Tag Archives: Prisons

COVID-19 in Prison: EU Council Must Address Corona Challenges

Paris, France. Faced with the outbreak of COVID-19, the continent’s prisons are on the brink. There is an urgent need for those European decision-makers with competence in this area, under the aegis of the Council of Europe, to comprehend the nature of the risk and give impetus to policies matching the scale of the danger. All […]

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Prisons in America: Obama, Police Join Call to Cut Incarcerations

Washington, D.C.  Pushing to reduce the U.S. prison population, President Barack Obama hosted a forum Thursday that drew more than 100 police chiefs, prosecutors and criminal justice experts to the White House. “It’s not news anymore that we incarcerate a greater percentage of our people than any other country,” said forum moderator Bill Keller. The […]

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U.N. Launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ to Better Prisons

New York, N.Y. The United Nations today launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective. Two detainees behind the bars of […]

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NYS Prisons: Scrapheaps or Repair Shops?

New York, N.Y. A staggering two million children have one or more parents incarcerated in the United States. New York State — with the fifth highest population of incarcerated men and women in the nation — has an exemplary organization that works in partnership with individuals, families, and communities to offer support. Named after its founder eighty years […]

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Miss America Advocates for Prison Reform

New York, N.Y.  Recently I was surprised to meet Miss America following her rousing speech on the rights of prisoners and their families to a particularly well-heeled crowd at the church-turned-ballroom known as 583 Park Avenue. The event was The Osborne Association‘s 2012 Annual Lighting the Way Breakfast. Although I have heard of the organization through […]

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