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May 2012 - Thinking About Corrections

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    Trends in Corrections – A Visual Tool

    Focusing on trends over the past several decades, The Sentencing Project has released a set of fifteen charts, Trends in U.S. Corrections , that provide a compilation of key developments in the criminal justice system. Among the issues featured in this collection are: Rate of incarceration from 1925 to 2010 International comparisons of incarceration rates Changes in the drug offender composition of prison populations over time Racial/ethnic disparities by gender in incarceration Increases in the...
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    Military Veterans-Only Unit Opens in Georgia Jail

    What is claimed to be the first ever veterans only jail dorm is up and running. The Muscogee county jail in Georgia is giving special treatment to military veterans who are incarcerated. The Muscogee County Sheriff says there are specific programs set up for the vets to keep them from breaking the law once they get out. Sheriff John Darr says it doesn't cost taxpayers any more money than a regular dorm because programs addressing addiction, depression, and housing are all volunteer based. Organizers...
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    2012 U.S. Peace Index Shows Continuing Reduction in Violence

    “The last twenty years have seen a substantial and sustained reduction in direct violence in the United States.” This quote from the Executive Summary is just one highlight of the second annual 2012 United States Peace Index (USPI) . The USPI is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. peacefulness at the state and city levels and analysis of the costs associated with violence and the socio-economic measures associated with...
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    Pew Forum on Religion: Religion in Prisons

    " Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains ", conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, was released on March 22, 2012. Findings: Professional prison chaplains see America's state penitentiaries as places bustling with religious activity, ranging from efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates to religious switching by prisoners. More than seven-in-ten state prison chaplains say efforts by inmates to convert others...
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    Pew Report: "Public Opinion on Sentencing and Corrections Policy in America"

    As part of the Public Safety Performance Project's work with states to improve public safety and control corrections costs, the Pew Center on the States/The Pew Charitable Trusts collaborated with two of the nation's leading polling firms, The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies, to explore public opinion on sentencing and corrections issues across the country. 2012 polling, consistent with 2010 research, indicates that voters are concerned first and foremost with keeping communities...
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    Parole Essentials: Shaping Parole in the 21st Century

    Paroling authorities play a critical role in correctional systems nationwide. They make thousands of decisions each year about the timing of release from prison for a significant number of offenders. They set conditions of release and respond to violations of post-release supervision for many thousands more. Recognizing this critical role, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is engaged in a major initiative to develop useful resources for parole board chairs, members, and their executive...
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