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Prison Reforms Re-Entry Programs & Jobs

Eco-Friendly Clothing Line Raises Funds Towards Prison Reform

Grant Blvd is sewing and selling women’s clothing to do their part to support prison reform. The gear, made from natural materials, supports prison inmates through book donations to Books Through Bars. In its own way, Grant Blvd (a nonprofit) is fighting for prison reform. It does this by sewing trendy clothes using environmentally-friendly materials. Read More…

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Prison Visits & Issues Recidivism in the US

The Effects of Prison Visitation on Offender Recidivism in the US

Visitations for inmates heavily impact their integration back into society upon release and whether they will re-offend and add to recidivism rates. Many families are too far to visit or inmates lack the necessary support system while incarcerated. Until the system changes, inmates don’t have the tools to live a crime-free life upon release. Dealing Read More…

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After Release Programs Recidivism in the US

Probation & Parole: The Fix for a Costly Justice System?

In a political climate of tight budgets and steadily climbing costs, attention has turned to the prison system as an easy way to cut expenditures. This only makes sense, as according to one estimate by the Vera Institute of Justice in 2010, the average inmate cost was $87 a day back then. Many think parole and probation are Read More…

Mass incarceration leads to overcrowding and deplorable conditions in prisons and jails.
Mass Incarceration Prison & Prisoner Books

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…

Mass incarceration leads to overcrowding and deplorable conditions in prisons and jails.
After Release Programs Prison System Issues

New Statistics on the Decline of Mass Incarceration in the US

Reports show that high rates of incarceration do not help reduce crime. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, mass incarceration rates are down in the U.S. The increase in the incarcerated population in the United States has been a constant. With an increase that started four decades ago, it became a problem. Statistics on Mass Read More…

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After Release Programs Recidivism in the US

Trump Develops ‘Bully Pulpit’ to Support After-Release Services to Fight Recidivism

Often, people leaving prisons after they’re released find life too difficult. This causes them to go back to their crime life and be arrested again (recidivism). Trump claims his Bully Pulpit will fix that. Donald Trump’s White House Deploys ‘Bully Pulpit’ President Trump deployed a bully pulpit which will help in turning released prisoners’ lives around. To Read More…

Electronic monitoring may actually help reduce recidivism in the US.
Mass Incarceration Prison System Issues Recidivism in the US

Report: GPS Monitoring Reduces Incarceration & Recidivism in the US

A professor emeritus of criminal justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice – Cuny, Barry Latzer, has proven the case for electronic monitoring for released criminals. Professor Latzer says electronically tagging paroled offenders and those on probation is essential for lower recidivism and public safety. He based his insights on the fact that Read More…

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Keeping in Touch Prison Phone Calls Prison Visits & Issues

Wicked Practices: Replacing Prison Visits with Expensive Video Conferencing

It’s unbearable when your loved one is thrown into prison for a minor infraction. But, it’s just evil when the institution bars you from visiting them. Many prison video conferencing companies charge exorbitant fees to allow you speak to inmates via video screens. It’s is even more wicked when the prison facility forces you to Read More…

Former inmate Terrance Coffie went on to obtain a Master's degree from NYU.
After Release Programs Recidivism in the US

Former Inmate Reveals: Walking Out of a Jail Cell Doesn’t Make a Prisoner Free

Former inmate Terrance Coffie has revealed that walking out of a jail cell is not the same as being completely free. The challenges that many released inmates face out in the streets alone make the security of jail cells more desirable than walking the streets free for some. Any slip or unintended violation can land Read More…