WA remains the toughest State in Australia for a sentenced prisoner to be granted parole — and of those who were let out of jail, less than 3 per cent committed another crime while back in the community last year.

As attention refocused on parole eligibility, after revelations Yacqub Khayre launched a deadly terrorist siege in Victoria while on parole, Premier Mark McGowan said WA would co-operate with any push for a national overhaul. Those wanting more stringent criteria for the granting of parole might look to WA’s model, with the most recent figures showing that only one in five of parole applications in WA in 2015-16 were granted.

That compares with just over half of the parole applications in Victoria — including criminals who committed serious violence or sex offences — being granted last year. Figures on crimes committed by paroled WA prisoners in the past financial year showed that of the 1841 people being managed on parole orders, 53 — or 2.9 per cent — had their parole cancelled for reoffending.

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Obwohl es starke Zweifel an ihrer Schuld gibt, sitzen vier Männer vom Stamm der Yankton-Sioux im Gefängnis - seit 23 Jahren. Kinder aus der eigenen Familie hatten sie schwer belastet. Eine Tragödie mit tödlichen Folgen.

Donovan Rouse nahm sich am 12. April 2017 das Leben. 23 Jahre hatte er gegen seinen Dämon gekämpft. Er hatte versucht, ihn im Alkohol zu ertränken. Er hatte sich die Pulsadern aufgeschnitten, Jahre später eine Schere in den Hals gerammt - und überlebt. An diesem grauen Sonntag betäubte er seinen Dämon für immer mit Tabletten.

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Today, the United States is a world leader in incarceration, but this has not always been the case.

For most of the 20th century, the U.S. incarcerated about 100 people per 100,000 residents – below the current world average. However, starting in 1972, our incarceration rate began to increase steadily. By 2008, we reached a peak rate of 760 incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents. The increase in incarceration cannot be explained by a rise in crime, as crime rates fluctuate independently of incarceration rates. Incarceration rates soared because laws changed, making a wider variety of crimes punishable by incarceration and lengthening sentences.

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Hundreds of prisoners could be released early, but staying out of prison will be an uphill battle.

Louisiana finally has a shot at losing its title of incarceration capital of the world after the legislature approved a wide-ranging criminal justice reform package Monday.

Though the legislation was significantly watered down in the process, it is expected to reduce the state’s prison population by 10 percent over ten years and save $262 million. The bills took on the state’s disproportionately harsh sentences, shortening prison and probation time for some nonviolent and drug offenses. Hundreds of people could become eligible for early release through parole.

Weiter zum Artikel auf thinkprogress.org

Members of the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education want problem students to talk it out.

Board member Pam Thompson invited Jon Powell, director of the Restorative Justice Clinic at Campbell University, to give a two-hour presentation on restorative justice practices at the Monday’s school board work session. Restorative Justice aims to stop the school-to-prison pipeline by focusing on rehabilitating offenders through mediation instead of allowing students to go through the court system, which board member Patsy Simpson has seen a lot of lately.

“What I see now is, [while in] the old days when principals handled things and it didn’t include law enforcement, now the easy way out is to make that referral,” Simpson said. “I believe that in Alamance County, this is just my personal opinion, we’ve gotten into this mindset that, ‘You broke the law, therefore let them handle it,’ and it puts a lot on law enforcement and takes the focus away from the fact that these are children and we’re damaging children for the rest of [their] lives.”

Weiter zum Artikel auf thetimesnews.com

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