WHY DRUG ADDICTION IS SIMPLER THAN YOU THOUGHT A five minute video, based on the book by Johann Hari, “Chasing the Scream”, was put out by Patreon (they welcome your contributions through their website, Patreon.com) It describes the causes of addiciton and the “Cure” in a clear and simple way for the lay person (as … Read moreCOMMENTARY
GROWING SOCIAL INEQUALITY LINKED TO HARSH CRIMINAL SENTENCES A recent research paper out of Great Britain, finds that “public anger toward crime and support for harsh criminal justice policy ia linked to factors associated with social inequality.” The paper written by Carolyn Cote-Lussier, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, is titled, “The … Read moreCOMMENTARY
Pew Research Center finds that 67% of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
The Pew Trust has concluded that morel than half of the states have reductions in both rates of imprisonment and crime over the past five years.
The Sentencing Project’s recent report on increases in both the term and number of life sentences imposed is reason for concern as prison reform moves forward
A new critique on the limitations of Drug Court, fails to recognize the fact that drug courts are only intended to deal with those truly dependent on drugs
Dr. Carl Hart, of Columbia University, has written a controversial book, “High Price”, that claims that drug abuse is a symptom of society’s problems.
A National Institute of Justice preliminary evaluation of eight reentry courts provides an excellent description of the participating jurisdictions’ structures
Prosecuting Attorney for Thurston Wash. lauds Problem-Solving Courts as, “one of the most remarkable innovations in criminal jurisprudence since trial by jury”
Incentives can be used by judges in correctional settings, to encourage good behavior, holding progress reports, where incentives, and rewards are presented.
California Realignment Reform under AB109, where court jurisdiction has expanded as part of an evidence-based sentencing system is having a major impact.
Reentry Court Solutions presents “A Summary and Descriptive Diagram of Evidence Based Sentencing Systems” linked to a 12 Part Series on Sentencing Systems.
THE BEST OF: The following article, initially published on April 11,2010, provides a brief historical context for the success of Hawaii’s highly praised HOPE Program. If there is any certainty about our ideas for penal reforms, it is that they are mostly a reiteration of what has been said or written before. Mark Kleiman and Angekla … Read moreCesare Beccaria: The Founder of Modern Penology
New University of Cincinatti study finds high risk offenders in residential programs have lowered recidivism rate while low risk offenders have increased rates
The new report released today by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) noted that the U.S. had nearly 25% of all prisoners worldwide.