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JPI Daily News Digest for 11/26/12

WA: Mental health court tries to help break the cycle (Seattle Times)
A new mental health court has opened in Snohomish County to help find solutions for people living with mental illness who are caught in the criminal justice system.

Teen Finds Redemption in Restorative Justice (New America Media)
The following first-person essay was written as part of a collaboration between The Know Youth Media and The Fresno Bee, examining the impact of restorative justice programs on the lives of young people.

National: Prison Reform Through Inmate Education [Video] (Education Nation)
Sean Pica, executive director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, talks about how his organization provides educational services to men and women in four New York state correctional facilities.

National: Juvenile Injustice (New York Times)
Step by step, the Supreme Court has been trying to reshape the way the American criminal justice system deals with those under the age of 18. In Miller v. Alabama this June, it ruled that a mandatory life sentence without parole for a juvenile is cruel and unusual punishment, even when the crime is homicide.

WI: State making progress on recidivism (Post Crescent)
Taxpayers pay a steep price — $33,221 annually per inmate — to keep Wisconsin’s 22,000-plus adult prisoners away from society.

WV: Free program offers job training, education help for youth offenders (Charleston Gazette)
Kanawha County had more youth crime in 2008 and 2009 than any other county in West Virginia; a new reintegration program aims to help those juvenile offenders.

International News
UK: Jailing more people for life risks a prison revolution (The Guardian)
The swelling number of inmates on life sentences and the threat of cuts to their privileges is a recipe for unrest in our prisons

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