Author Archives: Lee Jaspar

S.F. work group seeks alternatives to building a big new city jail

By Lee Jaspar The No New SF Jail Coalition (NNSFJC) is seeking alternatives to the construction of a new jail in San Francisco. In an effort to reduce the city’s jail population, the board of supervisors created the Work Group to Re-envision the Jail Replacement Project. The work group includes supervisors London Breed and Jane […]

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Low-Income Households Have Higher Rate of Victimization

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer Poor people have a higher rate of victimization not causing death, according to a federal report. “Persons living in poor households at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) had more than doubled the rate of violent victimization as persons in high-income households. Persons in poor households consistently had […]

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Attitudes Change About Restricted Housing

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer Attitudes about the treatment of inmates in America are shifting away from the use of “The Hole,” according to the Editorial Board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Punishment that consists of endless isolation is barbaric,” say activists and legal scholars working to end solitary confinement. Growing numbers of mental health […]

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U.S. Citizens Barred From Voting

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer The largest single group of American citizens who are barred by law from participating in elections are those with felony convictions, according to the American Journal of Sociology (AJS). Punishment for felony level crimes in the United States generally carries collateral consequences, including temporary or permanent voting restrictions. Voting […]

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Notre Dame Lecturer Speaks on the Effect Of Mass Incarceration

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer More than 2 million people are locked up in seriously flawed American prisons that need extensive reforms, says lecturer Martin F. Horn. “The consequence of imprisonment goes well beyond the walls of the prison. They affect the children, families and neighborhoods in which the imprisoned live and the political and […]

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Presos a Traves de los Estados Unidos Envejeciendo

Por Lee Jaspar Escritor del Gremio Periodístico Presos están envejeciendo a través de todos los Estados Unidos, de acuerdo a Jacob Gershman en su bloque de leyes Wall Street Journal. “Prisioneros de 50 años de edad y mayores representa la población que aumenta mas rápido en las prisiones federales y estatales,” escribió Gershman. Presos avanzados […]

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Prison HIV/AIDS Deaths Declined From 2001 to 2010

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer Deaths of prison inmates from HIV/AIDS have declined steadily from 2001 to 2010, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice. The report said that between 2001 and 2010, “the estimated number of inmates with HIV/AIDS declined by 16 percent, and the number of AIDS-related deaths […]

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L.A. Mental Health Strategy Looks to Lower Jail Population

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer The national movement toward alternatives to jail programs for people with mental illness was implemented late last year in Los Angeles County. The pilot program could dramatically change the landscape of the local justice and jail systems, said Karen Tamis of the Vera Institute of Justice, in a Los […]

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How Minority Police Officers Deal With Racism

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer Minority police officers say they are as upset about racism as anyone, and they struggle to change the culture in their communities. “Racism is alive and well in this country,” Sgt. Yulanda Williams, a 25-year Black police veteran in San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I certainly understand […]

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Prison Finds New Revenue Stream in JPay

By Lee Jaspar Journalism Guild Writer The American prison industry has found a huge new revenue stream in JPay as prison bankers cash in on captive customers. For 12 years, JPay Inc. has taken over much of the market for sending money to prisoners. It is now the only option for 450,000 inmates according to […]

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