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Bill Clinton Admits That Mass Incarceration Stems From Policies Enacted During His Administration

Bill Clinton Concedes Responsibility For Mass Incarceration<p>In the wake of unrest in Baltimore over excessive policing, Bill Clinton admitted that …

Crime

Prisons are a cash cow: How privatization forged an incarceration industrial complex

Thanks to kickbacks from phone companies, state and local governments are incentivized to keep their cells filled<p>Rampant privatization is wreaking havoc on our society.<p>Case in point: what's happened over the past few decades with prison phone services.<p>It used to be that if you were incarcerated at, …

Start Me Up

Filed 12:07 p.m.<p>02.06.2015<p>Feature<p>Is entrepreneurship the way from prison to prosperity?<p>Marquis Hayes, a 34-year-old native of the Bronx, is a chef …

Entrepreneurship

Prison-Tech Giant Securus Will No Longer Require Jails To Remove In-Person Visits

Securus, a billion-dollar tech company that works with hundreds of jails and prisons around the United States, will no longer require the prisons it …

State House Passes Bill Rewarding Inmates Who Pursue Education Behind Bars With Shorter Sentences

Police-officers-turned-legislators sponsored two bills that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in Illinois’ House of Representatives last …

High School

My friend died in a police van. That could have been me - if I were black

My friend Hanuman was cremated two weeks ago, his ashes now sit in a wooden box on his parent’s alter. The cause of his death is still being investigated, but we know he died shackled to a bench in the back of a prison van. He was 21 years old. Hanuman’s experience with the criminal justice system …

Human Rights

Prison For South Carolina Cops Who Tasered Mentally Disabled Woman 8 Times

Source: The Huffington Post COLUMBIA, S.C. — One small-town South Carolina police officer was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison and a second to …

Crime

Eric Holder hails ‘golden age’ on his final day with Justice Department

Eric H. Holder Jr.’s six-year tenure as the first African American attorney general was marked by accomplishments that made him a liberal icon, as well as controversy that turned him into one of the most divisive figures in the Obama administration.<p>Holder made strides in criminal-justice sentencing …

U.S. Department of Justice

Obama Offers Commutations to 22 of 209,155 Federal Prisoners

On Tuesday, the President cut short the sentences for two dozen inmates imprisoned for drug offenses, who would have served less time under current guidelines. Thousands more remain in prison.<p>For opponents of the War on Drugs—a group that seems to be growing—and those who think the U.S. …

Fort Dix federal prison employee gets probation for giving cell phone to inmate

TRENTON — A U.S. Bureau of Prisons employee has been sentenced to a year of probation for providing two cellphones to an inmate at Fort Dix Federal …

Criminal Sentencing

Instead of Going to Federal Prison, These 7 Drug Dealers Are Getting a Second Shot at Life

It started as an ordinary drug bust.<p>On April 15, seven men walked into a room in a recreation center near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as reported …

The number of Native Americans in federal prison has jumped 27 percent in five years

The U.S. Sentencing Commission is considering concrete "methods to improve" policies that result in harsher punishments for Native Americans living …

Private Prison Company Sued For Allegedly Putting Hunger-Striking Moms In Solitary Confinement

Three immigrant women who say they were punished for joining a hunger strike in a Texas family detention center on Thursday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and GEO Group, the company that operates the facility.<p>The lawsuit, filed in federal court against ICE Director Sarah Saldaña and …

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>All the latest updates as Britain accuses Moscow of trying to "build a …

The federal government needs a solitary confinement overhaul

THE FEDERAL government should be leading the effort to end the abuse of isolating prisoners from meaningful social interaction and other basic needs. Instead, the federal system’s practices are clearly contributing to the morally inexcusable overuse of prisoner isolation.<p>Prisoner segregation — also …

Human Rights

“You don’t have no choice but to agree with me”: Bernie Kerik on his new role as prison reform crusader

Onetime NYPD commissioner turned federal prisoner tells Salon why he’s campaigning for criminal justice reform<p>If someone told the average well-informed New Yorker in 1995 that Bernard Kerik would be spending his time 20 years later promoting a new book about criminal justice reform — and that book …

Paul camp accuses Clinton of running from husband’s legacy with prison reform speech

Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign mocked Hillary Clinton's call Wednesday for justice reform, claiming she's running from policies her husband advocated during the Clinton administration.<p>In a speech at New York's Columbia University, and in response to the Baltimore violence, the Democratic …