Prison Reform

Reversing Recidivism: Methods for Success

Each year, more than 700,000 people are released from state and Federal prison, while another 9 million cycle through local jails. Statistics indicate that more than two-thirds of state prisoners are rearrested within three years of their release and half are re-incarcerated.

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Mental illness and prisons

A Psychotic Episode Shouldn’t End in a Jail Cell

The following blog post, entitled “A Psychotic Episode Shouldn’t End in a Jail Cell,” on mental health services in this country comes from the ACLU. The post underscores that the state of mental health care in this country has failed on all fronts, noting that we use prisons and jails in place of treatment facilities…

ACTION ALERT: CURB needs your help in reducing California’s prison population

The following action alert was issued by Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) yesterday. View the action here.  The 3 Judge Panel in charge of California’s prison population cap lawsuit issued a stinging rebuke to the Governor’s cynical evasion of responsibility. The Judges said, in no uncertain terms, that things are not improving fast enough, and…