Raising babies behind bars
A bold experiment in parenting and punishment is allowing children in prison. But is that a good thing?
Washington Post: By Justine Jouvenal
Prison nursery programs remain rare nationwide, but eight facilities in as many states have opened them amid dramatic growth in the number of incarcerated women. The bold experiment in punishment and parenting has touched off a fierce debate. ...
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Article: A 'hellish world': the mental health crisis overwhelming America's prisons : Guardian by Alisa Roth
A 'hellish world': the mental health crisis overwhelming America's prisons
The Guardian March 31, 2018 by Alisa Roth
In America, jails and prisons have become the nation’s de facto mental healthcare providers – and the results are chilling ....
Across the country, correctional facilities are struggling with the reality that they have become the nation’s de facto mental healthcare providers, although they are hopelessly ill-equipped for the job. They are now contending with tens of thousands of people with mental illness who, by some counts, make up as much as half of their populations.
The Hardest Lesson on Tier 2C
The Marshall Project :: Eli Hager June 8, 2018
In association with This American Life
Attending school in a prison setting was unlike anything I have ever experienced. The very concept of a school in an adult jail is a total paradox. These kids are being prosecuted as adults. They are facing decades in prison and a lifelong criminal record. They are not allowed to visit their families, and are being held with thousands of grown men in a place that is fundamentally unsafe. Everything about their experience is telling them they have no future, no potential, and no worth.
But then… there’s school?
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A Transgender Inmate Says She Was Raped
Time : By Kathleen Foody May 3, 2018
(DENVER) — A transgender inmate who is suing Colorado’s corrections agency says she was raped at a men’s prison hours after a federal judge denied her request to block the prison from keeping her in a disciplinary unit, according to court records and the woman’s attorney.
Trump rolls back Obama Rules that helped transgender prisoners
USA Today : By Christal Hayes
The Bureau of Prisons rolled back some measures on Friday that helped prevent transgender prisoners from being harassed, assaulted and sexually abused.
The rules, posted just two days before President Trump's inauguration, laid out a number of guidelines for how prisons and guards should treat transgender inmates.
The manual instructed prisons to "recommend housing by gender identity when appropriate."
Now, under Trump, some of the policies have been altered, according to an updated manual posted to the Bureau of Prisons website Friday.
The Impact of the Trump Administration’s Federal Criminal Justice Initiatives on LGBTQ People & Communities and Opportunities for Local Resistance
Richard Saenz, Lambda Legal, Kara Ingelhart, Lambda Legal, and Andrea J. Ritchie, Barnard Center for Research on Women
This report offers an overview of the wide-ranging impacts of the Trump Administration’s federal criminal justice initiatives on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and communities, with a particular focus on impacts on LGBTQ people of color and immigrants. Our hope is that this information will serve as a resource to support the work of advocates working at the state and local levels to resist, avoid, limit, or lessen the impacts of federal criminal justice initiatives that harm LGBTQ communities, and to inform broader federal criminal justice reform and police accountability efforts.
Atheists Inmates In Their Own Words
Patheos by Godless Mom
May 9 - An Update from Pablo, Atheist on Death Row
May 1 - A New Inmate From Oregon
April 25 - Doing Time in Oregon As An Atheist pt 5
April 19 - Doing Time in Oregon As An Atheist pt 4
April 10 - - Doing Time in Oregon As An Atheist pt 3
April 3 - Doing Time in Oregon As An Atheist pt 2
March 26 - Doing Time in Oregon As An Atheist
March 14 - Innocent on Death Row? pt 2
March 13 - Innocent on Death Row
Each of these articles starts with some contextual information:
This is a series on what it’s like to be an atheist in prison. To read other parts in the series, click here. ... This series, for the most part, will not be about their crimes. I’m interested in painting a picture of what life is like for nonbelievers in the joint. ...
With that said, I’ve sent each inmate some preliminary questions to get the conversation going. If you find you have questions that arise as you read their responses, please post them in the comments below or email them to me @ email@example.com and I will make sure the person gets them.
Meha Ahmad, Daniel Tucker
April 18, 2018
In the early 2000s, the Illinois Department of Corrections spent an average of $750,000 a year on books for prisons. Last year, it spent just $276 dollars. Research suggests that’s not a winning strategy for preventing recidivism because many inmates rely on books to figure out how to reshape their lives after their release.
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Fast Company 12.19.2017
by Diana Budds
Can a prison be humane? In socially progressive Scandinavia, perhaps. The Danish Prison and Probation Service and architecture firm CF Møller have designed what they’re calling the world’s “most humane” maximum security prison.
About 70 miles southeast of Copenhagen, in the town of Gundslev, Storstrøm Prison looks more like a university campus than a typical prison. Both the architecture and social policy at the prison aim to reduce recidivism by emphasizing rehabilitation, an approach that Scandinavian countries employ. ...
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Last Days of Solitary - Frontline April 18, 2017
Inside one state’s ambitious attempt to decrease its use of solitary — and what happens when prisoners who have spent considerable time in isolation try to integrate back into society.
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