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3:14am

Fri August 3, 2012
Business

In N.Y.C., Private Sector To Invest In Social Issues

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:30 am

New York City officials are experimenting with a new way to fund social programs normally paid for with tax dollars. New York City officials say the prison intervention program could keep many of the nearly four thousand adolescent males that enter the jail system each year from returning. WNYC's Colby Hamilton reports Goldman Sachs is set to make a nearly $10 million investment in a social impact bond.

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10:37am

Tue June 5, 2012
Around the Nation

How Louisiana Became The World's 'Prison Capital'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 12:07 pm

In the past two decades, Louisiana's prison population has doubled.
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A new expose by The Times-Picayune of New Orleans calls Louisiana the "world's prison capital."

The state imprisons more people per capita than any other state or country in the world, with one out of every 86 adults behind bars. Its rate of incarceration is three times higher than Iran's and 10 times higher than Germany's.

How did Louisiana double its prison population in the past 20 years? And what differentiates it from other states?

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12:30pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Salt

Prison Meal Deal: Where The Staff Serves Lunch ... And Time

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:04 am

Inmate Calvin Hodge, in the second week of a five-week rotation as head chef, stirs gravy in preparation for lunch at the Fife and Drum Restaurant at the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord, Mass., Jan. 26.
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The Fife and Drum Restaurant offers a daily lunch bargain that sounds hard to pass up: For just $3.21, you get a hot, tasty meal, made mostly from scratch and delivered to your table by friendly waiters.

So what's the catch? You have to go through security before you're served.

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1:09pm

Tue March 1, 2011
Budget

Budget Debate Prompts Questions about Value of Prisons to Rural Colorado

The southeastern city of Las Animas could lose its second largest employer due to budget cuts: state-run Fort Lyon Correctional Facility.
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Governor Hickenlooper’s proposed closure of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in southeastern Colorado could save the state millions. But residents say the loss of 240 jobs in the impoverished area would be “devastating.”

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