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‘Big Apple’ Spending Big on Jail Inmates

New York City spent an average of $168,000 per jail inmate in 2012, according to a new report by the city’s Independent Budget Office. That number includes the daily cost of feeding, housing and guarding the city’s more than 12,000 detainees, most of whom were behind bars while awaiting trial. “It’s troubling in both human terms and financial terms,” Doug Turetsky, the budget office’s chief of staff, told T ...

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Attorney General Calls for Criminal Justice System Overhaul

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced plans to overhaul the federal justice system, calling for more judicious use of mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug offenses and more focus on the prosecution of serious crimes. “Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities,” Holder said at an Aug. 12, 2013, mee ...

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California Seeks More Time to Resolve Prison Overcrowding

California officials will ask a federal appeals court to grant the state more time to comply with a looming deadline to ease prison overcrowding. Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers announced Sept. 9 that they had reached an agreement on a plan to spend $315 million to expand inmate capacity by leasing space in facilities in California and other states. The plan also calls for more funding of rehabilitatio ...

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Study Finds High Recidivism Rate among Delaware Prisoners

By: Todd Leskanic More than 75% of criminals who were sentenced to at least a year behind bars in Delaware state prisons were arrested again on a serious charge within three years of their release, a new study has found. Additionally, 71% of the offenders examined were convicted of serious crimes within three years of their release and 68% of them were sent back to prison. The Delaware Criminal Justice Coun ...

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U.S. Prison Population Continues to Drop

By: Todd Leskanic The U.S. prison population decreased for a third consecutive year in 2012, federal statistics show, and some experts are attributing the drop to shifting beliefs about criminal justice. From 2011 to 2012, the number of inmates in the nation’s prisons fell by 1.7%, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported in July 2013. That equated to 27,770 fewer inmates, lea ...

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