15 Feb '15, 1am

Guess Who’s Going to Jail: the Poor, Sick and Addicted

Guess Who’s Going to Jail: the Poor, Sick and Addicted

How should America help people who are poor? How about people who are addicted to drugs? And what about people with mental illness? At the moment, there is one go-to solution for all three of these populations: jail. As the New York Times reports , a new study examining incarceration rates, most people we send to jail aren’t the “criminals” we like to imagine, but people who’ve been dealt a bad hand in life. Instead of helping them out, our society chooses to temporarily put them in jail again and again and again. Before we go further, there is an important distinction to be made between “jail” and “prison.” Prisons (federal or state) are places where convicts serve lengthy sentences. Jails (local or county) are for shorter sentences or people awaiting trial. The research being discussed focused exclusively on jail populations. Currently, more than 730,000 people sit in ja...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/guess-whos-going-to-jail-the-...

Tweets

Anwar back in jail but problems mount for Najib...

blog.limkitsiang.com 15 Feb '15, 12am

The Malaysian Insider 15 February 2015 The biggest political threat to the Malaysian government is behind bars after a cou...

Philly Workers Finally Get Paid Sick Days

Philly Workers Finally Get Paid Sick Days

care2.com 14 Feb '15, 8pm

This week Philadelphia became the 20th location in the U.S. to enact a law guaranteeing that workers can earn paid sick da...

Does SimCity 5 Really Need A Homeless Eliminati...

It’s pretty safe to say that many of today’s younger urban planners have a soft spot for the SimCity franchise. I wrote fo...

Does SimCity 5 Really Need A Homeless Eliminati...

It’s pretty safe to say that many of today’s younger urban planners have a soft spot for the SimCity franchise. I wrote fo...

Anwar back in jail but problems mount for Najib...

blog.limkitsiang.com 15 Feb '15, 12am

The Malaysian Insider 15 February 2015 The biggest political threat to the Malaysian government is behind bars after a cou...

How do parks affect the poor? Jury’s still out,...

news.mongabay.com 15 Feb '15, 2am

You have to credit the author and Mongabay.org as listed in the original piece, ideally in the byline, with a link back to...

We're going fossil-free! Find out about our campaign to #divest our cities and our pensions

We're going fossil-free! Find out about our cam...

foe-scotland.org.uk 14 Feb '15, 11am

Our Sustainable Finance work is challenging Scottish finance to become more sustainable and democratic. We are calling on ...

"When are they going to give it back to me? Whe...

yoursdp.org 16 Feb '15, 11am

The Singapore Democrats carried on with our GE2015 programme, pushing on with more walkabouts in the Holland-Bukit Timah a...