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"Making it on the Outside" by Ellen Liberman

Jesse scores eighteen points. He scores six less than twice what Max scores. How many points does Max score? A textbook in one hand, a stub of chalk in the other, teacher Paul Pasaba waited for an answer in the tiny prison classroom.

“We have to translate the words into an equation,” he says. “But once you have the equation, you guys know how to go right through it.”

U.S. Attorney Neronha promotes efforts to keep ex-convicts out of prison
June 16, 2011 - 11:37am

By John Hill

PROVIDENCE — Most of the time, as the federal government’s chief prosecutor for Rhode Island, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha spends his day trying to put criminals in prison. Wednesday, he was talking about how to keep them from returning.

Neronha and his staff were in Providence and Cranston talking about efforts by state and federal agencies as well as nonprofit social-service groups and churches that were working to help newly released prison inmates adjust to life after incarceration.

The Economist: Rough Justice in America
August 2, 2010 - 1:04pm

Too many laws, too many prisoners

Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little

Obama's National Drug Strategy Emphasizes Treatment, Recovery, Repeal of Barriers
May 13, 2010 - 1:58pm

by Nicole Collins Bronzan Communications Director, Legal Action Center

LAC Applauds National Drug Strategy, Urges Allocation of Sufficient Funding for Prevention, Treatment and Recovery and Repeal of Discriminatory Barriers

Rhode Island’s Drive for Sensible Marijuana Laws
April 21, 2010 - 11:54am
 
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Michigan Prisons Focus on Released Inmates
April 8, 2010 - 11:59am

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing -- Michigan's prison system has undergone a culture change from locking up law breakers for as long as possible to being more selective about whom to put behind bars, state Corrections Director Patricia Caruso told officials at a prisoner re-entry conference Tuesday.

Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Unveiled in R.I. Senate
April 8, 2010 - 10:35am

Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The chairman of the special legislative commission that recommended the decriminalization of marijuana in Rhode Island has introduced a bill to make possession of an ounce or less of the drug by an adult a civil offense, punishable by a $150 fine.

Senate Commission Recommends Decriminalization of Marijuana
March 17, 2010 - 12:16pm

By Katherine Gregg

Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A state Senate commission has recommended the decriminalization of an ounce or less of marijuana.

Projo: Senate panel may urge decriminalizing marijuana possession
March 4, 2010 - 11:29am

01:00 AM EST on Monday, March 1, 2010

By KATHERINE GREGG
Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE — When it wraps up its 3 1/2-month inquiry later this week, a Senate panel is expected to recommend decriminalizing possession of relatively small amounts of marijuana.

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