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At the age of 22 Justyn and his associate had changed both their lives indefinitely. Justyn was charged as the sole culprit of the crime as they could not identify Justyn's Associate, and Justyn refused to speak to Authorities about him, instead taking full accountability for the Robbery. The Georgetown Judge sentenced Justyn to 25 years in the Maximum Security Prison James T. Vaughn in Smyrna Delaware.

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Governor Carney Signs Executive Order to Improve Reentry Procedures, Reduce Recidivism

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WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday signed Executive Order #27, which focuses on improving reentry procedures for incarcerated individuals in Delaware. The Executive Order creates a commission focused on reentry reform, policies, and procedures, with a goal of helping former inmates more successfully reenter their communities. The Order will more effectively coordinate service delivery, strengthen data sharing among agencies, create a comprehensive reentry protocol, improve the availability of academic and vocational programming prior to an inmate’s release, and strive to reduce recidivism in Delaware.

“It’s our responsibility to look out for every Delawarean. We need to make sure offenders who serve out their sentences are able to reenter society ready to positively contribute to their communities, and have the support they need to succeed,” said Governor Carney. “This Executive Order will improve our existing reentry procedures, and in turn, reduce recidivism. That will help strengthen communities across our state.”

Shipping Inmates out-of-state: Community Forum

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Everyone with loved ones in James T. Vaughn Prison (Smyrna) come out Friday Dec. 14, 4 - 6 pm at the  Achievement Center. (38 Vandever  Ave) this solution based forum and a chance to gain info from DOC on the transfer of the 330 men to Camp Hill, PA.

Mass Incarceration Hurts All Families!!

 

Mass Incarceration Hurts All Families!! 

It doesn't matter if you have a Loved one Locked into this System or Not! It cost YOU, The Taxpayer, Billions of dollars per year to House, to Feed, to Clothe, and Institutionalize One Human being per year. Wouldn't it make more sense to Educate them, Provide them with the Mental Counseling services needed to Reform them? Wouldn't it save us All alot of Money to hold Judges Accountable for the Amount  of Time they Sentence a person? If Judges made the Sentence fair, The time and Cost would be lessened. Keeping Humans Locked in Cages for 23 Hours per day,, day after day, year after year, is NOT REFORMATION...

It's Cruelty! 

The 8th Amendment of the Constitution of United States of America, clearly Forbids 

“Cruel and Unusual Punishment.”  

Let's Start to look at the BIGGER picture. The United States Prison System makes Billions of Dollars per year Off the Backs of YOUR Incarcerated Loved ones. 

STOP Mass Incarceration, 

Prison 4 Profit!! STOP INHUMANE TREATMENT INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISONS! 

Join the Movement, Join the Fight to Stop Mass Incarceration and the Inhumane Treatment of the Incarcerated people. 

Thank-you Sincerely, 

Ms. Rachelle🔥💪♥️

Pennsylvania cuts Prison Population for More Programming

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Pennsylvania cut its prison population by just over a thousand inmates during 2018 — a figure equivalent to the population of one entire state prison.

“The 2018 calendar year reduction represents the single largest year-over-year decrease of inmate population on record,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement that credited the decline in part to reforms instituted under his administration. “The historic decline demonstrates that commonsense criminal justice reforms work, and bolsters the case for expanding reforms while ensuring the safety of all citizens.”

The 2.2 percent reduction left the prison population at 47,370, the lowest it’s been in about a decade and just above 2007 levels. The number of prisoners newly sentenced to state prison fell by 617 people compared with 2017, while the number of parole violators declined by 575.

Wolf and Corrections Secretary John Wetzel attributed the latter decrease to diversion for technical violators made possible by the consolidation of the Department of Corrections and the state parole board, which Wolf did by executive order after efforts to do so legislatively were unsuccessful.

The Commonwealth Foundation, a free market think tank, also said the decline was part of a trend tracking Pennsylvania’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a package of legislation designed to reduce prison spending that passed in 2012, when the population was at its peak at more than 51,000 inmates.

A second legislative package, called JRI 2, failed to pass in the last session. It was projected to further reduce the prison population through changes such as automatically paroling certain prisoners on their minimum sentence dates if they had behaved well in prison. The idea was that the savings would be reinvested in funding probation and parole to reduce recidivism.

"Only a decade ago, Pennsylvania was shipping inmates to other states because of overcrowding,” Wetzel said in a statement. Recently, as its state prison population has declined, Pennsylvania has at times accepted inmates from out of state.

In November 2018, Delaware announced it would pay $40,000 per day to house 330 prisoners at Camp Hill state prison under a two-year agreement. Vermont, which had placed more than 200 prisoners in Pennsylvania, moved them to a private prison in Mississippi last fall after three men died in custody, and many others complained about access to medical care and lengthy terms of disciplinary confinement that exceeded Vermont’s 30-day maximum, according to news reports.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill

The First Step Act would expand job training and other programming aime

 

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the most substantial changes in a generation to the tough-on-crime prison and sentencing laws that ballooned the federal prison population and created a criminal justice system that many conservatives and liberals view as costly and unfair.

The First Step Act would expand job training and other programming aimed at reducing recidivism rates among federal prisoners. It also expands early-release programs and modifies sentencing laws, including mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, to more equitably punish drug offenders.

But the legislation falls short of benchmarks set by a more expansive overhaul proposed in Congress during Barack Obama’s presidency and of the kinds of changes sought by some liberal and conservative activists targeting mass incarceration.

House leaders have pledged to pass the measure this week, and President Trump, whose support resuscitated a yearslong overhaul effort last month, said he would sign the bill.

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Last nights Community Forum with Chief of Department of Corrections, Mr. Wesley Stevens, a host honored Elected Officials. Such as Council at Large Rysheem J. Dixon, House of  Representative Paul S. Baumbach and many more Elected officials.  As of December 14th 2018  we left as friends, not foes, and I think that everyone was respectful and everyone was heard!!  Last night was just the begging of the Dialogue but Mr. Wesley Stevens, gave his word of honor that  he would take our concerns back to the top Officials, and aske for our request to be respected and considered. We, The mothers, Are holding  Mr. Stevens Accountable to his word. He will be contacting us next week with further insight overall, there is much work that needs to be done please contact us to join the fight. Last but not least thank yo to everyone that brought me in and are teaching me so much. You know who you are.  

                          ~ Sincerely Ms. Rachelle

Let's Talk About Prison Reform!

What We Do...

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The 13th Amendment states that Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.  "Except for Punishment of a Crime" We are working to change this part of the amendment. These words Create Opportunity for Mass Incarceration. Jim Crow Laws. Do your research.

People are making lots of paper money off the blood and backs of our American Males in the Prison System. These prisons are slave camps that create torturous conditions against human beings held captive behind the bars and walls of concrete and steel! We completely respect that some people need the Time out scenario for their Horrid Behaviors amongst us, But even they too need help. Many people Incarcerated, don't need to be locked in a cell/cage for 23 hours a day for years, as their life and soul, just exist! Thats NOT Reform, thats Insanity!
Help us to help these Incarcerated people. We need your support to take this all the way to Legislative Hall when we address the Elected Officials and ask the Tough Questions about Reform. We demand reform NOW!

Mental Health and Prison Reform

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 Imprisonment disrupts relationships and weakens social cohesion, since the maintenance of such cohesion is based on long-term relationships. When a member of a family is imprisoned, the disruption of the family structure affects relationships between spouses, as well as between parents and children, reshaping the family and community across generations. Mass imprisonment produces a deep social transformation in families and communities. 

 Taking into account the above considerations, it is essential to note that, when considering the cost of imprisonment, account needs to be taken not only of the actual funds spent on the upkeep of each prisoner, which is usually significantly higher than what is spent on a person sentenced to non-custodial sanctions, but also of the indirect costs, such as the social, economic and healthcare related costs, which are difficult to measure, but which are immense and long-term. 


 

  • More jail inmates (26%) than prisoners (14%) met the threshold for serious psychological distress (SPD) in the past 30 days.
  • Among those who had ever been told they had a mental disorder, the largest percentage of prisoners (24%) and jail inmates (31%) reported they had a major depressive disorder.
  • More prisoners (14%) and jail inmates (26%) met the threshold  for SPD in the past 30 days than the standardized general population (5%).
  • Prescription medication was the most common treatment type for prisoners and jail inmates who met the threshold for SPD in the past 30 days.
  • Fourteen percent of prisoners and 10% of jail inmates who met the threshold for SPD in the past 30 days were written up or charged with assault.

Governor Carney Signs Executive Order to Improve Reentry Procedures, Reduce Recidivism

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WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday signed Executive Order #27, which focuses on improving reentry procedures for incarcerated individuals in Delaware. The Executive Order creates a commission focused on reentry reform, policies, and procedures, with a goal of helping former inmates more successfully reenter their communities. The Order will more effectively coordinate service delivery, strengthen data sharing among agencies, create a comprehensive reentry protocol, improve the availability of academic and vocational programming prior to an inmate’s release, and strive to reduce recidivism in Delaware.

“It’s our responsibility to look out for every Delawarean. We need to make sure offenders who serve out their sentences are able to reenter society ready to positively contribute to their communities, and have the support they need to succeed,” said Governor Carney. “This Executive Order will improve our existing reentry procedures, and in turn, reduce recidivism. That will help strengthen communities across our state.”

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National Criminal Justice Association

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 “The National Criminal Justice Association is extremely pleased to have worked with Governor Carney and his leadership team to advance prisoner reentry reform efforts in the State of Delaware,” said Chris Asplen, Executive Director of the National Criminal Justice Association. “This Executive Order represents over a year and a half of work by many committed, hard-working leaders from a myriad of disciplines and agencies who make up the steering committee and many working groups and community groups who are dedicated to increasing public safety by improving the state’s prisoner reentry process. This EO includes the many priorities identified in Delaware’s Prisoner Reentry Strategic Plan. We are grateful to our partners at the National Governor’s Association, our consultants and to the John and Laura Arnold Foundation for the support that made this work possible.”  

 We are Passionately working towards getting Justice 4 Justyn and other incarcerated people! We are their Voices to you! They need your help, and we need your support to help them. We need the power of numbers to make a difference when we take the "Make Some Noise Movement" to Legislative Hall. Just type your Email address in the box below, thats it. We will NOT contact you! Nor will we give your information out to others, the email sign in is just to a way to present the numbers of REAL people who demand Prison Reform. Go Ahead, do it, sign in, Join the Movement, and perhaps reform America's prison System. Thank you, Sincerely; Ms. Rachelle and Justyn! 

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