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The Prison Industry
The Prison Industry
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 4, Number 2 - Fall 2007
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Parolee Day Treatment in California: Action Research with Parolees in an Urban Setting Life After 'Life': Wrongly Convicted But Never Truly Free Juvenile Sexual Offenders: An analytical View of Effective Programming Jail Wall Drawings and the Role of Artistic Creativity in Community Reintegration A Convict Criminology Perspective on Women Guarding Men From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. and Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. From The…
CJCJ co-hosts the Correctional Crisis Conference
In June 2010 the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice entered into a unique partnership with the California Correctional Peace Officer's Association by co-hosting the Correctional Crisis Conference.  This collaborative effort convenes California's leading correctional experts and stakeholders from the entire spectrum of the criminal justice system. The goal of the roundtable discussions is to develop a set of policy recommendations for the gubernatorial candidates that will elevate the…
Listen to CJCJ's First Broadcast: The Problem of Prison Overcrowding in California
CJCJ is developing a new component to our public education efforts.  We are creating regular news broadcasts to further educate the public regarding numerous important events occurring within the justice system.  The stories we will cover deal with a number of issues to include policy change, violations of current criminal or juvenile justice policies, and much more. We believe you will benefit from our broadcasts, as they provide quick and easy access to key information on pressing criminal…
Broadcast: The Problem of Prison Overcrowding in California
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Program Director Gerald Miller offers his insight on the overcrowding of California prisons.  He discusses the criminalization of unwanted social behaviors, what overcrowding actually looks like, the effects it has on violence, and the important role community programs play in fixing this problem.   Listen  to staff Ashley Afferino interview CJCJ Program Director and SF Reentry Commissioner Gerald Miller on prison overcrowding. Brief History From…
Daniel Macallair: Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System
Read Executive Director Daniel Macallairs piece in BeyondChron on Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System
Prison Industry
I'm sure not too many people noticed but a brief news report from a newspaper in Chattanooga, Tennessee called attention once again to the perils of the privatization of prisons.  This story involves the settling of a lawsuit filed against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the leading private prison company in the world. (Here's the story , which has a link to the actual lawsuit that you can download). Although the case centered around one prison in Hamilton County, it was a national…
The Return of the Chain Gang
In my previous blog I referenced a recent book by Douglas Blackmon on the subject of convict leasing.  One of the enduring offshoots of this system has been the "chain gang," popularized by the film "Cool Hand Luke" (with Paul Newman, which carefully tried to make it seem as if it were mostly white) and memorialized in several books (e.g., "I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang" -- also made into a movie, again trying to be race-neutral).  Chain gangs began in the South around the turn of…
Prison Expansion in a Time of Austerity: An Analysis of the Governor's Proposed New Prison in Delano
Prison Expansion in a Time of Austerity: An Analysis of the Governor's Proposed New Prison in Delano
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 2, Number 2 - Fall 2005
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Vocational, Educational and Psychological Assessments of Deaf Inmates Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: The Benefits and Challenges Associated with Risk Classification Tools Research Brief: Violence Against Girls Provokes Girls' Violence Measuring Organizational Capacity among Agencies Serving the Poor: Implications for Achieving Organizational Effectiveness Globalization, Inner City Crime and the Coming Legitimacy Crisis An Examination…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 3, Number 1 - Spring 2006
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Three Strikes and You're In: The Effect of Ewing v. California and Three Strikes Legislation on Prison Population and Resource Management Technology-Driven Literacy Programs as a Tool for Re-connecting Incarcerated Mothers and their Children: Assessing their Need and Viability in a Federal Prison Research Brief: Is There Justice in the Juvenile Justice System? Examining the Role of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Political and Demographic…
Analyzing U.S. Prison Growth
Analyzing U.S. Prison Growth
A Sentencing Commission for California?
A Sentencing Commission for California? San Diego Union Tribune, March 30, 2007
Little Hoover Commission releases report
Little Hoover Commission releases report Bay Area IndyMedia, February 9, 2007
A case for sentencing reform

A case for sentencing reform San Diego Union Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle, December 2006

Prison reform: Doing hard time
Prison reform: Doing hard time Orange County Register, August 20, 2006
Special Master's Final Report Filed: Investigate Schwarzenegger's Prison Policy Reversal, Union Ties and the Effect on Reform
Special Master's Final Report Filed: Investigate Schwarzenegger's Prison Policy Reversal, Union Ties and the Effect on Reform
Slavery in the Third Millennium
Slavery in the Third Millennium
Why are we so Punitive? Some Observations on Recent Incarceration Trends
Why are we so Punitive? Some Observations on Recent Incarceration Trends
It's More Profitable to Treat the Disease than to Prevent it: Why the Prison Industrial Complex Needs Crime
It's More Profitable to Treat the Disease than to Prevent it: Why the Prison Industrial Complex Needs Crime
Seeking Balance: Reducing Prison Costs in Times of Austerity
Seeking Balance: Reducing Prison Costs in Times of Austerity
What if They Built a Prison and No One Came? The Life and Death of a Youth Prison

A description of Summit View Correctional Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Too Little Too Late: President Clinton's Prison Legacy
Too Little Too Late: President Clinton's Prison Legacy
The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium
The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium
America's One Million Nonviolent Offenders
America's One Million Nonviolent Offenders

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