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How to Stop Revolving Prison Doors with Books

Despite the evidence that inmate education reduces recidivism — by 43% according to the U.S. Department of Education — many “tough on crime” politicians find the idea of inmates receiving a college education behind bars infuriating. Politicians can choose to ignore the evidence and paint in-prison education as unfair to

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When Prisoners Are Patients

As a nurse caring for prisoner patients, the first rule I learned — or figured out, because no one said it aloud — was not to ask what the prisoner had done to land there. Is it wrong to give understanding care to violators? In the end, I decided it

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Kids and Jails, a Bad Combination

One success in the justice system has been the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act passed by Congress in 1974 which sets protections for young people caught up in a criminal justice system built for adults. Although working, it’s in need of a serious upgrade – and it may get

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