From the article: “The state’s prison population is rising and state officials say it’s due to fewer paroles following a 2007 home invasion in which a mother and her two daughters were murdered.”
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From the article: “The reforms will mean all offenders leaving custody receive ‘through the gate’ supervision and support to turn their lives around. Introducing resettlement prisons will mean many offenders are released from prisons in, or close to, areas where they will live.”
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Great stats from NY on education:
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From the article: “More than 2.7 million children in America have a parent in prison, according to a 2010 study (PDF) by The Pew Charitable Trusts. For the vast majority, there are few outlets for the kids. Children are left to be reared by grandmothers, aunts, moms — themselves often already struggling below the poverty line. Sometimes, they fall into the hands of the state.”
The article describes efforts by organizations and private citizens to assist the children of incarcerated parents, as well as the challenges that children face when their parent is both in prison and upon reentry.
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From the article: “Are the various re-entry efforts in Wisconsin working? According to a new Department of Corrections report , the answer is yes. It shows the rate at which prisoners are committing new crimes after their release from prison is on a downward trend.” Read the article here.
Taking a look at the DOC report, recidivism decreased by 28.5% in 14 years: in 1993, the recidivism rate was the highest at 45.3%, to 2007, when it was 32.4%. Access the report here.
The UK’s Prime Minister announces plans to get tough on criminals. Part of his plan is a “pay for performance” scheme by which private companies will be paid for lowered recidivism results. In general, Cameron appears to be focusing on rehabilitation and reentry, wanting inmates in prison to be involved in programming and attaining work skills, with greater supervision on the back end. Read more on Cameron’s speech here.
My main thought is that it all sounds good, but programming and training require money and staff resources. According to the article, the UK already pays 40,000 pounds per inmate annually. In my experience, most people who work in the prison system understand the benefit of programming and want to keep inmates actively engaged; it always comes down to a lack of resources, not will. Hopefully Cameron is going to be willing to put money where his mouth is.
Great article on the NPR interview on “incarceration mapping.” Analysts can pinpoint what they call “million dollar blocks” – neighborhoods or areas where more than a million dollars is spent annually to incarcerate the residents. It’s a fascinating concept that can allow local and state officials to better target neighborhoods for the infusion of funds and programs to keep citizens out of prisons.
To some extent, perhaps it’s not a new concept – after all, most local officials know the “bad neighborhoods” that result in high incarceration. On the other hand, putting dollar figures to something tends to be a motivator in a way that simply knowing the bad areas of town is not. The article highlights New Haven, CT, as a city that has emphasized reentry initiatives based on incarceration mapping.
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“It had been almost a decade since Jayafus Kelly had seen the light of day as a free man. He sat down jittery to a breakfast of pancakes stacked seven high, stuffing himself in a show of appreciation to the guys who gave them up.It was his release day from the Eastern Correctional Institution where he had spent nine years of a state prison sentence for assault and robbery. On his last day –July 10 — the guys he left behind performed a rap song in his honor, then doled out portions of their favorite meal to Kelly as a proper send-off.”
Check out Lifetime Lockdown: How Isolation Conditions Impact Prisoner Reentry.
From the executive summary: “This report represents the first effort to directly link conditions in Arizona’s supermax prisons with the state’s high recidivism rate. Because the statistical evidence of this link is already available, the basis of this report is qualitative research conducted by an anthropologist, Dr. Brackette F. Williams. Dr. Williams interviewed newly released individuals who had spent a significant portion of their time in prison in supermax facilities. This research demonstrates the “why” and “how” of this causal relationship, illustrating the impacts of long-term solitary confinement on actual re-entry experiences.”
“The New Jersey Corrections Department is removing the names of some former inmates from its website.
The site will no longer include information about convicted criminals who have been out of prison for at least a year.”