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Prisons in the Press
December 11, 2006, 10:06 pm
Filed under: criminal justice, news

As of late, prison conditions have become a hot topic. Check out these recent stories:

From the New York Times, Prisons Push California to Seek New Approach. California prisons reached their breaking point in terms of overcrowding years ago. Finally, the state has no choice but to do something about it.

Your tax dollars at work: Religion for a Captive Audience. The NY Times (two days in a row!) exposes how some American prisons are giving special treatment to those who find Jesus.

The executive director of The Sentencing Project writes at TomPaine about how America became an Incarceration Nation and how things are and aren’t changing.

Conditions of incarceration in Michican are so bad that a judge has held the entire state prison system in contempt. (via TalkLeft).

There’s a lot to be angry about in these articles, and also some reason for hope. If California can start turning its state prison system around (at least in part by reforming its sentencing laws), then maybe other states will follow suit. California lead the country into reforming car safety and environmental standards. Why not this too?

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