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2006

Washington University in St. Louis

Prison accountability

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Improving Prison Safety: Breaking The Code Of Silence, Kathleen M. Dennehy, Kelly A. Nantel Jan 2006

Improving Prison Safety: Breaking The Code Of Silence, Kathleen M. Dennehy, Kelly A. Nantel

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

A system permeated by a code of silence reinforces negative behaviors in inmates, ultimately increasing the risk to staff. As the former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety, Edward A. Flynn, is keen on saying, “If nothing else, inmates must leave our custody with a belief that there is moral order in their world. If they leave our care and control believing that rules and regulations do not mean what they say they mean, that rules and regulations can be applied arbitrarily or capriciously or for personal interest, then we will fail society, we will fail them, and we will unleash ...


Oversight And Accountability In Corrections, Michael J. Ashe Jr. Jan 2006

Oversight And Accountability In Corrections, Michael J. Ashe Jr.

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

There are seven underlying principles of our vision of excellence in corrections at Hampden County: the first is balance; second is that we are in the business of not just incarceration but corrections; third is that inmates should be held accountable for being positive and productive; fourth is that whether the prison is a state prison or county facility (urban, rural or in-between) it should be part of the community; fifth is that those in custody should be kept at the lowest level of security that is consistent with public safety; sixth is that corrections should not allow itself to ...


Submission To Vera Commission, Anne Owers Jan 2006

Submission To Vera Commission, Anne Owers

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

This Essay describes the function and methodology of the Inspectorate of Prisons in England and Wales, and the importance of its role in the independent scrutiny of conditions and treatment in prisons and other places of detention.


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.


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

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

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.