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Month: November, 2013

1 Out Of 32 Americans Under Correctional Supervision

 

While 1 out of every 142 Americans is now actually in prison, 1 out of every 32 of us is either in prison or on parole from prison, according to yet another report on Americans behaving badly from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

This means that 6.7 million adult men and women — about 3.1 percent of the total U.S. adult population — are now very non-voluntary members of America’s “correctional community.”

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ report Probation and Parole in the United States, 2002, the number of adult persons on probation grew by 63,434 during 2002. Probation is a court-determined period of non-prison supervision served following a conviction. The number of adults on parole increased by 20,808, or 2.8 percent, almost double the 1.5 percent average annual growth since 1995. Parole is a period of supervised release following a prison term. By the end of 2002, an all-time record of 4,748,306 adult men and women were either on parole or probation.

Thirty-five states experienced an increase in their probation population during 2002. Ohio had the largest increase (16,024 additional probationers), followed by Washington State (7,487) and California (7,353). Thirteen states reported a probation population decrease, led by Idaho (down 12 percent) and Nebraska (down 8 percent).

About 75 percent of probationers were under active supervision and were required to regularly report to a probation authority in person, by mail or by telephone. Half of all probationers had been convicted of a felony, 49 percent of a misdemeanor and 1 percent of other infractions. Twenty-four percent had been convicted of a drug law violation and 17 percent for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol.

Of the more than 2 million probationers discharged from supervision, 62 percent successfully completed the terms of their supervision, 14 percent were reincarcerated because of a rule violation or a new offense, 13 percent had their probation sentence revoked without incarceration and 3 percent had absconded.

As of last December 31, about 1 in 5 probationers were women. More than half were white, 1 in 3 were black, 1 in 8 were Hispanic and 2 percent were of other races.

At the end of last year four states had an increase of 20 percent or more in their parole population, led by North Dakota (27 percent), New Mexico (26 percent), Kentucky (23 percent) and Oklahoma (21 percent). Among those states with 100 or more parolees, 17 reported a decrease in their parole population, led by South Carolina (down 14 percent) and Florida (13 percent).

Nearly 448,000 parolees were discharged from supervision during 2002. Forty-five percent had successfully met the conditions of their supervision and 41 percent had been returned to incarceration for violating a rule or committing a new offense. About 9 percent had absconded and 2 percent had failed to meet their parole conditions but were discharged without incarceration.

Among parolees at the end of last year, more than 1 in 7 were women, 42 percent were black, 39 percent white, 18 percent Hispanic and 1 percent were of other races.

85% of Prison Inmates Need Substance Abuse Treatment

Of the estimated 2.3 million inmates currently incarcerated in U.S. prisons, 1.9 million could benefit from alcohol and drug treatment, which could ultimately save taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a new report. Currently only 11% of inmates who need treatment are receiving it during their incarceration.

Approximately 85% of current inmates could benefit from treatment, according to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. Read the rest of this entry »

3,278 people sentenced to life imprisonment for without parole for nonviolent offenses

When Life is Cheap

Monday November 18, 2013

The ACLU’s new report, A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses, points to 3,278 people sentenced to life imprisonment for without parole for nonviolent offenses. And you need to read the whole thing.

A few victims of mandatory-minimum laws:

  • Stephanie Yvette George, who was sentenced to life imprisonment at 23 because her boyfriend hid drugs in her attic.
  • Clarence Aaron, sentenced to life at 23 for being present at a drug sale. He did not buy, sell, or manufacture the drugs, and both the buyer and seller have been released from prison after serving their sentences.
  • Sharanda Purlette Jones, a single mother sentenced to life at 30 for asking a friend if he knew where drugs could be purchased.

79% of the offenders were sentenced for “drug-related” crimes. These crimes do not necessarily involve the sale, purchase, or manufacture of drugs.

The U.S. prison industry is already the largest in human history. As private prisons continue to lobby lawmakers for new contracts with higher minimum occupancy quotas, stories like these will become increasingly common.

This doesn’t seem to bother us, as a country. Should it?

Young Man Dies in Prison as Guards Ignore his Pleas to See the Nurse

Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

Michael Saffioti suffered from an extreme dairy allergy. On July 3rd, 2012 Mr. Saffioti ate something in prison that set this allergy off.

He tried to tell the guards about his negative reaction but they refused to take action. He pleaded with guards to see the nurse, but instead was told to go to his cell. Saffioti, knowing that this reaction could kill him was jumping up and down in his cell pleading with the guards to bring him to the nurse. He was ignored. Thirty minutes later he was found unconscious in his cell, and pronounced dead shortly after.

This neglect by the guards is criminal. Ignoring a man as he dies in his cell takes a special kind of sicko.

To add to the tragedy, Mr., Saffioti was in prison for causing absolutely zero harm to anyone. He was arrested for possessing a plant. Yes that’s…

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