Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

The Economist: America’s Elderly Prisoner Boom

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat Plus A couple of things hit me when I watched this video. One, the fact that America at least at the state level, has moved away from prison industries in too … Continue reading

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The Economist: ‘Jailhouse Nation’

Source:The New Democrat “WITH less than 5% of the world’s population, the United States holds roughly a quarter of its prisoners: more than 2.3m people, including 1.6m in state and federal prisons and over 700,000 in local jails and immigration … Continue reading

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The Washington Post: WonkBook- Christopher Ingraham- The Orwellian Deception of Chuck Grassley’s Leniency Industrial Complex

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat Plus Anyone who calls them self a Conservative and especially a fiscal Conservative, but who supports the American Prison Industrial Complex and our current criminal justice system, I at the very … Continue reading

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Kristen Cherye: America’s Hardest Prisons- National Geographic Documentary

  Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat  This is what happens when you house the worst of the worst together. You have these violent criminal inmates who see their time in prison as nothing, but survival. And … Continue reading

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CDC’s Worst Nightmare: Inside SuperMax

  Source:The New Democrat  “Kern Valley State Prison” Source:CDC’s Worst Nightmare: Inside Supermax For me at least it is not a question of whether we need super max prisons or not. The answer is obvious of course we do with … Continue reading

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Constitution Daily: Lyle Denniston- The Constitution Outside the Courts: The U.S. Sentencing Commission: Making Punishment Fit the Crimes

Overcrowded Jail This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat Making punishment fit the crime should be an obvious statement if it isn’t, but if you look at our criminal justice system that of course is not always the … Continue reading

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Slate: Opinion- Helen Vera- Against Solitary Confinement: States Finding it Impractical as well as Immoral

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat   The current use of the process of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is deplorable.  There are no guidelines relating the length of confinement to severity of offense.  The process is … Continue reading

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