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JS Publication December 29, 2011

When the Cost is Too Great: The emotional and psychological impact on children of incarcerating their parents for drug offences

In the article, When the Cost is too Great: The emotional and psychological impact on children of incarcerating their parents for drug offences, Pat Allard, summarizes the key findings and recommendations of the Justice Strategies report Children on the Outside: Voicing the pain and human costs of parental incarceration, co-author with Director Judith Greene. Read more »

News Article McClatchy Newspapers November 1, 2011

Supreme Court case tests private prison vs. inmate rights

WASHINGTON — Prison hurt Richard Lee Pollard, in more than the usual ways.

Now, from improbable beginnings, the Supreme Court will examine Pollard’s treatment at a privately run California facility. The outcome could either shield or render more vulnerable the fast-growing private prison industry, not to mention what it might do for Pollard’s own post-prison life.

JS Update November 4, 2011

Judy Greene on Legalease

Justice Strategies' Director Judith Greene discusses prison sentencing reform in Arizona with State Representative and House Judiciary Committee member Cecil Ash and Maricopa County Deputy Chief of Probation, Therese Wagner, on Phoenix's legal talk radio show Legalease with Dennis Wilenchik. Sitting in for the host was Jack Wilenchik. The show originally aired October 26, 2011 from 4 to 5 PM (MT) on 1100 AM KFNX. Read more »

News Article The Arizona Republic October 9, 2011

Arizona prison sentences among toughest for many crimes

Whether it's putting a shoplifter behind bars for three years or a child-porn user away for 200 years, Arizona imposes among the longest, harshest sentences of any state in the country for a wide variety of crimes.

Politically, that has been popular, but the practice carries a hefty price tag. This year, the state will spend more than $1 billion to keep prisoners behind bars, and that figure will balloon if Arizona carries out plans to build or contract for as many as 6,500 new prison beds over the next five years.

JS Publication March 28, 2011

Numbers Game: The Vicious Cycle of Incarceration in Mississippi's Criminal Justice System

On March 28, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi in collaboration with Justice Strategies released NUMBERS GAME: The Vicious Cycle of Incarceration in Mississippi’s Criminal Justice System. Read more »

News Article The Arizona Republic February 2, 2011

Arizona defense lawyers urge sentencing reforms

Defense attorneys on Tuesday called for a raft of sentencing reforms they said would save money and put Arizona in line with other states that have reduced prison populations and lowered crime rates.

But the group likely will have a tough time convincing a majority of lawmakers.

News Article Pheonix New Times February 1, 2011

Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice Release New Report on Sentencing Reform

Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) held a press conference this morning to announce the release of a report highlighting the need for sentencing reform.
The study, conducted by Judith Greene of Justice Strategies, notes that the state's criminal justice policies have "been among the harshest in the nation for many years" -- and are no longer fiscally viable.

News Article Drug Truth Network January 16, 2011

Century of Lies

The failure of Drug War is glaringly obvious to judges, cops, wardens, prosecutors and millions more. Now calling for decriminalization, legalization, the end of prohibition. Let us investigate the Century of Lies.

News Article California Watch January 14, 2011

Number of children with parent in prison growing

When California lawmakers and policy wonks talk about reforming the state’s prison system, they’re typically talking about the public’s safety. Or how incarceration impacts the people living in cells. Or how expensive this whole exercise has become.
Less often, the conversation is about those who lose a parent to a prison sentence.
This week, Justice Strategies, a nonprofit research group, released a report on the nation’s swelling number [PDF] of minor children with an incarcerated parent.

News Article The Final Call January 26, 2011

Who cares about children of the incarcerated?

CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - Renee Y. Lee, recovery home director for The Women's Treatment Center, says people should be less judgmental and more circumspect in viewing the complex challenges associated with dealing with America's ever-growing prison population.

“What appears is not always what it is,” said Ms. Lee. “The causation for why a person commits a crime—although we won't exonerate them and let them off the hook completely—some of the time, it is related to an addiction and that is a factor. We as a society are responsible for one another.”