JPI Daily News Digest 8/20/2012
IL: Kids Behind Bars: Illinois Rethinks Juvenile Justice (NPR)
In an alley in Little Village on Chicago's West Side, the faint sound of music from a Spanish-speaking radio station wafts in the air and garbage cans are sprayed with gang graffiti. They look like the tattoos on 17-year-old Elias Roman's arms.
NC: NC to Examine Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice System (Hispanic Business)
North Carolina has formed an interim commission to begin studying racial disparities in the criminal justice system
CA: California balks at providing inmate release plan (LA Times)
Instead of complying with the demand from federal judges, the state wants them to suspend enforcement of prison crowding limits.
NH: New Hampshire Lawmakers Are Pushing To Privatize The State's Entire Prison System (Business Insider)
Last December New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections issued three Requests for Proposals (RFP) to outsource all of its prison operations to one very lucky private corrections contractor.
AZ: Private prisons not saving us money – so why do we still have them? (Tuscon Citizen)
When the private prison movement began in earnest in the 1980s, the justification for it was that private companies could do the job more efficiently and cheaply than government.
CA: Many question life sentences for juveniles (USA Today)
Sara Kruzan was 17 when she was sentenced to die in prison for killing and robbing her pimp at a motel in Riverside, California. Now, at 32, Kruzan has a chance at being freed, along with thousands of other juveniles convicted of murder who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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