A Bureau of Justice Statistics report presents a picture of an American prison system marred by recidivism. Nearly half of prisoners released in 2012, for instance, returned to prison within five years for a parole or probation violation or a new sentence.
Amid rows of snap peas and summer squash, incarcerated gardeners in Oregon cultivate job skills, inner peace―and fresh produce for the prison cafeteria―in Lettuce Grow, a program that now serves 200 individuals a year.
According to the latest report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics on tribal jail populations, some 69 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) released from state prisons in 2012 across 34 states, were re-arrested within three years, and 79 percent were arrested within five years.
An undercover FBI operation to thwart a murder reveals that an unknown number of Ku Klux Klan members were working inside the Florida Department of Corrections, with significant power over inmates, Black and white.
The pandemic shut down prison visiting rooms across the country, robbing inmates of the few hours of “PG-13 intimacy” that kept family relationships alive, and forcing many of them to communicate with video calls. Some families fear that it may become the new normal.
According to a new United Kingdom report by three justice inspectors, researchers identified “serious gaps in support” in the ways which the system treats neurodivergent individuals, such as those with autism and learning difficulties.