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  1. He said that with the Linux kernel itself, it was not so much a question of changing things as it was of removing support for various functions. For example, USB keys will not work on the PrisonPC desktop machines as that functionality has been removed.

    The average prison sentence of three years ends up costing the government close to a million dollars. PrisonPC was designed to make people behind bars productive, give them a chance to learn something and leave as individuals who were less prone to re-offending.
    Tags: , , , by M. Fioretti (2015-10-30)
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  2. some 2.3 million people are locked up in the United States, the highest incarceration rate in the world. Of these, a disproportionate number are Black and Brown. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in three Black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.

    For young people of color, the data is especially alarming. According to The Sentencing Project, even though African American juveniles are about 16 percent of the youth population, 37 percent of their cases are moved to criminal court and 58 percent of African American youth are sent to adult prisons.

    In “No Place for Kids,” a 2011 Annie E. Casey Foundation report, author Richard A. Mendel writes, “America’s heavy reliance on juvenile incarceration is unique among the world’s developed nations,” pointing to a international comparison that found the U.S locks up children at more than six times the rate of all other developed nations. “A number of nations essentially don’t incarcerate minors at all,” Mendel added. “In other words, mass incarceration of troubled and troublemaking adolescents is nei­ther inevitable nor necessary in a modern society.”

    So what is the solution? Denise Curtis, who coordinates the Restorative Community Conferencing Program at Oakland-based Community Works, talked to War Times about a viable alternative to this country’s mass incarceration of youth.

    “Restorative justice is a different approach to crime,” Curtis explained. “Our current justice system asks: What law was broken? Who broke it? and How should they be punished? Restorative justice asks: Who has been harmed? What needs have arisen because of the harm? and Whose responsibility is it to make things as right as they can?”

    Restorative justice also allows victims to have a voice. “In our current system, the victim is very much left out of things and is nothing more than a witness,
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  3. But geeks have real value in prison because if you can read, write, type, or research (especially legal work), then you can possibly help them. So, it was a good idea to be cool with me because I helped a lot of people with their motions and communications with the courts. And as long as you showed respect for their life on the streets, then you usually got the same respect in return.

    Generally, the way prison works is that when you first get there, you sit back and observe. For example, don't sit in the wrong chair, and move when someone politely asks you to give up the seat. Any signs of hostility will be countered with hostility. Keep it moving, and keep it friendly. Be wary of people who approach you, and let it happen naturally.
    Tags: , by M. Fioretti (2013-12-30)
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  4. The number of incarcerated Americans has quadrupled since 1980
    Lisa Bloom says USA need to stop warehousing our own people, especially nonviolent offenders. She says spending on prisons has risen six times faster than spending on higher education and asks: Why isn't this front and center issue in the presidential campaign?
    Tags: , by M. Fioretti (2012-07-03)
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