Benefits of Prison Reform

By · Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

 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 [...]

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600 Days Without Mercy

By · Sunday, September 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

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

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Prison Reform: It’s More Expensive to Do Nothing

By · Saturday, September 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 [...]

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Another Call for Prison Reform in the United States

By · Monday, August 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 [...]

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Prison Reform: In The News

By · Monday, August 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

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?

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G. Gordon Liddy Talks Prison with Justin Paperny

By · Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

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

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National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010 passes in the House

By · Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

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!

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Larry King Discusses Prison Reform

By · Saturday, July 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

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: [...]

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Solitary Confinement: Wasteful, Useless

By · Friday, July 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Read Solitary Confinement: Wasteful, Useless by Michael Santos on Change.org…  http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/solitary_confinement_wasteful_useless

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Prison Reform: Will Congress Finally Move Forward?

By · Thursday, July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Read this article by Michael Santos on Change.org: http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/prison_reform_will_congress_finally_move_forward

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A Supreme Change in Juvenile Justice

By · Thursday, July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Read A Supreme Change in Juvenile Justice, by Michael Santos  http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/a_supreme_change_in_juvenile_justice

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F is Still For Failure

By · Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

Read F is Still For Failure by Michael Santos on Change.org: http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/f_is_still_for_failure

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Andrew’s Potential Problem: Lies and Deception May Bring New Criminal Charges

By · Saturday, June 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

 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 [...]

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Ben’s Problem: Going Back to Court For New Criminal Charges

By · Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 [...]

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Catastrophe in the Gulf: Utilize Prisoners as Manpower

By · Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

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 [...]

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