justice

The World’s Top Jailers: 24 U.S. States

In its 2021 survey of global incarceration, the Prison Policy Initiative found that the only countries approaching the incarceration rate and ‘violent crime’ rates of individual U.S. states are El Salvador, Panama, Peru, and Turkey.

50 Years Since Attica, Has Anything Changed?

In recent months, prison uprisings in California, Missouri and Indiana have drawn attention to the medical neglect, abusive guards and prolonged isolation that pervades prisons — 50 years after 1,300 men imprisoned in the Attica Correctional Facility came together to demand better conditions.

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COVID Mitigation Efforts in State Prisons Called ‘Shameful Failure’

The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) assigned grades to state prison systems that designated their effectiveness in mitigating COVID-19. The results indicate that no state received higher than a “C” — a disturbing conclusion that reflects the reality in prisons, where unsanitary conditions and tightly packed quarters allowed the virus to take hold.