Great list of recent reports

Prison Policy Initiative has compiled a great list of the most recent reports out on incarceration topics, which is especially nice because I’ve been meaning to post the reports but have lacked the time. The Vera Institute report is particularly interesting, in my opinion. Meanwhile, this City Lab story includes a discussion about the Vera…

NYTimes on locking up fewer people

This New York Times op-ed makes a compelling case for shorter sentences and community-based alternatives. The highlights: We could cut sentences for violent crimes by half in most instances without significantly undermining deterrence or increasing the threat of repeat offending. Studies have found that longer sentences do not have appreciably greater deterrent effects; many serious…

Cure criminal justice ills by spending less? No. It’s a shift, says TNR.

The New Republic has an interesting piece about how reducing spending on mass incarceration won’t solve the main issues causing our over-incarceration problem despite the fact that we have bipartisan support to do so. It’s funny how when put in such blatant terms how obvious and damning that statement is. It is clear to me that…

When mom goes to jail

I’ve often pondered: What happens when mom goes to jail or prison? Are there alternatives a nonviolent woman can take instead of serving time behind bars? Is that fair? What would make such an arrangement fair if a crime has been committed? What’s appropriate punishment? There are undoubtedly many questions on this topic—and the good…

Treatment for prostitutes instead of jail in Worcester, Mass.

Worcester Magazine had a report out earlier this week about a prostitution sting in Worcester, Mass. on May 11. But instead of arresting the people, they were offered treatment at medical or mental health facilities. The program was sponsored by the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. Meanwhile, six men and two women were still charged. One…