Everybody knows prisoners are routinely ripped off by the phone provider/dept. of corrections contracts across the States. Yet, it’s not something I’ve dealt with in depth here at Prison Photography (except for a brief bout of disgust toward a foolish Gaga music vid.)

Published in Inmate Telephone News

Advocates for nearly 56,000 New York inmates and their families have urged the state to resume free bus service to its prisons, saying visits have dropped since it was discontinued last year and the savings of $1.5 million doesn’t justify the social cost.

Published in Prison Legal News

On a patch of tilled earth off Warren Road in Ithaca, near where the community’s incarcerated pay in time their debt for past mistakes, the seeds have been planted and the soil meticulously maintained.

Published in Prison Legal News

After shutting down completely Wednesday for a facility-wide disinfecting process, the Oneida County jail is mostly back to business as usual today, officials said.

Published in Current Events

Auburn, NY -- With bagpipe music, caps, gowns, and the pomp and circumstance of a traditional college commencement, 15 men incarcerated in Auburn Correctional Facility graduated from college while behind bars Tuesday.

Published in Prison Legal News

ALBANY —

 

Convicted felons received more than $36,000 in workers' compensation insurance while in prison in recent years, according to a Comptroller's audit released Friday, which recommends closer scrutiny of the benefit intended for injured workers.

Published in Prison Legal News

By M. Alex Johnson of msnbc.com and Bill Lambdin of WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y.

Inmates at Greene Correctional Institution in Coxsackie, N.Y., staff a state Department of Motor Vehicles call center
Inmates at Greene Correctional Institution in Coxsackie, N.Y., staff a state Department of Motor Vehicles call center .WNYT-T
NEW YORK - When you call a company or government agency for help, there's a good chance the person on the other end of the line is a prison inmate.

The federal government calls it "the best-kept secret in outsourcing" — providing inmates to staff call centers and other services in both the private and public sectors.

Published in Current Events
Monday, 16 January 2012 16:28

Getting Prison Numbers Down—For Good

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.

Published in Current Events
Monday, 02 January 2012 17:49

Texas still top state for the death penalty

By Anna M. Tinsley

TEXAS - With six executions scheduled for the first three months of 2012 -- and more than twice as many executions as any other state on the books last year -- Texas is poised to continue leading the nation in executions despite a nationwide slowdown in capital punishment.


Published in Prison Legal News

 

FixesFixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work.

This year, the United States will release nearly three-quarters of a million people from prison, a record high. Nationally, 2.3 million people are in prison in the United States, and 95 percent of them will, at some point, get out and go home.

Society has a strong interest in keeping them home — in helping them to become law-abiding citizens instead of falling back into their old ways and returning to prison. But American programs for newly released prisoners echo the typical follies of our criminal justice system: our politicians usually believe that voters only want the emotional satisfactions of meting out maximum punishment, even if these policies lead to even more crime.

Published in Prisoner Support
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