The Challenges of Female Incarceration

The Challenges of Female Incarceration By Briana J. - Research Intern The rate of female incarceration has greatly increased over the past 30 years. This has resulted in women becoming the fastest growing group of incarcerated individuals within the prison system. Most of these imprisoned women are serving sentences for non-violent drug and property offenses (EJI). Despite this uptick of imprisoned women, there has not been an adequate reallocation of resources to properly address the needs of incarcerated women. An important point to understand is that most facilities within prisons are primarily built for male prisoners. There has not been an active change within these facilities to address the specific needs of incarcerated women. Like many other prisoners around the world, incarcerated women in the United States face deprivations and trauma during their incarceration. Many incarcerated women face problems surrounding separation from children and family, inadequate me…
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The Privatization of Inmate Privileges

The Privatization of Inmate Privileges By Connor H. - Research Intern For the past few decades, the idea of the United States government using private corporations for the use of incarcerating criminals is one that has been under constant scrutiny. The largest argument against the use of private prisons is an ethical argument over whether or not it is right to incarcerate people while the corporation holding them is turning a profit. Along with this, the majority of private prisons only make money when their cells are full, so private prisons keep inmates incarcerated in their facilities for as long as possible. This issue is the one that mainly receives coverage in the media when the topic of private prisons is brought up. However, there have been other aspects of the prison system that have begun being privatized that do not receive the same amount of attention. These two main aspects are the privileges of phone calls and inmate commissary. With more jails and prisons beg…
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U.S. Antitrafficking Efforts

The United States Antitrafficking Efforts: What works, and how can we improve? By LaQuittis L. - Research Intern Introduction In recent years, human trafficking has obtained increased attention from the nation and all media platforms worldwide. In our society, human trafficking is viewed as modern-day slavery that seems to be rooted in our nations' history. Although we've been able to learn about our nation's dark past through school education and textbooks, to this date, modern-day slavery has limited research due to its hidden nature. Not only is the problem of human trafficking a national issue, especially the trafficking of immigrants, but it's also a worldwide issue. This specific crime's growing concern is in desperate need of more effective antitrafficking methods to finally put it all to an end. To understand the methods already implemented by our government, we must first understand what exactly human trafficking is. America's Homeland Security defines it as the …
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Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents: Final Series

Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents Final Series By Davis81 - Research Intern To conclude the incarcerated parent’s series, I would say I had experienced a lot when my mom was in prison. It was all a learning lesson. When I share my story, people always say, “you don’t look like what you been through,” which is honestly true. I tend not to open up and share my journey because I grew to not just want to share it with anyone. I typically share with people I am close to. I am glad that I could share bits and pieces of my life growing up while my mother was incarcerated with the world because I know I am not the only one out there who has experienced this. I want to leave the children who have some parents in prison with some advice: Do not let your parent’s actions define your future – Just because they are your parent does not mean you are a reflection of them. Everyone is entitled to their own actions, and your life is your own. Strive to be the best you can be – D…
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Prison Release Preparation Guide Infographic

Prison Release Preparation Guide Infographic Check out this infographic to help prepare your incarcerated loved one for their release from federal prison.   Download and print or share the infographic here: Infographic Release Prep Guide
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Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents: Views of People

Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents Views of People By Davis81 - Research Intern Think about a time you experienced something tragic, and afterward, you started looking at the people and things around you differently? I am pretty sure we all have. I’ve experienced that when my mom went to prison. I didn’t negatively look at people but more so in a way like “people go through things, and they get through things.” When I was younger, I used to look at people who got into trouble and think they could never get their lives back on track because of the simple fact that they have a record. Society has played a part in that viewpoint for me because they make it seem like your life is over once you get into trouble with the law. Well, I’ve seen firsthand that that statement is not valid. My mom has since come home and wholly done a 360. She did everything she had to do to get herself back on her feet. When she came home, she got a job, lived with some family for a couple of mont…
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Sending Money to Inmates

Sending Money to Inmates Do you have a loved one currently incarcerated?  Believe it or not, everything in prison isn't free.  Phone calls and emails home cost money.  So do commissary items such as clothes, shoes, toiletries, and food.  And while most inmates have job assignments, the pay is often just pennies an hour.  There are three options for sending money to federal inmates, and two of them work for state inmates as well.  We just updated our page on How to Send Money to a Federal Inmate to reflect changes in MoneyGram and Western Union's websites.  We detail each step of the process for both of those options, as well as for sending money through the U.S. Postal Service.  Check it out.                    
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Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents: What it Was Like

Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents What it Was Like By Davis81 - Research Intern When thinking about all the emotions and things I’ve experienced while my mom was in prison, I wish there were some things I could have changed when going through what I went through. So, pretty much I blamed myself for my mom going to prison. It sounds pretty weird, but it was something I struggled with. As a child, I constantly wanted to save everybody from everything, but when I found out my mom was sentenced, I felt defeated. I cried for hours; I did not know what would happen to my siblings and me. Still, to this day, I see that I am one of those people who wants to save everybody from everything they are going through. I know I can’t, but that is just me. I think that is why I know for a fact helping people is my calling. I want to help people better themselves, be better than they were the day before. I’ve watched my mom go through things that broke my heart, but she overcame every ad…
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Fathers Behind Bars

Fathers Behind Bars By Austin Y. - Research Intern Crime not only has an effect on the general public but also the families of the offender. When an offender is incarcerated for long periods of time, it is tearing that individual's family apart. Everyone does not grow up with a complete family, some have their fathers ripped away from them while they are forced to grow up with just one parent. That parent then has to pick up the slack and is forced to pick up more jobs to make up for the lack of income leaving the children unsupervised for long periods of time. When the children are unsupervised they tend to make poor decisions to get the attention they are not getting because the their parent isn’t able to be home as much due to working multiple jobs just to get by. This perpetuates the cycle of crime, a cycle that Fathers Behind Bars hopes to break. “There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail.” That statistic is mind blowing as that is a great deal of …
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Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents: What I Needed

Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents What I Needed By Davis81 - Research Intern So this weeks blog entry has to deal with the listing of what children who have incarcerated parents may need.  Especially while dealing with something of this nature which could mess with your mental health and emotional health. I personally struggled with things regarding my mental and emotional health. When my mom went to prison and I moved with my father and step-mother I wasn’t really interested in doing things. I wanted to sit in the house all day and just keep to myself. My dad wanted me to get outside and make friends in the neighborhood since I was new in the area but I did not have any interest because I was still processing the fact that my mom was gone. I didn’t know when she would be coming back, and I was split from my brother and two sisters Personally, I think there were some things that I needed to know/ needed when my mom left but I did not know them. So…. Here they are: …
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The Perfect Reentry Plan

The Perfect Reentry Plan By Kelli R. - Research Intern Everyone needs a second chance at least once in a single lifetime. A second chance is effort amongst both parties ready to tackle the next steps together. Second chances require responsibility, accountability, and effort. Reentry to the real world after prison happens to be one of the most difficult parts of the whole process. It is time to make the reentry process a smooth transition back into the world. Throughout this writing assignment I will be discussing present issues as well as proposals for solutions inside the reentry program. The main things that will be discussed are housing after reentry, employment after reentry, substance abuse and recidivism, and other reentry risks that seem necessary to address. When discussing reentry plans it is important to review every angle and go with the best option for everyone especially the offender. Housing is one of the most difficult parts of the reentry process. Housin…
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Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents: The Beginning

Growing Up with Incarcerated Parents The Beginning By Davis81 - Research Intern Can you imagine being ten years old going from the life you knew to a new life without one of your parents? I can vividly remember walking from the bus stop with my younger sister and cousins to get home and see that my mother wasn't home… How awkward was it for something to just change up without any warning? That was the first experience that I could recall that made a significant impact on my life. I had to readjust in a different city, make new friends, and learn to be without my mother and siblings at ten years old. Some people may think that was an early age, but she’ll be alright, but the truth is some days I was okay, and other days I wouldn't be. When I found out my mom was going to prison, it hurt me to the core because my provider wasn't going to be there anymore. I eventually then moved in with my Aunt, but she could not take care of my mom’s four children, my teenage Aunt, and h…
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