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A New Focus Can End Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

A New Focus Can End Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

In June, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said that the “challenges in terms of people being incarcerated for relatively low offenses is not a significant issue in the state of Wisconsin.” I respectfully disagree. Wisconsin state Department of Corrections (DOC) data demonstrate that imprisoning individuals for relatively low offenses is a serious problem. A recent DOC report [...]
Michigan Considers Paying Wrongly-Convicted InmatesLANSING, Mich. (AP) — One newly exonerated inmate walks free every couple of months in Michigan, which has released more innocent prisoners than all but four states. Julie Baumer was one of them, missing four years of family life and career advancement due to a child abuse conviction after her nephew’s head injuries were mistakenly [...]
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Right to Vote Restored for Thousands of People in Calif.  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections.  Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which [...]
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Tuition Help Will Be Made Available to Some PrisonersWASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.  The aid would come in the form of Pell grants, which are for low-income people and do not have to be repaid. The Education Department confirmed on July 28 that it would [...]
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Prison Reform Gains More Attention With Visit by ObamaEL 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 [...]
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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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