North Dakota State Officials, In an Effort to Reduce Prison Recidivism Rates, Implement Policies Championed by Norway

Norway’s prison system has been the subject of controversy for a number of years.  Its officials practice “restorative justice,” a theory that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior through cooperative processes that includes all stakeholders. To that end, prisons in Norway look more like college dormitories than incarceration facilities.  There are no bars […]

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Judge Rules Florida Law Prohibiting Ex-Cons from Voting Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that a state law prohibiting former convicted felons from voting is unconstitutional.  “A person convicted of a crime may have long ago exited the prison cell and completed probation,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker wrote. “Her voting rights, however, remain locked in a dark crypt. Only the state has […]

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Billionaire Koch Brothers to Donate $4 Million to Prison Program Aimed at Reducing Recidivism Rates

The billionaire Koch brothers are donating $4 million to a prison program aimed at improving re-imprisonment rates among former prisoners.  The program is led by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis, an author and professor who says the U.S. prison system is focused too much on punishment and not enough on rehabilitation. […]

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