Tag: Prisons

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Jonathan Swan of Axios for exposing Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s plan to free every federal inmate within a decade. They also blast President Biden for acting like tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is going to make any significant difference in energy policy or energy prices. And they unload on some of the worst grifters in politics – the Lincoln Project and Lin Wood.

 

Rafael A. Mangual joins Seth Barron to discuss New York City’s plan to replace the jail complex on Rikers Island with four borough-based jails and what it could mean for public order in the city.

New York City jails currently house a daily average of about 8,000 people, in a city of 8 million residents. Under the new plan, the borough-based jails (once constructed) will be able to house 3,300 people—less than half the city’s average daily jail population today. As Barron writes, the new target “will likely require a significant realignment of expectations about public safety.”

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Every relationship we have is unequal in some respect – whether we are talking about a teacher or a friend or a spouse or sibling. One person always holds more cards than does the other one. That inequality is not, in itself, a bad thing. Indeed, I think it is a feature more than a […]

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In 2003, I was a student at the Army’s Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Us Army guys used to call it “the Leavenworth short tour,” because a long tour meant that you were a guest at the United States Disciplinary Barracks. That’s where you get sent for gross violations of the […]

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Comprehensive and Common Sense Justice Reform in Maryland

 

Jails-620x394Last week in the Baltimore Sun, Robert Ehrlich highlighted a comprehensive justice reform package released last month in Maryland that seeks to “further reduce the state’s incarcerated population, reduce spending on corrections, and reinvest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.”

Compiled by the “Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Panel,” which convened upon Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature of legislation during the 2015 session, the package addresses years worth of growing expenses in Maryland that has lead to, in Ehrlich’s words, a “bloated and inefficient” corrections system:

“For example, last year the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services accounted for nearly 14 percent of the total state workforce and 7.1 percent of expenditures from the general fund. State spending on corrections has increased by 10 percent since 2006, adjusted for inflation.”