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Justice Reinvestment: To invest in public safety by reallocating justice dollars to refinance education, housing, healthcare and jobs. 28th November 2003

By Susan B. Tucker and Eric Cardora. Part of the "Ideas for an Open Society" series published by the Open Society Institute (www.soros.org). Read more

European Sourcebook on Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics - 2003 18th November 2003

Exhaustive resource on crime and criminal justice statistics in Council of Europe states. Read more

Justice Reinvestment: To Invest in Public Safety by Reallocating Justice Dollars to Refinance Education, Housing, Healthcare, and Jobs 13th November 2003

More than $54 billion is spent annually on prisons in the United States, much of it directed toward incarcerating people for non-violent drug offenses with little or no hope of access to rehabilitation services. Susan Tucker and Eric Cadora argue that the US's dependence on mass incarceration reflects an approach… Read more

International comparisons of criminal justice statistics 2001 24th October 2003

This bulletin brings together statistical information on criminal justice collected by the Home Office and the Council of Europe. The data covers all the European Union Member States, the EU accession countries and selected other countries. Read more

New Study by the Justice Policy Institute Reveals Startling Racial Disparities in Maryland Prisons: African Americans Make Up 90% of Incarcerated Drug Offenders 23rd October 2003

Among its findings, the report showed that while African Americans make up only 28% of Maryland's population, African Americans make up 68% of drug arrests, and 90% of people incarcerated for drug offenses. Read more

Prison Privatisation in the United Kingdom by Stephen Nathan 22nd October 2003

from Capitalist Punishment: Prison Privatization and Human Rights by Andrew Coyle, Allison Campbell, Rodney Neufeld, eds. Clarity Press/Z Books, 2003. Read more

Prison-based syringe exchange programmes: a review of international research and development 16th October 2003

By Kate Dolan, Scott Rutter and Alex D. Wodak. National Drug and Alcohol Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. © 2003 Society for the Study of Addiction to Alcohol and Other Drugs Read more

U.S. Justice Calls Mandatory Sentences `Bad Policy' 22nd September 2003

Mandatory minimum sentences passed by Congress are "bad policy," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said yesterday. From the Associated Press. Read more

Driving the Point Home: A Strategy for Safer Tattooing in Canadian Prisons 12th September 2003

This policy document reviews international evidence of prison tattooing and disease transmission and makes recommendations to reduce the harm of unsafe tattooing in Canadian prisons. Read more

Speech: "Prisoners as enemies or prisoners as citizens? - The responsibility of the State" 9th September 2003

By Vivien Stern, Senior Research Fellow International Centre for Prison Studies, Kings College London. Read more