Center For Prison Reform CPR Newsletter
September 11, 2014
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With Congress back in session, The Center For Prison Reform is busy meeting with legislators and working with coalition allies to keep reform at the top of the agenda. This week, read about some of bipartisan efforts being discussed, and take a look at some of the unintended consequences of federal reforms on the state level.

In addition, step inside a program that encourages prisoners to design their ideal prison, and take a look at the new laws put in place to curb abuses in New York City. Finally, watch the Northwestern School of Journalism's take on recidivism in an episode of Medill Newsmakers, our video of the week.

Also, don't forget to join us on September 17th for the next Center For Prison Reform weekly call-in from 2-2:30PM EST. All are welcome; dial (605) 562-3140 and use the participant code 408388#.

Edwina Rogers
Edwina Rogers
Edwina Rogers
Executive Director
Center For Prison Reform

Prisoners designing prisons

What kind of prison would inmates design?

San Francisco's County Jail No. 5 asked a group of offenders to design what they believed a prison should be. Working alongside an architect, the inmates designed new physical contours as part of the "Resolve to Stop the Violence" program. What they came up with might just surprise you.
Bipartisan Reform

Bipartisan Prison Reform

In a shift from Republican policy of the 1980s, many legislators from the right are meeting Democrats in the middle to work towards sweeping prison reform. This change of heart comes decades after the infamous War on Drugs, but will it be enough to change issues like mandatory minimums?

Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization

The Consequences of Prison Reform

When federal prison reforms trickle down to individual states, what is the total cost to society? This academic paper discusses which programs lose funds and focus when mandated prison reforms go into effect.
Rikers Island Protests

New Laws in the Wake of Rikers Allegations

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council recently implemented new reforms that require periodic updates on the use of solitary confinement by the Department of Corrections. Critics believe the new legislation doesn't do enough to curb abuses in the system.
Medill Newsmakers

Video of the Week

The Northwestern School of Journalism's Medill Newsmakers program recently featured an entire episode about recidivism, its causes, and possible solutions. Watch Vanessa Beene break down the issues in this week's video.

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