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Solitary Confinement: Torture by Any Other Name?

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In 1842, Charles Dickens wrote that an inmate in solitary confinement “is a man buried alive … dead to everything but torturing anxieties and horrible despair.”

In their Statement for the Record to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Solitary Confinement in June of 2012, the Physicians for Human Rights confirmed that 170 years later, Dickens’ observations still apply. Although the harmful effects of solitary confinement have been well documented since its first use in the early 19th century, isolation has seen a resurgence in popularity since the 1980s. Solitary Watch offers the following estimate on the number of U.S. prisoners currently detained inside cramped, concrete, windowless cells in a state of near-total solitude:

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What Rights Do Utah Inmates Have While Incarcerated?

What Rights Do Utah Inmates HaveWhile

Recently, the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit concerning alleged inhumane treatment of female inmates in Muskegon County Jail. The Michigan suit claims physically unsafe conditions, degradation by allowing male guards to watch the women shower, change clothes, and use the restroom. The complaint also alleges that women were denied access to basic sanitary items such as toilet paper, clean underwear, and feminine hygiene products,

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The Effects of Legalized Marijuana on Crime and Incarceration Rates

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With this last election, as Alaska, Oregon and our nation’s capital joined Washington and Colorado in legalizing marijuana use within their borders. But what about the effects has the legalization of marijuana had on incarceration rates in states where it's been legalized? Will legalization lower prison populations, ease the strain on law enforcement agencies and help lower crime by allowing law enforcement officers to pursue more serious crimes? Here's what we've discovered, looking both nationwide and to our eastern neighbor Colorado, whose legalization of recreational marijuana use made national headlines last fall:

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Police Shootings in Utah Under Public Scrutiny

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Are police officers using excessive force that isn’t justifiable? This question is being asked nationwide, as videos have shown police officers using force to stop victims who are unarmed. In the Utah cases of Danielle Willard, Dillon Taylor, and even the dog named Geist, Utahans are asking if police officers are using excessive force unnecessarily.

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MOST SHOCKING CELEBRITY ARRESTS & THEIR BAIL AMOUNTS

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Young Jeezy, August of 2014/illegal assault rifle

Bail amount of $1 million

As part of the investigation into the shooting death of a man at a Wiz Khalifa concert, a search warrant was issued for Young Jeezy’s tour bus as Khalifa and Jeezy were touring together. During the search, police found firearms that belonged to the members of Jeezy’s entourage, as well as Jeezy’s illegal assault rifle.

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Flaws in the U.S. Jail System: World's Most Effective Rehabilitation Methods

World's Most Effective Rehab

The United States incarcerates a greater percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world. Specifically, it is estimated that 743 out of every 100,000 United States citizens are incarcerated at some point in their lives. One of the major issues that people have with this fact is that imprisonment requires more than $60 billion per year for the United States. As such, many have begun to push for the implementation of incarceration alternatives as a means of lowering re-conviction rates and saving the country money.

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Apple Pie, Baseball, and Bail Bonds: A Uniquely American Practice

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The idea of using bail bondsmen is unique to the United States and one other country: The Philippines. Other countries use police to handle finding people who skip out on bail, and that bail must be paid to the court, not to an individual at a private company. As a matter of fact, what the US does in allowing bail bondsmen to operate is considered illegal throughout the rest of the world. Bondsmen work by posting a person's bail for a fee that is nonrefundable. Many countries see it as a type of obstruction of justice, but the US does not interpret it that way.

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How to Escape From Jail...Legally

Escaping JailNow, before you get any ideas, this is not going to be an article detailing how to dig a hole from a jail cell to the freeway, or blast through bars with some crazy chemical concoction. However, if you are interested in learning about legal ways to shorten your prison sentence, you've come to the right place. Of course, we all hope never to be in a situation where this kind of information would be helpful, but it's always better to be prepared. Here are three ways that you can get out of jail faster, no digging or explosives required.

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4 Things a Judge Considers When Deciding Bail

The right of an accused to follow their court proceedings out of remand centers is granted by the right to bail under the …

5 Reasons a Judge Might Deny Bail

Understanding the rigid legal process from the time of arrest to the time of sentencing can be confusing and overwhelming. …

How to Find a Reputable Bail Agent

Finding a bail bondsman can be difficult and you often have to do it in a hurry so you or your loved one can be released …