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Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Prison Phone Calls A ‘Boondoggle Of Corruption’

In America, jail and prison payphones are an important source of funding for local jurisdictions. For years, cash-strapped sheriffs and law enforcement officials across the country have signed contracts with third-party vendors to take a cut of the proceeds paid by inmates and their families.

June 11, 2016

In America These Days, You Can Never Be Punished Enough

“I had no intention,” wrote Gleeson, “to sentence her to the unending hardship she has endured in the job market.” If you consider this a heartwarming story, you miss the point.

March 20, 2016

California’s High Court Gives Judges More Leeway In Sentencing Juveniles

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court decided Monday that teenagers may be sentenced to life without parole for some crimes, but judges also are free to hand down lighter sentences of 25 years to life. Prior to the unanimous ruling, California law had been interpreted as requiring judges […]

May 5, 2014

Justice Department Announces Clemency Guidelines For Drug Offenders

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced a new initiative Wednesday to encourage nonviolent prisoners who have served at least 10 years to apply for what is expected to be a large-scale grant of clemency in President Obama’s waning years in office. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced […]

April 23, 2014