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Inmates Strike USA Prisons–The Unknown News Story

Picture of Lewis Prison by CBS-5 News Inmates throughout prisons in the United States planned a national strike starting on September 9th. Inmates in 24 states and almost 50 prisons had pledged to strike against prison slave labor. As of September 16, inmates in 12 states and 29 prisons were continuing their strike. The strikers […]

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Solitary Confinement

The United States is number one for the most inmates ( 80,000 inmates) held in solitary confinement ( also called segregation). The use of solitary confinement was stopped in the late 19th century in the United States because it was viewed as barbaric. During the massive increase of inmates during the 1980’s and 1990’s, prisons […]

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Dismas House–Successful Re-Entry

Dismas House (for more information: http://www.dismas.com/) By Ray Wm. Smith, Ed.D., D.Min. In 1975, the Presbyterian Church voted to prepare a position paper which would set forth a Biblical theology of the nature and value of human life. In the early 1980’s, I was the pastor of the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. […]

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Private Prisons for Profit

In August, the United States Justice Department announced that the Federal Bureau of Prisons will phase out the use of private prisons. This decision was based partly on a declining federal inmate population, but also on the multiple deficiencies of private prisons compared to federal government managed prisons. The Office of Inspector General released a […]

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Malignant Narcissism

Dr. Charles Zeiders, a Philadelphia based Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, has just published a breakthrough article in the international Journal of Christian Healing entitled “A Psychological Autopsy of a Malignant Narcissist in Church Leadership: A Composite Scenario with Discussion.” http://drzeiders.com/special-archives/home-2/ Based on clinical information brought to Dr. Zeiders’ attention during his 20 years as a […]

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Ramen Noodles–The New Prison Currency

Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona School of Sociology has reported after conducting research at an Arizona State prison on prison labor that Ramen Noodles is the currency of choice for inmates. Traditionally, cigarettes were the underground currency between inmates. Because of the cut back on meals, quantity and quality, inmates […]

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A Requiem for Private Prisons

A Requiem for Private Prisons and a Last Call too. Catholic readers of this site probably know the meaning of the word “requiem.” A Requiem Mass is celebrated for the souls of the dead. This month’s one – two punch for private prisons suggests that we will soon be singing funeral dirges for private prisons […]

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Victim’s View of Prison, Punishment, & Rehabilitation

All of America has read or heard conflicting opinions about the issue of “Punishment vs. Rehabilitation.”The far right and conservative lawmakers believe in strict punishment and long sentences for those who violate the law. We hear constantly their simplistic adage–“Don’t do the crime,if you can’t do the time.” Instead of listening to the far right […]

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Are You Looking for a Federal Sentence Reduction?

If you are a federal offender and have a verifiable substance abuse problem, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) by law provides a very specialized program offering eligible offenders additional time off, beyond “good time”, from your sentence. Called the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP), it offers federal inmates additional sentence reduction outside the […]

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Can Former Inmates Vote?

As the infographs presented by PrisonPath show below, the United States, through state laws, prohibits approximately 5.85 million Americans with felony convictions (or individuals on parole or probation) from voting. If our disenfranchised were citizens of Australia, Spain, France, Ireland or Germany, they would have the freedom to vote. Florida leads the nation in disenfranchising […]

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