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FRONTLINE Presents “Locked Up in America”

Posted on Apr 07 , 2014 in News & Upcoming Events

FRONTLINE Presents “Locked Up in America,” FRONTLINE, Press Release, April 1, 2014.

Description: “In Locked Up in America, a series of intimate, probing films, FRONTLINE goes to the epicenter of the raging debate about incarceration in America, focusing on the controversial practice of solitary confinement and on new efforts to reduce the prison population. Both films take a deep dive into two parts of the country, where officials are rethinking what to do with criminals.” Click here for more information and showtime listings.

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New to the NIC Website – LGBTI Laws and Policies

Posted on Apr 04 , 2014 in Community & News

New to the NIC Website – LGBTI Laws and Policies

Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website is a new webpage focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Laws and Policies. It focuses on laws and policies related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex persons in custodial settings. Click here to be directed to the NIC website.

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For many Americans, obtaining a birth certificate proves challenging

Posted on Mar 31 , 2014 in News

For many Americans, obtaining a birth certificate proves challenging, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Alfred Lubrano, March 28, 2014. 

Excerpt: “ Without a birth certificate (among other documents) in Pennsylvania, residents can’t get state-issued ID cards. Without ID cards, officials say, people can’t get jobs, access Social Security benefits, get medical benefits, have surgery, get medicine, access housing benefits, open bank accounts, or board planes or even intercity buses.” For full article click here.

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How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary

Posted on Mar 19 , 2014 in News

How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary, NPR, March 6, 2014.

Excerpt: “Last summer, four alleged leaders of rival prison gangs worked together to coordinate a hunger strike at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison. They were protesting long-term, indefinite incarceration in solitary confinement. All of the men were in solitary when they launched the strike. One of them, Todd Ashker, has been in solitary for more than 20 years. On the first day of the strike, 30,000 prisoners across the state’s prison system refused their meals. ” Click here for full article.

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G.O.P. Moving to Ease Its Stance on Sentencing

Posted on Mar 19 , 2014 in News

G.O.P. Moving to Ease Its Stance on Sentencing, The New York Times, Jeremy W. Peters, March 13, 2014.

Excerpt: “Not that long ago, criminal justice reform in a conservative place like Texas meant executing prisoners with lethal injection instead of the electric chair. Now, leading Republicans are saying that mandatory minimum sentences in the federal system have failed — too costly, overly punitive and ineffective. So they are embracing a range of ideas from Republican-controlled states that have reduced prison populations and brought down the cost of incarceration.” Click Here for full article.

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Justice Dept. budget focuses on criminal justice, prison reform

Posted on Mar 19 , 2014 in News

Justice Dept. budget focuses on criminal justice, prison reform, The Washington Post, Sari Horwitz, March 14, 2014.

Excerpt: “The Justice Department’s proposed $27.4 billion budget reflects Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s priority of criminal justice and prison reform. Holder’s budget — $122 million above the 2014 enacted level — includes $173 million in targeted investments for criminal justice reform efforts.” Click here to continue reading.

 

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College Plan for Inmates has Merit

Posted on Mar 12 , 2014 in News & Perspectives

College Plan for Inmates has Merit, The Daily Gazette, Sara Foss, March 6, 2014.

“Richard Smith’s business card informs recipients that he’s a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. 

What it doesn’t say is that Smith, 38, spent nine years in prison in Massachusetts. 

When he began his sentence at 21, he was a dropout with poor reading skills and an eighth-grade education. But he earned his GED while incarcerated, which enabled him to take correspondence courses through Ohio University. He was later accepted into a prison education program run by Boston University, where he eventually received a bachelor’s degree. 

”That experience was transformative,” Smith said.”  Click Here to read full article.

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Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

Posted on Mar 10 , 2014 in News

Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up, The New York Times, Erica Goode, March 9, 2014.

Excerpt: “In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population. ” Click here for full article.

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Supreme Court ruling expands police authority in home searches

Posted on Mar 03 , 2014 in News

Supreme Court ruling expands police authority in home searchesLA Times, David Savage, February 25, 2014.

Excerpt: “Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case.” Click here for full article.

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Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

Posted on Mar 03 , 2014 in News

Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons, C-Span, Charles Samuels

Description: “Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels testified at a hearing on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. The U.S. now holds more prisoners in isolation than any other democratic nation. Other witnesses included federal and state prison officials.” Click here to watch.