JPI Daily News Digest 7/6/12
CA: Beating the School to Prison Pipeline (Oakland Local)
This story is part of our 10-part investigative series: Lessening the impact of incarceration in Oakland. Judge Gloria Rhynes leveled with the young Oakland mother whose third grader had missed two months of school. "Did you know, the California Department of Corrections looks at who is absent in the third grade to figure out how many prison cells they are going to need when those children are adults?"
GA: Georgia Takes the Lead in Smart Criminal Justice Reform (Huffington Post)
The July 4th holiday commemorates a pivotal moment in this nation's history - the end of a long fight for independence. Unfortunately, American history also tells us that the freedom and independence earned on that day was not shared by all.
DC: Life of Hell for Juvenile Sentenced to Adult Prison (Washington Informer)
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America.. Until last week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison.
TN: CCA To Lose California Contracts in Massive Revenue Hit (Nashville Scene)
As the state of California continues to move forward with its plan to "recall" nearly 9,500 prisoners from out-of-state private correctional facilities, it appears the process doesn't bode well for Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America's bottom line.
PA: Gov. Tom Corbett signs Pennsylvania prison reform into law (The Patriot-News)
Gov. Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 100, which incorporated many of the reform proposals recommended by his Justice Reinvestment Working Group and which passed both the House and the Senate unanimously.
Australia: One-third enter jail with mental illness: study (ABC News)
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says almost one-third of prisoners entering jail are already mentally ill. Jail authorities say that is consistent with what they are seeing in custody, and some are calling for greater interaction with family members to help with the problem.
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