The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 24, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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

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Justices Expand Parole Rights for Juveniles Sentenced to Life for Murder

The Supreme Court ruled that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile killers must be applied retroactively, granting a new chance at release for hundreds of inmates serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for murders they committed in their youth …

New York Times

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De Blasio Quadruples Down on Outsourcing Rikers Reform

After an initial $1.7 million consulting stint at Rikers Island, consulting colossus McKinsey will be paid more than four times as much by the de Blasio administration to “accelerate and sustain” a safety plan in city jails, records show …

Crain’s New York

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New York City’s Promising Step on Criminal Justice

Opinion: The New York City Council is poised to take what could be a step toward a fairer and smarter criminal justice system. A package of bills to be introduced on Monday seeks to resolve an old impasse over how to deter minor lawbreaking without punishing too many people unjustly …

New York Times

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Visitors Struggle With Hours-long Waits, Multiple Checkpoints on Rikers Island

Parents struggle with cranky toddlers as they endure hours-long waits, facing chaos and confusion at multiple checkpoints that could take nearly an entire day just to have an hour-long visit with a loved one who’s behind bars. The Correction Department convened an eight-member panel last May to review mounting complaints and to streamline the visitation process …

New York Daily News

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Did the Man I Sentenced to 18 Years Deserve It?

Opinion: In 2006, I sentenced a man to 18 years in prison. I have been wrestling with that decision ever since …

New York Times

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Massachusetts Mobilizes to Treat Addicted Moms

Kayla Duggan, a heroin addict, had just started a one-year jail sentence in Massachusetts when she was startled to learn she was pregnant. Only a few months earlier she had given birth to a baby girl who was immediately taken into foster care and whom Duggan then gave up for adoption …

The Marshall Project

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The Bureaucracy of Mercy

As the two presidents, one incoming and the other outgoing, shared a limo to the inauguration in January 2009, President Bush had some advice for President-elect Obama: “Announce a pardon policy early on, and stick to it.” Bush had been stunned by a final-days flood of appeals for clemency on behalf of friends and former colleagues convicted of federal crimes …

The Marshall Project

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The Secret Hints for Winning Parole

As anyone who’s sat for a job interview knows, it’s easy to stress about the little things: saying “like” too many times, crossing your arms, inadvertently sounding too assertive, or not assertive enough. That you could get a job, or not, on the basis of a hundred seemingly innocuous details could make anyone’s palms sweat. But for inmates before the parole board, what’s at stake is their very freedom …

The Marshall Project

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The Shocking, Painful Trauma of Being a Trans Prisoner in Solitary Confinement

Although the UN considers the practice torture, 85 percent of LGBT prisoners say they’ve been placed in solitary confinement, for months and often years. For inmates like Daisy Meadows, a trans woman incarcerated in a men’s prison, isolation is used both as punishment and “protection.” …

Vice

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The Promise of Cyber Communication in Prisons and the Need for Regulation

Ideally, electronic messaging — which is often referred to as “email for prisoners” — should provide incarcerated people and their families a faster and more convenient way to communicate over extreme distances. But our January 2016 report finds that electronic messaging has very little in common with email services available to free-world users …

Prison Policy Initiative

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A Slow, Lonely Death in Prison

Opinion: April 2014, President Obama’s Justice Department announced plans to raise an army of volunteer lawyers to assist federal prisoners in seeking a reduction of their draconian drug war sentences. Clemency Project 2014 was launched as the flagship of Obama’s criminal justice reform effort, dubbed the Smart on Crime Initiative …

Cato Institute

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