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US Criminal Justice

Dialogue – Issue 48: Life Without the Possibility of Parole in the US & China

On June 25, 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for crimes committed by juveniles. The decision is a partial victory for children’s...

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Dialogue – Issue 48: Solitary Confinement in the US & China

On June 19, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first-ever congressional hearing on solitary confinement in the United States. Testimonies made during the hearing—by a prison administrator, psychologist, lawyer, and former prisoner—all articulated...

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Dialogue – Issue 47: Diminishing Returns: Aging in Prison

Men play chess inside the “elderly” prisoner cell block of Henan No. 3 Prison. Photo Credit: Pan Xiaoling, Southern Weekly It’s an old problem and a new one. The United States and China are...

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Dialogue – Issue 39: Dignified Treatment? Confronting Aging & Illness in US Prisons

As discussed in this issue’s lead story, China’s medical parole system has served as a road to release for prisoners with chronic medical problems, perhaps most notably Chinese political prisoners with health conditions that...

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Dialogue – Issue 39: Hospice Care Eases Death For US Inmates

More than 3,000 prisoners a year die of natural causes in US correctional facilities, many from terminal illness. While a few terminally ill prisoners receive compassionate release, some types of prisoners—such as death row...

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Dialogue – Issue 37: Parole in the United States: People & Policies in Transition

The Dui Hua regularly reports on sentence reductions and early releases for prisoners in China. In the United States, these types of sentence modifications fall under the broad category of parole. There are currently...

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Dialogue – Issue 37: Method of Release from US State Prisons

  Related link: Parole in the United States: People & Policies in Transition

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Dialogue – Issue 36: Hard Time, No Hard Data: Chinese Citizens in US Prisons

Being incarcerated is hard, but being incarcerated abroad is even harder. Foreign inmates face linguistic and cultural barriers and an unfamiliar legal system. Under such circumstances, detainees look to their government for advice and...

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Dialogue – Issue 36: Once In Prison, Now Reaching Out: An Interview with Eddy Zheng

Eddy Zheng works for the Community Youth Center in San Francisco as the Senior Project Coordinator for the Community Response Network–Asian Pacific Islanders, where he helps at-risk youth understand the importance of education, self-respect,...

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Dialogue – Issue 35: Prison Overcrowding Costly to California, Other States

California has run out of prison cells. Many of its 33 prisons now operate at over 200 percent of capacity, crowding inmates into triple bunks in prison gymnasiums. These conditions have been shown to...

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