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“The Holding Cell Jury”

The Holding Cell Jury

  From the creator of PrisonPath.com: I was incarcerated for fifteen months in the Maryland state prison system. During my journey, I encountered all types of individuals. I observed indifference, cruelty, and random acts of kindness from inmates and correctional officers. The following true prison story happened in April, 2011.    “THE HOLDING CELL JURY “ On April 21, I was being transported with two other inmates from the Maryland Correctional Training Center [MCTC], a medium security level prison in western Maryland, to Southern ...

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Another Night of Town Violence, not Iraq--- Ferguson Missouri

This posting is not about the tragic death of Michael Brown. By now, everyone knows that Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot multiple times by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since the shooting on Saturday afternoon, the town has had numerous demonstrations protesting the death of another black teenager. This posting is about the aftermath of the shooting. We have watched today the scenes of the police confronting Americans protesting what occurred on Saturday. From the videos that were ...

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The Illusion of Prison Statistics

The Illusion of Prison Statistics

  A study from Stanford University has revealed the discomfort of American prison statistics. Prison statistics showing  that the percentage of black Americans in prison is much higher than the percentage of white people incarcerated--- impeded prison reform among  white Americans. Black Americans compose 12 percent of America's population and are 40 percent of our prison population. The study has shown that white Americans informed of these numbers do not want prison reform. By prison reform, we are discussing policies such ...

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Art Imitating Prison Life

The Conan show has created an ad for a wine called "Pruno." The wine is made in prison and the the cast of Orange is the New Black participated in this creative spot. The promo gives the illusion of a fancy winery, but the ingredients such as fine bread was really burnt prison toast and the sugar was every day sugar packets and all was fermented in a prison cell,"oak-lined toilet." The audience will laugh at the creativity of this fake ...

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U.S. Sentencing Commission Chooses Fairness in Federal Drug Sentencing

U.S. Sentencing Commission Chooses Fairness in Federal Drug Sentencing

On July 18th, the US Sentencing Commission elected to give 46,000 federal inmates serving excessive sentences for drug charges the ability to file motions for reduced sentences. The US Sentencing Commission in April voted unanimously that federal drug sentences were unfair and were excessive punishments. The Human Rights Watch had requested the Commission to make this change retroactive. Despite opposition, the amendment was passed. The reductions are not automatic since the federal courts will have to consider each individual case upon ...

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Prison Path Mission: When a first time offender is imprisoned, the inmate's family is left alone, frightened and confused. Understandably, the family's first priority is to locate their loved one and find out about visitation. Prison Path's free prison search will provide all of this information and more, at no cost to the user. Family members will be able to find the exact location of their loved one throughout their incarceration, learn the visitation rules for each respective facility, as well as other essential information that the family will need immediately and throughout the term of the inmate's incarceration. During such a stressful time, family members need to be able to access important information in an efficient manner.