In the wake of the Supreme Court Ruling to ban mandatory life without parole sentences for youth, Ethan Bronner focuses on the families of victims whose killers are now petitioning for a new hearing.
From the report: “Shane Bauer was one of three American hikers locked up in Iran after being apprehended on the Iraqi border in 2009. He spent 26 months in Tehran’s Evin Prison, 4 of them in solitary. Seven months after his return to California, he began investigating solitary confinement in the US.”
His resulting research, supported by a grant from the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, makes a tremendously powerful and convincing case for rethinking our inhumane and excessive use of solitary confinement.
The Texas Tribune has an excellent application to explore data and statistics on Texas’ prison units. Over 160,000 people are incarcerated in Texas. You can peruse the application and see stats organized by sentence length, race, sex, age, crime rates, counties, etc.
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