Author Archives: Tommy Bryant

‘Poor Healthcare’ At Private Prisons

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer Problems in healthcare persist at the private prisons in California paid to house the state’s overflow population. According to medical receiver Clark Kelso, “Little progress has been made in resolving, much less improving,” medical care at seven private prisons housing 4,200 inmates. Kelso’s statement appeared in a report sent […]

Read More

Death Penalty Support Continues to Decrease

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer America’s support for the death penalty dropped significantly in the last 20 years, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Capital punishment support dipped from 80 percent in 1994 to 61 percent this year, the poll reported on Oct. 15. Part of the reason is juries are less likely to […]

Read More

New Bill Tackles ‘Grotesquely Long Sentences’

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer Congress is working on what supporters call a long-overdue reform bill for federal prison sentencing. “Federal prisons are filled beyond capacity with people serving grotesquely long sentences,” Antonio Ginatta, US advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said in a news release. To counter effects of the “tough on crime” […]

Read More

35 States Aim for Justice Policy Based on Results, Not ‘Toughness’

By Tommy Bryant Thirty-five states are working to implement a new strategy called Justice Reinvestment expected to reduce crime and incarceration and save money. “This is a new way of doing business,” explained Adam Gelb of the Pew Charitable Trust’s Public Safety Performance Project. STRATEGY The strategy was the focus of a 35-state conference in […]

Read More

Prop. 47 Gave Juveniles Same Sentence Reduction as Adults

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer Juveniles have the same right to reduced sentences as adults under Proposition 47, a three-judge state court has ruled. The ruling came in the case of a 15-year-old identified only as Alejandro who was given a felony sentence of three years in juvenile custody for trying to steal a […]

Read More

Report Highlights Congress Push for Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer A bipartisan push for criminal justice reform is echoing through the halls of Congress. Democrats and Republicans are realizing that drug rehabilitation programs could have avoided ballooning costs and saved many lives ruined by lengthy prison terms, The New York Times reports. Nearly one in three Americans have an […]

Read More

Aiming to Eliminate 12 Million Yearly Jail Admissions

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer America’s jail system is seriously flawed and a nonprofit foundation is investing $75 million to help finance changes. Three-fifths of the nation’s jail inmates are pre-trial defendants who are presumed innocent, commented Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute. Releases with no money paid based on promise to return […]

Read More

Ward Allen Focuses on Jobs for Ex-Inmates

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer For 17 years, Ward Allen has been helping transform the lives of former male and female prisoners, helping them get job skills and jobs. “The slight, 76-year-old… happily surrounds himself with brawny ex-offenders, erstwhile thieves accustomed to not being trusted, convicted murderers who served their time but can’t find a […]

Read More

Family Violence Triggers the Need for Intervention

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer The increase in family violence sparks a need for intervention. Family violence is increasingly prevalent, affecting high numbers of children, as well as relatives in most cases. It was their most frightening experience ever, half of those exposed to an assault by another family member told the American Psychological […]

Read More

Curbing Youth Gun Violence

By Tommy Bryant Journalism Guild Writer The solution to youth gun violence requires curbing access to firearms and providing mental illness treatment when needed, a recent scientific study reports. “Viewing gun violence prevention primarily through the lens of mental health is inadequate”   “Gun violence in American schools and communities has and continues to be […]

Read More