Incarceration Update

N.Y. jail program forces families to buy from online vendors that overcharge for basic items sent to inmates. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/families-forced-pay-basic-items-inmates-article-1.3706046

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No One is Safe..smh

Rikers Guards Are Allegedly Sexually Abusing Visitors In Bathrooms! In an effort to avoid newly-installed surveillance cameras in search areas, Rikers Island correctional officers take female visitors to nearby bathrooms to strip-search them, according to several women and a new report by the Jails Action Coalition.  Five women have now filed notices of claim (which signal an…

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More on Bail Reform…

Steps Toward Bail Reform Taken in Manhattan and Dutchess County Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s policy shift came the same day as the New York Civil Liberties Union announced the filing of an extensive habeas corpus petition, under equal protection and due process principles, on behalf of a Dutchess County resident behind bars because he…

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Freedom denied, #GOT BAIL!

In a lawsuit filed today, the New York Civil Liberties Union challenged the imposition of cash bail when a judge has not considered a person’s ability to pay or alternatives to money bail. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dutchess County resident Christopher Kunkeli, who has spent three months in jail before trial on…

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BEYOND THE BARS: Closing Jails and Prisons-2018

Save the Date!  Beyond the Bars: Closing Jails and Prisons March 1-4, 2018 The 8th annual Beyond the Bars Conference of the Center for Justice at Columbia University seeks to contribute to the growing movement to close jails and prisons as a part of the larger struggle to end mass incarceration. In particular, we will…

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Crime in the US

Murder in America is deeply local. Homicides in the U.S. rose about 9% last year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation- “Wall Street Journal” Murder in America: What Makes Cities Safer. Killings fell in Los Angeles and Washington when police established closer ties with people living in the most violent neighborhoods; gentrification also played a role…

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Pretrial Risk Assessment study in Kentucky

Recent years have seen a rush towards evidence-based tools in criminal justice. As part of this movement, many jurisdictions have adopted actuarial risk assessment to supplement or replace the ad-hoc decisions of judges. Proponents of risk assessment tools claim that they can dramatically reduce incarceration without harming public safety. Using rich data on more than one million…

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