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Reading Improves Inmates’ Lives While Tackling School-to-Prison Pipeline

Nonprofit groups around the country are offering reading programs with the goal of increasing prison literacy rates to reduce recidivism among inmates. Also, these prison programs seek to create opportunities for incarcerated parents to read and spend time with their children. They hope this will make a positive impact on the school-to-prison pipeline. Can Programs Read More…

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Staying Connected Via Internet Behind Bars: A Youngster’s Perspective

When was the last time you completely disconnected from the internet? In a digital, socially connected, and global world, the thought of cutting oneself off from the net can be both a social and logistical nightmare. Sure, sometimes it might be nice to step away from all the noise pollution. Detoxing from all the status Read More…

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Cleveland Prison Inmates Relocated as Reconciliation Begins

Since Monday 19th of March, inmates are being transferred the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center from Cleveland’s House of Correction in a deal aimed at regionalizing jails within the county. Cleveland’s city jail officials have announced that they will no longer be taking in new inmates as this move will allow the city as well as Read More…

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Michigan Prison Inmate to Pay for Incarceration Costs after Publishing $150,000 Book Deal

The Michigan Department of Treasury is raking up a debt profile of over $372,000 on a prison inmate who just published a book. Curtis Dawkins, serving a life sentence for robbery and murder earned $150,000 advance payment for publishing a book from prison. Now the Michigan government is dusting up their law books and demanding Read More…

Mass incarceration leads to overcrowding and deplorable conditions in prisons and jails.
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Decarcerating America: New Book Offers 3 Tiers of Health Solutions to Mass Incarceration

A new book titled Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health written by epidemiologist Ernest Drucker goes on sale on February 20. This book examines the problems of mass incarceration in America and proffers three tiers of solutions to curbing the phenomenon. It addresses this problem from a public health perspective. Author of A Plague of Read More…

Books are effective ways to support people in prisons, and help them stay sane.
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NY Governor Suspends Policy Eliminating Book Deliveries to Prison Inmates

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suspended the new policy eliminating prison package delivery. The recent policy was set forward by the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. About the NYS Prison Book Delivery Ban The new bans disallows the deliveries of the following items to New York state prisons, unless they come from approved Read More…

Going to prison does not make you less of a person. But it does make it systematically, intentionally, institutionally much harder to be treated like one.
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New Jersey Prisons Lift Ban on “The New Jim Crow” Book For Inmates

The ban earlier placed on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness has been lifted in New Jersey. This was in response to pressures mounted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The book is a New York Times bestseller that focuses on the problems of mass incarceration.   Read More…

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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 Read More…