Category: ACLU

Do Jail Diversion Programs Really Work?

The Crime Report By Elena Schwartz Melissa Braham, 27, had no adult criminal history when she was apprehended by police in Kansas last fall while moving from Colorado to Missouri. After searching her car, officers charged Braham and her boyfriend with misdemeanor marijuana and paraphernalia possession. Under state law, she was entitled to receive notice …

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Time Spent in Solitary Confinement Drops Dramatically in Illinois Youth Facilities

ProPublica Illinois By Duaa Eldeib After years of sending youths to solitary confinement for days, weeks and even months at a time, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has taken drastic steps to reduce the time young offenders spend in isolation. The decision to move away from solitary confinement, or segregation, came as part of …

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State Prison Reforms Should Get More Time

The Grand Island Independent It has been threatened for years, and it has finally come about. The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Nebraska inmates in U.S. District Court, alleging that overcrowding in the state’s prisons has led to unsafe conditions and that many prisoners aren’t having medical conditions treated. The state …

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