Michigan Helps Inmates Re-enter Society with Ban the Box Movement

Michigan Helps Inmates Re-enter Society with Ban the Box Movement

By Christopher Zoukis On September 7, Michigan announced it will stop requiring applicants for most occupational and construction code licenses to check a box on the application form disclosing whether they have ever been convicted of a felony. Governor Rick Snyder (R) announced the policy change by the state’s Department…

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Virginia Expands Defendants’ Access to Prosecution Evidence

Virginia expands defendants' access to prosecution evidence

By Christopher Zoukis After considering for years whether to revise its criminal procedure rules to broaden defendants’ access to information that will be used to prosecute them, the Virginia Supreme Court has decided to expand defendants’ pre-trial access to prosecutors’ evidence. An order issued September 5 by the top state…

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Is It Curtains For The First Step Act?

Last Chance for First Step Act

By Christopher Zoukis Back in February, the House of Representatives by a 360-59 margin passed H.R. 5628, the “First Step” Act – an acronym for the “Formerly Incarcerated Re-enter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act.” With bipartisan co-sponsors, Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the bill had…

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Federal Prison Handbook: Finalist in CIPA 2018 EVVY Awards

We are proud to announce that, “Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons” has been named a Finalist in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association 2018 EVVY Awards. We are honoured to have made it through as a finalist amongst so many talented authors. We…

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Secondary DNA Transfer: The Rarely Discussed Phenomenon That Can Place the Innocent (and the Dead) at a Crime Scene They’ve Never Been To

Secondary DNA Transfer - Prisoner Resource

by Christopher Zoukis Originally posted on Criminal Legal News: August 15, 2018 In 1930, the French scientist Edmond Locard published a journal article in which he laid the groundwork for what would become the field of forensic science. Locard said a criminal actor will always leave traces of his or…

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Slicing and Dicing the Prison Commissary Business

Three american prisoners in orange jump suits surround a picnic table outdoors enjoying their prison commissary

By Christopher Zoukis The Prison Policy Initiative, a non-profit advocacy group, recently released a study examining how state prison commissaries operate. One observation made in the report: commissaries often exploit incarcerated persons, by shifting the costs of incarceration from the state to inmates and their families. The central problem, according…

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Private Prison Populations Grew Five Times Faster than Prisons Overall

A study of the statistics from the Department of Justice shows private prison populations are increasing five times faster than prisons overall.

By Christopher Zoukis The Sentencing Project, a non-profit advocacy group, recently released a short study on privately-owned prisons in the U.S.  One of the most striking facts documented by the study, Capitalizing on Mass Incarceration: U.S. Growth in Private Prisons, was that in the first sixteen years of this century,…

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