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JPI Daily News Digest 12/5/2012

National: OJJDP Bulletin Analyzes Long-Term Impact On Serious Juvenile Offenders Transferred To Adult Court (PR Newswire)
The Office of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) today released the bulletin Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Court: Effects of a Broad Policy in One Court, part of its Pathways to Desistance series. The authors found that the majority of youth transferred to adult court who return to their community resume some level of antisocial activity and many are subsequently arrested or placed in an institutional setting.

National: Advance legal columnist: Whom does the criminal justice system favor?  (Staten Island Advance)
Some view America's criminal justice system as favoring defendants, allowing them to exploit legal technicalities and generous plea-bargains to avoid being duly punished for their crimes. Others see a system that is stacked against defendants, one in which people, particularly the poor and underprivileged, are victimized by police misconduct, overzealous prosecutions, inadequate legal representation, and biased juries. Though both are gross oversimplifications, each does have some merit.

FL: Private Prison Plan Is Flawed, Judge Rules (WLRN)
The Florida Legislature has struck out again with an attempt to privatize some or all of the state prison system.A Tallahassee judge ruled today that lawmakers chose an unconstitutional method to turn prison health care services over to private contractors.

IL: The Cost of Phone Calls In Cook County Jail To Drop (Chicago Magazine)
WBEZ's Rob Wildeboer has been chasing an interesting story for awhile: the high cost of phone calls from Cook County jail. And they're really expensive (emphasis mine): The calls are $7 on the low end, but can be as high as $15.  The rates are inflated because Cook County makes money on the calls. The county has a contract with Securus technologies that requires the phone company to pay almost 60 percent of what it makes from phone calls back to the county. The deal has netted the county about $12 million over the life of the three-year-old contract. The cost falls on the mostly poor families who can't afford to post bond so their loved ones are left in jail while awaiting trial. Those families pay for calls they can't afford, either.

National: After almost a decade, FCC has yet to rule on high cost of prison phone calls (Washington Post)
Almost a decade ago, a petition by the families of inmates tired of paying sky-high rates for prison telephone calls landed at the Federal Communications Commission. Martha Wright-Reed of the District, an 86-year-old former nurse who’s blind, and other petitioners didn’t think it was right for their incarcerated sons and daughters to pay so much more than everyone else to keep in touch.

National: Report urges reforming juvenile justice based on science (News Works)
"Adult crime -- adult time" has been one of the many battle cries calling for tough sentences for juvenile offenders. A new report commissioned by the federal justice department suggests that this approach doesn't work.

National: Prisoners face long wait for drug-rehab services (USA Today)
Although drug offenders represent the single-largest category of prisoners in the burgeoning federal prison system, thousands wait months to begin drug education or rehabilitation because of staff shortages and limited resources, according to federal investigators.

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