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California Meets Judge's Prison Crowding Goal One Year Early

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges. 367 more words

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Replacing fresh milk with powdered at federal prisons expected to save $3.1M a year

Inmates at all of Canada’s federal institutions will have access to only powdered milk as part of the government’s cost-cutting efforts, officials confirmed Thursday.

Phasing out fresh milk in prisons will save an estimated $3.1 million a year, said Veronique Rioux, a spokeswoman for the Correctional Service of Canada. 438 more words

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Koch Brother Teams Up With Liberals on Criminal Justice Reform

Just days after word emerged that the billionaire Koch brothers will spend nearly a billion dollars to elect conservatives in the 2016 elections, Charles Koch sent a top adviser to Washington to urge Republicans to work with Democrats on a key issue: criminal-justice reform. 1,264 more words

Ontario broke solitary confinement promise, lawyers say

The lawyers for an Ottawa-area woman held in solitary confinement for more than 200 days are threatening legal action against the province, arguing Ontario has breached the terms of a landmark 2013 human rights settlement with their client that was meant to protect prisoners with mental illness. 607 more words

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In 2014, a Record-Busting Number of People Were Freed After Being Locked Up for Years - By Sam Brodey | Tue Jan. 27, 2015 6:00 AM EST

Local prosecutors end up being responsible for most of the exonerations.

In 2014, 125 people across the United States who had been convicted of crimes were exonerated—the highest number ever recorded,  431 more words

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Reduce numbers on remand: John Howard Society

Watch above: Shaun Dyer, the executive director for the John Howard Society in Saskatoon, speaks with Kevin Stanfield about overcrowding in jails, how it is affecting prisoner rehabilitation and possibly putting public safety at risk.  375 more words

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Canada looking at ‘new model’ for solitary confinement: top prison official

OTTAWA – The country’s top prison official says Canada is working on a “new model” for solitary confinement, in the wake of criticisms over the government’s handling of mentally ill inmates such as Ashley Smith. 479 more words

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