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    American prison authorities are visiting German prisons to see how they can incarcerate inmates at less cost than in the US, while enjoying about half the recidivism rate of US prisons and paroling 75% of lifers after they've served 20 years or less. Oh, one more thing: they also give the inmates the keys to their own private rooms. 

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   Watch these Angola prisoners talk straight about all they've lost being in prison...and how Christian evangelist John Piper talks straight about how Jesus came to set captives free...even if they never leave prison.

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   "While there are no national statistics on the number of people confined in double-cell “solitary,” at least 18 states double-up a portion of their restrictive housing, and over 80% of the 10,747 federal prisoners in solitary have a cellmate."

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   “Sixty-one grants, with over 9,000 petitions pending, is not an accomplishment to brag about... I know some of those still waiting, men who were grievously over-sentenced, who have reformed themselves, and never had a record of violence. My heart breaks for them, as their hope for freedom — a hope created by the members of this administration — slips away.”

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   After all the good press Obama has received for granting a few clemencies, I didn't expect to see this. Hmm...

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Mission: Launch, Inc./Rebuilding Re-entry envisions social justice tech http://goo.gl/18WeJV #CivicTech #Technology

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Seen outside the RCJ on 8th June 2015...
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'Nothing, I believe, is so unlikely to generate unrest among ordinary prisoners as a sense that they have been treated unfairly and have no effective means of redress.'
- Lord Bridge at para568 of R v Deputy Governor of HMP Parkhurst ex p Leech [1988] 1 AC 533.

As far back as Ancient Egypt, prisoners have been utilised as a cheap labour source. Applied correctly and humanely, work by prisoners can benefit the community whilst developing individual skills. Yet today there is a distinct lack of prisoners being involved in work projects, save for community service or in-prison private contracts.
The time has surely come to enlist the skills and manpower of prisoners for wider national projects and charitable initiatives - from maintaining the national coastal path to helping with community restoration.
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