Policy Center

Asset Forfeiture

Many people are startled when they learn how civil forfeiture laws work. Such laws permit police and prosecutors to seize property — cash, cars, boats, houses, land — from people who have not been convicted of a crime. In many jurisdictions the pr...

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The Elderly and Prison

      The Prison Where Inmates Help Each Other Die With Dignity has a program where prisoners help their fellow inmates in hospice care.  For a more comprehensive look, please visit the Office of the Inspector General report. 

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Juvenile Justice

“The goal of our juvenile system should be to help the youngsters live better lives. Because their brains - and their consciences - are still in the formative stage, there is a better chance that juveniles can be rehabilitated.” - Pat Nolan, Dire...

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Mental Illness

“Locking up mentally ill people who are not dangerous makes no sense. They don’t have access to the treatment they need. In jail, they are subject to being abused and sometimes inflict abuse in return. By the very nature of their disease, mentally...

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Re-Entry

Every week over 10,000 ex-offenders are released from state and federal prisons and sent back into our communities as our new neighbors. Unfortunately for the public in these communities, studies show that approximately two-thirds of these ex-offe...

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Work Programs

Today’s prisons offer a variety of work programs for inmates. However, they are not all equal. Some programs teach few skills that will be useful outside the walls.  Others, however, give offenders hands on experience working for a private company...

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