Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed

Two new reports on private prisons:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/03/627471/private-prisons-spend-45-million-on-lobbying-rake-in-51-billion-for-immigrant-detention-alone/; http://www.alternet.org/chris-hedges-how-some-prisoners-are-americas-most-exploited-workers

Debtors' Prisons

Special report on Louisiana prisons: Plantations, Prisons and Profits

Books Related to Punishment

Criminal to Critic: Reflections Amid the American Experiment by James E. Palombo with a Foreword and Afterword by Randall G. Shelden. Click here for ordering information:


For a preview read my Foreword.

An amazing and shocking story that argues that convict leasing served to extend slavery in the South until the end of World War II.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize: Slavery by Another Name by Douglas Blackmon: http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/

California Prisons

U.S. Supreme Court orders massive inmate release to relieve California's crowded prisons

Amazing numbers. Larger than expected! Costs of incarcerating an inmate in California for one year

New report highlights California’s “hidden” prison costs

Stop Filling Prisons, California -- Advocates to Take Sentencing Reform Case to Voters

Can't get enough California inmates

California Prison Crisis - see Little Hoover Commission Report

Calif. to Transfer Inmates Out of State

Census & Prisons

Census Bureau’s Counting of Prisoners Benefits Some Rural Voting Districts.

Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration

Jails and local communities: http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-04_REP_JailingCommunities_AC.pdf

Torture in Our Own Backyards: The Fight Against Supermax Prisons

Harmful Effects of Prolonged Isolated Confinement


Recent Developments Concerning Felony Disenfranchisement

Federal Appellate Court Strikes Blow Against Washington State's Felon Disfranchisement In Landmark Voting Rights Case

The Sentencing Project: Expanding the Vote: State Felony Disenfranchisement Reform, 1997-2008. http://sentencingproject.org/Admin/Documents/publications/fd_statedisenfranchisement.pdf

Growth of Prisons

Guess what "industry" is ranked no. 6 among the 10 Fastest Growing U.S. Industries? Click Here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/18/ten-growing-industries-ibisworld_n_862754.html


Amazing List of New and expanded prisons since 2000.


New prison offers boost for region's economy

Latest prison data show slight drop in many parts of the country.  http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/pim09st.pdf

Just when you thought the era of prison building was at an end comes this story: Can a new prison save a town?

State prison numbers drop for 1st time since 1972

Latest report on prisons: growth last year slower than before.  http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/09-12_FAC_Prisoners08_PS.pdf

America's Prison Spree Has Brutal Impact

Fiscal Pressures Lead Some States to Free Inmates Early

Even the conservative Heritage Foundation thinks this is too much!!  1 percent of U.S. adults behind bars

    Two follow-up articles:  Prison-growth study debated

Unlocking America: Why and How to Reduce America's Prison Population -  http://www.jfa-associates.com/publications/srs/UnlockingAmerica.pdf

Jailing Nation: How Did Our Prison System Become Such a Nightmare?

Pruning Prisons: How Cutting Corrections Can Save Money and Protect Public Safety. http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/09_05_REP_PruningPrisons_AC_PS.pdf

Shipping out Prisoners 

States Export Their Inmates as Prisons Fill

7Million now in the CJ system

Prison and Jail Population Rises Again - click here for full report: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/pjim05.pdf

The Impact of Mandatory Sentencing Policies in the United States - Testimony by Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project

Health Care & the Mentally Ill

Poor medical care at Nevada prison cited

Criminalization of individuals with severe psychiatric disorders

Pension or Penitentiary?

Imprisonment and Crime

From the Sentencing Project! http://www.sentencingproject.org/pdfs/incarceration-crime.pdf

        Shelden: Imprisonment and Crime Rates (3/12/07)

The Innocent

What happens to those who are exonerated after years behind bars or on death row?  Read this two-part series in the New York Times: Free and Uneasy

Cases of innocent men released from prison.


NEW!!! California jails receiving more state prisoners than expected

NEW!!!  $1.4-billion renovation proposed for two L.A. County jails

Jail’s Return in Brooklyn Raises Hopes and Fears

Full Coverage of the jail crisis in Los Angeles County: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jails-sg,0,4834651.storygallery


Barred From Public Housing, Even to See Family

Those on parole have paid their debts

Give ex-felons a second chance

Prison Industrial Complex

New!!  Cell Phones in Prison

New!! Why are Prisoners Building Patriot Missiles?

Price Gouging in Prison

Arizona May Put State Prisons in Private Hands

Hard-luck Montana Town pushes to house Gitmo detainees

Moving Target: A Decade of Resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex: http://www.justicepolicy.org/content.php?hmID=1811&smID=1581&ssmID=75

It pays to have money.  For $82 a Day, Booking a Cell in a 5-Star Jail

Detaining Immigrant Families & CCA: Two Related Articles

Race and Imprisonment

The Sentencing Project: Schools and Prisons: Fifty Years After Brown v. Board of Education http://www.sentencingproject.org/Admin/Documents/publications/rd_brownvboard.pdf

Census Study Eyes Blacks in Prison

Excellent piece by Paul Street Reverse Reparations: Race, Place, and the Vicious Circle of Mass Incarceration

Total Institutions

Total Institutions and Slavery

Welcome to Jail: Some Dramaturgical Notes on Admission to a Total Institution

Women and Prisons

For Women Behind Bars, "Health Care" Can Be Deadly