prison reform

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“Lock ‘em up and throw away the key!”

That’s the attitude many people take toward criminals — before they consider the cost of incarceration to taxpayers, according to a recent study.

Georgia Agrees To Improve Solitary Confinement Conditions

Jan 9, 2019

Corrections officials have agreed to improve conditions for prisoners in Georgia's most restrictive solitary confinement facility, which an expert had said risked causing prisoners psychological harm.

For nearly three decades, Anthony Ray Hinton lived on Alabama's death row. 

When he was convicted in 1985 for allegedly murdering two restaurant managers, there were no witnesses. There were no fingerprints. And Hinton always maintained his innocence. 

In April 2015, the state of Alabama overturned his conviction and dropped all charges against him. He had spent nearly half his life in prison. 

We spoke with Hinton about his wrongful incarceration, what kept him fighting for justice and life since his exoneration. 

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Computer Science students at Morehouse College are working on a project to help save young minority men from incarceration.

They have created a tool that uses visualization technology to help organizations analyze data from more than 200 youth facilities nationwide. The goal is to help these detention centers determine the most effective reform methods so resources can be allocated more efficiently.