Category: mass incarceration

Gov. Brown Signs Bills to End Sentencing of 14-And 15-Year-Olds in Adult Criminal Court, Support Exonerated People after Prison

Los Angeles Sentinel By Sentinel News Service Gov. Brown today signed two research-based criminal justice reforms to improve rehabilitation and reduce the odds of re-offending. Senate Bill 1391 prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison. The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that …

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Apply Now: 2018–19 Beyond the Bars Fellowship

The Beyond the Bars Fellowship, housed within the Center for Justice at Columbia University, offers students and community members an interdisciplinary leadership development program to foster and deepen their identity, analysis, skills, and network with the goal of ending mass incarceration and creating a more just and safe world. Through seminars, workshops, and guest lecturers, …

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Apply Now: PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship

PEN America is seeking applications for its Writing for Justice Fellowship, which will commission six writers to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. The PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to …

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Beyond the Bars Conference

The 8th annual Beyond the Bars Conference at the Center for Justice at Columbia University seeks to contribute to the growing movement to close jails and prisons as a part of the larger struggle to end mass incarceration. In particular, the event will focus on elevating the efforts led by grassroots organizers that include formerly incarcerated …

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People Sentenced to Prison, Not Probation, Are More Likely to Reoffend, UC Berkeley Study Finds

The Daily Californian By Ella Colbert A study conducted by a UC Berkeley professor that was published Monday found that individuals sentenced to prison rather than probation were more likely to re-enter the prison system. David Harding, a UC Berkeley associate professor of sociology, said he worked on the study with his three co-authors for …

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MacArthur Awards $11.3 Million for Justice Reform Efforts

Philanthropy News Digest By Philanthropy News Digest Staff The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced grants totaling $11.3 million to eight U.S. counties and cities seeking to create fairer, more effective justice systems. Awarded as part of the foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, a $100 million initiative launched in 2015 with the …

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We Need a Long-Term Plan for Reducing Reincarcerations

The Hill By Sam Schaeffer From the 1970s until just a few years ago, “tough on crime” policies such as militarized policing, severe sentencing laws and eliminating services like prison education defined our approach to criminal justice. Officials in both parties championed these approaches despite evidence showing they were ineffective, created untenable costs and eviscerated …

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