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LETTERS FROM AMERICA BY CHRIS INNES
Until his retirement in 2014, Chris Innes, PhD was Chief of Research and Information Services at the National Institute of Corrections in Washington DC.

How Many Tragic Ironies Are Too Many? - May 2013
On March 19, 2013, Tom Clements, the affable and compassionate Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was assassinated at the front door of his home. In a statement to the Department staff the day after Clements was killed, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said of him, "He was unfailingly kind and thoughtful, and sought the 'good' in any situation. As you all know, in corrections that is not easy...I am so sad............... Read More

The Tippers versus the Wisers - April 2013
I am under the impression that, on the issue of prisons and incarceration, Americans have a reputation of being more than a bit dimwitted. One theme, both in the States and elsewhere, is that Americans are addicted to punishing people and insensitive to the damage our legal system inflicts on our society. Conversations I have with other Americans on this issue, however, reveal .............. Read More

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