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Criminal justice reforms in 33 U.S. states have reduced the overall prison population, Pew Charitable Trust reported on its podcast, “After the Facts.” Crime rates also have declined. The U.S. prison population began expanding rapidly in the 1970s, peaking around 2007 with 1 in 100 persons being imprisoned, podcast host Dan LeDuc noted in his […] Read More

Substance abuse is “a major public health challenge,” according to “The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.” Substance abuse or misuse is “the use of alcohol or drugs in a manner, situation, amount or frequency that could cause harm to the user or to those around them.” Key findings in the report include: […] Read More

President-elect Donald Trump offered positive statements after his victory. “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said. “I mean that very sincerely.” Trump said, “Now it is time for America to bind […] Read More

The female population in jails has increased by nearly 1,300 percent since 1970. “The number of women incarcerated in jails is growing at a faster rate than any other correctional population,” according to a report by the Vera Institute of Justice (VIJ), a nonprofit criminal justice research organization. “Nearly 80 percent of women in jails […] Read More

I walked out of prison more resilient than I was at intake, a miracle considering the harsh nature of prison. At intake, I was completely defeated. My addiction had progressed to criminality, and everything in my life that had any value to me was stripped away. I was filled with shame. The Christian volunteers I […] Read More

The punishment rate is a more nuanced assessment of criminal justice trends than the imprisonment rate, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. The imprisonment rate is calculated based on the number of inmates per 100,000 people and is the most widely used data for assessing the criminal justice system. The report suggests that states and […] Read More

Lengthy sentences for drug offenses are “one of the key drivers” to overcrowded prisons, bursting budgets and contributing to “a state of crisis” within the federal prison system. These conclusions were set forth by a bipartisan task force that was established by the U.S. Congress in 2014. Its task was “to conduct an independent assessment […] Read More

Heroin and prescription drug abuse were the focus of a bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. “America is experiencing a historic epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Over 47,000 died from overdoses in 2014 … more deaths than resulted from either car crashes or gun violence,” said committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in his […] Read More

Twenty-nine U.S. governors discussed their states’ economic, infrastructure, taxation and healthcare systems in their State of the State addresses in January. Most shared positive economic outlooks, contrasting sharply with pundits and national politicians claiming that the economy remains weak and unstable. Criminal justice was addressed by 16 governors, while education was discussed by 25 governors. […] Read More

There is a documentary you probably shouldn’t watch unless you’re prepared to become engaged in the prison community because “Through the Door,” which is about people doing just that, is likely to leave you eager to join them. While the film focuses on Baptist groups doing work in prisons in Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Indiana […] Read More