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Prison Reform Gains More Attention With Visit by Obama

Prison Reform Gains More Attention With Visit by Obama

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Peering from the back seat of his armored black limousine, President Barack Obama rode into a razor wire-surrounded federal prison Thursday and said he met young inmates “who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made.” Obama came to the medium-security El Reno Federal Correctional Institution near [...]
Obama: Shorter Sentences Are Needed for the NonviolentWASHINGTON (AP) — Calling it an issue America can’t afford to ignore, President Barack Obama on Thursday laid out an expansive vision for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks. He announced a federal review of the use of solitary confinement and urged Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by [...]
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NYC Launches Jail Reform With No Bail for Many SuspectsNEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of New Yorkers accused of low-level or non-violent crimes won’t face the prospect of raising cash for bail under a plan that seeks to keep such suspects out of the troubled Rikers Island jail complex. The $18 million city plan, detailed to The Associated Press on July 8, allows judges [...]
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Missouri Limits Cities’ Ability to Profit From Tickets, FinesST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday limiting cities’ ability to profit from traffic tickets and court fines — the first significant step taken by state lawmakers to address concerns raised after the police shooting of a Black, unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson nearly a year ago. Nixon announced the bill in an [...]
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The Movement to End Caging Kids in Prisons GrowsFor 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 [...]
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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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