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Prisons Going Green

With more than 2 million individuals incarcerated in federal and state prisons—the largest correctional population in the world—correctional facilities can play a large role in protecting the environment and sustaining natural resources for current and future generations. AMU criminal justice professor, Michael Pittaro, writes about the benefits of correctional facilities adopting environmentally sustainable "green" practices that can also save a considerable amount of money. Learn more about how correctional facilities can adopt green technologies.

States Can Save Money Prioritizing Education Over Incarceration

The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. While spending on incarceration continues to increase, funding for education at every level—from Head Start to colleges and universities—continues to be cut each year. States now spend four times more per capita to incarcerate than to educate. Change must occur. Here's how states could save money by prioritizing spending on education over incarceration.

Partnerships Among Corrections and Law Enforcement: A New Wave of Public Safety?

By Rob Stallworth With budget problems slashing through every arm of various departments of corrections across the country, it’s not easy to come up with solutions that can help stop the bleeding. In Virginia for instance, the Virginia Department of Corrections has cut the fat by either not filling open positions or reducing them. However, California may have come up with an answer.

Why Partnering with the Department of Corrections is Vital to Public Safety

By Leischen Stelter Probation officers and correctional officers have a lot to offer law enforcement, he says, namely intelligence and information. Often times, corrections officers gather information from inmates who are suspected to be involved in gang activities or other potentially dangerous affiliations like sovereign citizen groups and white supremacists. It’s important for these officers to share this information with police, since the issues that happen inside an institution will eventually flow out onto the streets.