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Turn on the Lights, Now!

Louis D. Brandeis Quotes. “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient...

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“Sunshine is the best disinfectant.”

We need an oversight committee, Getting quality health care can be hard enough for everyday people. But for the more than 49,000 people in Illinois prisons, that process can be...

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An answer?

  We Spend $9 Billion a Year to Lock Up People With Mental Illnesses: Here’s What We Should Do Instead San Antonio, TX has found a better approach to mental...

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Because my mind roams over these walls…from “Solitary Voices”

The following story comes from Mustafa Zulu, who has been in solitary confinement for most of the past 22 years. He was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he...

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Obamacare is not just about health, it could end up reducing prison populations “more than any reform in a generation”?

From Sentencing Law and Policy: An Affiliate of the Law Professors Blog Network http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2014/03/might-obamacare-end-up-reducing-prison-populations-more-than-any-reform-in-a-generation.html   The question in the title of this post is drawn from the headline of this new Newsweek article that...

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Are we there yet?

  1764: Beccaria developed in his treatise a number of innovative and influential principles: punishment had a preventive , not a retributive, function; punishment should be proportionate to the crime...

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Aging in prison

Give elderly chance at parole A bill is being considered by the Legislature, HB 3668, that would permit elderly prisoners to apply for parole. People may wonder who are these...

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The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that “cruel and unusual punishments [shall not be] inflicted”

http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/about-us/our-blog/69-no-state/2413-prisons-are-a-very-poor-place-to-treat-the-mentally-ill-   Prisons Are a Very Poor Place to Treat the Mentally Ill (Oct. 10, 2013) Yes, jails are America’s “new asylums.” Thousands of people with treatable mental illness who...

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What a world!!

Hi Madeleine 🙂  I hope your computer is doing better today.  I’ll keep this short so you don’t have enough ammo to copy and paste it to the world just...

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Reclassify all Organic Brain Diseases under Medicine

Reclassify all Organic Brain Diseases under Medicine Please remove all organic, biologically based disorders and diseases of the brain (such as schizophrenia, schizo-affective, and bipolar disorder) out of behavioral health...

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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass (1818-1885)

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Locking Kids Up, Bad Idea – Washington Post

http://t.co/FIWErQe9xd Washington Post (blog) Throwing children in prison turns out to be a really bad idea Washington Post (blog) The kids who were, in fact, incarcerated were 13 percentage points...

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U.S. Spurns California Move for Greater Say on Prisons

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