Category Archives: Economics

“The Throwaways”: New Film Spotlights Impact of Police Killings and Mass Incarceration in Upstate New York

  New documetary film “The Throwaways” follows Ira McKinley, a filmmaker and ex-convcit, as he guides viewers through nearly empty city of Albany, New York while shedding light on the prison and police problems that have plagued marginalized populations for years. … Continue reading

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Shanesha Taylor Regains Custody of her Kids!

  If you’ve been reading the PLAP blog regularly, then you’ll remember the post titled “Mothering Between a Rock and a Hard Place” that told the story of Shanesha Taylor and her struggle as a poor, single mother. Well, today I … Continue reading

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Inmates saving money for Palm Beach County cities

                                                                                              Photo Courtsey of The Palm Beach Post      In a tough economy, cities in Palm Beach County, Florida are employing a controversial method to keep their cities clean while also cutting costs. Cities within the county are employing inmates, under the … Continue reading

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 Criminal offenses do not always invole prison or jail  Occasionally a monetary fine is the punishment.  Less fortunate citizens often do not have the resources to pay these fines. A growing trend amongst court systems nationwide is to hire private probation companies to … Continue reading

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The geography of incarceration

The Atlantic advises us about a disturbingly striking project to document prison geography. See more for yourself here.

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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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The Price of Prisons

The Vera Institute of Justice has released a report entitled “The Price of Prisons,” outlining a new methodology to calculate the real cost of prisons for taxpayers. The Center on Sentencing and Corrections and Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit studied 40 states, … Continue reading

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More press urges MA legislature to rethink enacting Three-Strikes bills

The editors of the Boston Phoenix weigh in on what Three-Strikes legislation would mean for Massachusetts, in a way consonant with the article discussed in this earlier post.

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New Massachusetts Three-Strike bills bode poorly for its already overcrowded prison system

In this article in Metrowest, Leslie Walker and Jean Trounstine warn about the possible consequences of two Three-Strikes bills recently passed by the Massachusetts House and Senate for the already overcrowded Massachusetts prison system. With the prison population average at … Continue reading

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Three-strikes reform in California? Make a wish for the new year.

California, distinguished among other ways by having the country’s most “indiscriminately punitive” three-strikes law, has allowed a ballot initiative to go forward that would modify it to exempt non-violent criminals. This welcome change is largely financially motivated: the state’s economy is … Continue reading

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