A bill to fight expensive prison phone call costs heads to Biden’s desk

https://www.npr.org/2023/01/01/1146370950/prison-phone-call-cost-martha-wright-biden January 1, 20239:01 AM ET JULIANA KIMTwitter Prison inmates make one of their daily allotment of six phone calls at the York Community Reintegration Center. John Moore/Getty Images Legislation that aims to curb the costs of phone calls behind bars is heading to President Biden's desk for his signature. The Martha Wright-Reed Just and … Continue reading A bill to fight expensive prison phone call costs heads to Biden’s desk

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Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison

Daniel Genis. Viking, $28 (320p) ISBN 978-0-525-42955-5 https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-525-42955-5 A man does hard time with the help of literature in this striking and soulful debut. Journalist Genis revisits his stint in New York State prisons from 2003 to 2014 after committing a string of knife-point street robberies to fund his heroin habit at the age of … Continue reading Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison

THIS IS NOT JUSTICE

A Philadelphia teenager and the empty promise of the Sixth Amendment By Jake Tapper https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/11/campaign-to-free-incarcerated-philadelphia-teenager-sixth-amendment/671527/ Painting by Fulton Leroy Washington (MR WASH). Source: Malike Sidibe for The Atlantic. OCTOBER 12, 2022 This article was featured in One Story to Read Today, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a single must-read from The Atlantic, Monday through Friday.  … Continue reading THIS IS NOT JUSTICE

Ending Mass Incarceration

From VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE: https://www.vera.org/ending-mass-incarceration America is at a tipping point. In a country that continues to lead the world in locking up its own people, mass incarceration has emerged in recent years as a defining civil rights issue. A movement has blossomed in which formerly incarcerated people lead alongside diverse and influential allies, … Continue reading Ending Mass Incarceration

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2019.html By Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner March 19, 2019 Can it really be true that most people in jail are being held before trial? And how much of mass incarceration is a result of the war on drugs? These questions are harder to answer than you might think, because our country’s systems of confinement are so fragmented. The … Continue reading Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019