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Month: April, 2013

Babies Born in prison

Babies born to incarcerated mothers are not much different than babies born on the outside of prison: they require nutrition, affection, pediatric care and a stable domestic life. That means they can’t possibly be reared behind bars without additional nursery facilities; so what happens to these children?

Child custody matters involving incarcerated parents, particularly mothers, are not one-size-fits-all.

One Chicago family law attorney representing the biological father of a prison-born child is seeking immediate custody of the girl on behalf of his client, according to a press release by the attorney’s law firm. The daughter of Chicago resident Clement Bell, Ryleigh, was born to a federal prisoner in Texas and reportedly given her mother’s last name.

As the press release asserts, attorney Art Kallow successfully pressed Cook County Judge Michael Panter to order a DNA test which confirmed Mr. Bell’s paternity. Neither the mother’s full name nor the child’s current last name were mentioned, but Mr. Bell is petitioning the court to have her surname changed to Bell.

The mother was convicted of a drug offense but the length of her sentence and ability to support a child upon release were not made clear in the press release.

Some women’s prisons in nine states including Illinois actually provide adjoining nurseries for the children of incarcerated mothers, according to a national Women’s Prison Association report on prison nursery programs (PDF). Although the age of baby Ryleigh, or whether her mother wished to breast feed her daughter were not discussed in the aforementioned press release, such nursery facilities would make that relationship possible.

Decatur Correctional Center currently is the only Illinois women’s prison that offers nursery services to mothers, limited to 24 months and available to five mother/infant pairs, according to the report. To qualify, mothers must be non-violent offenders and be within two years of being released after the date of birth.

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Summary findings

  • During 2007, a total of 1,180,469 persons on parole were at-risk of reincarceration.  This includes persons under parole supervision on January 1 or those entering parole during the year. Of these parolees, about 16% were returned to incarceration in 2007.
  • Among nearly 300,000 prisoners released in 15 states in 1994, 67.5% were rearrested within 3 years. A study of prisoners released in 1983 estimated 62.5%.
  • Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 states in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime.
  • These offenders had accumulated 4.1 million arrest charges before their most recent imprisonment and another 744,000 charges within 3 years of release.
  • Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%), burglars (74.0%), larcenists (74.6%), motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).
  • Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.

Source: Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 1994

Bent Thinking

Bent Thinking.

25 Men Graduate at Sing Sing on June 1st


To the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance,” 24 men marched down the aisle and through the visiting area of Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility to receive their Associate and Bachelor degrees from Mercy College.  More than 200 of their family and friends were in attendance to celebrate in their accomplishments.  This unique graduation was truly an inspirational evening.


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Bent Thinking

We stand perpendicular with time and space as our thoughts lead paraell to our actions. Our Actions are running circles around our emotions while the outcome lies still as a picture. Our decisive reality lies square with fears, will we ever get out of here.
The Octangle of the 5 alive senses three of them dimmed by our grim experiences; only one to occasionally show up with premonition of our Greater Self and Creative Overstanding. We call this sensation our 6 senses, this leaves me to wonder if all 8 senses were to wake up and be present at the same time could we levitate, wouldn’t that Be Great.
We could break the chains bend the bars and float away to Mars. Hmmmm Imagine that. Let Us Create a New World where our Oval Overstanding would be Equally equated to everyone instead of rescinding the multitude. There we could meet at the Vertex of Our MInd communicating telepathically, seeing visions of our future in time, creating a new world without a divide. We’re achieving the sublime moving at the speed of light this is my existence, Let Us Take Flight To Night All 8 Senses Awake…..
With Love Peace Never Give Up, Iesha A.

The number of women in prison, a third of whom are incarcerated for drug offenses, is increasing at nearly double the rate for men. These women often have significant histories of physical and sexual abuse, high rates of HIV infection, and substance abuse. Large-scale women’s imprisonment has resulted in an increasing number of children who suffer from their mother’s incarceration and the loss of family ties.

Women in Prison


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April 1, 2013 (Here & Now WBUR) Dramatic Shift In U.S. Prison Populations

Over the past decade, there has been a noticeable change in the prison population.

A smaller percentage of black women are being incarcerated, and that decrease is almost matched by the increase of white women who are going to prison.

That’s one of the most striking findings from a new report by The Sentencing Project, a non profit in Washington, D.C.

“What we saw in the first decade of the 21st century was a dramatic shift in the racial composition of prison populations,” Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, told Here & Now. “For the first time in nearly 40 years, we saw a sharp decline in the number of African Americans in prison – particularly women. We saw a steep rise in the number of white women going to prison, and among Hispanics we saw we saw a rise among women and a slight decline among men.



  The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails — a 500% increase over the past thirty years. These trends have resulted in prison overcrowding and state governments being overwhelmed by the burden of funding a rapidly expanding penal system, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not the most effective means of achieving public safety.

Prison Population

Mass Incarceration: Fact or Fiction?

April 23, 2013 (Wisconsin Badger-Herald) Wisconsin leads nation in black male incarceration rates

A new University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study has found that Wisconsin has the nation’s highest rate of incarceration among black men, with drug-related charges being a leading offense.

The study from the UWM Employment and Training Institute found the state’s 12.8 percent incarceration rate among black men is well above the 9.7 percent rate in Oklahoma, the next closest state. The national average is 6.7 percent.

In Milwaukee, the study found more than half of black males in their 30s have been incarcerated, as well as half of black males in their 40s. Two-thirds of Milwaukee County’s incarcerated black males were from the six poorest zip codes in Milwaukee, according to the study.

“The prison population in Wisconsin has more than tripled since 1990, fueled by increased government funding for drug enforcement (rather than treatment) and prison construction, three-strike rules, mandatory minimum sentence laws, truth-in sentencing replacing judicial discretion in setting punishments, concentrated policing in minority communities and state incarceration for minor probation and supervision,” the study said.


Freshly Pressed: Friday Faves

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WordPressers, day in and day out, you entertain us, you make us think, you make us laugh, and you make us grateful to be exposed to so many voices all over the world. It’s a pleasure to read what you’re writing. Like everyone in the community, we value that feeling of connection that comes from reading something that speaks to you, that resonates, that makes you feel not so alone.

For this edition of Freshly Pressed Faves, we’re looking at three posts that do just that, all around the idea of “busy-ness.” Modern society seems to embrace the idea that unless you’re “swamped” or “super busy,” you just aren’t being productive enough. Free time? Fill it up, preferably with something that pays! This attitude permeates children’s lives, too, with scheduled after-school dance classes and soccer practices and violin lessons and foreign language tutors. The idle hours that once allowed kids…

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