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Month: September, 2014

Why Cutting Down Jail Time is Key to Fighting Poverty | BillMoyers.com

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Julian Adler discusses alternative sentencing:

Any time spent behind bars is harmful to individuals, families and communities. In many cases, the use of jail makes society less safe: studies have consistently found that incarceration does not deter re-offending, with some research indicating that it actually increases the odds of recidivism. Further, while most people tend to be released after relatively short sentences, the consequences of incarceration are lasting and damaging. The fact is we could divert a significant percentage of the American jail population without appreciably increasing risk to public safety. Alternatives to detention and incarceration will improve the life trajectories of people living in poverty.

Read more at Why Cutting Down Jail Time is Key to Fighting Poverty | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com.

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Guest post: Convicted felons struggle to find work

Bradan's World

This blogpost was originally posted at newhavenbeat.wordpress.com by Mark Dipaola (permission to repost granted). It’s something to think about-convicts with a felony on their record often have trouble finding work after they are paroled (and even after completing all probation/rehab orders) because most employers do not want to hire ex-felons.

INDEFINITE SENTENCE: IN JOB SEARCH, EX-OFFENDERS CONTINUE TO PAY

Bob McDaniel sits across from me in a chair in one of the offices at STRIVE New Haven, a career resource organization, calmly laying out the darker details of his past, and how they have made his present and future so difficult.

It’s a short break from the job search that has brought him to STRIVE’s computers every day since the beginning of July, but he might chalk it up to practice. That’s because employers will inevitably be asking him to explain the third degree burglary plastered onto his record-that is, if…

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Aging in Prison

Well said written article

The Catholic Eye

One of the more persistent myths from the uninformed criminal justice practitioner and editorial commentators like this one in the New York Times is that older criminals can be safely released from prison because, statistically, fewer older people commit crimes than younger people; when the truth is that older criminals are generally experientially smarter and get caught less.

An excerpt.

After declining for three years in a row, the nation’s stubbornly huge prison population has crept back up again. About 1,574,700 people were in prison at the end of 2013, up 4,300 from 2012. (While the federal population actually dropped for the first time in more than 30 years, it was offset by a larger increase in state prisoners.)

There are many ways to get this number back down, and in the process create a smarter, safer and more cost-effective penal system. One of the most long-known and sensible fixes…

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TedxUtica 2014 Speaker Line up!

This is it the official release of this years speakers.

This is it the official release of this years speakers.