Overcrowding has been one of the main issues in United States’s prison systems within both prisons and inmates alike. According to statistics gathered from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the US actually comes in at number 13th as the world’s most overcrowded prisons (McCarthy, para. 1). The exceeding population in US prisons has threatened the deterioration of inmate’s and staff’s mental and physical well-being, as well as safety. The leading cause behind overcrowding in US prisons is due to the high rate of recidivism following criminals’ release. In order to prevent recidivism it is imperative that the US promotes prison reform, in which the prison system provides more resources and programs to better equip inmates with the skills to successfully integrate into American society.
It had been 20 years since they’d seen each other, and neither knew what to say. David and David Junior, or DJ as his family affectionately called him sat and stared at each other. Each intensely studying the features that they had only seen in the mirror up until this point. They both seemed to be astonished by how much they resemble the other. The younger man had been trying kid this his whole life, but did his best to dismiss it. Even when presented with pictures to prove it, he still shrugged off the comparisons like a running back breaking a tackle. But now, face to face, he couldn’t deny the fact that he was basically staring into a mirror. The older man had spent the last 2 decades in Jefferson City Correctional Facility for manslaughter. And while the crime was committed in self defense, his public defender still pushed him to take a plea deal. “It’s better than the life sentence I would’ve caught for the weight in my trunk.” That’s the way he justified it at the time, and that same thought had brought him a sense of peace over the past 7,254 days. But here he was, just a few months shy of parole, staring at his doppelganger across a steel table.
Four years ago, I could not have told you what was compassionate release. It was a few months after my husband reported to federal prison on July 5, 2016, that I learned of compassionate release by watching a video that FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) had posted. The video is called 5 to life: Compassionate Release. After watching the video, I had not only tears streaming down my face, but I had a deep ache in my heart, almost like I had lost a loved one. The video portrays a man incarcerated for wire fraud. While incarcerated, he is diagnosed with cancer. We watch the family fight and struggle with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to bring this husband and father home to die with dignity and amongst family. Until the First Step Act Passed on December 21, 2018, the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) was the gatekeeper of compassionate release. Filing for compassionate release was a long and arduous process that, if denied by the BOP, there was no recourse. Between 2013 and 2017, the BOP approved only 6% of the 5400 applications received for compassionate release. Most died alone in prison, just as the gentleman in the video.
25 years ago, Katherine Vockins and her husband Hans Hallundbaek had successful business careers. But when Hans had what she called, “a midlife correction,” everything changed. He began seminary studies, and the curriculum brought him inside Sing Sing. The future Director of the Interfaith Prison Partnership became a prison reform activist, and his interest soon had her following. However, Vockins didn’t do so to found the Rehabilitation Through Arts Program, which has her participants shattering the nation’s 50% recidivism rate. Instead, Vockins' entrance into this amazing life of service hit much closer to home.
I realize without the swift actions of police officers, some extremely dangerous people would commit heinous acts of violence. I recognize there are a great number of children rescued from unspeakable acts of abuse and that police officers are often literal angels in their lives. I acknowledge the incredible toll it takes on a person to witness the dark side of humanity every day. I am grateful for courageous acts of well-meaning officers just trying to make a difference in the world and understand the intent behind their career choice. That being said: I‘d be lying if I claimed to be an avid supporter of the police.
On behalf of the 2250 people, and counting, who have already signed this petition since Tuesday; we would be so so appreciative if you could help us get some exposure to get visits reinstated for loved ones in prisons in NSW.
What it our criminal justice system worked on “an eye for an eye” basis? That means that if someone burned down your house, the next morning you’d be on your way to their house with a bottle of gasoline in one hand and a lighter in the other. Sounds quite scary, doesn't it.
America is known to be the land of the free but ironically, it is the #1 country in the world with the highest prison population. In fact, 2.3 million Americans are behind bars today and 64% of Americans have an immediate family member who has been incarcerated at some point in their life. Most likely, some of us reading this have or know someone who has been to prison. America’s prison system is outdated and punishes the disadvantaged in our society instead of protecting all Americans. I hope to convince you all about the importance of prison reform by discussing some of its major issues. America’s prison system needs reform because it benefits from racial and economic injustices and punishes those with drug addictions instead of giving them the proper help needed to recover.
The man beyond the infamous murders back in the late 1960s. Some say he was a cult leader, a prophet, a murderer, and much more. We will discuss who exactly Charles Manson was from my point of view. I am not a professional doctor, so I will not be making any diagnosis labels or leading that way as I am not trained. However, I am a conspiracy theorist and have no problem sharing my thoughts on this topic with you.
When you’ve done dirt and you’re about to get cleaned and splash back in the mud, you deserve every shackle and fetter than can lock down your liberty. 26-year-old Joseph Williams tasted the sweet strands of freedom in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. As an inmate brought into custody for drug charges, Williams was let loose like a bull in a rodeo back out in the world...where he allegedly committed second-degree murder with a pistol, rifle, or shotgun.