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Pregnant–Locked Up

  It is just common sense to keep pregnant women out of jail, who are waiting for their court date. Jails, unlike prisons, hold defendants waiting for their day in court, or defendants sentenced to less than 12 months for misdemeanors (minor charges). A bill to protect pregnant inmates was borne (bad pun) in Cook […]

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Feds Drop Book Restriction Policy

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Prisons dropped their controversial book restriction policy regarding books for inmates.The policy would have prohibited direct delivery of books from publishers, book clubs and bookstores. The new policy called for a seven-step process (30 percent price markup), and purchases would be available only through one private vendor. All of […]

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New Study: Incarceration Price Tag–1 Trillion Plus

Washington University reported that prior estimates of annual incarceration costs of 80 billion is not even close to the actual price of our jails and prisons. Carrie Pettus-Davis, Director of the Washington University’s Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice and a co-author of the study, stated, “We find that for every dollar in corrections costs, […]

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