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Prison Reform and Alternatives to Imprisonment

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Web Site
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Pennsylvania prisons stop using food loaves to punish inmates

Pennsylvania prisons stop using food loaves to punish inmates | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it

The Nutraloaf ‒ a brown slab of a baked combination of rice, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, oatmeal and beans ‒ has been dropped from food menus in Pennsylvania prisons. The loaf was used as punishment for inmate misconduct.

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The health impact of incarceration

The health impact of incarceration | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
There is no question that the net health (and other) benefits of freeing an individual from confinement far outweigh the risks.
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On Contact: Jailing the mentally ill with George Mallinckrodt

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the incarceration of America’s mentally ill with George Mallinckrodt, psychotherapist an
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The Cities That Feed Virginia’s Deadliest Jail Lock Up Hundreds Over Simple Pot Possession

The Cities That Feed Virginia’s Deadliest Jail Lock Up Hundreds Over Simple Pot Possession | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
At least eight people have died at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in the past 17 months.
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How will radical life extension transform punishment? – Ross Andersen | Aeon Essays

What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment
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Prison Guards Took Inmate’s Dreadlocks As Trophies

Three correctional officers have been charged after torturing an inmate. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us wha
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Debtors’ prisons: From illegal to modern and commonplace

Even the most basic history lesson, for many students in the western world, includes what used to be referred to as “debtors’ prisons,” the legal process o
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37 Years in Solitary Confinement and Even the State Can’t Explain Why

37 Years in Solitary Confinement and Even the State Can’t Explain Why | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
If there’s a reason why Arthur Johnson has spent nearly four decades in solitary, Pennsylvania hasn’t given it—and now the case has national implications.
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This Week May See the Largest Prison Strike in US History

This Week May See the Largest Prison Strike in US History | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
This September 9, we may witness the largest prison strike in US history. Potentially thousands of inmates across both state and federal prisons in as many as 24 states plan to engage in a coordinated strike and protest in an attempt to bring attention to the daily injustice of their lives.
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MASSIVE U.S. Prison Strike Starts THIS WEEK

Prisoners across the country are gearing up and unifying for a national-wide strike to demand human rights and to stop being exploited as slave labor. Al
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On Contact: Halfway to freedom with Stanley Cohen

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the business of privately-run halfway houses with civil rights attorney Stanley Cohen. Afte
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Mentally ill in prison outnumber those in hospitals

There are over 300,000 mentally ill prisoners incarcerated in the US, many of whom are often the targets of guards’ abuse. Ten times as many people wit
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The US government is already quietly backing out of its promise to phase out private prisons

The US government is already quietly backing out of its promise to phase out private prisons | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
Critics have long denounced private prisons in the US as unsafe, inefficient and at times, inhumane. Those critics, who include inmates and activists, seemed to find a powerful ally earlier this year when the Department of Justice announced it would phase out its use of private prisons for federal prisoners. This wouldn't mean the end of privately-run incarceration facilitie
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The Most Inhumane Prisons Of The 21st Century

Why The U.S. Has More Prisoners Than Any Other Country https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orVVttsJmPY The Awful Truth About Solitary Confinement In Prison
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Guards Sympathize With Striking Prisoners: "We See It As A Moral Issue"

Guards Sympathize With Striking Prisoners: "We See It As A Moral Issue" | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
As a national prison strike enters its second month, the Department of Justice says it will investigate conditions in Alabama prisons
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Ava DuVernay’s Netflix film ’13th’ reveals how mass incarceration is an extension of slavery

Ava DuVernay’s Netflix film ’13th’ reveals how mass incarceration is an extension of slavery | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
Mass incarceration has long a focus of the acclaimed director.
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Clinton call for end of private prisons sinks jail stocks

Clinton call for end of private prisons sinks jail stocks | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
Shares of jail owners Corrections Corp. of America and GEO Group tanked Tuesday after Hillary Clinton said in the presidential debate that she applauded the end of private federal prisons and urged states to stop outsourcing as well.
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009. Aubrey de Grey on living to 150 or beyond using biotechnology

Our guest for this show is Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., and he refuses to accept aging as something we can not change. Aubrey is a Biomedical Gerontologist an
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What Happens When You Put Cops In Schools

On TYT's post game show Cenk shares a story Julie, TYT worker, told him about cops arresting students at her school over disrespecting police officers. Cen
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The Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History Enters Its Second Week

The Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History Enters Its Second Week | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
A mass refusal to engage in prison labor began on September 9, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising.
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Prison Labor = Modern Day Slavery?

A group of activists have recently called for a nation wide strike in American prisons to protest inhumane prison labor. Hasan Piker gives you the breakdow
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Holding people who can’t pay bail is unconstitutional - DOJ

The financial bail system in the US has been challenged in litigation across the nation, pushed by groups such as the American Bar Association and the Cat
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A Living Death: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses

A Living Death: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
For 3,278 people, it was nonviolent offenses like stealing a $159 jacket or serving as a middleman in the sale of $10 of marijuana. An estimated 65% of them are Black. Many of them were struggling with mental illness, drug dependency or financial desperation when they committed their crimes. None of them will ever come home to their parents and children. And taxpayers are spending billions to keep them behind bars. Stories from A Living Death
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The Legacy of Lynching, on Death Row

The Legacy of Lynching, on Death Row | Pointless Lives, Pointless Deaths. Millions of them. | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Toobin on the lawyer, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.”
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