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September 2012 - Thinking About Corrections

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    New Report on the Cost of Containing Violence

    Released today from the Institute for Economics & Peace , this new report, Violence Containment Spending in the United States , provides an “analyses of how much of the U.S. economy is related to preventing or dealing with the consequences of violence”. Key Findings from the report: Violence Containment cost the U.S. $2.16 trillion per year. If violence containment were an industry, it would be the largest industry in the U.S. Federal expenditure has expanded in the last ten years...
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    PREA Data Collection Activities, 2012

    From the Bureau of Justice Statistics , this Data Collection Profile highlights results from five surveys on the topic of sexual victimization, assault, and violence. The featured survey is the National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS) released in May 2012. It provides the “first-ever national estimates of the prevalence of sexual victimization based on reports of former state prison inmates”. Also contained in the Profile are the latest data from the National Survey of Youth in Custody...
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    Recent Ruling Highlights Transgender Issues in Corrections

    Reported from the Associated Press , U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that the state prison officials in Massachusetts must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder. Judge Wolf determined in his ruling that surgery was the “only adequate treatment” for Kosilek. Testimony by the Massachusetts Department of Correction’s medical experts was in support of the need for surgery as treatment. Although...
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