By Jan 10, 2012
By Malcolm C. Young Sunday, January 01, 2012
Any attention to mass incarceration is welcome in a nation where prison reformers, community groups, advocates from across the political spectrum, major foundations, and many policymakers favor reducing prison incarceration—currently at levels that have no peacetime historical or international precedent.
Yet despite evidence that the U.S. Prison System as a whole may at last have turned away from the annual increases in state prison incarceration that began in the early 1970s, it remains to be seen whether progress toward meaningful reductions will proceed at a pace necessary to have a significant impact on the phenomenon.
The basis for broad-based and deep change in sentencing and corrections practices has not yet emerged.
By Leslie Walker and Jean Trounstine/Guest columnists
Massachusetts prisons are rapidly moving into the ranks of the most overcrowded and expensive in the country — and Metrowest facilities are among the biggest offenders. Two “Three Strikes and You’re Out” bills passed the Massachusetts House and Senate recently will only make a bad situation worse
Kah (pronounced KAY) is leaving the public payroll and taking a job with Management & Training Corp., the Centerville, Utah-based prison vendor that takes over operation of North Central Correctional Institution on Saturday. The longtime culinary arts instructor, who's 67, says he'll see significant reductions in pay and vacation days, but he's looking forward to the new operator's plans for his program.
10:42 AM, Dec 30, 2011
NORTH CAROLINA -- More criminals convicted of misdemeanors will be housed in county jails rather than in state prisons to save money and reduce repeat offenses.
December 19, 2011 9:40 AM
Parents and non-parents alike might be shocked to learn a new study estimates that roughly 1 in 3 U.S. youths will be arrested for a non-traffic offense by age 23 - a "substantively higher" proportion than predicted in the 1960s.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — New death sentences in the United States have declined 75 percent from their peak since executions resumed in the 1970s, an anti-capital punishment group reports.
The Death Penalty Information Center said 78 people convicted of murder were sentenced to die so far in 2011, the first time in 35 years there have been fewer than 100 new death sentences.
By Matt Lakin
Terry Lynn Fine estimates he spent most of his life dealing drugs or stealing in order to buy drugs, mainly pain pills, before his latest arrival inside this cell in the Cocke County jail. Fine. 47, is serving a 12-year sentence. That sentence currently costs taxpayers about $35 per day
He's lived most of his 47 years on other people's money — whether stealing, selling pain pills or doing time in his second home at the Cocke County jail.
Easing transition, fighting recidivism are main goals
10:47 PM, Dec. 15, 2011
|More cells at the Jefferson County Correction Center will be empty when a mandatory re-entry program takes effect Jan. 3.|
Bay City News Service
The money represents 20 percent of the wages earned by 30 prison inmates who assemble medical devices, San Quentin State Prison spokesman Sgt. Gabe Walters said.
Each of the seven agencies will receive $5,400.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - It's a change that's expected to save the state criminal justice system $2.8 million this year. Texas state inmates and inmates at transfer facilities no longer get three meals a day, every day. Since April they've been getting only brunch and dinner on the weekends, and some inmate's families are fighting back.
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:42
Written by Elyssa Pachi