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Immigrant Children, Trump, & Manafort

Photo by: Civil Liberties Defense Center The events of June 15th, revealed the distressing state of our country. The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday, that the United States government has separated almost 2,000 children at our border from immigrants. The Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their parents crossing the border illegally has […]

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15 Year Old & Nike Fives– 5 Year Sentence

Dayonn Davis was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of probation. The sentence was imposed for stealing a pair of black and white Nike Air Jordan Fives from an acquaintance. Davis’s accomplice had a handgun for the robbery. Davis’s attorney argued that her client did not know that his accomplice would bring […]

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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 county […]

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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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Philadelphia’s Oldest Jail to Close in 2 Years

Photo-NBC Philadelphia’s oldest operating jail, House of Corrections, opened in 1927. Mayor Jim Kenney and Prisons Commissioner announced the closure of the jail by 2020, because it did not have modern security and public safety features. Prison officials stated the closing of the jail was also due to a declining prison population, and the lack […]

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Jailing the Mentally ill

In 2014, we reported that our jails were filled with the mentally ill. In 2014, California Channel 9 reported that one-third of the 3,000 inmates, in Orange County jail, had serious mental illnesses. The investigation revealed the same individuals,having mental health issues, were arrested numerous times for misdemeanors, such as trespassing and disorderly conduct. The […]

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