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The Movement to End Caging Kids in Prisons Grows

The Movement to End Caging Kids in Prisons Grows

For years, researchers have documented the devastating impact solitary confinement has on the developing mind. More than half of suicides in juvenile facilities occur in solitary confinement, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Paradoxically, many institutions use solitary confinement as a responseto expressions of suicidal feelings). But even as study after study has revealed [...]
In light of Proposition 47, $500M for Jails is QuestionedSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians voted last fall to reduce penalties for certain crimes, a decision that abruptly lowered jail populations and promised more money for jail alternative programs starting next year. But the state is now poised to spend $500 million for new county jail construction this year, on top of $2 billion spent [...]
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Racial Profiling Bill in Calif. Requires More Police Data  Civil rights advocates concerned about racial profiling by police officers and sheriff deputies in California will be watching the state Legislature in Sacramento this week, as lawmakers in the Assembly are expected to vote on a bill that will require the collection of specific data about stops, searches and frisks. The state Assembly Appropriations [...]
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Alabamians Celebrate a Win for People Leaving PrisonTucked away in the new prison reform law that Gov. Robert Bentley signed last week on May 21 is a big win for second chances in Alabama: an end to the state’s lifetime eligibility bans for SNAP and TANF assistance for people with a past felony drug conviction. It’s a win on an issue that has [...]
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Jail Reform Receives $75M From MacArthur Foundation  NEW YORK (AP) — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.  The grants are the first step in the Chicago-based charitable group’s plan to spend $75 million over the next [...]
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Military Equipment for Police Is Restricted by ObamaCAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice. Grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft [...]
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Punting on Alabama Prison Reform Will Have CostsSpring cleaning sometimes turns up surprises. While reorganizing my desk recently, I found a 25-year-old report on one of today’s hottest policy topics: reform of Alabama’s overcrowded prison system. Sadly, many of its recommendations are still applicable today. Stuffed amid other documents, the 1990 report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) boasted [...]
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People Tortured by Chicago Police to Receive ReparationsCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s leaders took a step Wednesday typically reserved for nations trying to make amends for slavery or genocide, agreeing to pay $5.5 million in reparations to the mostly African-American victims of the city’s notorious police torture scandal and to teach schoolchildren about one of the most shameful chapters of Chicago’s history. Chicago has [...]
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‘Decarceration’ Is Focus of National Meeting in Florida  Grassroots advocates from communities of color and immigration groups met this week in Florida for a national gathering to examine private prisons, mass incarceration and the “criminalization” of people.  Their overall goal: To build a national coalition to strengthen neighborhoods and keep residents, especially people of color and immigrants, out of the criminal justice [...]
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It’s Time to Stop Mass IncarcerationIn March, the Justice Department released a shocking report about the Ferguson Police Department and criminal justice system. The report found repeated violations of constitutional rights, including stopping and handcuffing people without probable cause, using stun guns without provocation, frequent racial slurs and a court system that disproportionately imposes fees, fines and imprisonment for debt on people [...]
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