While research has shown that family visits to incarcerated individuals can reduce recidivism, a recent study in the Criminal Justice and Behavior journal suggests that the quality of inmates’ relationships with their mothers is one of the best predictors of whether they will re-offend.
Thousands of California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole under the state’s decision to let stand a judge’s ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law, The change results from the 2016 Proposition 57, which was designed to reduce the prison population.
The standard PR “spin” from prison authorities around the U.S. blames ingenious schemes by prisoners for drug smuggling into facilities, but recent arrests of guards in Georgia offer a clue to where the biggest problem lies, writes a former inmate.
Marijuana testing for individuals on probation and parole serves “little public safety purpose” and should be stopped—even in states where pot has still not been legalized, five former New York City probation commissioners said Tuesday in testimony to the New York State Assembly.
Jennifer Addison died of a bacterial infection that was not treated. Inmate lawyers say the Virginia prison system isn’t meeting medical needs. The state says many inmates get their first regular health care in prison.
Lawyers for California corrections officials are balking at the release of a secret report prepared by the prison system’s top psychiatrist that accuses the state of providing misleading and inaccurate information to a federal judge and attorneys for more than 30,000 inmates.
“Extralegal violence” against inmates has diminished as prisoners gained standing under U.S. law, but courts, lawmakers and prison administrators have carefully limited civil rights of the incarcerated—ushering in what some advocates call the modern era of hygienic, systematized and lawful cruelty, says a TCR op ed writer.
Most common alternatives to incarceration are failing women and rural communities as they traditionally focus on men and nonrural jurisdictions, but a case study by the Urban Institute examines innovative approaches to meeting the need.