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Mother’s Day in Prison

Noah : May 4, 2018 7:34 am : All States, Front Page, Prison Life

This Mother’s Day more than 219,000 women are incarcerated in our nation’s prisons and jails with more than 75% of them being mothers.  An estimated two-thirds of incarcerated women are serving time for non-violent, drug-related crimes.

The Prison Policy Initiative found that more than 60% of women in our jails have not been convicted of a crime and are waiting for trial. Even after a conviction, many women are held in jails which make it harder to stay in touch with family members.

Many of these women are mothers who were the primary caregiver for their children.  More than 60% of these women have children under the age of 18. 

Spending Mother’s Day in prison is pretty tough on both the incarcerated mom as well as the children on the outside. We urge you to visit the mom not only to help her keep her spirits up but also for the benefit of the children and to keep the family unit together as much as possible.


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428 Inmates Died In Florida Prisons in 2017

Noah : May 2, 2018 2:18 pm : Front Page, State - Florida

A record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year making it the deadliest year yet.

In 2017, 428 inmates died.  This is an increase from the 356 deaths in 2016.

Authorities at the Florida Department of Corrections are scrambling to identify solutions to the problem.

The inmates who died were younger than previous years with an average age of 56.3 years,  the youngest being a 22-year-old male.  

Howard Simon, executive director for the Florida American Civil Liberties Union states, “I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but many of the deaths are under investigation and there are multiple causes.”

The Florida prison system is notable for being one of the most dangerous in the nation. 

The causes of death are pending further investigations.

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