Week ending Sept. 6, 2015


New Haven’s prison re-entry program taking shape to cut recidivism by Esteban L. Hernandez, New Haven Register

“City officials are now working with local organizations and the state Department of Correction to create a formal agreement for a prison reentry proposal introduced earlier this year. ”


South Carolina’s prison-labor programs remain a debated issue by Tim Smith, Greenville Online

“When state Rep. Joe Neal, a Richland County Democrat, stood on the steps of the Statehouse last month and described inmate work programs in the state as “slavery,” he was repeating a charge made for years by black leaders, not only in South Carolina but across the nation.”

Prison Officials: State Cuts Undermine Safety by Allen Carter, WKRG.com (Alabama)

“News 5 got a rare look inside a state prison Monday. Officials hosted a tour of Holman Prison in Atmore. The maximum security prison houses 996 inmates, but was designed to hold 637. It’s the only one in the state that performs executions.”

Kate’s Law and the Problem with Mandatory-Sentencing Legislation by Matt Ford, The Atlantic

“Criminal-justice reform is one of the few bipartisan issues gaining traction in Congress right now. Politicians from the left, the right, and the center now recognize the need to reduce the United States’ unprecedented prison population. But an immigration bill under debate in Congress shows that the impulses that created mass incarceration still run strong in American politics.”

Notorious Cocaine Dealers’ Release Requests Test New Sentencing Guidelines by Carrie Johnson, NPR

“A longtime federal judge struggled Monday over what constitutes justice for members of one of Washington, D.C.’s most notorious drug rings.”

Free Online Course Connects Ex-Inmates With The Job Skills They Need by Joseph Erbentraut, The Huffington Post

“Imagine this scenario: Instead of a judge sentencing an offender to hundreds of hours of community service while behind bars, they are sentenced to hundreds of hours of educational courses — and those courses are offered for free.”

Man Who Got Life for Marijuana Charge Goes Free in Missouri by Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press in ABC News

“A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades — a period in which the nation’s attitudes toward pot steadily softened.”


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