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  • “Dealing with Crime in New York”

    As New Yorkers head to the polls this fall to elect a new Mayor, the issue of criminal justice is front and center. In the Opinion Section’s “Room for Debate,” The New York Times has published the suggestions of  six experts (including several CUNY faculty – Maria […]

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  • We’re back…. Fall 2013

    Apologies for our  hiatus. We hope you had a relaxing, rejuvenating, productive, inspiring, refreshing summer! We look forward to ramping up our discussion of prisons and criminal/juvenile justice on our blog.  We invite graduate students and faculty to submit posts for our “Featured Analysis” section […]

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  • Prisons and Police in 1914 NYC – Thai Jones, Speaks at Gotham Center (3/6/13)

    As part of the Gotham Center’s Forum series, historian Thai Jones will be discussing his latest book, More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy on March 6, 2013 at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Jones has shared an excerpt […]

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  • Call for Blog Post Authors – Featured Analysis

    Can you fill in these blanks with any of the following terms? police, jail, prison, reentry, the war on drugs, criminal justice, felony disenfranchisement, solitary confinement, political prisoners, immigrant detention, parole, school-to-prison pipeline, probation, crime, private prisons, juvenile justice, surveillance …. I am a graduate student […]

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  • Featured Analysis — The Problem with a Good Thing: Dangers of Demanding Justice, by Rachel Wahl

    Police officers locking the gate of a police station, during a protest condemning the rape of a 23-year-old woman. Photo cropped. (Tsering Topgyal / AP) The Problem with a Good Thing: Dangers of Demanding Justice Rachel Wahl   “Hold police accountable for rapes” cries out […]

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  • Racial Gap in Men’s Sentencing

    “Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20% longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years, an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found.” Joe Palazzolo, “Racial Gap in Men’s Sentencing,” The Wall Street Journal. February 14, 2013. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324432004578304463789858002.html For the […]

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  • “Prison and the Poverty Trap”

    Check out the latest article in The New York Times’ “Time and Punishment” series. According to recent studies, “while crime may initially decline in places that lock up more people, within a few years the rate rebounds and is even higher than before.” “The shift […]

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  • 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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