Inmates in a CDCR Sensitive Needs Housing Unit
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CDCR Sensitive Needs Yards Being Phased Out. Will Violence Increase?

CDCR is integrating all inmate populations and phasing out ‘sensitive needs’ yards for inmates such as rapists, informants and former gang members. Prison loved ones say integration will increase violence. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) plans on phasing out sensitive needs yards and programs to place greater focus on co-existing rehabilitation. Many Read More…

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The True Facts About Mental Illness Behind Bars & Mass Incarceration

When prisons can’t address mental illnesses properly for inmates, it becomes a larger issue of cruel and unusual punishment leading to mass incarceration. 1.2 million individuals are in jails and prisons each year. Between 300,000 and 400,000 are incarcerated on any given day. These are overwhelming figures for those individuals living with mental illness in Read More…

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Does the BOP’s New Prison Policy Endanger Transgender Inmates?

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has been warned that its new policy of housing transgender inmates with other prisoners will be counter-productive and dangerous. A coalition of more than 100 civil rights organizations has written to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) asking it to reverse a new prison policy that could put transgender Read More…

Offender Monnek Hall, left, spends time with her daughter Ayona Hall, age 13..
Latest News Parenting from Behind Bars Women's Prisons

As Women Inmate Population Increases, So Do the Problems on the Inside

The population of women behind bars increases for their non-violent offenses. With 80% of them mothers, there is little support for their kids and families. It’s no secret the United States has a problem with mass incarceration. While we account for only 4.4% of the world’s population, our prison population makes up 23% of the Read More…

A group of mothers in prison with their infant children.
Latest News Parenting from Behind Bars Women's Prisons

Babies Behind Bars: The Positive Results of Prison Nurseries

Due to prison populations of women increasing, programs are starting to be created for mothers and their babies. Prisons with nurseries are one solution. Raising a child is one of the most rewarding yet challenging things a person can experience. It becomes even more of a challenge doing it alone…while in prison. That is exactly Read More…

Muslims on Ramadan praying before they enjoy a meal with each other.
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Judge Orders Fasting Inmates in Washington Be Given Ramadan Meals

A federal court judge has ordered the Washington Department of Corrections to provide adequate Ramadan meals to incarcerated Muslims during their fasting. US District Judge Ronald Leighton has responded to a lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The lawsuit, filed on behalf of four inmates at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, Read More…

Kim Kardashian stood strong in her quest to have President Trump release Alice Johnson from federal prison.
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Prison Reform News: Kim Kardashian Successfully Lobbies For Freedom for Alice Johnson

Kim Kardashian met with President Trump to discuss prison reform and the release of Alice Marie Johnson. Just a week later, Trump ordered Johnson’s release. Not everyone is a fan of Kim Kardashian. In fact, the reality TV star is not in everyone’s good graces. But sentiments aside, Kim should be credited when she does Read More…

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FIRST STEP Act: The Right Step Toward Prison Reform?

The Prison Reform and Redemption Act has been renamed the First Step Act. This act is a ‘step’ in the right direction and supported by many conservative groups. Federal sentencing laws are still unaffected by the act and are the real issue. Advocacy group and loved ones say they are in need of serious reform. Read More…

Rikers Island inmate Hilda Castenda hugs her prison kids during visit at Children's Museum.
Latest News Parenting from Behind Bars

Rikers Island’s Women Inmates Bond with Their Prison Kids at Children’s Museum

Women incarcerated at Rikers Island will be using art to bond with their children at the Children’s Museum in Manhattan, NY. This was revealed by Mayoral First Lady Chirlane McCray. The plan is essentially a pilot program between the museum and the NYDOC, with the goal of helping women inmates connect with their children. The NYC Read More…

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Are Private Prisons Responsible for Creating Mass Incarceration in America?

In the justice system today, private prisons are one of the most controversial areas talked about today. Privately owned prisons seemed to have no future when the Obama Administration asked the Bureau of Prisons not to rely on them. Luckily for the private investors, the Trump Administration has found a way to increase incarcerations, making it a Read More…