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12.26.14 Rhett Jones

At least one correctional facility has implemented a remarkable program that can benefit the public as well as inmates: having prisoners train service dogs for disabled children. The program is part of the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids initiative, a group that connects mobility service and autism service animals with children in Northeast Ohio. At the moment, 24 inmates […]

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07.14.14 Sophie Weiner

Earlier this year, we noted that mentally ill people at Rikers Island would no longer be put in solitary confinement. Today, the New York Times exposed a massive culture of violence at the jail complex, largely directed at the mentally ill. The article details hideous abuses. There were several incidents of multiple guards ganging up against one prisoner […]

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02.09.10 Kari Ferrell

To continue with Jail Week, let’s talk about the other inmates. The caliber of people in the Salt Lake County Jail were pretty much just as you would expect them to be; maybe a little less “Oz”, and a little more “Taxicab Confessions.” The majority of them were there for drug-related crimes, and more than […]

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02.08.10 Kari Ferrell

When you go to jail you’re provided with many an opportunity to say to yourself, “Jesus Christ, I never thought I’d be doing this.” It makes you view the world in a different way (consistent pessimism), and is totally refreshing, rejuvenating, and any other “re” word that is included in self-help book reviews; except for […]

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