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California Attorney General Unveils Partnership to Cut Recidivism

California’s top law enforcement official says that connecting a new state agency with local prosecutors can help reduce the number of criminals who reoffend after their release from prison. “California’s district attorneys bring vital experience to the challenge of reducing recidivism, and it is important their perspective is incorporated,” Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a November 2013 news releas ...

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Report Highlights Federal Prison Overcrowding

Dangerous overcrowding in federal prisons has policymakers and prison officials looking for ways to stem the swelling tide of new inmates, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) houses more than 219,000 inmates, nearly 10 times the number it held in 1980. The Urban Institute study found that federal facilities generally are 35% to 40% overcapacity, which creat ...

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Study: Prison Education Programs Cut Recidivism

General education and vocational training programs for prisoners help reduce the odds they will reoffend and land back behind bars by 43%, a new study has found. The “largest-ever” analysis of such programs found that every $1 of investment in prison education trims future incarceration costs by $4 to $5 in the first three years after an inmate’s release, according to the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit publi ...

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FCC Limits Costs for Inmate Calls

The Federal Communications Commission has capped the rates that telephone companies can charge inmates and their families and friends for long-distance calls made from prisons and jails. In August, the commission voted 2-1 to impose caps of 21 cents per minute for interstate calls made with debit and prepaid phone cards, and 25 cents per minute for interstate collect calls. The caps mean that a 15-minute ca ...

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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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