Monday, July 23, 2007

News of the Day, Monday, July 23, 2007

  • Here’s the kind of journalism that every state and community should have on corr sent. A very in-depth overview of a privatized sex offender program being run in ME, complete with details of operations and offenders, including their own stories and admissions. And here’s another excellent ME story on the growing pressures on jails with mentally ill inmates. We might just have effective corr sent policy if every state had this kind of info. Think there’s a connection between this and ME’s low incarceration rate?
  • This shock anyone? Kids in kind, likable peer groups less deviant than kids in popular, socially aggressive peer groups less deviant than kids in unlikable, unpopular peer groups.
  • Good article from USA Today of all places on the collateral sanctions associated sentencing, even the so-called “minor” sentences that we hear of as “slaps on the hand.” A movement to bring some nuance and sense is forming apparently, resisted, of course, by prosecutors’ orgs. Certainly you don’t want pedophiles at daycare centers, but a reformed pot user shouldn’t be allowed to sell stock? We let them be President.

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