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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Panel: Prison violence is not OK

I write about crime in this blog. Crime makes people mad, and they often leave angry comments describing what they'd like to do to the bad guy. I think most people are just trying to make a point. In other cases, I'm not so sure.
The people who run prisons consider prison violence a problem, not a natural extension of the criminal justice system:

NEW YORK, May 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons will release “Confronting Confinement,” a report on violence and abuse in U.S. jails and prisons, the impact on public safety and public health, and how correctional facilities nationwide can become safer and more effective.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Corrections and Rehabilitation will receive the Commission's findings and recommendations and hear testimony from five Commissioners at a hearing June 8.
Key findings:

  • Violence against prisoners and staff is a problem in too many places, and the lack of standardized, reliable data to measure violence is a serious impediment to enhancing safety.
  • Poor medical and mental health care inside correctional facilities -- the result of inadequate funding -- puts prisoners, staff, and the public health at risk.
  • Expensive, long-term high-security segregation can actually exacerbate violence in prisons and contribute to recidivism after release.
  • Line officers, wardens, and system directors frequently lack the resources and support to meet

Funded by the Vera Institute of Justice

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