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Are for-profit prisons more dangerous than traditional prisons?

Are for-profit prisons more dangerous than traditional prisons? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

From alleged mistreatment of prisoners to questionable lobbying intentions, private prisons have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. And as a growing number of U.S. inmates are being jailed in private prisons — the number of inmates in private facilities increased by 37 percent between 2002 and 2009 — it's more important than ever to examine the policies and practices carried out in these intuitions. 

 
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What is ... the Prison Industrial Complex?

What is ... the Prison Industrial Complex? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
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Police Can Just Take Your Money, Car and Other Property — and Good Luck Getting It Back

Police Can Just Take Your Money, Car and Other Property — and Good Luck Getting It Back | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Asset forfeiture provides insidious incentives for police to apprehend people. Here are 4 states with some of the greediest police forces.
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Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School

Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Jail officials don't yet know what killed a 55-year-old mother of seven over the weekend, but she was only there because she couldn't pay her fines.
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Extreme Heat In Prisons Dangerous For Some Inmates

Extreme Heat In Prisons Dangerous For Some Inmates | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Heat-related deaths in prisons are highlighting a pervasive problem for elderly inmates and those on certain medications.
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5 Traditional African Justice Systems More Humane than the Prison Industrial Complex

5 Traditional African Justice Systems More Humane than the Prison Industrial Complex | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Ubuntu is a South African principle that dictates an individual’s responsibility within a corporate sense of identity. The spirit of this principle governs communities throughout Africa and is the foundation on which indigenous methods of conflict resolution are structured. People from all corners of the continent are united by the belief of humanity’s oneness — …
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The Disturbing Reason Why Nearly Twice as Many Whites as Blacks Support the Death Penalty

The Disturbing Reason Why Nearly Twice as Many Whites as Blacks Support the Death Penalty | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
We hear a lot about the racial disparity in death penalty sentencing, namely, that black Americans are dramatically overrepresented on death row. Less remarked on is the disparity in death penalty support, as revealed in a new Pew Research Center survey. Overall, 55 percent of Americans support capital punishment, and...
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4 Shocking Examples of Police Militarization in America's Small Towns

4 Shocking Examples of Police Militarization in America's Small Towns | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Police departments are militarizing even far from urban centers.
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Eric Holder Pushes For Reduced Drug Sentences

Eric Holder Pushes For Reduced Drug Sentences | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The proposal would reduce sentences for non-violent drug traffickers by about a year.
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Exonerated Inmate: No One, No Matter The Crime, Can Endure Solitary Confinement For Very Long

Exonerated Inmate: No One, No Matter The Crime, Can Endure Solitary Confinement For Very Long | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
"These four walls are your life. Being in that environment for 23 hours a day will slowly kill you. Mentally, you have to find some way to live as if you were not there. If you cannot do that, you will die a slow mental death and may actually wish for your physical death."
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A History of Police Militarization | Al Jazeera America

A History of Police Militarization | Al Jazeera America | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
How has the concept of SWAT teams spread since the Los Angeles Police Department developed the first one in the 1960s?
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Released After Decades of Incarceration, Elders of Color Have No Safety Net

Released After Decades of Incarceration, Elders of Color Have No Safety Net | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
There's something wrong with society when in some ways staying in prison is better than getting out.
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Seeing black male humanity: How the president can take on the Prison-Industrial Complex

Seeing black male humanity: How the president can take on the Prison-Industrial Complex | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The ability to advocate for the lives of young black men shows why President Obama still has important work to do
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Can We Fix the Race Problem in America's School Discipline?

Can We Fix the Race Problem in America's School Discipline? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Four solutions from a new federal report on discriminatory discipline policies
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Texas prisoners sue for air conditioning down to at least 88 degrees

Texas prisoners sue for air conditioning down to at least 88 degrees | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Texas inmates sue the state for air conditioning in prisons, blaming 20 deaths since 1998 on excess heat.
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Father’s Day behind bars

Father’s Day behind bars | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
"One man I met here at Cumberland missed his daughter’s high school graduation. He just cried and cried."
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If You’re A West Virginia Inmate, You Can’t Read This Story

If You’re A West Virginia Inmate, You Can’t Read This Story | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
South Central Jail bans inmates from receiving any "computer generated articles" -- including this one.
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How lack of police training can be deadly for the mentally ill | Al Jazeera America

How lack of police training can be deadly for the mentally ill | Al Jazeera America | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Fifty percent of Americans killed by the police every year are mentally ill; how do we change that?

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How Probation Privateers Prey on the Poor

How Probation Privateers Prey on the Poor | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Privately owned probation companies are routinely jailing probationers for not being able to pay fees.
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What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son

What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The “special tax” on men of color is more than an inconvenience. A father shares his firsthand observations and fears. This post is part of a debate series on “Is Stop and Frisk Worth It?," an article featured in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine.
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How One Milwaukee Zip Code Explains America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

How One Milwaukee Zip Code Explains America’s Mass Incarceration Problem | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
America incarcerates prisoners at a higher rate than any other country, and they are disproportionately black men. There's no better place to see the trend than Milwaukee, where mass imprisonment has devastated communities.
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When I Was on Death Row, I Saw a Bunch of Dead Men Walking. Solitary Confinement Killed Everything Inside Them.

When I Was on Death Row, I Saw a Bunch of Dead Men Walking. Solitary Confinement Killed Everything Inside Them. | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
When I was on death row, I saw guys come to prison sane and leave this world insane, talking nonsense on the execution gurney.
I am death row exoneree #138.
There are 12 more people like me from Texas. Twelve people who spent years of their lives locked alone in concrete cages waiting to...
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'I Am Still Called by the God I Serve to Walk This Out'

'I Am Still Called by the God I Serve to Walk This Out' | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A conversation with Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis
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Solitary Confinement May Dramatically Alter Brain Shape In Just Days, Neuroscientist Says

Solitary Confinement May Dramatically Alter Brain Shape In Just Days, Neuroscientist Says | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Researchers have long known that solitary confinement has severe psychological impacts in just a matter of days. A neuroscientist says there is strong reason to believe those impacts are physical, too.
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Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation’s Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals

Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation’s Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Today a special on "kids for cash," the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received $2.6 million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities. We hear from two of the youth: Charlie Balasavage was sent to juvenile detention after his parents unknowingly bought him a stolen scooter; Hillary Transue was detained for creating a MySpace page mocking her assistant high school principal. They were both 14 years old and were sentenced by the same judge, Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is now in jail himself — serving a 28-year sentence. Balasavage and Transue are featured in the new documentary, "Kids for Cash," by filmmaker Robert May, who also joins us. In addition, we speak to two mothers: Sandy Fonzo, whose son Ed Kenzakoski committed suicide after being imprisoned for years by Judge Ciavarella, and Hillary’s mother, Laurene Transue. Putting their stories into context of the larger scandal is attorney Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile Law Center. The story is still developing: In October, the private juvenile-detention companies in the scandal settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.
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Prison Guard Union Calls on Texas to Curtail Solitary Confinement on Death Row - The Texas Observer

Prison Guard Union Calls on Texas to Curtail Solitary Confinement on Death Row - The Texas Observer | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Texas’ largest prison guard union is calling for a partial end to the controversial use of solitary confinement on death row.
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Guards May Be Responsible for Half of Prison Sexual Assaults

Guards May Be Responsible for Half of Prison Sexual Assaults | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A Department of Justice study also shows the number of reports of sexual assaults is rising, but rarely results in prosecution.
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