Private Prison Information Act Reintroduced in Congress

hr5838400.1218On Wednesday, December 12, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) reintroduced the Private Prison Information Act (PPIA) in Congress. The bill, HR 5838, which requires non-federal correctional and detention facilities that house federal prisoners to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), by making certain records available to the public. Current laws do not require private detention and correctional centers, even when contracted by federal authorities, to respond to FOIA requests.

Find out more in the press release at prisonlegalnews.comArrow

A New Bill to Reauthorize the Juvenile Justice Delinquincy Prevention Act

jjdpa400.1218Senators Whitehouse and Grassley recently introduced a bill to the Senate that not only seeks to reauthorize 1974’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, but aims to correct other problems within the system as well.

Most notably, the bill also:

  • requires states to consider ethnicity in addition to race when assessing and addressing disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system;
  • includes provisions for trauma-informed care and specialized programming for girls;
  • takes into account the new science about how kids are different from adults and ought to be treated as kids;
  • contains added protections for kids charged as adults.

For more information, read the bill, posted at juvjustice.orgarrow1

Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

stickershock400.1218In the United States, 33 states spend upwards of $100,000 per incarcerated youth, but juvenile and adult recidivism rates prove this money isn’t being used to rehabilitate troubled youth, at least not enough. The new report, Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration, provides estimates of the overall costs resulting from the negative outcomes associated with incarceration, and some of the total cost figures are sure to surprise you.

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Poverty, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Debt

<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-1145" src="https://centerforprisonreform check it” alt=”poverty” width=”200″ height=”133″ />At a time when debt is seemingly a way of life for many in this country, prisons and jails are finding their own ways to add to an inmate’s economic woes. While courts often charge court and victim fees, detention centers are also getting in on the practice, with some charging fees for things like basic supplies, booking and release fees, and some even charge a fee every day a prisoner is behind bars.

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Officials Weigh in on Prop 47

prop471023One month after the elections, things have changed in California – and different parts of the community argue whether it is for worse or better. Police are frustrated by changes in which crimes produce tickets as opposed to arrests, and members of the court are receiving petitions from prisoners.

But is it all bad? Read more at hanfordsentinel.comarrow1

Pell Grants for Juvenile Offenders

pell1211This week, the Obama administration unveiled new guidelines that will allow juveniles in lockup to receive Pell Grants to further their educations. The new guidance clarifies that the two decade old prohibition on prisoners receiving the grants does not apply to juvenile offenders.

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Ex-CO: Prison is an “Insane Science Experiment”

insanescienceexp124See Robert Reilly, a former corrections officer and new author, discusses his experience working as part of America’s prison system, which he says felt like being part of an ‘insane science experiment’. Why did he feel more accepted by inmates than the rest of the prison staff?

See a slice of the criminal justice world through his eyes in the interview at correctionsone.comarrow1