The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 7, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform.

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Theatre: Whorl Inside A Loop

Regarding the U.S.’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach to incarceration, activist Kenny Jackson remarked, “Those walls were built not only to keep us in but also to keep you out,” according to David Rothenberg, Fortune Society founder

http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/whorl-inside-a-loop_74022.html

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Bratton And Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly Spar Over Stop-And-Frisk

The gloves are off. Police Commissioner Bratton unleashed a few body blows — saying that keeping the streets safe would be a little easier if he didn’t have to clean up his predecessor’s mess.  Bratton said Raymond Kelly’s stop-and-frisk policy …

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bill-bratton-ray-kelly-spar-nypd-stop-and-frisk-article-1.2343288

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Rudolph Giuliani’s Outrage On Homelessness, And Richard
Gere’s

Advocates for the homeless responded with fury, calling Rudolph’s Giuliani’s views on the homeless “morally appalling,” especially since it was his own policies that had fueled the crisis of homelessness in NYC in the first place …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/nyregion/rudolph-giulianis-outrage-on-homelessness-and-richard-geres.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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An Unanswered Call For Help At Rikers Island

On June 22, 2013, Carlos Mercado was arrested and taken to Rikers where, within 15 hours, died of complications of diabetes after he collapsed on the floor and was left lying there for three minutes while correction officers stepped over him …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/nyregion/an-unanswered-call-for-help-at-rikers-island.html?ref=nyregion&_r=1

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National:
The United States Parole Commission Is Moving Forward With New Parole Rules

New parole rules come as part of an effort by the Obama Administration to reform prison sentencing. They will allow criminals who violate the terms of their parole to apply for a reduced sentence. The changes go into effect immediately …

http://thehill.com/regulation/252402-new-regs-for-wednesday-garage-doors-coal-mines-prison-sentencing

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National:
Bipartisan Group Of Senators Set To Announce Deal To Reduce Prison Population

Soon after lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8, a bipartisan group of members on the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to announce a deal meant to relieve the overcrowded federal prison population …

http://dailysignal.com/2015/08/31/bipartisan-group-of-senators-set-to-announce-deal-to-reduce-prison-population/

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National:
Opinion: New GOP Mantra? “Proud To Stand With Police”

Two of the Republican Party’s best crafters of political message are all over the tragic cop killing in Houston. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have seized on the slaying of Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth in solemn terms …

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/08/new-gop-mantra-proud-to-stand-with-police.html/

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National:
The Bill That Could Break Joe Biden In 2016

VP Biden likes to talk up the crime bill he helped pass in 1994. But if he decides to run for President, he’ll face questions about its contribution to our exploding prison population. Twenty-one years after helping to pass the Violent Crime Control …

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/28/the-bill-that-could-break-joe-biden-in-2016.html

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National:
Free Online Course Connects Ex-Inmates With The Job Skills They Need; The Aim Is To Also Cut Recidivism

Imagine this scenario: Instead of a judge sentencing an offender to hundreds of hours of community service while behind bars, they are sentenced to hundreds of hours of educational courses — and those courses are offered for free …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/online-course-prison-education-recidivism_55e4cf3ae4b0aec9f3544bd5

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National:
OAS Investigation Into U.S. Police Abuses To Include Miami

A delegate with the human-rights arm of the Organization of American States is traveling to Miami next month on a fact-finding mission into police abuses of African Americans in the United States. It will be the first stop for …

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article32485971.html

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National:
Prison Vendors See Continued Signs Of A Captive Market

There were 264 vendors in booths at the Indiana Convention Center for what is a trade show for the prison industry. It is the shiny, customer-friendly face of a fairly grim business. The U.S. currently imprisons about 2.2 million people, making it …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/business/prison-vendors-see-continued-signs-of-a-captive-market.html

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California:
California Agrees To Move Thousands Of Inmates Out Of Solitary Confinement 

California has agreed to move thousands of state prisoners out of solitary confinement, Corrections officials, who have long used indefinite isolation to control violent prison gangs, will cease the practice and return nearly 2,000 inmates to …

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-will-move-thousands-of-inmates-out-of-solitary-20150901-story.html

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California:
LAPD Officers Are On Patrol With Body Cameras Starting Today

After nearly two years of fundraising, testing, and crafting policy, Los Angeles police officers hit city streets wearing chest-mounted cameras. The rollout marked a significant moment for the LAPD, pushing LA forward in becoming …

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-body-cameras-rollout-20150831-story.html

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Illinois:
Illinois Prisons Bursting At The Seams

On June 30,1970, Illinois had 7,326 people locked up in its prisons. On June 30, 2014, the number was 48,921. During those 44 years, the state closed most of its mental health centers, failed to deliver on its promise to fund …

http://www.qconline.com/news/local/illinois-prisons-bursting-at-the-seams/article_f77c0f8f-48bd-52c0-ba31-0b9fc847c57c.html

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Maryland:
More Than 253 Corrections Employees Arrested Since 2013

More than 253 employees at Maryland’s corrections department have been arrested since January 2013, and more than 200 of them are still employed, the department head told state officials …

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-corrections-reform-20150827-story.html

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Pennsylvania:
Should Cops Who Shoot Civilians Be Named? A New Bill Would Keep Secret The Names Of Most Police Involved In Shootings

In the wake of the deaths of Brandon Tate-Brown, Michael Brown, and many others, an important question has been raised: Should the public know the names of police officers who shoot civilians? Philadelphia’s police union argued that …

http://www.phillymag.com/citified/2015/09/01/police-shootings-bill/

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