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Center For Prison Reform CPR Newsletter
September 4, 2014
Hello <<First Name>>,

Summer is over and Congress is back in Washington, ready to work on prison reform. Many feel it is becoming a mainstream issue, as you will see in our video of the week. In addition, we bring you a new report from the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute, evaluating reform efforts in 17 states.

You can also read a review of a new book that puts mass incarceration on trial; read about the first steps taken in Costa Rican prison reform; and take a look at the consequences of solitary confinement and the movement to restrict its use.

Finally, don't forget to join us on September 10th 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

Lessons from the States

Will Federal Reforms Draw on State Efforts?


Prison reform is such a pressing issue in America that many states have acted individually while the country waits for national reforms. Can a new report sharing the efforts and outcomes of programs in 17 states help inspire national reform?
Mass Incarceration on Trial

Review: Mass Incarceration on Trial


Is mass incarceration a good policy? You be the judge. In his new book, Jonathan Simon puts the concept "on trial", with hard hitting arguments about the history of prisons, prison conditions, landmark court battles, and proposals for prison reform. Can you guess which US state "most exemplifies" prison problems in this review by the Brennan Center for Justice?
Overcrowding in Latin America

Costa Rica Leads the Way


Prisons in Latin America are well known for their overcrowding, poor conditions, and lack of oversight, but in one country things are beginning to change. Costa Rica is slowly taking steps to protect the human rights of its prisoners and make the country safer for all its citizens, as shown in a recent US State Department study.
Solitary

Taking the Solitary Debate Out of Isolation


22 hours a day is a long time to be alone. Solitary confinement has become a contentious form of imprisonment, especially when used on the mentally ill. In this recent academic paper, learn about the damage done and pressure to reform the practice.
Van Jones

Video of the Week


CNN's television program Crossfire has two sides: the left and the right. When personalities meet in the middle and agree on an issue of national importance, as Van Jones and Newt Gingrich recently did, it makes a statement.






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