Rights Crushed in Italy's Overcrowded Prisons - When Claudio was detained in a prison in the northeastern Italian city of Vicenza, he had to share a 7.6 square-metre cell with two other people. “Once you excluded the space taken up by beds and drawers,...
The initiative comes at a particularly important time given the alarming statistics that reflect the inefficiency of the criminal justice system, mainstream domestic violence and sexual violence programs, and the inimical zero tolerance policies...
Reduce crime. Restorative justice processes have been shown to reduce reoffending as much or more than prison for both juveniles and adults.Make communities safer. Restorative justice in diversion helps keep low-level offenders out of prison, giving them the chance to receive treatment and services to become contributing citizens.Make schools safer. At a middle school in Oakland, restorative justice processes helped the school reduce suspensions by 84%, with zero incidents of physical fighting, zero referrals to disciplinary expulsion hearings, and increased teacher retention at the school.Help victims heal. Victims and their family members who participated in restorative justice practices reported high levels of satisfaction with the process as well as reduced post-traumatic stress disorder.Help spend our tax dollars wisely. Restorative justice processes cost up to eight times less than traditional juvenile and criminal justice processes.
This paper presents results from the Restorative Justice Victim Satisfaction Survey, in which 154 victims who had attended a restorative justice conference were interviewed by telephone. The survey measured the experience of, and satisfaction with, Ministry of Justice-funded restorative justice processes.
Even as it announces a review and reduction of its solitary confinement practices, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed to Solitary Watch that a newly acquired prison ln Illinois will hold federal prisoners in supermax conditions.
"This essay is dedicated to D and all those who have given their minds and/or lives trying to pay their debt to society and to those who will forever be haunted and scarred from our justice system. Once self-worth and hope dies within our souls, what is left behind is a shell of life that can see no future, no redemption and no chance for a normal life. It is then that our minds realize how truly unwanted we are and how on a daily basis we are reminded that society has no use for us. Day by day life becomes very dark, some lose their minds, some will never be the same, and some just give in and take their own lives."
Formerly Valley State Prison for Women, the new Valley State Prison recently completed its conversion from a women’s facility to a men’s prison in an effort to utilize facilities and relieve overcrowding in California state prisons.
The study says that confinement deprives young people of the ability to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills, and argue that instead, “well-designed, community-based programs” would better serve juvenile offenders.
"As an incarcerated mother, I see how my sons have been affected by my absence. They are teenagers now, young men really, and I have worked hard to maintain a relationship with them. I see the justice system as a failure! It has failed not only the children, but the incarcerated as well. Many changes need to be made and our children need their rights protected. We cannot give up. Our children are too important, so we must continue to fight for them."
This video is about inmates Rising in San Francisco. Incarcerated Men and Women are joining the global One Billion Rising movement to End Violence and Sexual Oppression as they Break the Chains on Debbie Allen's Choreography and Tena Clark's song. A truly moving experience to witness from the jails of San Francisco.
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