Author Archives: Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla

Private Prison Companies Secure Millions in Tax Breaks

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Private prisons and corrections-based organizations are securing millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to Mike Ludwig, reporter for Truthout. The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group, two of the largest private prison organizations, had their federal financial filings analyzed by Enlace, an economic justice group. The findings rendered […]

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Report: California Youth Arrest Rate Drops

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of arrests of young California children in the past 30 years, a research report by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports. The arrest rate for children under age 12 dropped by 92 percent. “This trend has significant long-term consequences, as those […]

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Voting Rights a Major Issue For Upcoming Election

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer Voting rights in 2016 will once again become a major issue among eligible voters in 16 states as laws are passed to make voting more difficult. An interview conducted by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, with Ari Berman, a journalist for The Nation, revealed the year 2016 will […]

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Leaders Address Public Safety on Capitol Hill

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer Leaders from three states traveled to Capitol Hill in June to tout the positive effects of their recent sentencing and corrections reforms for a summit on public safety attended by members of Congress who are considering reforming the federal system. Nearly half of U.S. states have enacted reforms since […]

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Obama Focuses on Denouncing Mass Incarceration

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer President Barack Obama made an open declaration denouncing mass incarceration, and took action by commuting the sentence of 46 non-violent drug offenders, wrote Andrea Roth. However, Roth’s column, featured in the Los Angeles Times, made clear that the White House and reformers cannot reach a significant reduction in the […]

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Prisiones Privadas Detienen a Menores

Por Thompson-Bonilla Escritor del Gremio Periodístico Niños inmigrantes acompañados de sus madres al cruzar la frontera de México-Estados Unidos son detenidos en facilidades privadas sin licencia, violando un acuerdo impuesto por las cortes federales hace 18 años. Reporto The Associated Press. La Juez Dolly Gee del U.S. District, emitió una resolución manteniendo un acuerdo provisional […]

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New L.A. Project Targets Recidivism Rate

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer A conglomerate in Los Angeles is embarking upon a project that will focus solely on reducing the recidivism rate. The conglomerate includes private foundations, city and county organizations, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and others. State Attorney General Kamala Harris attended a meeting at the Pitchess Detention Facility to […]

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Dealing With the Rising Call for More Expensive Kosher and Halal Meals

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer Nutritional care in the departments of corrections nationwide varies from state to state. However, one issue all states consistently struggle with is the cost of halal and kosher meals. Before halal, which are Muslim meals, and kosher, which are Jewish meals, became standard in the corrections industry, many grievances […]

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Wrongfully Convicted Man Now Sits on Board of Paroles and Pardons

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer A man who spent 21 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit is now sitting on the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles. DNA testing exonerated him and identified the actual perpetrator. Kenneth F. Ireland was convicted of the savage rape and murder of […]

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Immigrants Settle Across America

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Foreign-born immigrants are fi nding non-traditional territories to settle in, which is helping to stabilize the population in middle America, where the population of native-born Americans is in decline, a Pew study concludes. The median age in the United States is rising with Americans living longer and having fewer children than in […]

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