Center For Prison Reform CPR Newsletter
October 16, 2014
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This week examines an atheist former inmate's settlement with the state of California about a mandatory religion-based drug treatment program. A new book from Ireland debates whether convicted felons should have the right to vote.

A new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show prison populations rising in America with race a surprising factor in the newest numbers and trends.

And watch a video of a debate on the death penalty in United Kingdom, which has no death penalty, but does have more prisoners sentenced to life than any other European country.

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

Former inmate wins judgement

Atheist Inmates Wins Judgement Over Religious Drug Treatment Program

Atheist inmate Brian Hazel sued California for being forced into a religious 12-step drug treatment program. What happened next will surprise you.
Citizen convicts

Should Citizen Convicts be Allowed to Vote?

Does revoking a felon's right to vote lead to increased crime, as ex-prisoners feel ostracized from society? With a focus on the Republic of Ireland and a broader world, this book doesn't just ask questions. It gives answers.
Growing prison population

America's Prison Population Still Growing

Federal prisons have fewer inmates, but prisons are growing in many US states, according to a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which shows how new laws impact each state. Is your state one of the 14 with record numbers of prisoners? Is your state one where reforms are working?
Race and Punishment in America

Race and Punishment in America

Race and punishment go hand in hand in America, even as prison populations and racial targeting decline. What is perhaps most troubling are the racial perceptions held by many in the US, and how they factor into the criminal justice system, sentencing, and more.
UK Debate on Prison Reform

Video of the Week

In this week's video, go across the pond and watch a debate about the death penalty. The UK has brought down more life sentences than any other country in Europe but currently does not support the death penalty. The parties may be different, but this debate is strikingly similar to many in the US.

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