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California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.

California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners serving time for crimes classified as felonies prior to its passage. California currently has a tremendous prison overcrowding problem, and the state is required to do something about this within the next two years.
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Harry Waksberg
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DOJ Finds Rape and Abuse of Women at Tutwiler Prison in AL 'Unconstitutional'

DOJ Finds Rape and Abuse of Women at Tutwiler Prison in AL 'Unconstitutional'
A notorious prison in Alabama was recently cited by the Department of Justice for extreme violations of the Constitutions after an investigation into conditions showed a rampant prevalence of sexual harassment and rape by prison staffers. "The women at Tutwiler universally fear for their safety," according to the report.
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Mandela: 'Solitary Confinement the Most Forbidding Aspect of Prison Life'

Mandela: 'Solitary Confinement the Most Forbidding Aspect of Prison Life'
South African statesman Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. He was sentenced to rigorous manual labor every day and routinely abused by guards. But in his book about his prison years called "Conversations with Myself," Mandela said that solitary confinement was the worst part of his long, painful experience. America's for-profit prison industry should make note.
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Further Reading: Mental Illness and Solitary Confinement in Prisons

Further Reading: Mental Illness and Solitary Confinement in Prisons
Despite protections, inmates with severe mental illness are still ending up in solitary confinement at alarming rates. Prisons and jails across the country are filling with mentally ill inmates, while access to community mental health services dwindle. The Department of Justice estimated in 2006 that over half of all U.S. inmates suffer from a mental health problem.
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Christie Thompson
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30,000 Inmates Begin Largest Hunger Strike in California History

30,000 Inmates Begin Largest Hunger Strike in California History
Two years ago, hunger strikes drew national attention to California prisons, but this year, they are even bigger. Especially with the added attention surrounding hunger strikes by military prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
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Officials Acknowledge Prison Director’s Murder Tied to Solitary Confinement Policies

Officials Acknowledge Prison Director’s Murder Tied to Solitary Confinement Policies
After years of controversial work to transition prisoners out of solitary confinement — especially prior to release into society — Colorado's Corrections Department Director was murdered by a former inmate who was released to the streets directly from 23 hours a day in a cement cell. The tragic, teachable moment is both about human rights for all humans and public safety.
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Immigrants for Sale: How Private Prisons Exploit Aspiring Americans

Immigrants for Sale: How Private Prisons Exploit Aspiring Americans
Five billion dollars. That’s how much profit private prison corporations are making on immigration detention centers a year, according to the documentary “Immigrants For Sale.”
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