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Lack of Oversight, Accountability in U.S. Prisons

Many people are aware of the fact that prisons are not a fun place to be. Some believe that horrible conditions are actually a deterrent that will stop people from committing crimes once they understand what is in store. This thinking probably contributes to the apathy that has led to the shocking and deplorable treatment of so many U.S. prisoners at the hands of guards and administrators.

The Impact Of Over-incarceration On Families

A report using data from the National Survey of Children's Health helps put into perspective the full impact of our criminal justice system's fondness for incarceration. The research, conducted by Child Trends, shows that one out of every 14 children has had a parent locked up. In total, more than five million children in this country have had that experience. The report is entitled Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children, and contains a number of eye openers about one of the hidden costs of mass incarceration.

The High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

There are countless reasons to do everything you can to avoid going to prison. Shockingly expensive phone calls rank far down the list, but they do impact prisoners and their families. Prison phone calls have been known to cost as much as $14 per minute. That cost is obscene and serves to isolate prisoners from contact with family and loved ones. That isolation exacerbates an already serious problem--the dehumanization of incarcerated people.

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