Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.
Nationwide, a quarter of heroin addicts pass through the corrections system each year. But fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails offer access to FDA-approved medication used in treatment.
But with short stays and high turnover, continuity of care after release is crucial.
Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases
Poll: “It demonstrates that the American public is ahead of public officials in thinking about what is fair and equitable treatment under the law.”
Critics, including the city’s mayor, have pointed to the role cash-bail plays in sustaining a two-tiered system of justice.
More than two-thirds of states cut crime and imprisonment from 2008-16
Detailed spending data helps track trends and evaluate cost-effectiveness
The share of the population living with a felony conviction has gone up sharply in Georgia and Florida, while West Virginia and New Hampshire still have relatively low rates.
Why such a discrepancy, and what does it indicate?
Mecklenburg County judges are preparing to hold pretrial hearings to determine defendants’ economic statuses before handing down financial punishments.
High rates of infectious disease in state prisons present a challenge—and an opportunity.
Prison health care intersects with key state goals, including meeting constitutional requirements, protecting public safety and reducing recidivism.
New Jersey received the only A. The national average is a D. Comprehensive reform makes the difference.
"Many of the jurisdictions want to reduce reliance on money bail and make decisions about who should be held pretrial,” according to the MacArthur Foundation’s director of justice reform.
Hoping to combat the high cost of incarceration and break the cycle of children following their parents to prison, some cities have created programs to keep women out of jail and with their children.
Several recent studies have found that black men, even those without a criminal history, are less likely to get called back or hired after a ban the box law is put in place.
As jails install systems that let inmates videochat with "visitors" no matter where they may be, it’s private companies that appear to have the most to gain.
In Philadelphia and other cities, prosecutors have formed “conviction review units”—special teams that reinvestigate cases they may have gotten wrong.
Hoping to make it easier for people leaving prison to re-enter society—and avoid going back—several states enacted laws aimed at helping ex-offenders get jobs, pay off court debt, and access food stamps.
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