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Tim Robbins Has Prison Drama Class That Cuts Recidivism in Half

Actor Tim Robbins has dramatically cut repeat offender rates for prisoners who take his acting class behind bars. Six out of every 10 inmates in...

App Lets Families Easily Send Printed Photos to Their Loved Ones in Jail With a Swipe of a Button

An app that is being called “Instagram for Prisons” allows families to stay in connect with inmates simply by taking a cell phone picture.

LA County to Erase Over $90 Million in Debt for Old Juvenile Detention Fees

The ruling will wipe the slate clean for 52,000 parents and families who have been struggling to pay off fees from over a decade ago.

First Major US City to Make Prison Phone Calls Free

The measure is set to go into full effect in 270 days after it was approved by the city council this week.

Fewer People Are Returning to Prison, as Rate Drops by 23% in U.S. – Here’s Why

An exciting new body of research shows that while America is becoming safer, with historically low crime rates—it is also becoming more progressive in...

Prisoners Change Their Lives, Becoming Expert Braille Transcribers for Blind Students

Just because these inmates are behind bars doesn't mean that they can't make a positive difference in the world, or do something so meaningful...

Transcendental Meditation Reduces Trauma

A new randomized controlled study has found that the Transcendental Meditation program significantly reduces trauma symptoms in female prisoner inmates. This is the first...

New Second Chance Pell Grant Program Gives Inmates Federal Aid to Take College Classes

67 colleges and universities will participate in the new Second Chance Pell pilot program that expands access to financial aid for incarcerated individuals, the...

L.A. Sheriffs Offer Tattoo Removal to Inmates Who Want to Change Their Lives

Once considered permanent, tattoos are now removable through laser treatments, which is good news for those who no longer want to be associated with...

Now You Can Give Back by Hanging Out With Robert Downey Jr For His New Charity

Robert Downey Jr. had so much fun last year hanging out with contest-winning fans—while at the same time generating a cool two million dollars...

California Restores Voting Rights for 60,000 Former Felons

A court settlement has just given 60,000 felony offenders the right to vote again in California. They all committed low-level offenses and were released, placed...
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Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

A vibrant movement of prison vegetable gardens is spreading across the country that provides inmates with satisfying work, marketable skills and fresh food to...
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No Person Shot, Stabbed, or Murdered in NYC Monday – Part of a Trend

For a blissful 36 hours beginning on Sunday night, there was no gun or knife violence reported in New York City. Officials couldn't remember...
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No Person Shot, Stabbed, or Murdered in NYC Monday – Part of a Trend

For a blissful 36 hours beginning on Sunday night, there was no gun or knife violence reported in New York City. Officials couldn't remember the...
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“Hangover” Producer Brings College Program to Juvenile Inmates, Changing Lives

The film producer responsible for the Hangover films teamed up with a young inmate to create an innovative college program that allows hundreds of...
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US Violent Crime Fell 6% Last Year, Extending a 4-Year Decline

Despite economic turmoil in the country, violent crime in the United States declined 6.5% last year, according to statistics released by the FBI today....
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U.S. Violent Crime Fell 6% Last Year, Extending a 4-Year Decline

Despite economic turmoil in the country, violent crime in the United States declined 6.5% last year, according to statistics released by the FBI today....
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Missouri Reduces Prison Returns by Treating Juveniles With Lighter Hand

Missouri has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country, thanks in part to its juvenile justice system, which emphasizes rehabilitation in small...
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2008 American Government Innovation Awards

Sweeping the honors for this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards are three states: Missouri, for its successful approach to rehabilitating juvenile offenders; North...

Fewer Felons Returning to Prison

"The number of felons walking back through Illinois prison doors for another stay dropped to an alltime low since 2004," thanks to statewide reforms....