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People Change: Why Clean Slate Matters

America has 5% of the world’s total population by 25% of the world’s prisoners. 65 million people have a criminal record in the United States. Having a criminal conviction can trigger over 900 civil barriers including barriers to employment, housing and education. 38 more words

America's Prison Problem

America has a problem with prison over-incarceration.  We incarcerate more people than any other country (excluding North Korea for which we do not have accurate statistics).  209 more words

Criminal Law

Hopeful Friday # 1

Here on the blog I want to regularly feature humanitarian or environmentalist projects that I find inspiring, uplifting or important, or feature people who do the world a lot of good. 151 more words


Court declares mentally ill female prisoner not a dangerous offender

Marlene Carter, a 43-year-old inmate with severe mental illness who’s spent much of her five years behind bars tied to a plank, bed or chair in a solitary cell, is not a dangerous offender, a judge has ruled. 301 more words


15,000 Children in Jail Without a Crime

Fact: There are almost 15,000 children behind bars whose most serious offense was not a crime.

Fact: Of these youth, 12,000 are incarcerated for violating technical terms of parole or probation (rather than a new offense) and 3,000 are incarcerated for, according to the Department of Justice, “behaviors that are not law violations for adults, such as running away, truancy, and incorrigibility.” 9 more words


Some mentally ill inmates face different kind of solitary confinement

Special designations for federal inmates with the most complex psychiatric needs often result in their being kept in what is, effectively, solitary confinement – just don’t call it that. 737 more words