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Alternatives to Incarceration and Tough Transitions: A Spot of Hope

It is undeniable that mass incarceration devastates families, and disproportionately affects those which are poor and non-white. When examining the crimes that bring individuals into the prison system, it is clear that there is often a pre-existing pattern of hardship, addiction, or mental illness in offenders’ lives. The children of the incarcerated are then victimized by the removal of those who care for them and a system which plants more obstacles than imaginable on the path to responsible rehabilitation.

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No Comments | Posted by Rory J. Fleming on Fri. February 14, 2014 2:33 PM
Categories: Captive Audience: Incarceration and the Family

Civilian Warrants and Mass Incarceration

As more attention is devoted to mass incarceration, many advocates are calling for the decriminalization of certain offenses, non-enforcement of some existing criminal statutes, and halting the extensive law enforcement operations present in the public school system. Yet many commentators overlook the civilian warrant process and its substantial contribution to mass incarceration in North Carolina.

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No Comments | Posted by Alissa M. Ellis on Tue. February 11, 2014 11:04 AM
Categories: Captive Audience: Incarceration and the Family

The Bed Quota: Mandatory Detention and the Denial of Justice

Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has worked under a statutory quota that requires the agency maintain 34,000 detainees in its custody at all times, at the estimated cost of $120 per detainee per day. This so-called bed mandate was introduced into the Homeland Security Department’s appropriation bill by former Democratic Senator of West Virginia, Robert Byrd. Although the mandate has existed for roughly four years, it has only recently gained mainstream attention. The lack of attention surrounding the bed mandate is surprising given the complexity of the problems it creates. The mandate pits the federal government’s interest in enforcing immigration laws and the interests of for-profit prison operators in steady revenue streams against the taxpayers’ interest in efficient government and the interests of the detainees and their families in fair and humane treatment. Ultimately, because of the immense revenues generated from government contracts resulting from the mandate, it appears that it is the private prison operators that come away victorious.

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No Comments | Posted by Irving E. Figueroa on Fri. January 31, 2014 4:00 PM
Categories: Captive Audience: Incarceration and the Family
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