The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 30, 2015

Monday, November 30, 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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Opinion: Why The Reforms At Rikers Island Are Doomed To Fail

Says Norman Seabrook, Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association president: “Long before Mayor de Blasio was elected or Commissioner Joe Ponte was hired, [we] were calling for real reform on Rikers. And yet, even now, we’ve been …

http://nypost.com/2015/11/19/why-the-reforms-at-rikers-island-are-doomed-to-fail/

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A 4-Part Series: Is Rikers Island Beyond Saving?

Rikers is more than a place on the NYC map. It’s also an idea about how the city deals with crime and dispenses punishment. And over the past year, Rikers has become synonymous with scandal, abuse, injustice, and violence …

http://cityandstateny.com/closing-rikers/

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Returning To A Real Home: Former Inmates Get Second Chance In Public Housing

The opportunity came via a NYC experimental program, similar to those in several other cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Akron, Ohio, that are testing the long-held federal prohibition from public housing of many with criminal records …

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/23/us-cities-former-inmates-pilot-program-public-housing

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National:
The $33 Test In Prison That Could Save Countless Lives On The Outside

Prisoners are clamoring to be cured of a potentially deadly disease, while prison administrators are reeling from the treatment’s price tag. Hepatitis C affects some three million Americans, one-third of whom pass through U.S. prisons …

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/11/24/the-33-test-in-prison-that-could-save-countless-lives-on-the-outside?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm

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National:
Just Facts: As Many Americans Have Criminal Records As College Diplomas

The number of Americans with a criminal history has risen sharply over the past three decades. Today, nearly one-third of the adult working age population has a criminal record. In fact, so many Americans have a criminal record that …

https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/just-facts-many-americans-have-criminal-records-college-diplomas

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National:
Opinion: Cut Sentences For Low-Level Drug Crimes

Now that Congress is within sight of passing the most significant federal sentencing reforms in a generation, it’s worth taking a closer look at where the legislation falls short. The main driver of the federal prison population is, by far, the …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/23/opinion/cut-sentences-for-low-level-drug-crimes.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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National:
New Report Highlights Growing Number Of Aging People In Prison

A new report — actually a collection of policy papers — aims at addressing the fast-growing population of aging people in prison. Experts in the field, including formerly incarcerated people, argue the rapid growth demonstrates the …

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/11/20/new-report-highlights-growing-number-aging-people-prison/

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National:
Opinion: Debating Police Practices

If you are an advocate for school choice, you risk being called “anti-teacher” by the political left.  But did you know there is a similar phenomenon on the right? If you are an advocate for reforming police practices, you risk being called “anti-police” …

http://www.cato.org/blog/debating-police-practices

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National:
Crime In 2015: A Preliminary Analysis

According to a new report,  11 cities experienced decreases in murders in 2015 while 14 experienced increases. And overall crime is expected to be unchanged from last year, decreasing 1.5%. It is important to remember how much …

https://www.brennancenter.org/publication/crime-2015-preliminary-analysis

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National:
Grammy Award-Winning Singer Alicia Keys Launches New Campaign Calling For “Meaningful” Criminal Justice Reform

Singer Alicia Keys’ social justice movement is partnering with prison reform group “#cut50” in a campaign urging people to sign their petition calling on Congress and the White House to pass “meaningful” criminal justice reforms before …

http://www.people.com/article/alicia-keys-criminal-justice-reform-we-are-here

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Illinois;
Chicago Set For Protests Over Shooting By The Police

Chicago has been ordered to release a police video of the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white police officer. Even the officer’s lawyer has described the video, which the city sought for months to block, as “graphic” and …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/us/chicago-set-for-protests-over-shooting-by-the-police.html

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Illinois:
Chicago Rarely Penalizes Officers For Complaints, Data Shows

Thousands of Chicago police officers have been the subject of citizen complaints over the years but have not been disciplined by the department, according to data released this month. Such information is rarely made public and has …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/us/few-complaints-against-chicago-police-result-in-discipline-data-shows.html?_r=1

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