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2006

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Prisons

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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.


Inmates As Public Health Sentinels, Robert B. Greifinger Jan 2006

Inmates As Public Health Sentinels, Robert B. Greifinger

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The conditions in some correctional facilities are redolent of conditions in prisons in the United States a century ago. In 1894, Dr. Julius Ransom, a prison physician, reported that 25% of the 1000 inmates at the prison in Dannemora, New York had active tuberculosis. In his report to Congress in 1907 the rates were unchanged and half of the prison mortalities were attributed to tuberculosis. One hundred years later (and despite the widespread availability of modern diagnostics, knowledge about containment, and multi-drug regimens for communicable disease) some American prisons remain incubators of this same scourge. Too little attention is being ...


Confronting Confinement: A Report Of The Commission On Safety And Abuse In America's Prisons, John J. Gibbons, Nicholas Debelleville Katzenbach Jan 2006

Confronting Confinement: A Report Of The Commission On Safety And Abuse In America's Prisons, John J. Gibbons, Nicholas Debelleville Katzenbach

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A little more than one year ago, a diverse group of individuals— respected civic leaders, experienced corrections administrators, scholars, advocates for the rights of prisoners, law enforcement professionals, members of the religious community, and former prisoners—joined together as a national commission to examine the safety of America’s prisons and jails. What we discovered over months of holding public hearings, talking individually and in small groups with a wide range of experts, and reviewing the available research and data is that the people who think and care most about safety and abuse in America’s correctional facilities are concerned ...


Toward Increased Transparency In The Jails And Prisons: Some Optimistic Signs, Michael Gennaco Jan 2006

Toward Increased Transparency In The Jails And Prisons: Some Optimistic Signs, Michael Gennaco

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Leaders of the organizations responsible for maintaining the prisons and jails have not been responsive to the public and have not openly reported the facts and conclusions generated by internal inquiries. Moreover, even if the agency provides generic assurances that a thorough investigation was conducted and “appropriate action taken,” the lack of supporting detail does little to inform the public about whether any action, in fact, taken was actually appropriate.