Prison officials fear inmates can use social media to commit crimes. But prisoner advocates say banning its use hampers a successful return to society.
The share of population behind bars has fallen back to the 1998 level.
“We’re not in ideal times,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “If you look at the financial realities, our choices were to reduce staffing and programming, or do this.”
The holiday season can be the toughest time of the year for incarcerated juveniles. In some places, officials are trying to make it a little brighter.
Last year, as many as 100,000 inmates spent time in solitary confinement in federal and state prisons and local jails.
Expecting facilities and agencies to run efficiently and cost effectively without sophisticated technology in today’s modern criminal justice system is simply unrealistic
Nebraskans voted to reinstate the death penalty, and Californians voted to speed up their executions.
Public support for capital punishment has declined in recent years, but the issue continues to be a point of contention, as some advocate for its repeal and others push for its reinstatement.
The machines are taking over.
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Since states play a leading role in corrections, governors have an opportunity to promote positive change throughout the criminal-justice system.
The move comes after safety complaints from the correctional officers’ union, despite decreases in officer assaults.
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The policy aims to reduce officer caseloads so resources can be directed at those most at risk of re-offending.
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The city plans to prohibit some employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record.
After an FBI investigation revealed trouble within the ranks of prison officers, a new software suite was purchased to catch contraband connections.
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Launched by the White House, the Data-Driven Justice Initiative wants to lower prison inmate numbers and increase the number of prisoners receiving health care and mental health services with proven methods.
In 2016 some states moved to reduce their prison populations while others focused on supporting offenders once they return to their communities and revamping the way police departments interact with the public.
At the Orange County Community Court, social services are combined with criminal justice.
Norman Seabrook, longtime president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, was arrested Wednesday.
Many of the 70 million Americans with a record might be eligible to have it expunged but don’t take advantage of the opportunity. Part of the reason is ignorance of the remedies that the laws allow, part of the reason is the cost.
Several states want to block cellular signals in prisons and make contraband phones useless to inmates.
In a part of the Buckeye State often overlooked by travelers passing through, you can better understand the physical and budgetary footprints for state prisons through the 1994 movie.
The Rikers Island jail complex in New York City has the longest-running opioid treatment program in the nation. Only a few other correctional facilities have followed its example.
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Overcrowding forced thousands of prisoners to sleep in gyms and other spaces.
A predictive computer model is a key part of the overhaul.
Savings are relatively small compared to overall state corrections spending.
The state’s Republican lawmakers said Monday they planned to stop the order to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons the right to vote.
Will Terry McAuliffe's move to restore voting rights to felons, which has signaled a new way forward in the commonwealth, last?