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USA, China, & Russia– 2015 Gold, Silver, & Bronze for Most Inmates

  The major powers again win the top three medals for the most inmates in the world. The United States, year after year, is awarded the Gold medal for the world’s  largest inmate population at almost 2.3 million incarcerated Americans. China won the Silver with 1.7 million inmates and Russia trailed a distant third for […]

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The Myth of Prison Double-Bunking

What is prison double-bunking? I checked several dictionaries for a definition and there was no dictionary result. Any inmate can define double-bunking. Double-bunking is the prison practice of placing two inmates in each cell. Prisons practice double-bunking because they lack sufficient cells for the number of inmates. Most cells were built for one occupant. Most […]

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Re-Entry Programs & Recidivism: The Connection Continued

San Francisco understands what is necessary in order to lower recidivism and prison overcrowding. Unlike many probation departments and prison systems, San Francisco’s counselors look to what is needed for a released inmate in terms of housing, employment, health care, and drug rehabilitation. The probation department has even picked up returning citizens from prisons to […]

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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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What Prison was Like in the Afternoon

Prisonpath previously discussed “What is Prison Really Like”. The posting offered a brief snapshot of a Maryland state prison. Another article discussed prison life in the morning, “What is Prison Like in the Morning”. The following article describes a typical afternoon at the Maryland Correctional Training Center located in Hagerstown, Maryland. All of the postings […]

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Bipartison Bill Would Reduce Prison Overcrowding

It is recognized that many prisons in the United States are overcrowded and do not rehabilitate inmates. The use of mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenders has helped create the world’s largest prison population. The excessive imprisonment of nonviolent offenders is part of a national problem–exploding costs for state and federal prison budgets. A […]

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Parole & Probation Can Work

Many state officials lament publicly about the high recidivism rate in their states. Prison populations are increasing not because of new crimes, but by parolees and probationers returning to prison as a result of of technical violations. The technical violations can consist of missing a meeting with the parole officer, failing to attend counseling, missing […]

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HUFFINGTON POST: California Prison Overcrowding, Prisoners To Go Back To CA

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. With severe overcrowding easing in state lockups, California is winding down a controversial deal with the nation’s biggest private prison operator and will bring thousands of inmates housed in facilities as far away as Mississippi back to California within the next few years. Currently, some 9,500 […]

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