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.
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.
By Leischen Stelter
It is no secret that inmates with mental health issues are a strain on the correctional system. A 2006 study by the U.S. Department of Justice found that more than half of all prison and jail inmates have mental health issues, compared to just 11 percent of the general population.
By Rob Stallworth
It’s well known that to work in corrections, you have to have heart. You have to be a strong individual in order to work in this complicated business and be a member of the criminal justice system. Integrity, character, trust, and leadership are just some of the words that come to mind when thinking about many of my colleagues.
By Rob Stallworth
We are charged these days in the criminal justice system to do more with less. Everyone who works in this system faces that reality and is challenged to come up with various strategic ways to do their job. Unfortunately, it may mean risking the public’s safety in order to make ends meet.