All Articles: Criminal Justice

Prisons testing new drug to combat opioid addictions

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Some U.S. prisons are testing a monthly injection that could help addicted prisoners stay off opioids, reported The Associated Press (AP). The drug named Vivitrol is injected in the buttocks and lasts for four weeks, the story said. Each shot costs as much as $1,000, the Nov. 20 AP story […]

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GEO Group to open re-entry center in SF’s Tenderloin District

By Mike Little The Geo Group, one of the largest prison companies in the United States, will open a third re-entry center in the Bay Area, reported SF Weekly. The new San Francisco SoMa facility joins the Male Community Re-entry Program and will house up to 80 inmates who are close to the end of […]

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‘Debtors’ Prison’ policy scrapped

Due to a lawsuit filed last fall by the ACLU on behalf of Jayne Fuentes, the Benton County Commissioners of Richland, Wash., decided to end their “debtors’ prison” policy, reports Rick Anderson for the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit was based on a U.S. Supreme Court precedent that bans the jailing of defendants for being […]

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Re-imagining new uses for shuttered prisons

By John Lam Shuttered prisons across the nation are given new life by private developers, non-profits and community leaders as economic development and social benefit centers. “In recent years, entrepreneurs, elected officials and community leaders in a handful of states have re-imagined sites that once incarcerated prisoners for new uses,” The Sentencing Project reported in […]

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Probe finds officers create a culture of racism at HDSP

By Noel Scott At High Desert State Prison (HDSP) the correctional officers see the inmates as “little more than wild animals” reports Don Thompson for The Associated Press. “Black inmates were disproportionately likely to face discipline and use of force,” according to the AP. In 2015, the Inspectors General’s Office found there was a “culture […]

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SQ inmates raised over $30,000 for charities in 2016

By Marcus Henderson By the end of 2016, San Quentin prisoners and their respective activities groups raised $32,629 in donations for many charitable nonprofit organizations through food sales. Project Avary, a Bay Area organization that provides numerous programs such as summer camps, teen leadership and family unity programs for children of incarcerated parents, was one […]

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California tries once again to stamp out prison cell phones

By Kevin D. Sawyer After years of failure, California’s state prison system is taking a new approach to stamp out contraband cellphones. According to The Associated Press (AP), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is equipping its prisons with close to 1,000 scanners, metal detectors and “hidden” security cameras to curb the use […]

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Survey finds crime victims want more say in convictions

By Marcus Henderson In the past 10 years, one in four people in the U.S. has been a victim of a crime. A recent survey found crime victims wished for prosecutors to consider their opinion about what it takes to recover from the criminal acts committed against them, even if it resulted in fewer convictions. […]

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LA hosts juvenile justice summit: ‘Smart on Safety’

Setting an agenda for the next steps in California By John Lam A panel of California’s criminal justice reform leaders recently held a summit to discuss what’s next on the agenda. “A ballroom full of lawmakers, academics and criminal justice reform advocates, with a sprinkling of state and local officials…gathered in LA’s Millennium Biltmore Hotel” […]

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Employment still the biggest obstacle for parolees

By Tommy Bryant One of the biggest obstacle prisoners face upon release is finding a job. This applies to both violent and nonviolent offenders. “Recently the American Bar Association estimated that there are 44,000 different barriers to re-entry at the state and federal level,” said Dominik Taylor, a staff attorney with Root and Rebound, an […]

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