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Prison Played No Role in U.S. Crime Drop, Researchers Say

Prison Played No Role in U.S. Crime Drop, Researchers Say

  Crime has declined, big-time. The violent crime rate in America is about half of what it was at its height in 1991. Property crime is down by 43 percent.  Everyone agrees that when crime goes down, it’s a good thing. But why crime has declined has been the subject of much debate. By reviewing [...]
Efforts to Reduce Prison Population Receive $75 MillionNEW YORK (AP) — To reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced it plans to give $75 million to local jail officials working on ways to remove nonviolent offenders, people too poor to afford bail and the mentally ill from [...]
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Is the Ferguson Jail Actually a Debtors’ Prison for the Poor?ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal lawsuits allege that jails in the St. Louis County towns of Ferguson and Jennings operate essentially as modern-day debtors’ prisons, where minor traffic offenses can lead to extended periods behind bars. Two lawsuits were filed Sunday on behalf of people who have spent time in jail for failure to pay [...]
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Texas ‘Overuses’ Solitary Confinement, Legal Groups Say  Solitary confinement exacts a high price on the mental health of Texas prisoners and costs the state’s taxpayers big bucks, according to a new report by the Texas Civil Rights Project and ACLU of Texas.  The Texas prison system uses solitary confinement, which is when prisoners are isolated from all other humans almost around [...]
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Latino Men Sue Chicago Police, Charging Racial Profiling  Imagine if Chicago residents Kevin Tapia and Felipe Hernandez get their day in court, following their lawsuit filed Tuesday against the city and police department. At some point, the key questions for the officers who frisked and arrested them - and searched their belongings – on March 25, 2014 would likely center on this: Why [...]
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Q&A: On Marissa Alexander’s Release and Race and GenderWhen news broke on Jan. 27 that Marissa Alexander, the Black mom who supporters say was unjustly imprisoned for defending herself from abuse, had been released, there was elation among grassroots advocates but to an extent. Since her release, the Florida resident has talked about the joy of being reunited with her children. In 2010, [...]
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New York City Jail Guards set Use of Force Record in 2014NEW YORK (AP) — New York City jail guards reported more use of force against inmates in 2014 than ever before — an average of 11 incidents a day ranging from pepper sprayings to punches — amid heightened scrutiny from federal prosecutors to clean up what they call a “deep-seated culture of violence.” Figures obtained Wednesday [...]
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Working to End Police Violence and Mass IncarcerationLike many cities across the country, San Jose starts 2015 on the heels of a march and rally that echoed the national call for police accountability. We belted chants and held up signs with the names of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. But calling this event an act of solidarity is not quite accurate. Rather, [...]
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Why are Loved Ones Treated as Subhuman at Prisons?Amy, a 65-year old retired architectural designer from Santa Barbara, is brought to tears as she describes one of the more than 50 visits she has made to a California state prison to see her incarcerated son. Cars filled with families — mostly women and children — had started lining up as early as 1 [...]
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Police Change Policies After Brown and Garner ProtestsCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With tensions running high over the killings of Blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is [...]
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