18-2015

Reports that Juvenile Justice Advocates Won’t Want to Miss
New research promotes the demand for equity for Black, Latino, female and LGBTQ youth  Read More   09-17-2015

New Report: Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families
Families of incarcerated people suffer greatly, and unnecessarily, under America’s punishment system  Read More   09-16-2015

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Issues Report on Federal Indigent Defense
9-15-15  Read More   09-15-2015

From Barbed Wire to Green Fields: Urban Agriculture Provides the Seeds of Change to Formerly Incarcerated People
Providing jobs and healthy food are the goals of urban farming initiatives  Read More   09-14-2015

Using Entrepreneurship and Civic Technology Helps Formerly Incarcerated Get a Second Chance
Formerly incarcerated woman awarded $50,000 to start business accelerator  Read More   09-11-2015

The Call for President Obama to Give Women Clemency
Woman granted clemency is now fighting for the release of the “hardest hit victims of drug war”--women  Read More   09-10-2015

A Prison Sentence Carries Strong Repercussions for Family Members of a Person Convicted of a Crime
The whole family is often the “collateral victim” when a person is incarcerated  Read More   09-09-2015

Bold New Reentry Initiative Created in New Haven, Connecticut
Collaborative project designed to reduce recidivism is announced by stakeholders  Read More   09-08-2015

In Case You Missed It, Prison Labor: Cost Effective or Costly?
Every day is laborious for prison workers who make pennies an hour  Read More   09-07-2015

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Shown to Cut Recidivism by 25 – 50 Percent
“The Next Generation of Parole Supervision Model” was developed to train parole officers to use CBT in an effort to find effective ways to help reduce recidivism  Read More   09-04-2015

Critics Say “Kate’s Law” Would Further Burden the Federal Prison System, Already at 133 Percent Capacity
Taxpayers would pay $2 million more annually if “Kate’s Law” is enacted  Read More   09-03-2015

California to Free Thousands from Solitary Confinement After Settling Lawsuit
Most people in isolation were held based on gang affiliations or mental illness  Read More   09-02-2015

A Look at Vendors Who Profit From Mass Incarceration
Businesses that supply prisons and jails get a slice of the $80 billion spent on incarceration each year  Read More   09-01-2015

Evaluation of the Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program
Evaluation shows mixed results for Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and the Department of Justice initiative  Read More   08-31-2015

True Juvenile Justice Reform Must Include Needs of LGBTQ Girls
Report finds 40 percent of girls in juvenile justice system consider themselves as LGBTQ or gender non-conforming  Read More   08-28-2015

Center for Disease Control Estimate: One in Three of the 2.2 Million People in U.S. Jails and Prisons Have Hepatitis C
Incarcerated people are taking their battle to get treatment to court  Read More   08-27-2015

California Group Homes for Juveniles Fail to Thoroughly Investigate Serious Complaints
Allegations of sexual abuse, injuries from restraints, and vicious attacks handled poorly, outside investigation finds  Read More   08-26-2015

States That Legalized Marijuana Debate What Constitutes Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Some states allow a small amount of THC in the blood, other states consider any amount of THC to be cause for arrest  Read More   08-25-2015

The Bail Bond Crisis in America
Seventy percent of pre-trail detainees are locked up because they can’t afford bail  Read More   08-24-2015

Obama's Heroin Initiative: “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back”?
Federal resources would be better spent on treatment rather than interdiction, drug reform advocates insist  Read More   08-21-2015

Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Arkansas Faith Summit to Focus on Reintegration
Goal is to have churches adopt formerly incarcerated people and provide moral support  Read More   08-20-2015

What If Prisons Were Fined For High Recidivism Rates?
Hospitals that were fined saw a sharp drop in re-admissions, so can that work in a prison setting?  Read More   08-19-2015

Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: Who is Dying in Custody and Why?
Suicide is the leading cause of death among people in prison  Read More   08-18-2015

“Trauma Informed” Programs: Just a Nifty Catch-Phrase?
Is restraining a woman in prison face down with four-point restraints really more therapeutic for a woman who experienced rape?  Read More   08-17-2015

Report: Studying Deterrence Among High-Risk Adolescents
Research found harsher punishment had little effect in reducing future offenses  Read More   08-14-2015

Breaking News: Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns Death Penalty for All
Eleven men on death row still faced execution under 2012 law  Read More   08-13-2015

Free Her Women’s Justice Advocacy Conference Brings Formerly Incarcerated Women to the Table
Women come together to unite against locking women up when there are clear alternatives  Read More   08-12-2015

Going Beyond “Ban the Box” to Give a Person with a Criminal History a Second Chance
While “Ban the Box” ordinances have opened the door to employment by a crack, a leading conservative policy analyst suggests a way to push it wide open  Read More   08-11-2015

Department of Justice Looks into Boise’s Criminalization of Homeless People
Arresting people for being homeless is not the solution for this growing population  Read More   08-10-2015

Women Inside and Out: Making the Invisible Visible Via Their Own Stories
Artist Charly Swing seeks to weave the stories of incarcerated and previously incarcerated women into art  Read More   08-07-2015

Prison Education Programs Reduce Recidivism Up to 16 Percent
Every dollar spent on prison education yields a $4 - $5 savings on re-incarceration costs  Read More   08-06-2015

Denying Food Stamps to a Person with a Drug Conviction Hurts Children
States should abolish food stamp ban that only applies to drug crimes  Read More   08-06-2015

Second Chance Reauthorization Act Introduced
New legislation also updates Second Chance federal reentry grant programs  Read More   08-04-2015

Coalition for Public Safety: 100 Million Reasons We Need Criminal Justice Reform Now
Fair Justice Summit urges criminal justice reform advocates, policy makers and community members to spring into action  Read More   08-03-2015

Known for Progressive Criminal Justice Reform, Connecticut Takes a Hit on Its Juvenile Justice System
Investigative Report finds children were shackled, put in isolation and had a high rate of suicide attempts  Read More   07-31-2015

Forty Years of Harsh Sentencing Laws May Soon Be Over
Federal system seen as excessively punitive  Read More   07-30-2015

Bi-Partisan Support Brings Back Pell Grants for Some People Who Are Incarcerated
20 Year ban expected to be lifted on Friday  Read More   07-29-2015

Thinking Outside the Cell: Concrete Suggestions for Positive Change
Sociologist Susan Sered’s thoughts on challenging issues of the day  Read More   07-28-2015

How Perceptions of Non-Trustworthiness Can Play a Role in Receiving the Death Penalty
Not looking “trustworthy” can have the severest of consequences  Read More   07-27-2015

Margot Van Sluytman: Restorative Justice is Poetic Justice
He murdered her father but justice for a poet came in an unexpected way  Read More   07-24-2015

Ms. Magazine Blog: What You Won’t See on Orange is the New Black
Every day another 174 women are locked up  Read More   07-23-2015

White House Fact Sheet: Enhancing the Fairness and Effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System
White House lists plans to improve justice system and lists previous accomplishments  Read More   07-22-2015

Mental Illness and Jails: Race is Left Out of the Equation
Lack of cultural competency seen as a key factor for criminalizing mentally ill people of color  Read More   07-21-2015

President Obama: "Mass Incarceration Makes Our Country Worse Off"
Mass incarceration costs taxpayers $80 billion annually  Read More   07-20-2015

A Raw Look at the First Hours after Release from Prison
Eating a “real” meal, taking a bus or buying clothes can be filled with overwhelming anxiety for returning citizens  Read More   07-17-2015

In the Spotlight: FORE, a Pennsylvania Reentry Program on a Small Budget That is Aiding Reintegrating Women in a Big Way
FORE puts its heart and soul into its work helping formerly incarcerated women and their children  Read More   07-16-2015

Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implications for Police
Police are being trained to recognize mental health problems among young people who suffered from trauma  Read More   07-15-2015

Disturbing Report Follows the Trail of Girls’ Sexual Abuse to the Prison Pipeline
Young victims of sex trafficking often arrested on prostitution charges  Read More   07-14-2015

Judge Sends Three Children to Juvenile Detention Center for Refusing to Speak with Father
Sending kids to juvenile centers should be used only as the last resort for crimes of a far more serious nature  Read More   07-13-2015

Mayor de Blasio Announces $17.8 Million to Reduce Unnecessary Jail Time for People Waiting for Trial
Initiative will triple the number of individuals who can be supervised in the community instead of paying bail or being detained in jail while waiting for trial  Read More   07-10-2015

State-by-State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Practitioners
Interactive map provides links to state health systems and health insurance for criminal justice-involved people  Read More   07-09-2015

Procedural Justice: Treating Court-Involved People with Respect Brings Remarkable Results
Newark Judge Victoria Pratt sets mandates that have kept 70% of those who followed them out of jail  Read More   07-09-2015

Report Discloses Several Serious Problems at D.C. Detention and Treatment Facilities
Facility conditions and policies called “alarming,” “inadequate” and in need of immediate corrective action  Read More   07-08-2015

The Results of the Nation’s First Social Impact Bond Experiment Are In
Although program failed to reduce recidivism it is considered a success  Read More   07-06-2015

Five Million Dollar DOL Grant Will Help Formerly Incarcerated People in Detroit Find Employment
Federal, state and city initiative focuses on employment opportunities for youth, veterans, those with disabilities and people with a criminal record  Read More   07-03-2015

The Open Society Foundations: When Pregnancy Leads to a Prison Term
Women who abort spontaneously or through clinical procedures have been incarcerated  Read More   07-02-2015

SCOTUS Strikes Down a Piece of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA)
Some sentenced under the ACCA may be able to apply for a sentence reduction  Read More   07-01-2015

Excerpt From Resistance Behind Bars Shows Supportive Side of Women who are Incarcerated
From simplest acts of kindness to implementing political actions, women behind bars stand together in time of need  Read More   06-30-2015

White House Humiliates JustLeadershipUSA Founder
Policy sends wrong message to America about second chances  Read More   06-29-2015

Columbia University Becomes First College to Divest from Private Prisons
Student support to divest leads to Columbia’s decision to withdraw $10 million  Read More   06-26-2015

New York City Ends $6.4 Million Contract with Agency That Ran “Close to Home” Initiative for Juveniles
Sites found to be unsecure and improperly supervised  Read More   06-25-2015

The Issues of Females in the Criminal Justice System
Vera Institute of Justice blogs on gender and justice  Read More   06-24-2015

The Corrections System’s Stubborn Refusal to Provide Methadone to People with an Opiate Addiction
Why wait to treat a person when early medicinal intervention can save lives?  Read More   06-23-2015

How Should the Courts Handle Kids Who Commit Crimes?
If a child is not an adult, should the he or she be prosecuted as an adult?  Read More   06-22-2015

Something to Think About This Father’s Day: Dads Who are Incarcerated
Reports of statistics on fathers who are incarcerated and advice to policymakers  Read More   06-19-2015

Idaho, Arkansas, Alaska and Utah Fail to Comply with Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
Approximately 216,000 incarcerated adults and juveniles are victims of sexual assault annually  Read More   06-18-2015

Going Beyond the Three R’s of Criminal Justice Reform –Reentry, Reinvestment and Recidivism
Neo-liberalism accused of being a major perpetuator of mass incarceration  Read More   06-17-2015

(Updated June 18, 2015) The Formerly Incarcerated Massachusetts Woman Behind “An Act Providing Community-Based Sentencing Alternatives for Primary Caretakers of Dependent Children”
Andrea James takes her fight to keep women out of prison to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and is selected as a member of the 2015 class of Soros Justice Fellows  Read More   06-16-2015

Kalief Browder’s Suicide is an Indictment on New York City’s Lack of Reentry Plans
Each week a hundred people are released from incarceration to New York City without reentry plans  Read More   06-15-2015

Orange is the New Black is Back and So is the Distortion of the Truth Concerning Women in Prison
The good news is the series will no longer be included in the comedy section of the Emmy Awards  Read More   06-12-2015

“Close to Home” Program for Juveniles: A Good Idea That Turned Problematic
Providing a neighborhood group home for non-violent youths with minor records makes sense, but is not without big problems  Read More   06-11-2015

Strategic Prosecution: An Approach to Reducing the Consequences of the Existing Criminal Justice System
Will prosecutors be willing to “reconceptionize” their thinking in order to play an important role in reducing consequences of the existing criminal justice system?  Read More   06-10-2015

Kalief Browder: An American Criminal Justice Horror Story Just Got Worse
Browder’s story of the failure of the criminal justice system was cited as “compulsory reading” for elected officials  Read More   06-09-2015

Can Housing People Released from Prison in a New Neighborhood Stem Recidivism?
Study finds recidivism rate jumps when people released from prison end up in just a few disadvantaged communities  Read More   06-08-2015

What If Someone Commits a Sex Crime and They Are Not Josh Duggar?
Massachusetts State Representative speaks on the need to review existing policies on sex crimes  Read More   06-05-2015

Participatory Defense: What You Can Do If You or a Loved One is Arrested
“Participatory defense” movement is empowering people to press for a more just punishment system  Read More   06-04-2015

Women Jailed at Rikers Island Not Receiving Acceptable Health Care from Contracted Provider
Pharmaceutical errors, delayed care and negligence cited  Read More   06-03-2015

A Look at the Consequences of Prison Overcrowding
Forced gang association, sexual assaults, violence against corrections officers and people who are incarcerated leads to “dysfunctional consequences” post release  Read More   06-02-2015

Research: Corrections Officers Suffer PTSD at Twice the Rate of Military Veterans
Research also reveals that corrections officers have a high rate of suicide  Read More   06-01-2015

Twenty Jurisdictions Win MacArthur Foundation Grants to Reduce Incarceration
MacArthur Foundation plans to create more funding under its Safety and Justice Challenge in the future  Read More   05-29-2015

The Shocking Cost to House People in America’s Jails
Policy makers and taxpayers should be aware of hidden costs not reflected in jail budgets  Read More   05-28-2015

Los Angeles Mulling Over Giving Incentives to Those Who Hire Formerly Incarcerated People
Businesses with contracts with the city will receive preference if they hire people with a past criminal record  Read More   05-27-2015

Gender Transition in Prison
Denial of hormone therapy, violence and harassment are just some of the daily experiences trans people in prison face  Read More   05-26-2015

Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act Seeks to Restore Pell Grants for People in Prison
Access to education will reduce crime and recidivism, say REAL Act proponents  Read More   05-23-2015

Moving Forward: A Prison Group That Recognizes the Pitfalls of Former Foster Youths and Seeks to Inspire Them to Achieve Successful Reintegration
Research shows that young men in foster care are more likely to commit a crime than those who are not  Read More   05-21-2015

Maryland Governor Approves Building New Youth Jail and Slashes Baltimore’s School Budget
The spotlight was on the youth of Baltimore after the recent riots but someone wasn’t listening  Read More   05-20-2015

Women Withdrawing from Drugs in Prison Often Ignored By Staff, Leading to Serious Complications or Death
Drug withdrawal treatment for incarcerated women called inconsistent, inadequate,and sometimes fatal  Read More   05-19-2015

New Documentary Film Shows a Fresh, Exciting Retreat That Aims Help Young People Stay Out of Prison
Rewilding provides an “adventure approach to prison transition”  Read More   05-18-2015

“The Milwaukee Experiment” Offers Early Intervention to Keep People Out of Prison
Milwaukee District Attorney believes prosecutors should be valued for reducing mass incarceration and eliminating racial inequality  Read More   05-15-2015

Deadline for States to Comply with Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Ends Today
One state has made prison videos to alert people who are incarcerated to identify those who may be sexual predators  Read More   05-15-2015

Report Reveals Why Prison Visits to Incarcerated Parents are not “All Cupcakes and Lollipops”
Tough on crime laws are also tough on children and grandmothers who seek to restore a sense of normalcy when lives are disrupted by the incarceration of a parent  Read More   05-14-2015

Report Finds Connection between Women on Probation or Parole Who Lack Transportation and Likelihood of Recidivism
Suggestions to reduce recidivism include considering affordable transportation as vital as housing, employment and food for females  Read More   05-12-2015

New Attorney General Grilled by Connecticut Senator Over BOP’s Failure to Build New Prison for Women as Promised
BOP decision to close only federal prison for women in Northeast caused ire among legislators and judges  Read More   05-11-2015

Former Banking Honcho Seeks to Reduce Recidivism in St. Louis and Across the U.S.
Former CEO raises almost $9 million to help incarcerated people get a head start before they are released  Read More   05-08-2015

OIG Report: The Impact of an Aging Inmate Population on the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Office of the Inspector General report finds several areas of concern  Read More   05-07-2015

How an Organization Helps People in Gangs Choose a Different Lifestyle
Never giving up on youths in the face of laws that almost guarantee re-arrest is the mission of Massachusetts non-profit  Read More   05-06-2015

Unequal Justice: Mobilizing the Private Bar to Fight Mass Incarceration
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law urges action now  Read More   05-05-2015

Top Leaders and Experts with Diverse Ideologies Offer Essays on Solutions to End Mass Incarceration
From former president Bill Clinton to former NRA president David Keene, advocates for criminal justice reform weigh in with viable solutions  Read More   05-04-2015

Koch Industries Embraces Ban the Box on Its Job Applications
One of America’s largest companies opens the door to employment opportunities to people with a criminal history  Read More   05-01-2015

Where Are 1.5 Million Missing Black Men?
Early deaths and incarceration have “disappeared” Black males in every region of the country  Read More   04-30-2015

Federal Bureau of Prisons Statistics
Monthly statistics provide snapshot of people in federal prison  Read More   04-29-2015

Evaluation of Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Finds Arrest Rates Significantly Lowered for Participants
Those taking part in LEAD are 34-58 percent less likely to get arrested  Read More   04-28-2015

Two-Thirds of States Lowered Prison Population
Nine states show double-digit dip in incarcerated people  Read More   04-27-2015

Watch Your Language: A Reminder to Please Stop Using Dehumanizing Words
Criminal justice experts agree that words like “inmate” and “ex-con” have got to go  Read More   04-24-2015

Connecticut Department of Corrections Opens Reintegration Center
Center is part of Governor’s Second Chance Society initiatives  Read More   04-23-2015

Innovative Program Brings Shelter Cats into Prison to Receive Some TLC
Cats have more freedom and attention in prison than at shelter (Video link included)  Read More   04-22-2015

Status Offenses Still Criminalizing Children, New Report Finds
Over 50 percent of states still hold children in detention for minor transgressions  Read More   04-21-2015

South Carolina U.S. Attorney Has a Fresh Idea about the War on Drugs
Keeping people out of prison is goal of federal prosecutor  Read More   04-20-2015

Maine Reentry Initiative Receives Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant
Sherriff’s Office links with service providers to give returning citizens a shot at success  Read More   04-17-2015

The 2000 Roses Foundation Helps Transitioning Women with a Safe Place to Live and Employment Opportunities
Foundation’s store sells quality, and green, items made by formerly incarcerated women  Read More   04-16-2015

Where Does Your State Rank in Feeding the School-to-Prison Pipeline?
Children with special needs and children of color disproportionately referred to criminal justice system  Read More   04-15-2015

Update: Apple to Allow People with a Felony Conviction to Help Build Their New Campus
Apple recognizes that some people deserve second chances  Read More   04-14-2015

The Painful Truth about Severing Parental Rights of Incarcerated Women
Harsh and often unnecessary sentences rob women and their children of the right to be a family  Read More   04-13-2015

Watch: The Bipartisan Summit on Mass Incarceration in America Panel Discussion: Assessing the Costs & Human Impacts
Top criminal justice reform advocates provide recommendations for revamping the criminal justice system  Read More   04-10-2015

New Program Initiative Seeking Help to Distribute Survey Concerning Needs of Justice-Involved Mothers and Their Children
Caregivers of children of incarcerated mothers also asked to provide feedback  Read More   04-09-2015

Phyllis “Grandma” Hardy Makes It Out of Prison Alive
Hardy’s case highlights what’s wrong with a system that locks up non-violent, sick and elderly people up for decades  Read More   04-08-2015

Apple Bars People with a Felony Conviction from Building New Campus
Letters from Union to Apple CEO and California Attorney General ignored  Read More   04-07-2015

The Sentencing Project’s 2014 Annual Report Is Now Available
Report contains timely and valuable research on mass incarceration, racial disparity and felony disenfranchisement  Read More   04-06-2015

More Chilling Allegations Concerning Florida Corrections Officers
Corrections officers who are accused of being KKK members plotted to kill former African American prisoner  Read More   04-03-2015

Obama Grants Clemency to 22 People
8,700 more people in prison are still hoping they, too, will receive clemency  Read More   04-02-2015

Should There be a 20 Year Cap on Most Federal Sentences?
Marc Mauer explains why such a cap makes sense  Read More   04-01-2015

Women Speak Out about Reproductive Health Care While Incarcerated
Substandard care and dehumanizing treatment repeatedly echoed by members of a most vulnerable population—incarcerated women  Read More   03-31-2015

New Recommendations for Work-Related Prison Reentry
Open Society Foundations proposes innovative changes to the employment integration of formerly incarcerated workers  Read More   03-30-2015

Should Those on a Sex Offender Registry Be Banned from Church?
North Carolina sheriff says those on the registry cannot attend churches in his jurisdiction  Read More   03-27-2015

What You Are About to Read Regarding the School-to-Prison Pipeline Might Bring You to Tears
Schoolchildren arrested, handcuffed, put in “juvie,” sprayed with chemicals, beaten and sexually abused—all for minor infractions of school rules  Read More   03-26-2015

Prison Family Bill of Rights Addresses Concerns of People in Prison and Those Who Care About Them
Bill urges compassion and transparency from corrections  Read More   03-25-2015

Connecticut Veterans Prison Release Program Offers Variety of Reintegration Services to Those with an Honorable Discharge
Veterans with “Other than Honorable” discharge” classification are excluded from receiving “vital” services the program provides  Read More   03-24-2015

Need a Refresher Course on the War on Drugs?
Vox gives you a brief history in a matter of minutes  Read More   03-23-2015

Vermont Program Helps Children Cope with Having a Mother Behind Bars
Eighty percent of Vermont’s incarcerated women have children  Read More   03-20-2015

Is There Really a Need For a Registry of Those Who Commit White Collar Crimes?
Utah, which also has a questionable porn registry, thinks so  Read More   03-19-2015

Right on Crime says Texas Voters are Ready for Criminal Justice Reform
“Common-sense, conservative reform” is being touted as the key to changing ineffective criminal justice policies  Read More   03-18-2015

Rikers Island: A Continuing “Culture of Violence” Hits Guards and People Locked Up in America’s Largest Jail Complex
Incarcerated men help prevent guard from being raped in latest violent episode  Read More   03-17-2015

One Third of Female Prisoners in the World are Behind Bars in the U.S.
Women make up 8.8 percent of people in prison in America  Read More   03-16-2015

New Report Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Juveniles Who Commit Crimes and Their Victims
Report promoted as a handy reference for policy makers, juvenile justice professionals and anyone with an interest in juvenile justice  Read More   03-13-2015

Poll: Men with Criminal Records Account for About 34 Percent of All Nonworking Men Ages 25 to 54
Criminal background checks preclude hiring, even when background check is inaccurate  Read More   03-10-2015

Research Shows Adolescents Get Addicted to Drugs Faster Than Adults
Understanding a teen’s brain can create better addiction prevention strategies  Read More   03-09-2015

Why It Is Crucial to Establish More Reintegration Programs for Women
The number of incarcerated women has steadily risen but supportive reintegration programs for females have not  Read More   03-06-2015

Checking “Yes” on Felony Conviction Box on College Application and Attrition
Study finds attrition rate higher for those who check “yes” than those who do not  Read More   03-05-2015

Pigeons, Prisoners and Prison Policies
How pigeons and people behind bars developed a forbidden bond  Read More   03-04-2015

How Indiana, Missouri and Texas Created Meaningful (and Progressive) Reform
Slicing territories marking drug-free zones, modifying food stamp bans and closing facilities add up to huge savings and second chances  Read More   03-03-2015

Women’s Prison Association No Longer Supports Their Claim that Children of Incarcerated Parents Are More Likely to End Up in Prison
More research is needed to examine intergenerational incarceration, WPA asserts  Read More   03-02-2015

Is Your State a Leader in Sentencing Reform?
If not, there are several recommendations to suggest to legislators to make your state join the 30 states that already are  Read More   02-27-2015

Do Sex Offender Registries Do Anything to Prevent Recidivism?
Research says “no,” so why aren’t we providing a more effective solution to reoffending?  Read More   02-26-2015

Pregnant Women in New York are Shackled During Labor and Delivery in Violation of 2009 Law
Pregnant and sick women are also placed in solitary confinement risking serious health issues  Read More   02-25-2015

Powerful New Bipartisan Coalition Pushes For Justice Reform
This impressive big-money organization is looking for "real reform."  Read More   02-24-2015

An American Health Problem: One Million Children are Gang Members
Children from 5 through 17 are the “hidden population of gang members”  Read More   02-23-2015

In the Spotlight: Safer Foundation Reduces Recidivism Rate in Illinois by Half
For 43 years Safer has provided those with a criminal history a second chance  Read More   02-20-2015

Stop Labeling Abused Girls as “Bad Girls”
More girls are arrested for status offenses than boys, and are often punished more harshly  Read More   02-19-2015

The Case for Releasing Elderly Prisoners: Do We Have a “Moral Imperative” to Do So?
Several factors other than an increase in incarceration attributed to drop in crime  Read More   02-18-2015

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win $10,000 for Your Idea on How to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Successful Reentry
Ideas sought on reducing mass incarceration and recidivism, and the collateral consequences associated with both  Read More   02-17-2015

731,000 people are Incarcerated in American Jails Each Day
New report reveals that spending even two days in jail has harsh consequences down the line  Read More   02-16-2015

Twelve Percent of People in North Carolina Prisons Have a Mental Illness Diagnosis
State’s solution is to add more beds, not alternatives to incarceration programs that treat mental illness  Read More   02-13-2015

A Personal View on Being Incarcerated in Florida
Abuse in Florida’s prison system called “… so deeply seated that it is irreparable”  Read More   02-12-2015

Award Winning Author Seeking to Interview Women Who Were Pregnant While Incarcerated
Respected journalist is planning to write about pregnancy behind bars  Read More   02-11-2015

Lawsuit Alleges CCA Forces Female Visitors to Prove They Are Menstruating
Having a sanitary pad in your pocket means female visitors are subjected to an up- close and personal strip search during menstrual cycle  Read More   02-10-2015

Making Black Lives Matter More in the Criminal Justice System
New report offers blueprint for eliminating racial disparity  Read More   02-09-2015

Could You Live Without Human Touch?
If you are an incarcerated person, you might have to do so  Read More   02-06-2015

Public Defenders and Ethical Blindness
When excessive caseloads seem “normal” lawyers don’t realize they are not providing optimum legal services to indigent clients  Read More   02-05-2015

Connecticut Governor Makes Good on Promise for "Second Chance Society"
Reclassifying nonviolent offenders and eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes are at top of list  Read More   02-04-2015

What Do States Spend on Educating a Child versus Incarcerating a Person?
GIF presents a shocking look at how much more states spend to incarcerate rather than educate  Read More   02-03-2015

What Can America Learn from the Nordic Model of Incarceration?
And once we learn, will we act on it?  Read More   02-02-2015

Is Today the Day Massachusetts Takes the First Step to Keep Justice-Involved Primary Caretakers of Children Out of Prison?
Providing alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent primary caregivers who commit a crime makes sense in many ways  Read More   01-30-2015

JustLeadershipUSA Partners with Columbia University to Launch Leading with Conviction Program
Formerly incarcerated people with leadership skills should be given “seat at the table” to implement reform policies  Read More   01-29-2015

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Speaks on Pardons and Incarcerated Millennials
The war on drugs is crushing young adults and the pardons process is not helping, either  Read More   01-28-2015

Refreshingly Honest Answers from a Parole Officer about the System
Parole likened to “feeding an elephant with an eyedropper”  Read More   01-27-2015

Life After Prison Blog: Women and Reentry
What happens when a woman who is not rich and famous is released from prison  Read More   01-26-2015

The Government’s Role in The High Unemployment Rate of Those with A Criminal Record
Over half of people released from prison can’t find a job within a year  Read More   01-23-2015

Connecticut Governor: We Need to Be A "Second Chance Society"
Not content with the drop in prison population, Dannel Malloy pushes for more nonpartisan reform measures  Read More   01-22-2015

Why in the World Would Someone Confess to A Crime That They Did Not Commit?
Research provides an answer to this troubling phenomenon  Read More   01-21-2015

Director of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction: Invest More in People, Not Prisons
Gary Mohr pushes for progressive reform to reduce Ohio’s prison population and to further slash its recidivism rate  Read More   01-20-2015

In The Spotlight: Wisconsin's 11 x 15 Blueprint for Ending Mass Incarceration
How congregation-based community organizations plan to bring much needed criminal justice reform to that state  Read More   01-19-2015

Corrections Corporation of America Nixes Shareholder's Request to Provide More Funding for Reentry Programs and Services
Former CCA prisoner, now shareholder, thinks CCA can afford five percent increase to fund reentry programs  Read More   01-16-2015

Legalization, Decriminalization, and Medical Marijuana Policies: 2015 May Be A Big Year for Changes
New policies can reduce arrests and incarceration for thousands  Read More   01-15-2015

You Don't Need to Be A Rocket Scientist to Keep A Child Out of The Juvenile Justice System
But, having some knowledge of neuroscience can help save young lives from being ruined  Read More   01-14-2015

Can The Ninth Richest Person in The World Help to Reduce Mass Incarceration?
Charles Koch plans to pour more money into making the criminal justice system fairer for people from all walks of life  Read More   01-13-2015

Finally Incarcerated Victims of Domestic Violence May See Some Relief
New York and other states are recognizing that killing an abusive partner may be the only horrible option for some  Read More   01-12-2015

Formerly Incarcerated African American Males from New York Asked to Participate in Research Project
Please share request from Mika’il DeVeaux of Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc  Read More   01-09-2015

From Lawyer-to Prisoner-to-Reverend: A Tale of Redemption
How one man survived prison and became a source of inspiration to others  Read More   01-08-2015

What the Tabloids Did Not Tell You About Prison and Teresa Guidice
The “real facts” about prison  Read More   01-07-2015

Prison Labor: Cost Effective or Costly?
Investigation finds Washington State Correctional Industries cost taxpayers $20 million over past seven years  Read More   01-06-2015

The Clemency Report: Children Deserve Legal Standing When Parents are Sentenced
Children should have rights established by law instead of being victims of collateral consequences  Read More   01-05-2015

Proposition 47 is Just First Step in Helping People Get a Second Chance
Clean Slate Clinic Fights Helps People Erase Criminal Records  Read More   01-02-2015

Successful Reintegration Often Starts with a Successful Reentry Program
Ending the year with two more success stories from STRIDE  Read More   12-31-2014

Young People in Chicago Tackle School-to-Prison Pipeline
Restorative circles may be a way to achieve personal and public safety  Read More   12-30-2014

Interest in Proposals for Criminal Court Research
National Institute of Justice will ask for submissions in early 2015  Read More   12-29-2014

Florida Department of Corrections Seeks to Ban Prison Legal News
Fred Grimm says it’s not the ads that upset the Florida DOC, it’s the articles  Read More   12-26-2014

When Clemency Does Not Come in Time
Sentenced to life without parole on LSD charges, Rudd Walker dies in prison  Read More   12-24-2014

Mass Incarceration’s Collateral Damage: The Children Left Behind
The Nation finds children are not better off without parents who commit criminal acts  Read More   12-23-2014

Federal Government Seeks to Sue New York Department of Corrections over Mistreatment of Youth at Rikers Island
New York City mayor tells youth at Rikers solitary confinement for adolescents has ended  Read More   12-22-2014

Women in Detention: The Need for a National Agenda
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School provides a statement on incarcerated women to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights  Read More   12-19-2014

The Long Term Cost of Incarcerating Young People Can Reach $8 – 21 Billion Annually
Justice Policy Institute report reveals many states spend over $100,000 a year to lock-up a juvenile  Read More   12-18-2014

The Similarities Between Women in Prison in The U.S. and Britain
Two reports reveal that women are subjected to policies designed for men  Read More   12-17-2014

Mobile, Alabama Seeks to Establish “Ban the Box” Measure
Giving a person with a past criminal conviction a second chance can reduce crime and promote public safety.  Read More   12-16-2014

Rutgers Teams up with Integrity House to Give Psychiatry Residents Better Understanding of Addictions
People with addictions and mental health issues often wind up behind bars  Read More   12-15-2014

Vera Institute’s Safe Alternative to Segregation Initiative (SAS) Calling for RFPs
SAS seeking partnership with up to five states or corrections systems  Read More   12-12-2014

Montana is Experiencing Crisis with Overcrowded Prisons
People are put on a waiting list to enter prisons  Read More   12-11-2014

Glenn Martin: Criminal Justice System Must be Dismantled and Rebuilt
Partial solutions seen as a band-aid approach to deep-rooted problems in “well-oiled” criminal justice machine  Read More   12-10-2014

Since When Does the Criminal History of a Parent of a Slain Child Matter?
Criminal background checks by the media have sunk to a new low  Read More   12-09-2014

Connecticut's John Santa Speaks Out on State Leadership in Criminal Justice Reform
Longtime advocate for criminal justice reform offers sound ideas other states can replicate  Read More   12-08-2014

Arkansas Department of Community Corrections Outlines Plans to Reduce Recidivism
Recommendations include hiring more parole officers, initiating “pay for success” programs, and starting its own business to employ people on parole  Read More   12-05-2014

Update: Deadline Extended for JustLeadershipUSA Training Program
Please share with those with a criminal record who have what it takes to become leaders in creating meaningful criminal justice reform  Read More   12-04-2014

Report Finds a Shocking 72 Percent of Massachusetts School Suspensions are for Minor Issues
Children with disabilities and children of color most targeted for suspensions  Read More   12-04-2014

People on Parole Find “Room at the Inn”
Providing transitional housing, as well as other services, gives people on parole in Michigan a second chance  Read More   12-03-2014

A New, Ugly Tentacle of the Prison Industrial Complex Emerges
The “Treatment Industrial Complex” of private prison corporations is accused of “ensnaring” people, sometimes for life.  Read More   12-02-2014

How Does Your State Rate in Providing Access to “Confidential” Juvenile Records?
Access to juvenile records by the public and failure to expunge records can cause harmful consequences in the future  Read More   12-01-2014

Is it Time to Overhaul the Parole System?
You may be surprised who says “yes”  Read More   11-28-2014

A Children’s Book Author…Who Happens to be Incarcerated
Anthony Tinsman hopes his message will help young children find a different path than he did  Read More   11-26-2014

How many Innocent People are Sentenced to Death?
The latest figure is startling, but it doesn’t include innocent people in non-death sentence convictions  Read More   11-25-2014

In the Spotlight: JustLeadershipUSA Seeks Those Who Were Formerly Incarcerated to Become Leaders in Creating Meaningful Reform
Organization hopes to help cut prison population in half by 2030  Read More   11-24-2014

Free Toolkit Provides Information on Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Connection to the Juvenile Justice System
Trauma-informed care can help young people avoid criminal justice system  Read More   11-21-2014

On Life Support: Public Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Disease in correctional facilities "unacceptably high" and almost "invisible to health system"  Read More   11-20-2014

New Report Looks at Collateral Consequences of Laws in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia
Impact of arrests and convictions on housing, employment, food stamps and voting are some of the topics covered  Read More   11-19-2014

Competition Seeks Innovative Ideas to Reform Criminal Justice System
Your idea to help end mass incarceration and reduce recidivism can be worth $10,000  Read More   11-18-2014

In the Spotlight: Ellen Bukstel Asks “Who’s the Pusher Now?”
With a catchy song, singer-songwriter muses about the war on drugs, mass incarceration and Big Pharma  Read More   11-17-2014

Is It Time to Close Women’s Prisons?
One person offers his view that women’s prisons are not the solution, but part of the problem within the criminal justice system  Read More   11-14-2014

Resources Available to Reduce Street Group Violence
Helpful information provided on tracking violent street groups and engaging members of these groups in an effort to reduce violence  Read More   11-13-2014

Chicago Triples Employer Tax Incentive for Hiring People with a Criminal Past
City also gives more teeth to the state’s Ban the Box law, and begins a family reunification program with the Chicago Housing Authority  Read More   11-12-2014

Serving Our Country and Then Serving Time, Redux
Maybe one day we won't have to repost this article, but until then…  Read More   11-11-2014

The Open Society Foundations Award $50 Million to ACLU to Help End Mass Incarceration
ACLU aims to cut prison population in half by 2020  Read More   11-10-2014

Court: Secular Humanism 1, Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster 0
Lawsuit against corrections departments in two states settles question of what can be classified as a religion  Read More   11-07-2014

Update: Over 25,000 People Severing a Federal Sentence Apply for Clemency
Those who served less than 10 years not eligible for consideration  Read More   11-06-2014

News Flash: Proposition 47 Approved by California Voters
Estimated $200 million saved on prison costs targeted for drug and mental health treatment, education and victims of crimes  Read More   11-05-2014

In the Spotlight: Malta Justice Initiative
The system is failing, but Malta Justice Initiative says it can, and must be, fixed  Read More   11-04-2014

Fortune Society Sues Mega-Landlord Over Refusal to Rent Apartments to People with a Past Criminal History
Lawyer claims blanket refusal to rent policy creates a racial and ethnic caste system  Read More   11-03-2014

Visiting Grandma or Grandpa for the Holidays Often Takes Place in a Prison
In 15 years prisons will resemble geriatric care facilities as a third of all people in prison will be elderly  Read More   11-01-2014

Conservatives Battling Over-Criminalization and Prosecutorial Overreach
Man accused of throwing three fish overboard faces 20 years in prison  Read More   10-31-2014

Survivor of Rape Supports Reauthorization of Justice for All Act
Outrage and anger turns into despair when person she helped convict is found to be innocent ten years later  Read More   10-30-2014

Goof Dashes Hopes for People About to be Released from Nebraska Prisons
Miscalculations in good time credit surface for those in prison or already released  Read More   10-28-2014

In the Spotlight: Travis County Sheriff’s Office Holds Second Annual Vision Summit
Summit brings corrections, the community and service providers together to reduce recidivism  Read More   10-27-2014

Why California’s Proposition 47 is So Important to Women
Women are more likely to be incarcerated than men for crimes that fall under Prop 47  Read More   10-24-2014

Lawyers File Amended Lawsuit on Behalf of Transgender Teen
Lawyer calls treating her like a boy in a male detention center while giving her hormone therapy is a “schizophrenic approach”  Read More   10-23-2014

The Importance of Using Humanizing Language When Referring to People Who Use Drugs
The Drug Policy Alliance responds to the Associated Press call for suggestions for its 2015 Stylebook  Read More   10-22-2014

An Open Letter to the Next U.S. Attorney General on How to Fix Flawed Pardons System
ProPublicaoffers sound advice that should be heeded before the new AG takes office  Read More   10-21-2014

Inventorying Housing for Reintegrating People
Fort Worth Reentry coalition provides directory that also allows community members to rate reentry housing programs in their neighborhoods  Read More   10-20-2014

Webinar for Those Seeking to Become a Reclaiming Futures Site
Informative session on grant opportunity to be held on October 22  Read More   10-20-2014

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Announces Receipt of $6.75 Million in Grants to Help Returning Citizens Successfully Reintegrate
Governor has been a proponent of reducing recidivism through strong reentry programs and criminal justice system overhaul  Read More   10-17-2014

In the Spotlight: Hudson County Correctional Center’s Integrity House Program is Winning the Battle against Recidivism
Integrity House annually helps 2,400 adults and adolescents fight addiction  Read More   10-16-2014

Outrage over Tennessee Federal Prosecutor Promoting Enhanced Penalties for Woman Who Are Pregnant When They Commit a Drug Crime
Opponents of sentencing enhancement say pregnancy should never be used to increase a sentence  Read More   10-15-2014

Funding Now Available for Two Reclaiming Future Sites
Communities selected will receive technical support  Read More   10-14-2014

Former Warden Weighs in on His Opposition to Death Penalty
“State’s avenger” is plagued by faces of those executed on his watch  Read More   10-13-2014

How Crisis Intervention Training Keeps the Mentally Ill Alive and Out of Jail
CIT saves the lives of the mentally ill and police officers, as well saving millions of dollars  Read More   10-10-2014

An American Criminal Justice Horror Story
Kalief Browder was confined to Rikers Island for three years before his case was dismissed  Read More   10-10-2014

Candid Conversations with Newly Released Men
From sex to sunflower seeds, reintegrating men open up to someone who wasn’t afraid to talk to them  Read More   10-08-2014

One in Thirteen African Americans Have Lost Their Right to Vote
And some folks would like to keep it that way  Read More   10-07-2014

How “Jail Banks” and the US Treasury Gave New Meaning to the Term “Bank Robber”
People in prison, and their loved ones, are gouged by a growing number of banks and businesses that thrive on mass incarceration  Read More   10-06-2014

National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics Seek Data Visualization Apps
$25,000 in prize money to be divided among final winners  Read More   10-03-2014

Charts and Maps Will Have You Questionlng the Effectiveness of America’s Criminal Justice System
Costs of incarceration, the age of people in prison, and executions have risen, and that’s only the beginning  Read More   10-02-2014

Senior Citizens Released From Prison: Freedom or Fear?
It’s a whole new, and often scary, world for elderly returning citizens  Read More   10-01-2014

Pro Publica: The Best Reporting on PTSD in Children Exposed to Violence
"What happens to children who have to step over dead bodies on their way to school?"  Read More   09-30-2014

Reclaiming Futures Receives $2 Million Grant
Collaborative juvenile justice systems urged to submit proposals to Reclaiming Futures National Office in near future  Read More   09-29-2014

Three Years after United Nation Condemns Solitary Confinement It Is Still an Ugly Part of the Rikers Island Experience
Report claims time spent in solitary confinement at Rikers is "inexcusably extreme"  Read More   09-26-2014

Pennsylvania DOC Offers Returning Citizens Instant Access to Finding Services Across the State
Interactive map is also a useful resource for criminal justice professionals  Read More   09-25-2014

In the Spotlight: A Formerly Incarcerated Person Speaks Out about Successful Reentry
The choices you make are yours, so think wisely, advises Starlene Patterson  Read More   09-24-2014

Encouraging Higher Education for People with a Criminal History
Ban the Box should apply to college applications, too  Read More   09-23-2014

In Vermont Battle to Save Residents from Heroin Addiction Replaces the “War on Drugs”
Treatment, not incarceration, is Governor Peter Shumlin’s answer to an epidemic that is destroying lives and communities  Read More   09-22-2014

Department of Justice Gives $4.75 Million to Initiative Created to Reduce Mistrust between Law Enforcement and Communities
After disaster in Ferguson, MO tension in cities across the country grows  Read More   09-19-2014

Three Ex-Governors, the Current New Jersey Governor, and Nancy Pelosi Walk into a Room..
No, that’s not the start of a joke but a sign that at least in NJ reentry is being taken seriously  Read More   09-17-2014

Do Collateral Consequence Laws Have a Negative Impact on Recidivism?
It might depend on the state in which one resides  Read More   09-16-2014

The Ill in Arizona's Privatized Prison Health System Ordered to "Be Patient or Pray"
In too many cases, neither directive worked  Read More   09-15-2014

Sixteen Experts Comment on What Can Be Done to Eliminate Errors in the Criminal Justice System
Errors in criminal justice system rarely isolated event, new report claims  Read More   09-12-2014

Federal Government Called On to Reclaim Leadership Role in Criminal Justice Reform for Women
Most women in prisons are incarcerated for property or drug offenses  Read More   09-11-2014

Call for Information: Formerly Incarcerated Mothers Invited to Speak on Their Experiences
Does being incarcerated automatically diminish a woman as a mother in the eyes of the law?  Read More   09-10-2014

New Study Shows That Earnings Improve When Criminal History Report Is Cleared
Specialized projects that help erase some types of criminal convictions spur employment for segment of population often denied jobs  Read More   09-09-2014

Should Prisons Shift from Custodial to Self-Help Corrections Systems?
Leading expert on “addict-inmates” believes such a move would be more effective  Read More   09-08-2014

Report Reveals How Racial Perceptions Effect Punishment Policies
Research finds racial bias can sway criminal justice practitioners and policy makers  Read More   09-05-2014

NIJ is seeking proposals for the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race, Gender, Culture and Crime FY 2015
Up to $300,000 may become available for multiple awards under this solicitation  Read More   09-04-2014

New Report Exposes Extensive Delays in Danbury Women’s Prison Renovations
Blumenthal, Murphy call on Bureau of Prisons to expedite transition and mitigate harm  Read More   09-03-2014

Formerly Incarcerated Men Reveal What "Being a Man" in Prison Meant to Them
For some, aging chronologically conflicted with aging mentally and emotionally  Read More   09-02-2014

How One Young Man Decided His Past Mistakes Wouldn't Define Him
Inspiring story illustrates how rehabilitation must be a crucial part of the juvenile justice system  Read More   09-01-2014

Recognizing Those Who Work While Incarcerated
Prisoners are America’s invisible work force  Read More   09-01-2014

States Spend $16 Billion Annually on Elderly People in Prison
Almost a quarter of a million people in prison are 50 or older  Read More   08-29-2014

Tool Kit for Status Offender Reform
Guidance provided for "community-based, family-focused, and service oriented" reform  Read More   08-28-2014

Safer Foundation Extends RFP Deadline
Seeks service providers to help improve outcomes for court-involved youth  Read More   08-27-2014

The Dangers of Risk Assessment
Practice found to foster increase in racial disparity in criminal justice system  Read More   08-26-2014

The Real Women of “Orange is the New Black” Find the Series Nothing to Laugh About
With all the glitter of the Emmys, the dark side of incarceration is obscured  Read More   08-25-2014

Recommendations to Prevent Wrongful Convictions
Police as “gatekeepers” to criminal justice system can study past wrongful convictions to learn from, and not repeat, mistakes  Read More   08-22-2014

Predicting Crime through Incarceration: The Impact of Rates of Prison Cycling On Rates of Crime in Communities
“Coercive mobility” actually increases crime in certain neighborhoods rather than deters it  Read More   08-21-2014

Study Puts to Rest Myths Surrounding “Crack Babies”
No significant differences found in children who were exposed to crack in-utero and those in control group  Read More   08-20-2014

Safer Foundation Seeks Non-Profit Organizations in Mid-West to Apply for Community Grants
Funds available for development of programs that help court-involved youth develop job skills  Read More   08-19-2014

In The Spotlight: The Lord’s Place of West Palm Beach, Florida
An organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness opens its doors to formerly incarcerated men and women (and their children)  Read More   08-18-2014

Major California Unions Endorse Proposition 47 to Reduce Incarceration
Funds spent on incarceration could be diverted to schools, drug and mental health treatment and Victims of crime  Read More   08-15-2014

A Guide to Eleven Businesses That Hire People with a Felony
From coast-to-coast businesses and organizations are more than willing to offer a second chance  Read More   08-14-2014

Dow Chemical Company Foundation Awards Michigan Reentry Organization $15,000
Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation created when state-run program lost funds  Read More   08-13-2014

In Memory of a Loving Daughter Whose Plea to Obama Fell on Deaf Ears
Begging Obama to release her mother, Chanda Garraway cited all that was wrong with harsh sentences for nonviolent first-time offenders  Read More   08-12-2014

Science Debunks Some of the Myths Surrounding Marijuana
Less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, possession of marijuana is still a criminal offense in many places  Read More   08-11-2014

Using Trauma Information to Help, Not Hurt, Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth
Trauma can unnecessarily lead children and youth into the child welfare or criminal justice system  Read More   08-08-2014

NY Times: U.S. Inquiry Finds a “Culture of Violence” Against Teenage Inmates at Rikers Island
Report shows 44 percent of adolescents subjected to “use of force” incidents  Read More   08-07-2014

In the Spotlight: New York City’s Doe Foundation
Organization helps over 1000 people a day with jobs, housing and education  Read More   08-07-2014

Rethinking Anti-Gang Policies
Experts say “arresting the problem away” is not the way to curb gangs and violence  Read More   08-06-2014

Eddie Ellis: An Open Letter to Our Friends on the Question of Language
Why words like “ex-con” and “inmate” should be eliminated when talking about people  Read More   08-04-2014

Foundations to Give Two Hundred Million Dollars to Help Reduce High Rates of Racial Disparity and Incarceration among Boys and Young Men of Color
Eleven foundations join together to help the goals of My Brother’s Keeper become a reality  Read More   08-01-2014

Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States
Sentencing Project reports reduction of prison populations averaging 25%, while violent crimes in the states studied also dropped  Read More   07-31-2014

"Co-optation” of Restorative Justice is a Serious Concern
Community voices often ignored by professionals, claims John Lash  Read More   07-30-2014

In the Spotlight: The Living Harvest. Inc. of Tallahassee, Florida
New faith-based reentry program offers something most others do not  Read More   07-29-2014

“Sometimes People Bar You from Jobs Forever Because of One Incident”
Ban the Box is making progress across America, albeit slowly  Read More   07-28-2014

Will Drones Be Coming to a Prison Near You?
Maybe, if you live in Ohio  Read More   07-25-2014

New Study Reveals Health Crisis of Bronx Re-Entry Populations
58% Released to Bronx from State Prisons Have Major Chronic Conditions; 38% Never Lived in the Bronx  Read More   07-24-2014

In the Spotlight: Project Return of Nashville, Tennessee
New Reentry Central feature recognizes successful reentry programs across America  Read More   07-23-2014

Formerly Incarcerated Black Males Asked to Share Experiences
Criminal justice reform advocate/doctoral student seeks help for research project  Read More   07-22-2014

U.S. Sentencing Commission Clears Way for 46,000 Federal Prisoners to Apply for Shorter Sentences
Sentencing Commission vote affects only 3 percent of U.S. prisoners  Read More   07-19-2014

Study: Blacks and Hispanics Fare Worse than Whites and Asians Charged with Same Crime
But, Vera Institute also found other factors come into play  Read More   07-18-2014

Jane Doe Update: Transgender Teen Moved to Juvenile “Training School” for Boys
Connecticut claims Children’s Psychiatric Center “not suitable” for troubled teen after she allegedly assaulted others  Read More   07-16-2014

Funding Available for Updating Juvenile Drug Courts
Up to eight juvenile drugs courts to receive $500,000 over three years  Read More   07-16-2014

The Violent Treatment of Mentally Ill Inmates in New York City Jail
New York Times uncovers 129 brutal beatings in one year span at second-largest jail in America  Read More   07-15-2014

In the Spotlight: Connecticut Reentry Program Helps Formerly Incarcerated People Hit Their “STRIDE”
Saving Connecticut $2.1 million is just one of the benefits of the STRIDE Program  Read More   07-14-2014

Should Defense Attorneys Be Included in Criminal Justice Policy Making Decisions?
Yes, says Charles Kronzek, and he’ll tell you why  Read More   07-11-2014

State-by-State Incarceration Rates by Race/Ethnicity
Inter-active map shows just how much Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans are overrepresented in each state’s prisons and jails  Read More   07-10-2014

Was Your Ancestor a Part of America’s Early Prison Population?
Digitalizing old prison records helps families to discover hidden bits of information about the not-so-illustrious past of ancestors  Read More   07-09-2014

When Prisons Become Hospices
Photographs of elderly and dying prisoners show human beings instead of the cold statistics that define them  Read More   07-08-2014

Incarcerated Juveniles Have Higher Death Rates after Release
Juvenile females who were locked up are 5 - 9 times more likely to die than those in the general population  Read More   07-07-2014

Solitary Watch: New Solitary Confinement Policies in California Bring Small Changes and Raise Big Questions
Critics worry CDCR policy “will continue to authorize the prolonged solitary confinement of individuals who have been validated as prison gang affiliates”  Read More   07-04-2014

You’ve Seen Him on Hoarders, Find Out Why Clutter Cleaner Founder is Doing His Part to Reduce Recidivism
Giving second chances comes naturally to Matt Paxton  Read More   07-03-2014

The Meteoric Rise of Women Prisoners Since 1980
Only five states have lowered female incarceration rates in the past 24 years  Read More   07-02-2014

Short Video Describes the Drug War’s “Worst Idea”
In four minutes Peter Wagner speaks on a fundamentally flawed law that many believe never should have been enacted  Read More   07-01-2014

If Every State Were a Country, Which Would Be the World’s Prison Capital?
Thirty-Six states and Washington, DC have a higher rate of incarceration than Cuba  Read More   06-30-2014

Connecticut Law Tribune: Women Who Did Time In Danbury Prison Push For Reforms
Former inmates and lawyers weigh in on how to reduce mass incarceration  Read More   06-28-2014

Free Her: Formerly Incarcerated Women Demand an End to Mass Incarceration
Victoria Law covers movement building rally of formerly incarcerated women  Read More   06-27-2014

How to Use Cost-Benefit Analysis to Estimate and Value Impact of Your Criminal Justice Program
CBA allows programs and policymakers to distinguish if a program is successful  Read More   06-26-2014

Update: Transgender Teen Removed from Adult Prison
“Jane Doe” is now being treated at a juvenile psychiatric center  Read More   06-25-2014

Preparing Yourself to Relive Memories of Life in Prison
Successful prison consultant faces the demons let loose by popular new prison series  Read More   06-24-2014

Hepatitis C: The “New Monster” in Corrections
Depending on the prison, hepatitis C rates vary from 15 percent to 54 percent  Read More   06-23-2014

National Facts: Mothers in Prison, Children in Crisis
Women neglected or abused as children 77 percent more likely to be arrested than those who were not neglected or abused  Read More   06-20-2014

New Report Reveals One in Five Prisoners Released without Supervision
Florida leads the country with prisoners who max out their sentences  Read More   06-19-2014

An Amazing Reentry Story That You Will Not Want to Miss
Written off as a “lifer,” Maryland man creates two businesses and jobs for other formerly incarcerated people  Read More   06-18-2014

The Jaw-Dropping Prison Pipeline No One Talks About
Youths with disabilities are five times more likely to wind up in the juvenile justice system than young people in the general population  Read More   06-17-2014

Only Men's Prison Choir to Sing Outside of Prison Walls is “Conducting Hope” (Corrected June 18, 2014)
New film shows how prisoners and community volunteers work toward reintegration and healing  Read More   06-16-2014

Criminal Stigma, Race, Gender and Employment
Survey of employers exposes negative stereotypes of applicants with a criminal conviction  Read More   06-13-2014

New Tool Tracks States’ Juvenile Laws and Practices
“Justice GPS” also includes state and national statistics  Read More   06-12-2014

“Free Her” Rally Planned For Washington, D.C.
Goal of rally is to bring attention to increased number of incarcerated women, and the effect it has on their children and communities  Read More   06-11-2014

New Paper Explains How States Can Cut Incarceration Rates Without Compromising Public Safety
States encouraged to review “truth-in-sentencing” laws and abolish mandatory minimum sentences  Read More   06-10-2014

The Sentencing Project’s Annual Report Packed with Valuable Research
Women in the criminal justice system, racial disparity and life sentences are some of the topics covered  Read More   06-09-2014

Transgender Teen to Be Removed From Connecticut Adult Prison
Incarceration of teen who was not charged with a crime sparked outrage across the nation  Read More   06-06-2014

Can America Forgive and Forget Those Caught Up in The War On Crime?
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers issues report on post-conviction collateral consequences  Read More   06-05-2014

Three Reports on Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Criminal patterns, explanations for offending, and prediction and risk/needs assessment discussed  Read More   06-04-2014

Ethan Nadelmann: Time to Make America “Average” When It Comes to Incarceration Rates
Executive director of Drug Policy Alliance claims America needs to “rejoin the family of civilized nations” who keep incarceration rates low  Read More   06-03-2014

California Releases a Record Number of Inmates with Life Sentences
One in five California ‘lifers” are eligible for parole  Read More   05-30-2014

High Rate of Incarcerated Blacks Impedes Health Research
Dr Emily Wang writes on “The Effect of Incarceration on the Epidemiology of Heart Disease”  Read More   05-29-2014

Gruesome Deaths of Mentally Ill Inmates and Infant Born in Solitary Confinement Cause Grave Concern
Lack of attention by corrections staff produces fatal outcome for four  Read More   05-28-2014

How Two Women with a Passion for Criminal Justice Reform Created a Strong Recidivism Reducing Model
The Reset Foundation helps young men with a criminal background achieve an education, and their dreams  Read More   05-27-2014

Crossfire Hosts “Outraged” at Broken Corrections System
Vera Institute and New York Times also want America to rethink its criminal justice policies  Read More   05-26-2014

Racial Disparity of Incarcerated Juveniles: Your State’s Rating?
Interactive map allows state-by-state comparison  Read More   05-23-2014

Report: The 2% Death Penalty: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases at Enormous Costs to All
The Death Penalty Information Center reveals that 85% of counties haven’t executed a person in 45 years  Read More   05-22-2014

Is Prison the Best Place to Start Curing People with Hepatitis C?
With 1.86 million incarcerated people infected with hepatitis C virus it just might be, says noted doctor  Read More   05-21-2014

Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration
African American males without a highs school diploma have a 70 percent chance of being incarcerated  Read More   05-20-2014

Department of Justice Seeks Applications for $4.75 Million Grant
Reducing racial bias in criminal justice system is goal of DOJ  Read More   05-19-2014

Neighborhoods, Recidivism and Employment among Returning Prisoners
Report finds neighborhoods parolees return to are predictors of recidivism and employment outcome  Read More   05-16-2014

Parenting Classes for Inmates Found To Reduce Recidivism
Oregon Department of Correction study shows significant drop in re-arrests for parenting skills class participants when they are released  Read More   05-15-2014

How Behavioral Economics and Social Policy Impacts Prisoners and States
Average prisoner can face $20,000 in unpaid child support when released, leading to collateral consequences for state and former inmate  Read More   05-14-2014

Right on Crime Policy Director Marc A. Levin Disappointed Connecticut Legislature Failed to Pass Bill That Would Review Juvenile Life Sentences
Supporters of the bill hope it will be brought up again in a special legislative session  Read More   05-13-2014

Update: Connecticut Governor Calls for Removal of Transgender Juvenile from Adult Prison
Teen’s letter to the Governor begs him to do something quickly  Read More   05-12-2014

Honoring a Special Kind Of Mother on Mother’s Day
Hallmark doesn’t make a Mother’s Day card for mothers of prisoners  Read More   05-09-2014

Juvenile Victims of Violence Often Exhibit Delinquent Behavior
Study shows that girls often dissociate as a reaction to violence  Read More   05-08-2014

Bed Bath and Beyond Agrees to Stop Automatically Disqualifying Job Applicants with a Criminal History
Retailer’s $125,000 settlement with New York includes $40,000 to job seekers unlawfully rejected due to past criminal convictions  Read More   05-07-2014