Tag Archives: Justice Reform

HBO & Vice Media Special Report: Fixing The Criminal Justice System (Video)

President Barack Obama sits down with Vice and prison inmates at the El Reno correctional facility to discuss a growing human rights crisis in the Vice on HBO Special Report: Fixing the System. (Published on Sep 28, 2015) Advertisements

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Breaking News: Barack Obama Goes to Prison…

On 16 July 2015, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in U.S. history to visit a federal prison. A video of his statement is below. “These are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made. The difference […]

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Dubuque council votes to eliminate jail time for simple misdemeanors

Dubuque council votes to eliminate jail time for simple misdemeanors

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Katherine Massoth: History Corps and Humanities Action Lab

Katherine Massoth discusses the History Corps and Humanities Action Lab. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.   Katherine Massoth is a PhD candidate in the history of U.S. women and gender, with an emphasis on the history of the American West and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She is currently at […]

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Emily Guenther: Earning College Credit in Prison

Emily Guenther gives a presentation about the Credit-bearing First Year of College Program at Newton Correctional Facility in Newton, IA. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.   Emily Guenther has directed the Liberal Arts in Prison Program at Grinnell College for the last six years. Hailing from small-town Wisconsin, she […]

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Mary Trachsel: Oakdale Writing Workshop

Mary Trachsel discusses the Writers’ Workshop at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center in Coralville, IA. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.   Associate Professor Mary Trachsel earned her PhD in English with an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. She came to the Iowa Rhetoric […]

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Mary Cohen: Oakdale Prison Community Choir

Mary Cohen discusses the Oakdale Prison Community Choir at Iowa Medical & Classification Center in Coralville, IA. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.   Mary Cohen, Associate Professor of Music Education, is involved in two university-community partnership programs related to her teaching and research: the Voices of […]

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WiderNet Intra-Prison Internet System

Cliff Missen and Heather Erwin discuss the WiderNet Intra-Prison Internet System. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.   Cliff Missen is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he directs the WiderNet@UNC research lab and the […]

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Ft. Madison Prison Memory Project

Mark Fullenkamp and Gemma Goodale-Sussen discuss the Ft. Madison Prison Memory Project located at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison, IA. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.   Mark Fullenkamp is a photographer and artist. He is directing the Ft. Madison Prison Memory Project and collaborating with the University of Iowa and Iowa […]

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Kat Litchfield: Oakdale Book Group & Library Services

Oakdale Book Group & Library Services is a presentation delivered by Kathrina Litchfield on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium. Rachel discussed the Book group facilitation and library advocacy at Iowa Medical & Classification Center in Coralville, IA.   Kathrina Litchfield received her MLIS degree from the University of Iowa in 2014, and a BA […]

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Rachel Williams: Service to Incarcerated Females

Service to Incarcerated Females is a presentation delivered by Rachel Williams on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium. Rachel discusses the Educational practicum at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, IA.   Rachel Marie-Crane Williams is an artist and teacher currently employed as an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. She has […]

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Dr. Linda Snetselaar: Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium

Dr. Linda Snetselaar, Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement in the Office of the Provost at the University of Iowa, introduces the day’s events and outlines the purpose and goals of the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.   Dr. Snetselaar is the Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement in the Office of the Provost at the […]

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

We’d like to welcome Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) to our growing list of justice resources. About “Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those […]

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Meet the Candidates Videos – Johnson County Attorney Race

Below are videos of Janet Lyness and John Zimmerman, candidates for Johnson County Attorney. These videos are from Iowa City Channel 4. Janet Lyness * * * John Zimmerman

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This mentoring program results in a 44% drop in violent crimes

“[We need to make sure that] our criminal justice system doesn’t just function as a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.” ~ Barack Obama Learn more here http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper

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Citizens Police Review Board Community Forum

The Citizens Police Review Board will be holding its Annual Community Forum for the purpose of hearing Citizens’ views on the policies, practices and procedures of the Iowa City Police Department. DATE: Tuesday, May 13, 2013, TIME: 6:00 PM at LOCATION: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City. Questions & […]

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Collaborative Approaches to Public Safety

(Source: “Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Oversight Hearing on Bureau of Prisons,” Council of State Governments Justice Center, 5 November 2013) On Wednesday, November 6, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons & Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism.” The hearing, which will be chaired by Sen. Sheldon […]

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Bastoy Prison Island – A Norwegian Prison That Works

(Source: “Bastoy: the Norwegian prison that works,” The Guardian, 3 September 2013, by Erwin James) The following excerpts are from an article published by The Guardian about the Bastoy prison island. (source) “I run this prison like a small society,” he says as we sip tea in his cramped but tidy office. “I give respect […]

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