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JPI Daily News Digest 12/18/2012

National: Black Males, Incarceration and a New Age Dilemma (Frugivore)
Between 1986 and 2004, the black male incarceration rate has jumped 500 percent. A report published in Frontiers in Psychology in mid-November analyzed decades of data on the African-American population rates of incarceration and subsequent health issues. Though crime rates have declined over the past 20 years, over 38 percent of the prison population is comprised of black men. Subjected to a system designed to fail them, black men funneled into the prison system are deprived of access to education, health care, and a means to re-enter civil society, thoroughly rehabilitated, with a chance at survival.

National: Federal Prison Population Multiplies 10 Times in 30 Years (AllGov)
Driven by an ever-escalating “war on drugs,” the number of federal prisoners incarcerated in the United States has increased by ten times in just 30 years—27 times faster than the rate of population growth. According to a report released by the Urban Institute, the federal prison population stands at about 218,000 and is adding nearly 10,000 prisoners every year. As a result, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is operating at 39% above capacity, creating dangerous overcrowding for guards and prisoners.

National: Prison Population Declined In 26 States During 2011 (PR Newswire)
Twenty-six state departments of corrections reported decreases in their prison population during 2011, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported today. California reported the largest decline (down 15,493), while New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Florida, and Texas each had population decreases of more than 1,000 prisoners in 2011. Among states that had increases in their prison populations, Tennessee and Kentucky both added more than 1,000 inmates in 2011.

PA: Judge approves near $18 million settlement in ‘Kids for Cash’ case; Includes $4.3 million in attorneys’ fees (Pennsylvania Record)
Litigation stemming from the largest judicial scandal in Pennsylvania history has come to a close after a federal judge approved a near $18 million class action settlement in the civil case.

AK: Critics see room for change in prison reform law (ABC 7)
Two years after Arkansas' prison reform law went into effect, some lawmakers and law enforcement officials are still grumbling about measures like reducing penalties for meth manufacturing and doubling the monetary threshold for felony theft.

NY: Bronx prison re-entry populations create health crisis (Outcomes Magazine)
More than 40 % of parolees and releases sent to the Bronx from New York State prisons have two or more major chronic conditions, a study to be released today at a public briefing at Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute in the Bronx shows.

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