Background Checks Are Killing Ex-felon's Chances For Employment
Recidivism rates within the USA's criminal population are alarmingly high. Nobody disputes that. Of the many theories academics have advanced describing why this is happening, there is one I know to be true from personal experience. Getting a decent job with a felony on your record is very challenging.
Hundreds of inmate releases expected to impact crime rates in Alabama cities
MONTGOMERY, AL. - According to Attorney General Steve Marshall, hundreds of inmates were released by the state of Alabama in January, which is expected to have significant repercussions for crime rates in nearby cities. The release of almost 400 inmates was following state law, with most of those inmates had a history of violent crime. Marshall expressed concern about the lack of parole field officers available to simultaneously oversee this many violent offenders.
A new bill allows inmates to donate bone marrow & organs for time off their sentence- Some now say this is exploitation
Recently, lawmakers’ proposed new bill has many people questioning whether informing communities about organ donation should involve "trading organs for freedom." Legislative Bill HD.3822 establishes The Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Program within the Department of Correction. [i]
Florida legislature considers new bill impacting pregnant women in custody
TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Florida legislators are considering a new bill, HB 779, which would require female arrestees who are not released on bond within 72 hours to be administered a pregnancy test upon request within 24 hours. This bill, also known as "Ava's Law," would require every municipal or county detention facility to notify female arrestees of their right to request a pregnancy test. The pregnancy test can be conducted through urine or blood tests, ultrasound scans, or other standard pregnancy testing protocols.
Illinois legislators propose $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment
SPRINGFIELD, IL. - Illinois legislators are currently considering a new bill, HB1203, introduced by Rep. Mary E. Flowers. The bill amends the Court of Claims Act and deals with the issue of awarding compensation to individuals who have been wrongfully imprisoned.
Prisoners Are Stealing Our Jobs
Photo byPhoto by Ron Lach : https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-male-inmate-sitting-on-the-ground-10476624/. Don't look now, but it's not just immigrants taking jobs that Americans might want. And it's not just your fellow Americans who could get the employment you seek. It's a significant portion of the 159,338 federal inmates who via a government program, are offered up to corporate America as employees at a steep discount.
Justice Department report reveals 4,100 Louisiana inmates held past release date
BATON ROUGE, LA. - According to a report from the US Justice Department, the Louisiana Department of Corrections (LDOC) has been accused of keeping an astonishing number of inmates past their release dates. According to the report, over 4,100 inmates were held beyond their intended release date between January and April 2022. Of those held beyond their scheduled date, 24% were kept for more than 90 extra days.
Oklahoma County Has The Worst Jail in America Insists Protestor
At least 16 inmates died in Oklahoma County jail in 2022. The mortality rate ranks second in the United States, according to OklahomaWatch.org. Protestors held a memorial at the county jail this week to put a spotlight on the situation.
Last meal requests of death row inmates
Have you ever thought about what if this was the last meal of your life? What would you choose? I used to work at a maximum security prison, and the inmates´ always talked about what foods they missed while in prison.
Public perception of CoreCivic differs from the company’s view of itself
Prison yard.Getty images. Complaints and accusations against CoreCivic are numerous and stem from a variety of perspectives; Department of Homeland Security, stockholders, employees and detainees. However CoreCivic’s revenue remains 1.981 billion and the company continues to win new contracts like one for La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ.
Who is CoreCivic, one of Arizona’s for-profit prison contractors? Two-part series offers answers. Part one: Their side
Man sitting at a table in a dention facility.Getty Images. CoreCivic is a private prison and detention center owner and operator whose specialty is affordable options in “high-quality corrections and detention management” for correctional departments across the country, according to their website.
Denver considers giving jail inmates computer tablets
(Denver, Colo.) Denver jail inmates may soon get free tablets. Securus Technologies, the company that provides electronic visitation services for inmates, would supply the tablets.
DougCo OKs $641K to reintegrate inmates and aid homeless
[DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO] As the numbers of people experiencing homelessness increase in Douglas County, a new program at the sheriff’s department will try to help released jail inmates reintegrate into the community and educate residents on ways to help.
Lack of Firefighters Means a Rough Wildfire Season
With the wildfire season approaching relatively soon, California is facing a concerning shortage of firefighters. The number of firefighters has declined dramatically since 2019.