OFTEN, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE is an adjunct to the criminal justice system or occurs years after that process has concluded. But it can also be a stand-alone alternative. There are few pre-determined expectations other than open-minded and full-throated participation on all sides… Read more
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) has reduced medical costs for inmates by $14.5 million over the past two years – while maintaining or improving care – by leveraging federal and state programs and innovative partnerships, according to the Governor’s… Read more
England’s correctional health care system offers three key lessons for the US correctional health care system. First, correctional health care should be integrated into the general health care system to ensure that all providers are subject to the same high… Read more
When it comes to reducing mass incarceration, some solutions are actually staring us right in the face. By targeting the underlying problems that led to the crime in the first place, effective diversion programs can improve long-term community safety and reduce… Read more
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“These people are not in Rikers because they’re hardened criminals,” said Jonathan Lippman, former New York State Chief Judge. “They’re there because they have a problem, (and) they don’t need to be brutalized by a penal colony that is a… Read more
Rick Raemisch is the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. When he began his role in 2013, there were still over 700 inmates in solitary, some of whom had been there for years. Approximately half of them were… Read more
Recent studies show that even short stays in jail can spur a significant increase in a person’s likelihood to reoffend, while longer detentions correlate with even greater odds of recidivism. Overall crime rates are lower than they have been in decades, but the rate of… Read more
70 newly released men and women “are the first of 517 juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania, the largest such contingent in the nation, to be resentenced and released on parole since the Supreme Court decided that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors… Read more