New Research : Prison time doesn’t actually deter repeat offenders

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The American penal system assumes that being imprisoned is bad enough to deter people convicted of a crime from breaking the law again. But there’s new evidence that prison time doesn’t deter future crimes nearly as well as people tend to assume.

That’s the result of a study published Monday in the journal Nature Human Behavior. In it, a team of scientists from across the country analyzed 111,110 felons’ cases and discovered that there was no correlation between having served a prison sentence and committing more crimes later on.

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Surprising industries profiting from mass incarceration

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Mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., so it’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world. This industry generates huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything from food companies and telecoms to all the businesses that are using prison labor to cut their manufacturing costs.   Continue reading… “Surprising industries profiting from mass incarceration”

Smartphones Are Thriving in Prisons Despite Being Banned

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Cellphones thriving in prisons.

 At a Georgia state prison, a counterfeiter  ticks off the remaining days of his three-year sentence on his Facebook page. He has 91 digital “friends.” Like many of his fellow inmates, he plays the online games FarmVille and Street Wars.

 

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Gang Membership Rises as Violent Crimes in the U.S. Drop

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Gangs in the U.S. have grown to about 1 million members.

Gang membership, a traditional trigger for violent crime, is rising even as murder and other violent crime have declined substantially in much of the USA.Across the country, gangs have grown to about 1 million members, according to the federal government’s most recent count in 2009, and law enforcement officials say that number is increasing.

 

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Growing National Trend: Jailed for Debt in the 21st Century

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Prison for debtors – a trend that is growing in the U.S.

More than a hundred and fifty years ago, Americans were thrown into jail for not paying their debts, until the country did away with so-called debtors’ prisons in 1833. Today, similar punishments have returned for those in over their heads in debts.

 

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Prison Inmates Must Pedal To Watch TV

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Pedal Powered Boob Tube For Inmates
Inmates in one of America’s toughest jails are pedalling exercise bikes to generate electricity for their televisions.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio debuted the pilot program called “Pedal Vision” at Tent City Jail in Phoenix, Arizona, where inmates already live in harsh conditions in army surplus tents, sweltering in summer temperatures as high as 122F (50C) and freezing in winter.

Under the programme inmates pedal customized stationary bikes that generate 12 volts of electricity, with one hour of pedalling equaling one hour of television.

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Inmates In India Take Yoga To Reduce Their Jail Sentences

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Yoga Heals The Mind and Frees The Body
Prisoners in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being freed early if they complete yoga courses.

For every three months spent practising posture, balance and breathing the inmates can cut their jail time by 15 days.

The authorities say the lessons help to improve the prisoners’ self-control and reduce aggression.

New Trend In Prison: Tattoo Your Eyes!

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Not for the squeamish! At first glance, it seems improbable and downright impossible, but inmates are actually attempting to stand out from the crowd by having ink injected into the whites of their eyes.  DamnCoolPics has a bit more information on the procedure…

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