Using Plants to Combat Prison Recidivism – Letter to the Editor – A Simple way to Reduce Crime – 9/14/19 – kra

Posted by on Sep 14, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues | 0 comments

Numerous studies show that education or vocational training is the best way to reduce recidivism, reduce crime. And here we see that individuals who engaged in horticultural programs demonstrated the lowest rate of recidivism over all other categories of released inmates.  Such inexpensive and simple programs could save BILLIONS of your tax dollars and keep us safer! Excerpts from the Article: A study out of Texas State University attempted to...

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Bill would ban Michigan from housing inmates in private prisons – Good move! – kra

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, Prison Abuse, War on Drugs | 0 comments

If you know anything about our criminal justice system you know that, second only to the “war on drugs”, the privatization of it is the worst calamity to befall justice in America! See the comments by our friend, Alex Friedmann, associate director of the Human Rights Defense Center. Excerpts from the Article: The state of Michigan would be prohibited from housing its inmates in private prisons under a bill filed by state Sen. Jeff...

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Inmate creates artwork for Veterans Treatment Court Program – God Bless Judges like Bill Witham – kra

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Featured, Mental Illness, Other Issues | 0 comments

Here is my long time friend, and great (FAIR!) judge, Bill Witham, highlighting this good program! It is one of too few which really work; the low recidivism rate tells the story. Well done, Judge Witham!  Judge William Witham, Doing a Great Job – He “gets it” concerning felons in reentry. Excerpts from the Article: There’s no missing the newest wall decoration inside the Kent County Courthouse. The painting with vivid colors...

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How the Dutch Are Closing Their Prisons – The number of prisoners in the country has halved in a decade and experts say alternative sentencing programs can further decrease the number.

Posted by on Sep 7, 2019 in Featured, Mental Illness, Other Issues, Prison Abuse, Take Action Now!, War on Drugs | 0 comments

I have been expecting this for months.  The Europeans are way ahead of us with “what works” in prisons! While we still warehouse and abuse prisoners, Holland, Norway and Denmark make them – most of them – productive citizens. Read this and see how.  We have known this for years (see other articles on this website), but because powerful forces oppose change – prison guard unions, private prisons, police unions,...

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New report exposes vicious cycle of imprisonment Those most likely to be jailed multiple times a year are poor, unemployed and without a high school education – This is Beyond Crazy! Letter to the Editor- kra

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in Featured, Mental Illness, Other Issues, War on Drugs | 0 comments

Read the article. See the kinds of “crimes” these people are being arrested for, and the number of repeat arrests. Talk about counter productive! This is YOUR tax money absolutely wasted!   Excerpts from the Article: Robert McCoy has a 78-page rap sheet that includes 80 arrests and five prison sentences. He was paroled to New York City in June 2018 after spending over 11 years in prison. Determined to stop the cycle of arrests...

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