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Mississippi, which proclaims “In God We Trust” on its license plates, is the most religious state in the US. Such a state should have a prison system that serves as the model for the rest of the nation. Sadly, that’s far from true. […] Read More

Even though Scripture tells us to remember the prisoners, the church has washed their hands of that command. How do we turn that around? Here are 7 ways you and your church can begin to remember those in prison. […] Read More

Continuing a multiyear trend, the U.S. prison population declined again in 2017, with nearly 1.5 million in prison, or a drop of 1.2%, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported. […] Read More

While solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is less common, 61,000 prisoners were still held in such conditions in the fall of 2017, including more than 4,000 diagnosed with a serious mental illness, a report says. […] Read More

U.S. jails saw a population increase in 2016, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics data released on Feb. 22. Jails housed 740,700 in 2016, a 1.8 percent (13,300-person) increase from 2015, while the average daily population saw a 1.6 percent increase (11,800) to 731,300. The jail incarceration rate (the number of inmates per 100,000 population) […] Read More

U.S. prisons saw an overall population decline in 2016, continuing a three-year trend in both federal and state facilities, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report released on Jan. 9. Overall, there were 21,200 fewer prisoners in 2016 than in 2015, a 1 percent decline. This is an imprisonment rate of 450 per 100,000 […] Read More

Efficient and effective integration of healthcare with other rehabilitative initiatives is essential to reducing recidivism, according a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts released on Oct. 18. “Emerging research suggests that underlying health issues, particularly substance use disorders and mental illness, contribute to incarceration and recidivism, and that treatment, combined with seamless care continuity for […] Read More

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

There is “little public safety rationale” behind the imprisonment of 39 percent (576,000) of U.S. inmates, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. “Many of the laws and policies that increased time served are not based on evidence showing that longer stays behind bars enhanced […] 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