Federal Bureau of Prisons | Federal Prisons

The Federal Bureau of Prisons incarcerates 154,859 federal prisoners across 37 states. These inmates are held in 127 stand-alone federal prisons, 68 satellite prison camps, and 12 private prisons. In fiscal year 2019, 76,656 criminal defendants were sentenced in federal courts. This constitutes a 10.2 percent increase in federal criminal sentencing over fiscal year 2018.…

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Joe Biden

by Christopher Zoukis and Charles Sloan-Hillier “If we catch a drug dealer – death penalty.” President Donald J. Trump, 2018 “Lock the S.O.B.s up.” Former Senator Joe Biden, 1994 As protests and calls for police reforms continue in response to police shootings of unarmed suspects, both the Republican and Democratic parties seem to be on…

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The trend by states moving to reject life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders continued this year when the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional on October 18. In State of Washington v. Brian Bassett, the court noted that states were “rapidly abandoning” the practice, since youth are “less criminally…

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Rand Corporation

RAND Corporation is massive. Its people number 1,850 across 50 countries, representing 80 languages. More than half of the researchers hold one or two doctorates, and 38 percent hold one or more master’s degrees. Together, this team performs research and analysis so that public policy can be challenged and changed through evidence-based findings. Basically, RAND…

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double jeopardy exception

On December 6, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Gamble v. United States, raising the issue of whether sometimes defendants can face separate trials, and possible conviction and sentencing, for the same violation in both state and federal courts, despite the Constitution’s provision against double jeopardy. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides,…

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Prison Education Project

The Prison Education Project (PEP) utilizes faculty volunteers and university students to provide education in 12 California correctional institutions. To date, PEP has reached 6,000 inmates since 2011, making this initiative the largest volunteer-based prison education program in America. The ultimate goal of PEP is to flip the school-to-prison pipeline around, creating instead a prison-to-school…

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A federal judge in Boston has ordered officials at the Essex County House of Correction to allow an incoming inmate to take his doctor-prescribed methadone while he serves a sentence there. It was thought to be the first such order issued by an American judge. Geoffrey Pesce, a 32-year-old resident of Ipswich, Massachusetts, faces a…

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