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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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Alternative Courts Can Transform Offenders, Not Just Punish Them

With traditional sentencing methods proving ineffective, there are now more than 2,800 “problem-solving” courts nationwide designed to address the root causes of the arrest-imprisonment-and-re-arrest cycle for juveniles, veterans, the mentally ill, drunk drivers, etc. Studies are showing that graduates of these specialized programs have fewer relapses than individuals who are

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America’s Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

Finding employment after prison is extremely difficult; and without education, it is virtually impossible. Though prison populations have risen over past 20 years, education has declined. But, all of that could change if Congress would reinstate Pell Grants, the federal government’s need-based financial assistance program for post-secondary education. In this opinion-based

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