Sentenced at 16. Left to rot until he was 24. But Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr. took a book with him, and he found others. Some books found him. Today he is in higher education, and publishing essays and books and poetry. It can happen. Dwayne is now finishing Yale Law School Send a book to someone Inside today and see what will happen. Dare youRead the full article...September 3, 2015
Texas prisons do not have air conditioning despite record-setting heat 6 months each year. Until recently, few have cared outside the prison family circles. Now, though, with a renewed interest in prison architecture, prison sentencing, prison solitary, prison abuse of juveniles and the mentally ill--now inmate problems have attracted the attention and study of academics who are joining in the national cry to fix prison conditions. A major step forward is the paper just published by Colombia Law School visiting scholar Daniel Holt. Heat in U.S. Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change traces the problems caused by both rising temperatures and lower interest in prison populations.Read the full article...September 1, 2015
A recent Supreme Court decision allowed Justice Kennedy to wax eloquently about the horrors of solitary confinement. He mentioned youth and also the mentally ill--and those who become mentally ill after being deprived of human contact. Most of us already knew the consequences. But now...now an authority with real power has brought the subject into the open and into the court rooms. Let's hope this barbaric practice is declared illegal and unconstitutional. Soon.Read the full article...August 21, 2015
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