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JPI Daily News Digest 6/13/12

UK: Police up to 28 times more likely to stop and search black people – study (The Guardian)
Police forces are up to 28 times more likely to use stop-and-search powers against black people than white people and may be breaking the law, new research from the official human rights body reveals. The research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) looked at police stop powers where officers do not require suspicion of involvement in crime, known as section 60 stops.

CA: Hapless or futile war on drugs policy to get a makeover (The Examiner)
A bipartisan effort is currently underway to re-evaluate the effectiveness of the “war on drugs.” Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, released a bipartisan report entitled "Reducing the U.S. Demand for Illegal Drugs" that highlights education as a way to curtail drug use by Americans.

TX: Texas Prisoners Cost $620 Million More Than They Did in 1990, Thanks to Longer Sentences (The Dallas Observer)
Meet the average modern Texas prisoner, released in 2009. He spent 2.8 years behind bars -- 32 percent more time than his average prisoner predecessor released in 1990. If he was busted for a violent crime, he spent 5.3 years locked up, a 44 percent increase from his predecessor in 1990. You've spent a hell of a lot of tax dollars keeping Mr. Average Prisoner in the clink, according to this Pew Center study on prison tems, which didn't phrase it quite that way.

FL: Lengths of prison sentences grow fastest in Florida, study shows
(The News Press)

Criminal justice experts say they weren’t surprised by last week’s study showing that the time Florida prisoners spend behind bars has grown more than in any other state — a 166 percent increase in the average sentence between 1990 and 2009.

CA: Grand Jury: 'Prison is no deterrent from crime.' (Pacific Sun)
The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is demanding justice--restorative justice, that is.
In a report released this week titled "Restorative Justice--Its Time Has Come in Marin County," the grand jury is calling upon the county criminal justice system and Marin school officials to implement "restorative" practices, which have a proven track record of lowering wrongdoer recidivism but, according to the grand jury, has been met with an under-whelming response from the Marin County sheriff's and district attorney's offices.

Keywords: Drug policy, mass incarceration, Prison Population, Prison Reform, Racial Disparities, racial profiling

Posted in Criminal Justice News

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