All Articles: Criminal Justice

Aboriginal women jailed for defending themselves

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. In Western Australia, Aboriginal women are being incarcerated at a high rate for responding with violence to unreported domestic abuse at home, according to “Violence in the Lives of Incarcerated Aboriginal Mothers in Western Australia,” a study by Mandy Wilson, et al., according to Sage Journal. In 2016, 51 percent […]

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Only eight U.S. prisons allow infants with their mothers

By Charles David Henry Across the United States, there are just eight prisons that allow infants to remain with their mothers who are serving sentences. According to The Associated Press, Bedford Hills Correction Facility is a maximum security prison where 24-year-old Jennifer Dumas is serving a two-year sentence for attempted burglary along with her 6-month-old […]

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Ireland takes a look at mothers in prison

By Mike Little In Ireland there is a clear need for incarcerated mothers to maintain children and family relationships, according to a National University of Ireland report cited in a Probation Journal article. “Being found guilty of a crime is not synonymous with being a bad parent.  Also noted, there is no good reason to […]

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A nation’s wealth does not spare women from violence

By Forrest Lee Jones In eight of the world’s wealthiest countries women undergo death by violence at rates as high, or higher, than men, despite declining levels of violence overall, according to the study “A Gendered Analysis of Violent Deaths” done for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In rich locales like Austria, […]

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Mothers face custody and employment challenges upon their re-entry

Incarcerated mothers face challenges re-entering society, especially regaining custody of their children and finding employment. Upon their release, mothers are more likely to have their parental rights terminated because of their incarceration, according to a 2016 Rutgers University academic paper by Janet Garcia, of the School of Criminal Justice.  According to the paper, part of […]

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How parents talk can hinder child development

The way parents communicate with their children may hinder their kids from developing healthy self-esteem, emotions and behavior, according to a child behavior author. “The problem is that at its core, this way of speaking is all about control. We use it to tell our kids what we want them to say (‘Say sorry!’)…what we […]

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Italy’s rehabilitation method: public interaction

By Wayne Boatwright Italian-style rehabilitation includes public interaction with prisoners to change attitudes about the incarcerated.  And that’s served up with risotto and amuse-bouche dishes of cheese mousse with mustard, curry and dill, according to a March 2016 article in The New York Times. Italy is facing the same challenges as California with prison over-crowding. […]

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U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s women but 30 percent of its female inmates

By Kevin D. Sawyer Female prison populations have been increasing rapidly in past decades. Explanations, according to several studies, often overlook are many of the factors that contribute to this increase, rendering women’s sagas invisible. Numbers produced by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics show that since 2010 the women corrections population […]

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Unconstitutional policing conducted by US police departments

By Charles David Henry The country is engaged in a critically important conversation about community-police relations, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report. Some of the more than 18,000 police departments across the United States are engaging in unconstitutional policing, according to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Pattern and Practice Police Reform […]

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Prisoners strike to end ‘prison slavery’

By David Le Inmates at dozens of prisons across the county were on strike calling for reform to end the practice of slavery in prison, The Intercept reported. “There are probably 20,000 prisoners on strike right now, at least, which is the biggest prison strike in history, but the information is really sketchy and spotty,” […]

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