Weekly ReCAP in Criminal Justice: September 7, 2012

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. – Noam Chomsky

Criminal justice news stories that CAP highlighted this week:

HAWAI‘I

Got Democracy?, Honolulu Civil Beat
“Because I spent 60 years in California, I can’t help comparing democracy there to democracy here. The difference is dramatic, and seems worth sharing. Simply stated, it’s a paradox: Californians inherit democracy, but are no longer able to make it work; Hawaiians are natural democrats, but are blocked at every turn.”

NATIONAL

Taking College to Prison, The Crime Report, Sept. 7, 2012
“A pioneering program launched at the medium-security Otisville Correctional Facility in upstate New York this year earns qualified offenders an admission to one of the colleges in the City University of New York system on their release.”

Why Free Bus Transport for Prisoners’ Families is Good for Taxpayers, The Crime Report, Sept. 6, 2012

Defense Attorneys Can Use Experts To Analyze Eyewitness’ Testimony, Housatonic Times, Sept. 5, 2012

Texas Senate Hearing Finds Prisoners Released from Solitary Confinement Directly to the Streets, Solitary Watch, Sept. 5, 2012

South Dakota Examines Prison Reform, Correctional News, Sept. 5, 2012

It’s Time to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform, Huffington Post, Sept. 4, 2012
“The need for fi­nancial austerity has created an unprecedented opening for advocates to promote fair and more effective criminal justice policies that protect public safety, reduce recidivism, keep communities intact, and move away from our overreliance on incarceration, all while saving taxpayer dollars.”

State lawmakers tackle juvenile law overturn, Times-Tribune, Sept. 4, 2012
“With more juvenile lifers in prison than any other state, Pennsylvania is in the legal cross hairs now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down laws that require juveniles convicted of homicide to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.”

After 18 Years of “Three Strikes,” Are Californians Ready for a Change?, New America Media, Sept. 3, 2012

Alabama requires fingerprint scan for prison visitors, Montgomert Advertuser, Sept. 3, 2012

Courts grappling with juveniles’ life sentences, Tampa Tribune, Sept. 2, 2012
The courts are still grappling with how to navigate the mandate of Graham vs. Florida, the case last year in which the Supreme Court overturned life-without-parole sentences for juveniles who commit non-homicide offenses.

The GOP platform’s surprisingly progressive stance on crime, The Washington Post, Aug. 31, 2012

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