Beatrice brings to Reentry Central firsthand experience in the criminal justice system, having been incarcerated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 15 years. While incarcerated, Beatrice served as a consultant to the Director of the University of Connecticut's Institute for Violence Reduction, and spent her time advocating for inmates.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The International Center for Prison Studies estimates that America imprisons people percitizens of any age. That compares unfavorably with RussiaChina and Iran A whopping 60 percent percent of those incarcerated in U.
Even while our crime rate has fallen, our incarcerated population has climbed. Politicians win elections by being tough on crime and portraying all prisoners as violent and subhuman.
Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in America, disenfranchising them and preventing them from wielding any political influence. Nearly six million Americans, or 2. Harvey Silverglate, a civil libertarian, has noted that with the broad laws on the books, especially those relating to technology, most Americans commit three felonies a day.
Silverglate argues that an overzealous prosecutor could charge almost anyone with one of the many absurd, archaic or over-broad laws on the books. Silly laws, like the infamous "three strike laws," create the illusion of safety at a high cost: High rates of incarceration, and our inability to deal with recidivism partially a result of high rates of incarceration are bad for society.
There are further, unquantifiable costs in the form of less social cohesion, the breakdown of neighborhoods, and fatherless children.
Those who are incarcerated are ostracized, but also face a cruel dehumanization.
Consider the widespread rape of prisoners, which remains unacknowledged in wider society -- except for a joke now and then. An estimatedAmerican prisoners are raped each year.
Inthe Department of Justice released a report about abuse in juvenile detention centers. The report found that James Gilligan told ABC News that "the more violent, powerful inmates -- are in effect being given a bribe or a reward to cooperate with the prison authorities Back inthe National Rape Elimination Commission released a set of proposed standards to reduce rape, including: Here are how some correction departments responded: The New Mexico Corrections Department submitted this in response to the proposed standards: There is some hope for detainees.
Prisons have until August of this year to comply, and then the Justice Department will conduct a round of audits. The new standards are welcome, but they come far too late for the far too many abused prisoners.
The saddest thing about the entire saga is what Jesse Lerner-Kinglake from Just Detention International tells me, "This abuse is preventable.
Indeed, the BJS studies showed that some facilities have all but eliminated this abuse. The American prison system should be our greatest source of shame. The only country that imprisons more people per capita may be North Korea estimates are obviously tough to find. As floodwaters rose in the OPP buildings, power was lost, and entire buildings were plunged into darkness.
Deputies left their posts wholesale, leaving behind prisoners in locked cells, some standing in sewage-tainted water up to their chests Prisoners went days without food, water and ventilation, and deputies admit that they received no emergency training and were entirely unaware of any evacuation plan.
Even some prison guards were left locked in at their posts to fend for themselves, unable to provide assistance to prisoners in need.
The ACLU has recently filed a federal suit on the behalf of the prisoners alleging that: Gawker has obtained the letter of one prisoner who was raped and robbed at the private prison. The voiceless and voteless prisoners and former prisoners in America need us to advocate for reform.
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Human Rights Watch's research, which has been national in scale, has convinced us that there are significant differences in victimization rates among prison systems, and from prison to prison.
May 23, · One type of violence that is often attributed to prison settings is sexual victimization. 1, 2 Sexual victimization includes a range of behaviors from sexually abusive conduct to nonconsensual sexual assaults 3 and has a variety of severe public health consequences.
4 Rape provides an opportunity for spreading sexually transmitted diseases, 5 a matter of particular concern in prisons, . Male physical victimization by perpetrator.
In all, over a 6-month period, % of all male inmates experienced one or multiple forms of physical victimization in prison. ENERGY ENHANCEMENT IS THE SOLUTION!! Alex Jones looks through the Eye of Sauron, the father of lies, - news from the great lying satanic media empires - and thus, guided by the enemy all .
Mar 17, · Instead of putting these non-violent people in jail or prison, we can just let them go and legalize all victimless behaviors. It makes more sense to let people have freedom than to waste resources enforcing authoritarian laws. Incidental Criminals – Some people may commit an illegal act of violence or victimization due to external conditions.
We can refer to these people as incidental criminals.