Prison

  • U.S. Jails Crowded with People Not Convicted, but Awaiting Trial

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Across America, the population in local and regional jails has tripled in the last 40 years. And new research suggests that over the last 20 years that growth is essentially made up of people who haven’t been convicted of anything. The Prison Policy Initiative examined U.S. Justice Department...
  • Las cárceles de EE. UU. Están llenas de personas no condenadas, pero en espera de juicio

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – En toda América, la población en las cárceles locales y regionales se ha triplicado en los últimos 40 años. Y una nueva investigación sugiere que, en los últimos 20 años, el crecimiento se compone esencialmente de personas que no han sido condenadas por nada. La Iniciativa...
  • Teachers Praise CA Pension Fund Divestment from Private Prisons

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Teachers’ groups are praising a decision by their pension fund to eliminate its stock holdings in private prison companies. The California State Teachers Retirement System announced on Thursday that it will divest completely from investments in private prison companies within six...
  • County Launches Campaign to Inform Detainees of Free Alternatives to Paying Bail

    Santa Clara County’s “No Cost Release” campaign is part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge   SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.— The County of Santa Clara will launch its multi-lingual “No Cost Release” media campaign, informing individuals detained in jail and awaiting trial of their free alternatives to paying...
  • University of Utah Brings Higher Ed to Prisons

    Eric Galatas Public News Service SALT LAKE CITY — A new program spearheaded by the University of Utah is reviving higher education classes for incarcerated people at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper, after a ten-year hiatus. Erin Castro, an assistant professor at the University, is the driving...
  • California Making Strides in Youth Prison

    Mary Kuhlman California News Service   SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California stands out for its work in turning young lives around, according to a new report on youth prisons. The Annie E. Casey Foundation research pulls together evidence of the ineffectiveness of youth correctional facilities, showing they are expensive and...
  • Mass Incarceration

    Suzanne Potter / California News Service SAN FRANCISCO – Five percent of children in the Golden State have a parent who is or has been incarcerated, that’s more than a half-million kids, according to a new report. Researchers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that nationally, more than 5...
  • Lawsuit Seeks Counsel for Youth Sentenced to Life in Prison

    Suzanne Potter/ California News Service SAN FRANCISCO – The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court in San Francisco Monday with far-reaching consequences for the 255 people sentenced to die in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. The suit seeks a re-sentencing hearing for Leif...
  • Life Sentences for Juveniles Must Be Reviewed

    About 2,000 people sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as children may not have to spend the rest of their lives in prison, thanks to a decision on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, the high court banned mandatory life sentences without parole for...

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