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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 […]

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 […]

Deaf In Prison: What Challenges Do Deaf Inmates Face?

June 5, 2012 by


by BitcoDavid* of There is a plethora of problems faced by Deaf inmates, but perhaps the most significant is the lack of communication. Deafness is more than a condition of being unable to hear – it is a condition of being unable to communicate. Most Deaf do not speak English as a native language. […]

Insights From Jail Population Numbers

May 11, 2012 by


First, a quick primer on the difference between jails and prisons. Jails are short-term correctional facilities and pretrial detention. Jail holds those who have been convicted, will be convicted, and will be acquitted. It holds those who have been arrested but not arraigned, it holds those who pose a danger to others. Prisons, on the […]

Prison Populations are Up and Crime Rates are Down – What’s Up With That?

April 18, 2012 by


There are two clear-as-day facts about today’s criminal justice system: our incarceration rate is way, way up and our crime rates are down in serious ways. The relationship between these two is more difficult to tease apart. Without a background in criminology or knowing a great deal about the criminal justice system, it’s tempting to […]