Prison nation

America’s slow creep towards becoming a police state

America’s slow creep towards becoming a police state

Steven Greenhut has a pretty good article at Reason.com titled “Are we sliding towards a police state?,” which focuses on...

Prison Nation

Prison Nation

Keeping the conversation alive about our country’s ridiculous propensity for locking up its citizens, Fareed Zakaria did a spot on...

Crash the system

Crash the system

“The system of mass incarceration depends almost entirely on the cooperation of those it seeks to control.” A NY Times...

the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook is a resource written by staff at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), that is available...

Religious indoctrination in S.C.’s jails

Religious indoctrination in S.C.’s jails

A lawsuit has been filed against the Berkeley County jail (in Monck’s Corner, S.C.), alleging that the jail denies inmates...

Prison Statistics

Prison Statistics

The National Institute of Corrections has a site that gives corrections data by state and compares the states, with variables...

Today is Repeal Day

Today is Repeal Day

December 5th is Repeal Day – on December 5th, 1933, Utah was the last of the 36 states to ratify...

The costs of incarceration

The costs of incarceration

According to a NY Times article, judges in Missouri are now provided with information on the costs of incarcerating defendants...

Contrast in extremes of punishment

Contrast in extremes of punishment

The Loeben prison in Austria is an experiment in corrections that deserves attention. It is a prison, with barbed wire...

Pay to stay?

Pay to stay?

The government needs more ingenious ways to save money while continuing to lock up record numbers of our citizens. For...