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Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff: Prisons & Jails are the New Insane Asylums

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart appeared last night on 60 minutes to illustrate a growing problem with our prisons and jails, Dart shared videos recorded by his staff inside his jail showing mentally ill inmates behaving erratically. Sheriff Dart stated, this is “what happens when we take mentally ill people and we cram them into […]

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Let’s Be Real About Recidivism

Recidivism is a 10-letter word. When you first hear the word, it sounds like a disease. We know it is not a medical term, but it is a disease affecting our society. Dictionary.com defines recidivism as “repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime.” A 2011 study released by the Pew Center on the United States […]

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Michael Douglas Criticizes U.S. Prison System

Michael Douglas took aim at the U.S. prison system after winning an Emmy last night. Cameron Douglas is serving a nine-year sentence for drug related charges in Pennsylvania. Although the original sentence was for five years, he received an additional four years for having his attorney smuggle heroin to him while incarcerated. Prisonpath previously discussed […]

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Michael Douglas’ Son – Prison Violence

No one, including the son of Michael Douglas, is exempted from prison violence. Once you leave the outside world for the life behind bars, you are just another inmate. The power of your family ends behind the grey walls and barbed wire. It is a different culture with different rules and taboos.  Prison violence statistics […]

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Solitary Confinement Revisited

Prisonpath has previously published articles about the controversial issue of solitary confinement. More and more, the value of solitary confinement as a punishment is challenged by those who work within the prison systems. The following article by the Seattle Times reports the correlation between inmates who are released from solitary confinement to a higher rate […]

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Let’s Be Real About Jail Suicides

We love to voice our opinions with extreme examples. Point in mind – Ariel Castro. Since his assumed suicide, jails-prisons suicides have become the latest hot topic. If you review the comments that follow articles about this controversial issue, you will read responses arguing that all inmates should suffer as much as possible and that […]

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Overcrowding & Suicides In Our Jails

There were two new reports about our jails this past weekend. The Bureau of Justice Statistics defines jails as follows: “Jails are locally-operated short term facilities that hold both inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both, and those sentenced to a term of less than 1 year, typically misdemeanants. Prisons are longer-term facilities run by […]

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Ariel Castro – Prison & Jail Suicides

Ariel Castro committed suicide by hanging himself with a sheet in his cell on September 4th. Although we are not sympathetic with the end of Castro, the issue of prison and jail suicides is important. Over the last thirty years, the suicide rate in prisons decreased dramatically while the suicide rate in jails remained high. […]

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