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Immigrants: A new wave of non-violent offenders

Chris Kirkham

War On Undocumented Immigrants Threatens To Swell U.S. Prison Population

NBC News

For decades, drug crimes contributed to an explosion in the size of the federal prison system, far outpacing any other charges brought by prosecutors.

Now, just as the federal government has pulled back the throttle on the drug war, it is embarking on an unprecedented campaign to criminally prosecute undocumented immigrants crossing the border. The result: A new wave of non-violent offenders are flooding the nation’s prisons.

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American Correctional Association Conference

Last week I attended, and presented, at the American Correctional Association bi-annual conference. You can view my presentation, apart of the panel entitled, “Sustainability Initiatives and Offender Programming,” below. My presentation focused on my Fulbright research including my implementation of the U.N.I.T.E. Youth Justice and Environment program in Nigeria, and its implications for initiatives uniting youth, police and nature in the United States.

I contend that there is great potential for U.N.I.T.E.-like programs inside the correction system, as well as in community-based and re-entry programming. Such efforts could correlate with existing projects of the ACA Clean and Green Committee, GreenPrisons.org, Sustainability in Prisons Project, Departments of Correction in Ohio and Washington State, and the Roots of Success Curriculum – all great initiatives that I learned about in more depth from the conference!