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“Sunshine is the best disinfectant.”

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

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 even tougher. Two years ago, [...]

prisons not treatment

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

The prison systems in the US and UK have replaced psychiatric hospitals as the place where people suffering from severe mental illness are most likely to find themselves.

Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

This is a copy of a recent article on prisons today: In 2015, the National Lawyers Guild adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons. As an organization, we recognized mass incarceration in [...]

Nelson Mandela Rules

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

The revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, named the Nelson Mandela Rules, were adopted unanimously in December 2015 by the UN General Assembly and set out the minimumstandards for good [...]

Prisoners aren’t all psychopaths

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

"But what is needed is more transparency, not less. The general public needs to understand what happens inside prisons – the good, the bad and the ugly – and to open a genuine dialogue around [...]


October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Officials at the highest-security federal prison in America have taken steps to address mental- health issues among the prison's inmates, following a lawsuit that accuses the government of indifference. Now time for states to file [...]

Electronic Home Detention

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

The law in Illinois provides for electronic home monitoring of non violent offenders. Currently it is not being implemented by the state. It would save the Illinois taxpayers $175,000,000.00 annually, but that is not the [...]

Turn on the Lights, Now!

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

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 policeman." "Whatever limitations the PLRA [...]


October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

OVERSIGHT! ACCOUNTABILITY! TRANSPARENCY! Insane but sadly true, as this is our reality in the South and its getting worse by the second! Our news casters joke about this while reporting -but this is NO laughing [...]


October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

(64) PLEASE SHARE - JNP.  Our goal is to contribute to a paradigm shift from viewing the inmate population as less than human and mentally deranged to human beings deserving of humane treatment

every person in prison is not guilty of a crime

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

July 13, 2012292 EXONERATEDMadeleine,I’m writing to let you know about important news from Washington that I know you’ll be excited to hear. Yesterday, lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that will help prevent wrongful convictions [...]

How Many Americans are Unnecessarily Incarcerated

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

In a report from the Brennan Center for Justice, December, 2016 “Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. prison population — 576,000 people — are behind bars with no compelling public safety reason This report finds [...]

Quality vs Quanity

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Metal on metal, the sound reverberating through the brain; the very sound frightening.What next for those locked away for an indeterminate time?Guards who resemble archetype 20th century SS officers more than 21st century enlightened correctional [...]

Mental Illness and Criminal Justice is a worldwide problem

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Jim Simpson, a senior advocate at the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, said prisons were "being used to warehouse people" who needed disability support services "to lead a decent life".

Non- Violent vs Sex Sex Offenders

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Re: The Non- Violent First Time offenders vs. Sex Offenders for the EHM.IDOC releases sex offenders on EHM on regular basis.However IDOC refuses to adhere to the current EHM laws that relate to first time [...]

Justice not Politics!

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Judges, Prosecutors, and Defense Attorneys are rarely held accountable for misconduct even when it is proven that their actions have been responsible for wrongful convictions. As a result, the families and individuals irreparably harmed by [...]

Non Violent vs. Sex Offenders

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Re: the EHM for non- violent crimes being released on the EHM devices has been delayed once again due to IDOC lack of having a program in place for law that has been on the [...]

Locking Kids Up, Bad Idea – Washington Post

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments 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 less likely to graduate high [...]

Criminal Justice For the Mentally Ill

October 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Criminalization of Mental Illness Ought to be a Crime   A lack of mental health treatment options is a major contributing factor in the mass incarceration of people with mental illness in Massachusetts and across [...]

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