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  • In the wake…

    After last night’s grand jury announcement of no indictment, and after last week’s police-shooting of Akai Gurley in East New York, we wanted to re-share a bunch of resources that were compiled and circulated in August, after the police-shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. “Documents Released […]

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  • In the News: Solitary Confinement

    Prompted by recent federal lawsuits, New York State has recently agreed to significant changes in its use of solitary confinement in state prisons, including guidelines for the maximum length an inmate may be placed in solitary confinement, and ending or limiting the use of solitary confinement […]

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  • New York State to support college education in Prison

    Check out the announcement from Governor Andrew Cuomo, made February 16, 2014, to provide college programs (associates and bachelors) in ten New York State facilities. Here is coverage of the announcement from Inside Higher Ed. Federal legislation in 1994 eliminated Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated […]

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  • De Blasio to Name Bratton as NYPD Commissioner

    According to The New York Times, NYC Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio is set to  announce that William J. Bratton will serve as the next Commissioner of the New York City Police Department. Bratton previously served as Commissioner of the NYPD under Mayor Giuliani from 1994-1996, […]

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  • Where I am Going: Stop-and-Frisk

    “We all have places to go. Stop-and-frisk shouldn’t stop us.” Where I am Going is a short-documentary series on NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. The 4-5 minute videos share the experience of stop-and-frisk from the perspectives of a policeman, a pastor, and a high school senior.   […]

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  • Juvenile In Justice: Visualize the American Juvenile Justice System

    Check out this raw and powerful multidisciplinary project (photo, book, blog, interview, lecture, video) that documents the conditions and treatment of juvenile detention in the United States. Through photographs, interviews, video, lecture, and blog posts, Juvenile In Justice allows us to see and hear the […]

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  • Herman Wallace (1941-2013)

    In Memoriam. Herman Wallace passed away early this morning, October 4, 2013, just three days after being released from Angola Prison, where he spent more than four decades in solitary confinement. Almost immediately upon his incarcerated for armed robbery  in  1971, Along with  Albert Woodfox […]

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  • Capital Punishment in America – Evan J. Mandery (JJay) on Leonard Lopate Show

    Check Out John Jay Professor Even J. Mandery on The Leonard Lopate Show, discussing his new book,  A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America, and the constitutionality of the death penalty. The book focuses two landmark Supreme Court cases on capital […]

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  • The Costs of Incarceration

    Incarceration is a costly business. Recent studies have revealed just how expensive it is for states and localities to incarcerate men and women (and children) in prisons and jails. Here is the recent article in The New York Times: Marc Santora, “City’s Annual Cost Per […]

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  • “Women, Gender, and Prison: National and Global Perspectives,” Signs (Autumn 2013)

    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society has just published a special issue titled “Women, Gender, and Prison: National and Global Perspectives,” available online through JSTOR. The issue highlights pressing concerns that face women and gender-variant people who are imprisoned or targeted for heightened surveillance […]

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