Author Archives: k-sue park

About k-sue park

J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School/ Ph.D Candidate, University of California, Berkeley, Fulbright Scholar, South Korea 2003-04

Illinois’ only supermax may shortly close!

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed closing Tamms Correctional Center, the state’s only supermax prison. Even if driven by economic efficiency concerns, this action could put an end to prison conditions that have caused a mental health crisis, precipitated, among … Continue reading

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Everybody is talking about sentencing

This week, the U.S. Sentencing Commission held a hearing in Washington, D.C. on federal sentencing after U.S. v. Booker, the Supreme Court decision that made the sentencing guidelines advisory instead of mandatory.  Families Against Mandatory Minimum’s VP Mary Price testified that judges … Continue reading

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Massachusetts sentencing bills are… still in negotiation

For those of you following the current controversy over Massachusetts sentencing bills, Families Against Mandatory Minimums has this update: As of last month, the conference committee that was trying to negotiate a compromise between the Senate and House sentencing bills … Continue reading

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Cash for prisons

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is the nation’s largest operator of for-profit prisons; it is a “Wall Street giant” that has grown more than five-fold during the last fifteen years. After 9/11, it capitalized on anxieties about national security and … Continue reading

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Hundreds die in Honduras prison fire

A fire at a central Honduras prison has caused over 300 deaths, and this tragedy has drawn attention to the broader crises of overcrowding and violence in the nation’s carceral system. The New York Times covers the story, with a photo … Continue reading

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Juvenile-in-Justice Project

We rarely see images of incarcerated children like this. You can take a look at more of photographer Richard Ross’ work and watch a video in which he is interviewed here.

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The Incarcerated Elderly

The dramatic increase in prison population in the U.S. over the past few decades means that there is now an unprecedentedly large geriatric prison population for which prisons do not have the resources to care. Last week, Human Rights Watch released … Continue reading

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A call to think harder: Guenther on Gopnik’s privilege

Right after I posted on Adam Gopnik’s piece in the New Yorker, I ran across this sharp and excellent criticism of it by Lisa Guenther, who calls Gopnik out for failing to interrogate the racially determined– or let’s just say … Continue reading

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Federal sentencing and the GOP

This article‘s discussion of mandatory sentencing guidelines versus discretion shows how stuck the debate is and conveys how depressingly racism will shape both approaches, quite aside from aspirations to create uniformity in sentencing or to reserve a place for consideration … Continue reading

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Lockuptown, America

I hope you’ll all read Adam Gopnik’s recent article in the New Yorker, which addresses how “[m]ass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today.” In his attempt to answer the … Continue reading

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