The [Justice] Short List 11-1-13
[Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.]
Allowing prisoners to express themselves is a successful tool in reducing recidivism–significant proof of the power of the arts, in every field of life. What viable argument exists against arts-in-corrections programs when participants get the chance to reflect on their actions and identities? One participant said, “I made a major transition. I got to express my emotions …. I made a real connection with the men here …. It’s made me a better man.”
Target Bans the Box
Now there is more to love about one of the nation’s largest employers, Target Corporation: they have banned the question of criminal history on preliminary job applications. This allows individuals to prove their qualifications without stigma of their criminal history blinding a potential employer from fairly assessing their skills.
State Spending on Prison Health Care is Exploding. Here’s Why.
In recent decades, mandatory minimums have led hundreds of thousands to be sentenced to multiple decades in prison. Our confinement facilities rampantly abuse solitary confinement to further punish the incarcerated, and the needs of America’s prisoners are neglected day in and day out. What do these practices end in? A rapidly rising amount of state expenditures going towards prison healthcare.
Many people think that if they were behind bars, at the very least they’d be able to stay mentally stimulated by catching up on their reading. At the very least. Unfortunately, this is not the case at Illinois’ Woodford County Jail, where books have been banned from entering the facility for the last 6 weeks. An outraged public is taking to their smartphone and iPads, showing their protest with a hashtag: #right2read.
- UN Rapporteur Condemns Prison Overcrowding (rferl.org)
- Nebraska will receive help on prison overcrowding from national group (nebraskaradionetwork.com)
- Torture: The Use of Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- Conrad Murray Michael Jackson’s doctor Released from Prison Due to California Prison Overcrowding (spsoalocal318.wordpress.com)
- California wins slight postponement in prison overcrowding case (blogs.sacbee.com)
- State to partner with think tank to address prison overcrowding, spending (omaha.com)
- Tim Robbins: Can Theater Help Solve California’s Prison Overcrowding Crisis? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Supreme Court rejects California prison overcrowding appeal (sacbee.com)
- U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear California prison overcrowding case (mercurynews.com)
- Prison overcrowding could amount to torture: UN (abc.net.au)