prisons

Even In Isolation
12:18 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Chaplains: Thrownaway Inmates May Flourish With Pastoral Attention

Tom Cummins
Credit Provided by Criminal Justice Ministry

When volunteer prison chaplain Tom Cummins knocks on the door of a prison cell, the inmate’s voice is nearly always welcoming, sometimes delighted.

“I deal almost exclusively with those in isolation,” he said. “The guys know what society thinks of them. They are part of the throwaway society like papers tossed aside, abandoned, out-of-mind, in prisons that are hidden in the country, off a side road. When anyone treats them like a child of God, they flourish. A chaplain can help bring them back to a sense of being part of a whole community.”

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New Start
11:15 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Chaplains: Juveniles Need Support Outside To Maintain Changes Learned In Detention

The Rev. Dietra Wise Baker
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

First of a two-part series.

Prison chaplains wear hope on their sleeves. Many talk about ex-prisoners who transform their lives in prison and, after release, become contributing citizens and good parents.

One of the chaplains, the Rev. Dietra Wise Baker said that most judges and others who work in the justice and corrections systems are “loving,” but the system is flawed.

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Piper Kerman
9:57 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Author Hints At New Season, Talks Reform, On Way To STL

Piper Kerman
Credit Sam Zalutsky

Will Piper get back with Larry? Will Alex return to Litchfield Prison? If she does, will Piper be able to resist her charming nemesis?

“Orange Is the New Black” author Piper Kerman answered one of these questions and hinted at another in an interview, prior to her upcoming St. Louis appearances at Lindenwood University next Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Maryville University next Wednesday and Thursday, co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

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Mike Anderson
11:26 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Commentary: What Is The Point Of Prison?

Credit (via Flickr/neil conway)

The saga of Mike Anderson, a man convicted of armed robbery 13 years ago and amazingly never put in prison (except for a few months at the time he should have been released), is seemingly at an end. A circuit judge decided that making Anderson serve his sentence would “serve no purpose” and released him to live the rest of his life a free man.

The series of events raises troubling questions on the front end of the Missouri criminal justice system: How could a person guilty of a serious crime be able to escape punishment without anyone noticing?

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criminal justice
2:29 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Illinois Sends $7 Million To Prison Diversion Program

The Adult Redeploy Illinois program aims to funnel non-violent offenders away from prison, into local supervision and treatment.
Credit (Flickr/neil conway)

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s office has announced $7 million in grants aimed at funneling non-violent offenders away from prison and into community-based services. 

The funds come through Adult Redeploy Illinois, a program that encourages local jurisdictions to treat and supervise certain offenders, using tools like drug courts and mental health courts.

Quinn's office says the program saves up to $17,000 per year for each offender.

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Arts Auction
11:52 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Chairs-To-Art Program Helps Transform Lives Of Former Female Prisoners In St. Louis

Miranda chose a seatless chair...
Provided by Perennial

A local program re-purposing broken chairs helps heal women with criminal convictions as they prepare to re-enter society.

The hit TV series “Orange Is the New Black” explores the lives of women behind bars. But even after their release, orange remains an important color to some of St. Louis' former female inmates. So do purple, green and the entire rainbow.

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MO Statehouse
9:45 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Incarcerated Parents Could Spend More Time With Their Kids Under Program Advanced In Mo. House

Incarcerated parents in Missouri could spend more time with their children under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri House.
 
The legislation endorsed Monday would set up a test program that would provide transportation for children who live more than 50 miles away from their parent's prison to visit them.
 
Two Missouri men's prisons and two women's prisons would be selected for the program's trial. The Department of Corrections would have to submit a final report on the program's effect in 2017.
 

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Illinois Prisons
2:18 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Some Illinois Prisons, Facilities May Close As Budget Cuts Stand

(Flickr/neil conway)

Gov. Pat Quinn's budget cuts that will force the closure of some prisons and other state facilities will stand.

The Illinois House didn't consider an override vote Wednesday before adjourning on the last day of veto session. A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the speaker didn't think it was necessary action to take.

Last week, the Senate voted to reject cuts of $56 million to funds for the Tamms high-security prison and other sites.

Quinn opposed the override.

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Illinois Prisons
1:26 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Appeals Court Ruling Keeps Prisons Open - For Now

Credit (Flickr/neil conway)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can't proceed with plans to close prisons - at least for now.

A state appeals court has denied his administration's request to dissolve a temporary restraining order that prevented him from closing prisons in Tamms and Dwight, three halfway houses and juvenile detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro. 

The Fifth District Appellate Court entered its order on Wednesday, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees received it on Friday.

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Morning Round-up
9:21 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Proposed amendment to appear on November ballot

A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.

In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.

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