Incarceration http://nhpr.org en Pondering the Prison Population http://nhpr.org/post/pondering-prison-population <p>With rising numbers of Granite Staters incarcerated, and ever-present budget constraints, some argue that it’s time to reform our approach to crime and punishment. But balancing innovation with public safety remains a concern. We’ll look at that latest thinking about some of the ideas out there- from alternative sentencing to rehabilitation.</p><p></p><p> <strong><u>GUESTS</u>:</strong></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 37519 at http://nhpr.org Pondering the Prison Population One Girl Scout Troop May Meet Behind Bars, But The Lessons Will Go Far Beyond http://nhpr.org/post/one-girl-scout-troop-may-meet-behind-bars-lessons-will-go-far-beyond <div><p>Hear the phrase “Girl Scout meeting”, and you may think merit badges, social service projects – <a href="http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/how_to_buy.asp">cookies</a>, perhaps? Well, for a few girls in the Granite State, a scout meeting is one of the few times they get to see their incarcerated mothers. NHPR correspondent Melanie Plenda reported from Goffstown Womens’ Prison on the program, called <a href="http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/our_partners/initiatives/gsbb.asp">Girl Scouts Beyond Bars</a>.</p></div><p></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:48:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28694 at http://nhpr.org One Girl Scout Troop May Meet Behind Bars, But The Lessons Will Go Far Beyond High Court Debates Life Without Parole For Juveniles http://nhpr.org/post/high-court-debates-life-without-parole-juveniles The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in two murder cases testing whether it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 14-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are currently 79 people serving such life terms for crimes committed when they were 14 or younger.<p>The American legal system treats minors as both less culpable and less responsible. Fourteen-year-olds, for instance, are not allowed to drink, marry, vote or even drive. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:14:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 2661 at http://nhpr.org High Court Debates Life Without Parole For Juveniles Without Parole, Juveniles Face Bleak Life In Prison http://nhpr.org/post/without-parole-juveniles-face-bleak-life-prison We hear a lot about juvenile offenders when they commit a crime — and again, when they're sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison. But not much is known about what happens after the prison gates slam shut.<p>For the first time, researchers are starting to fill in the blanks — with <a href="http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/jj_The_Lives_of_Juvenile_Lifers.pdf" target="_blank">a survey of nearly 1,600 young people serving life</a> without the possibility of parole. They say the U.S. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:11:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 2662 at http://nhpr.org Without Parole, Juveniles Face Bleak Life In Prison