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Tight vs. loose: Politics and mysticism


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Kansas prisoners get the granny treatment

(Originally posted 11/23/13.)

Steve Hartman’s “On the Road” segment for the CBS Evening News, 11/01/13:

Kan. prisoners get the granny treatment

Here is a practical example of how brightening the “divine spark” within people can effect redemption or transformation.

About Edgar Cayce’s dream, part 2

Continued from yesterday’s post, Part 1.

Justice and feedback

Ever since grade school, I’ve been fervently interested in prison reform.  I had compassion for these “bad people.”  I would want the prison experience to give a “bad” person every reason, every chance, every motivation to mend one’s ways.  But this is definitely not happening in our prisons now.

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The Edward Nero trial

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“Human Toll of Jail” Project Highlights Unique Stories of Mental Health Issues, Recidivism

Keri Blakinger

It started as a two-year pilot program, but the New Orleans mental illness diversion court has proved that it is a step in the right direction for mental health care.

Though the court seeks toimprove outcomes for those with mental health issues and criminal justice involvement, its creator, Judge Desiree Charbonnet, recognized that a court alone couldn’t solve the overarching problem at hand. That’s why she partnered with the grant-funded Community Alternatives Program, which connects those in need with the treatment, healthcare coverage and housing they need to stay out of the system.

It’s a forward-thinking initiative, and it’s just one of many highlighted in a new project launched by the Vera Institute and the MacArthur Foundation. The Human Toll of Jail includes a series of essays, videos, comics and other multimedia journalism to shine a light on unique and unexpected voices in the criminal justice system.

Another voice that…

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Ohio Pushes Reforms to Help Inmates with Addiction Issues

At first glance, I was skeptical about offering treatment to people while they’re incarcerated. However, this approach does sound good to me.

Keri Blakinger

Four out of five inmates in Ohio’s prisons have addiction issues—and the state is finally taking action to address that problem more appropriately.

For the current fiscal year, the Buckeye State’s prison system received $27.4 million to help pay for more addiction counselors, a move that comes amid a host of other changes, according to the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum.

Before July, the state was offering treatment to far fewer inmates. The state was releasing between 8,000 and 9,000 inmates with serious addiction issues every year, but only about half of them received treatment.

Under the new system, anyone who will be released in three months can start counseling in prison and have their records sent to a halfway house when they leave.

One of the treatment methods the Ohio system uses is the therapeutic community model. Non-violent offenders live together in groups of 70 to 180 and attend group counseling together.

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8 Major Problems with Drug Treatment in Prison

“It’s a proven fact that prison doesn’t do anything for drug addiction — nothing. Then when they come back they’re recidivists. If you say prison is for punishment, fine. But if you say it’s so people don’t come back then you’ve got to do something so they don’t come back.”

Keri Blakinger

Drug offenders have among the highest recidivism rates of all prisoners. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 76.9% of drug offenders get arrested for a new crime within five years of their release. That’s a lower recidivism rate than for property crimes (82.1%) but higher than for public order offenses (73.6%) or violent offenses (71.3%).

Although jails typically don’t offer drug treatment, many state prisons do—but the above data is for state prisons. So what’s going wrong? Why isn’t prison drug treatment working?

There’s no easy answer to that question. However, a prison drug counselor, a drug policy expert, and two former inmates did their best to answer it by offering to identify what they see as some of the current problems with prison drug treatment:

1. Treatment is not offered soon enough.

Many county jails don’t offer any treatment, so inmates typically have to wait until they get…

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This teen won’t go to prison, even after he hacked 50,700 computers

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