I received a wonderful article on an effective prison industries program that once operated in the Lansing State Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas. The article described a partnership between a private company and officials in the Kansas State prison system. The progressive program would work well in any prison setting, contributing to safer communities, safer [...]
September 12, 2010 marks President Obama’s 600th day in office–he has yet to grant a single act of mercy in the form of a commutation or pardon. The petitions currently on file number in the thousands. http://www.justice.gov/pardon/actions_administration.htm#obama http://www.pardonpower.com/2010/09/600-days-obama-in-very-rare-air.html
We received a message about a new documentary film dealing with criminal justice reform andwe are pleased to post this link to the film’s trailer; it’s an important project that is worthy of support. “‘It’s More Expensive to Do Nothing’ is the definitive documentary about what actually works in modern criminal justice. The film is by [...]
Here is an excellent editorial from The Seattle Times on 8/15/2010 calling for prison reform: America behind bars: The time is ripe for prison reform Neal Peirce / Syndicated columnist For hard-to-defend reasons, and at staggering fiscal cost, the United States incarcerates people at a rate five times Great Britain’s, nine times Germany’s, 12 times [...]
Here are links to a couple of timely articles discussing the issue of much-needed prison reform in America http://www.economist.com/node/16636027 Rough justice in America Too many laws, too many prisoners Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little Jul 22nd 2010 | Spring, Texas http://www.aolnews.com/surge-desk/article/will-president-barack-obama-take-on-prison-reform/19577278 Will Obama Take On Prison Reform?
Justin Paperny was a guest on G. Gordon Liddy’s national radio show on July 27, 2010 discussing his prison experience at Taft, his book (Lessons From Prison), and being mentored by Michael Santos. Click here to listen
H.R. 5143: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010 (partner bill to Senator Jim Webb’s [ S 714]), moved forward on July 27, 2010 when the House of Representatives passed it by voice vote. Please contact your state’s Congressional legislators and tell them to support this much-needed step toward meaningful prison reform!
Below is the prelinimary transcript from Larry King’s show (7/23/2010) discussing prison reform: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1007/23/lkl.01.html CNN LARRY KING LIVE / Saving Lives on the Inside / Aired July 23, 2010 – 21:00 ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) LARRY KING, HOST: [...]
Read Solitary Confinement: Wasteful, Useless by Michael Santos on Change.org… http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/solitary_confinement_wasteful_useless
Read this article by Michael Santos on Change.org: http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/prison_reform_will_congress_finally_move_forward
Read A Supreme Change in Juvenile Justice, by Michael Santos http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/a_supreme_change_in_juvenile_justice
Read F is Still For Failure by Michael Santos on Change.org: http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/f_is_still_for_failure
About a month ago, I spoke with Andrew (not his real name), another prisoner at Taft Camp, who told me a story that caused me to feel some concern for him. Andrew was once a finance executive, but he found himself in trouble with the law when prosecutors accused him of using his finance company [...]
Before I went to sleep yesterday, Ben (another prisoner at Taft Camp) came to speak with me. Ben is a young man in his early 30s who is serving a nine-month sentence. He had been expecting release to come in only four more months, but earlier in the day he was ordered to pack all [...]
Wednesday, 2 June 2010 Early this morning I heard an NPR broadcast report that Attorney General Eric Holder had traveled to New Orleans to investigate the massive oil spill caused by British Petroleum. Mr. Holder announced that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation into the disaster, and that if the investigation concluded that [...]