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Why Everyone is Reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

July 24, 2012 by


Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has been a phenomenal success in a way that few academic works ever achieve. It has had a steady presence on the arbiter of successful books – the New York Times bestseller list. Why is it so popular? Because it tells the […]

Joan Petersilia’s 5 Reason’s Prison Reduction Can Work

July 19, 2012 by


At the recent NIJ conference, Joan Petersilia served as the keynote speaker. Petersilia’s work is well known throughout the field, and her long experience as a criminologist makes her uniquely suited to comment on the issue of reducing incarceration. Petersilia, who was given free reign in her discussion topic, contextualized the current move to reduce […]

How Common is Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities?

July 5, 2012 by


A 2005 article that appeared in The Criminologist was titled, “It ain’t happening here: Working to understand prison rape.” Although I had spent some time working in correctional facilities at that point, I still labored under the popular myth that sexual assaults in prison were absolutely ubiquitous. Kreinert and Fleisher’s article taught me otherwise, and […]

What Works for Juvenile Offenders? Hard to Tell

July 2, 2012 by


Despite the fact that ‘evidence-based’ and ‘proven best practice’ are buzzwords more popular than sprinkles on cupcakes these days, it’s still hard to figure out what really works when it comes to programs for juvenile offenders. In an article based on research sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Dan Mears […]

Deaf In Prison: Being Deaf In A Society of Captives

June 13, 2012 by


by BitcoDavid* of In addition to what we have discussed in the first three parts in this series, other inmates often take advantage of the Deaf, for all the obvious reasons. They can’t complain to anyone. Generally, in prison, any weakness is quickly and mercilessly exploited. What could possibly be more desirable amongst the […]

Deaf In Prison: Prison Life and the Americans With Disabilities Act

June 11, 2012 by


by BitcoDavid* of There are two major problems with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Primarily, it is technically obsolete. The act predates the Internet, so it doesn’t provide for such essential services as videophone interpreting. Most Deaf can’t use TTY phones, because they involve typing, which brings us back to the initial communication problems of […]

Deaf In Prison: How Do Correctional Officers Treat Deaf Inmates?

June 7, 2012 by


by BitcoDavid* of This is a very interesting question, because one of my goals with is to get some interviews with wardens and corrections officers. Going by the stories I’ve gotten in some of our inmate letters – from deaf inmates – the treatment is nothing other than abysmal. These people are commonly […]