Department of Corrections

Over 40% of ‘Early Release’ Inmates Re-offend, Endangering Public Safety, But Evers Expanded Program
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Over 40% of ‘Early Release’ Inmates Re-offend, Endangering Public Safety, But Evers Expanded Program

Editor’s note: this article is not specific to trafficking. It is presented as a broader look at the challenges in the American carceral system.  Gov. Tony Evers pushed expansion of the state’s “earned release” program, but it’s endangering public safety. Gov. Tony Evers’ administration expanded the state’s earned release program in multiple ways even though more…

California Is Dependent on Prison Labor for Fighting Fires. This Must End.
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California Is Dependent on Prison Labor for Fighting Fires. This Must End.

On September 7, 2022, after many attempted delays from the City of Susanville, California, a Lassen County judge ruled in favor of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to close one of Susanville’s two prisons. The court case and public debate over the prison closure has been almost entirely based on the anticipated loss of 1,000 jobs…

“My story can change things” – Pieper Lewis, September 13th 2022
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“My story can change things” – Pieper Lewis, September 13th 2022

Joint statement regarding the sentencing of Piper Lewis prepared by the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery and Shared Hope International In sentencing child sex trafficking survivor, Pieper Lewis, on September 13, 2022, Judge David Porter stated, “Ms. Lewis, this is the second chance you asked for. You don’t get a third. Do you…

National Guard heading to Florida prisons to help understaffed Department of Corrections
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National Guard heading to Florida prisons to help understaffed Department of Corrections

TALLAHASSEE — The Joint Legislative Budget Commission voted Friday to approve sending Florida National Guard members — at least temporarily — to state prisons to address significant understaffing. Even before Friday’s vote, several House Democrats and others called the plan a short-term band-aid to solve a crisis. “Florida has ignored [the Florida Department of Corrections]…

‘A vestige of slavery’: Why advocates are fighting to make prison labor voluntary
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‘A vestige of slavery’: Why advocates are fighting to make prison labor voluntary

Prisoners making license plates is a popular stereotype, but most of the nation’s 800,000 incarcerated workers hold jobs more similar to those on the outside: They cook and serve food, mop floors, mow lawns, and cut hair. Unlike other workers, though, the incarcerated have little say, if any, in what jobs they do. They face…

Military buildup on Guam brings security implications related to human trafficking
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Military buildup on Guam brings security implications related to human trafficking

There is only one way to describe human trafficking, “modern slavery,” according to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who addressed local leaders during the annual Human Rights Conference. “It is really important that every country, every leadership, every citizenry be completely devoted to the idea that we have to end modern-day slavery,” Rice said…

New Missouri public safety legislation to go into effect Sunday, August 28, 2022 | State News – KOMU
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New Missouri public safety legislation to go into effect Sunday, August 28, 2022 | State News – KOMU

Emma Boyle and Erin Martise, KOMU 8 Digital Producers MISSOURI − New Missouri laws enacted by the Missouri General Assembly related to crime and public safety will go into effect Aug. 28. The following includes a compilation of Missouri State Highway Patrol, Department of Public Safety laws. Money Laundering The offense of money laundering must now…

Appeals court says prohibition on involuntary servitude not applicable to prison labor
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Appeals court says prohibition on involuntary servitude not applicable to prison labor

Colorado voters who made slavery and involuntary servitude unconstitutional in 2018 did not mean to abolish the state Department of Corrections’ prison labor program, the Court of Appeals ruled last week. A three-judge panel for the appellate court turned away the constitutional challenge of inmate A. Mark Lamar, who argued the general requirement that prisoners…

‘Modern day slavery’: Lawmakers, advocates seek change after Republic prison labor investigation
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‘Modern day slavery’: Lawmakers, advocates seek change after Republic prison labor investigation

Reacting to an investigation by The Arizona Republic and KJZZ, lawmakers and advocates are calling for a review of the state’s use of prison labor. “Forced prison labor is nothing more than modern day slavery, and our state’s growing reliance on this workforce is irresponsible, immoral and inexcusable,” said state Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Glendale. “Any public…