A poignant essay by a father in San Quentin prison begins The Crime Report’s second installment of prison letters, rap verses and essays in honor of Father’s Day. The material was provided by The Beat Within, a San Francisco-based prison writing workshop.
Prison-based higher education programs can transform the incarcerated, and they’re a cost-effective investment in public safety. But a Washington State inmate cautions they should only be offered to individuals who will really use them.
The growth in U.S. prison populations is expected to be a boon to private prison companies, which are stepping up lobbying efforts for housing thousands of new inmates and immigrant detainees, reports the Wall Street Journal. About 19 percent of federal inmates are in private prisons or re-entry centers.
Diversion programs for low-level offenders are expanding, but one company that runs them, CorrectiveSolutions, did not follow best practices, finds Reveal, from The Center For Investigative Reporting. Promised services didn’t always materialize and the company didn’t track recidivism.
Does shrinking the size of prison populations save taxpayers money? Not always, says a study released May 23 by the Vera Institute of Justice. The study found that 25 states increased their spending on prisons even though the nation’s overall prison population has declined.
Barack Obama inaugurated it last April to mark the emerging bipartisan consensus that the incarcerated deserve a “second chance.” But our investigation suggests that hardliners in the Trump administration have shrugged it off.
A new analysis by The Sentencing Project finds a record number of lifers in U.S. prisons. The author, who has been tracking sentencing trends for a decade, tells TCR’s David J. Krajicek, “As a society, we cannot challenge mass incarceration without including reforms to sentences on the deep end of the punishment spectrum.”
A six-year study of Florida prisons finds that age and gender are more significant than race in determining which inmates receive the harshest punishment that authorities can mete out for violating the rules.
The new study released today by the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice also says the average length of stay for pretrial detainees has increased from 40 to 55 days between 2000 and 2015— even as the number of detentions has dropped.