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

Posted Friday October 17, 2014 by admin

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”?

Posted Tuesday March 11, 2014 by admin

From Sentencing Law and Policy: An Affiliate of the Law Professors Blog Network   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?

Posted Thursday February 13, 2014 by admin

  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

Posted Thursday November 14, 2013 by admin

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”

Posted Friday October 11, 2013 by admin   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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