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Confronting Confinement: A Report of The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons

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Washington University Journal of Law & Policy


A little more than one year ago, a diverse group of individuals— respected civic leaders, experienced corrections administrators, scholars, advocates for the rights of prisoners, law enforcement professionals, members of the religious community, and former prisoners—joined together as a national commission to examine the safety of America’s prisons and jails. What we discovered over months of holding public hearings, talking individually and in small groups with a wide range of experts, and reviewing the available research and data is that the people who think and care most about safety and abuse in America’s correctional facilities are concerned about many of the same problems and point to many of the same solutions. This report is the Commission’s attempt to reflect that common ground.