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2006

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Prisoner abuse

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Statement Of Testimony: Commission On Safety And Abuse In America's Prisons, Jack Cowley Jan 2006

Statement Of Testimony: Commission On Safety And Abuse In America's Prisons, Jack Cowley

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

I believe that we have for too long considered prisons as places to promote public safety by means of the incapacitation of offenders rather than places that promote public safety by releasing offenders who are less likely to reoffend. It is widely accepted that, nationally, approximately 67.5% of released offenders are arrested within three years of their release. It is my professional opinion, gained from my many years as a prison warden and continued work in the field, that this figure is higher than it needs to be; prisons, when used as tools of crime reduction, can be effective.


Excessive Force In The New York City Jails: Litigation And Its Lessons, John Boston Jan 2006

Excessive Force In The New York City Jails: Litigation And Its Lessons, John Boston

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

The New York City Legal Aid Society, through its Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP), has fought since PRP’s founding in 1971 to protect the human rights of prisoners. In particular, we have wrestled with the problem of excessive force by New York City jail staff through individual and class action litigation and through investigations and demands for administrative redress on behalf of injured prisoners. Our focus has been on reforming the systems that operate to control force in correctional settings including written policy, training, investigations, discipline, and supervision of staff. The single most important lesson we have taken from twenty ...


Mechanisms For Custodial Oversight: The United States And Europe, Silvia Casale Jan 2006

Mechanisms For Custodial Oversight: The United States And Europe, Silvia Casale

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

For this examination of transparency in custodial systems as a means of protecting against abuse and ensuring safety, I shall concentrate on key elements of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)—the international oversight mechanism with a mandate to examine abuse and safety in all places where people are deprived of liberty in Europe, including prisons and jails.