Inmates in the Philadelphia prison system participate in the Philacorp furniture making program.
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New Philadelphia DA Pledges to Trade Incarceration for Education

Larry Krasner has been sworn in as the new district attorney for Philadelphia. In a moving speech during his swearing-in, Krasner vowed to overhaul Philly’s criminal justice system and reduce incarceration in the city. Krasner said he is poised to transform social and legal imbalances in Philadelphia. He tagged himself a “technician” for structural transformation. […]

"Roberto" was confined to a padded cell after telling his mother he was suicidal. It was his fourth stint at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School.
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Connecticut Divided Over Proposed Closure of State’s Male Juvenile Prison

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced plans to close down the Connecticut Juvenile Training School by July 2018. Now, stakeholders are divided over the proposal. The correctional facility is the only juvenile prison for young male offenders in the state. If the closure goes through by July, the 39 kids incarcerated at the facility will […]

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Long-Term Solitary Confinement Is Now History in Colorado Prisons

Long-term solitary confinement is now a thing of the past in Colorado prisons. Such changes in cruel and unusual punishment practices are long overdue. Colorado Still Uses Short-Term Solitary Confinement This was revealed by officials of the Colorado Department of Corrections following a five-year effort for change. Rick Raemisch, executive director of the state’s department of […]

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Michigan Prisons New Mail Policy Helps Billionaires & Milks Prison Loved Ones

New mail policy has been instituted by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). Inmates may no longer receive mail via USPS. Yes, you read that right! Officials claim it will curtail the flow of contraband into the Michigan prisons. This includes such substances as suboxone and fentanyl within the facilities. Well, this is all false because […]

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California’s Private Immigration Prisons Become Subject to Public Records Act

On January 1, the California Public Records Act went into effect. It holds private immigration detention facilities accountable through open records laws. This also put a freeze on the expansion of the state’s private prison facilities for immigration detainees.     Private Immigration Prisons Under Fire California is the first state in the country to apply open documentation […]

Former Famous Prisoner & Prison Reform Advocate Bobby Battle Back in 1985
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Bobby Battle: Activist Whose Lawsuit Reformed Oklahoma Prisons Dies At 80

Famous prison activist Bobby Battle, whose 30-year-old lawsuit brought prison reforms to the State of Oklahoma, is dead. The prison lawyer died on December 25 at the age of 80. Many Oklahomans are grateful to Battle for his activism which led to desegregation in Oklahoma prisons. The 1970s: Desegregating Oklahoma’s State Prisons Bobby Battle Led […]