Current Events Archive

  • Prisons in Haiti: US Plans to Build 2 New Prisons

    Haiti’s criminal justice system attracted international attention following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The destruction wrought by the quake worsened already severe overcrowding , extreme violence, and widespread disease in Haiti’s prison. The nation’s already broken justice system became even more backlogged, leaving […]

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  • Riot and Protest: Prisons and Crime in Venezuela

    The January 26th prison riot at Uribana prison in Venezuela was violent, with at least 61 deaths and 120 wounded. In the wake of this and similar riots, and in the context of President Hugo Chavez’ ailing health, several publications have recently raised questions about […]

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  • Milk Not Jails

    Read about an upstate-downstate grassroots alliance seeking to improve communities urban and rural communities… through dairy agriculture. Tanisia Morris, “Greene Hill Food Co-op Sells Prison Reform,” The Local: Fort Green / Clinton Hill. February, 11, 2013. http://fort-greene.thelocal.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/greene-hill-food-co-op-sells-prison-reform/?smid=pl-share The Greene Hill Food Co-op on Putnam Avenue […]

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  • Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month – COLORLINES

    Read analysis of a recent blog post written by the president and CEO of CCA (the nation’s largest for-profit prison corporation). The article draws on work from the ACLU, the Sentencing Project, and research from several graduate students. Jorge Rivas, “Largest Private Prison Group in […]

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  • NYT – Top Judge Says Bail in New York Isn’t Safe or Fair

    The New York Times Reports that in his annual State of the Judiciary address in Albany, Cheif Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, Jonathan Lippman argued “that the bail system was stacked against those accused of minor crimes, keeping them in jail at great personal hardship and […]

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  • The Power of Police (?) – NYC Crime and Prison Population Drop

    Consider some of the recent debates over the power of (NYPD) policing in reducing crime and the prison population: John Tierney, “Prison Population Can Shrink When Police Crowd Streets,” The New York Times. January 25, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/nyregion/police-have-done-more-than-prisons-to-cut-crime-in-new-york.html?smid=pl-share While the American prison population has doubled in the past two decades, […]

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  • Michelle Alexander in the NYT – “Why Police Officers Lie Under Oath”

    Check out Michelle Alexander’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. Thoughts? Comments? Michelle Alexander, “Why Police Lie Under Oath,” The New York Times. February 2, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/why-police-officers-lie-under-oath.html?_r=0 Perversely, the criminal justice system gives officers an incentive to perjure themselves.

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