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Opioid Epidemic Increases Jail Suicides?

Have jail suicides increased at the same time that Opioid deaths have increased nationally (Opioid Epidemic). For example, data from the Massachusetts state Department of Public Health indicated opioid-related overdose deaths started to increase from 656 in 2011 to 2,069 in 2016. During the same years, all 14 county Massachusetts sheriffs’ departments reported that suicides […]

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If Mark Zuckerberg Really Wants to Help Reform!

Photo:Business Insider On August 1, the Tech insider reported that Mark Zuckerberg wants to spend his billions reforming education, housing, and criminal justice. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan has already made substantial investments in education, but their criminal justice initiatives are just beginning. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), has donated funds to Measures for […]

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Texas Prisons, Dead Inmates, Excessive Heat

In a ground breaking decision, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled that Texas state corrections were aware of the dangerous and lethal heat risks in their prisons and that at least 23 men in Texas prisons have died from the heat in the last 20 years. For the past four years, PrisonPath has posted numerous […]

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O.J. Simpson’s Parole–Yes or No?

Photo–LA Times The parole hearing of the century will be decided this afternoon.A parole board will decide whether to grant O.J. Simpson parole. Parole is defined as: “The conditional release of a person convicted of a crime prior to the expiration of that person’s term of imprisonment, subject to both the supervision of the correctional […]

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17 & Life Without Parole!

Rick Wershe, known as “White Boy,”was sentenced at 17 to life without parole.He was Michigan’s longest incarcerated juvenile convicted of a nonviolent offense. He was found guilty of having 650 grams of cocaine in his possession. This was Wershe’s first offense. Wershe received this draconian sentence during the frenzied “War Against Drugs.” After Wershe served […]

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Feelings Don’t Kill, Drugs Do

By:Irving Schattner Psychotherapist in Private Practice at Counseling Center For Growth Feelings are separate from thoughts or beliefs. They describe our internal state of being and can project or become displaced onto others in one’s environment. Many people distinguish between “good or positive emotions” vs. “bad or negative emotions.” Positive emotions are attributed to people […]

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Otto Warmbier & Darren Rainey

Otto Warmbier (Photo:AP) On June 19, 2017 Otto Warmbier, tragically died in the United States from tortuous treatment that he suffered while held in a North Korean prison. Darren Rainey (Photo:The Sun) On June 12th, 2012, Darren Rainey tragically died in a Florida state prison from tortuous treatment. OTTO WARMBIER: Otto Warmbier was 21 years […]

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What Really Happens in American Jails

Will prisons ever open up to journalists? Too often, public officials have the final say on how much the public knows about what happens in America’s jails By Jessica Pupovac (Credit: iStockphoto/gioadventures) This article originally appeared on The Crime Report, the nation’s largest criminal justice news source. Many states make it extremely difficult for journalists […]

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