Alysia Santo

Alysia Santo is a staff writer. She was a finalist for a 2015 Livingston Award for a story about the sexual abuse of Texas prisoners by staff members. Previously, she covered issues in New York’s detention facilities for the Albany Times Union, and was an assistant editor at Columbia Journalism Review.
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What Is Prison Like for Women and Girls?

or the past few years, America has started to take a closer look at our soaring prison population. Decades of tough-on-crime policies mean we now incarcerate 2.3 million people — the highest rate of imprisonment in the world. And who are the fastest-growing group of prisoners in the U.S.? Women and girls. The U.S. makes up just 5 percent of the global population, yet nearly one-third of all the female prisoners in the entire world are here in America. There are more than 200,000 women and … [Read more...]

Trump Budget Draft Targets Cops, Crime Victims

Recently, the Hill reported that the Trump team hopes to slash federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years. In a proposed federal budget prepared by the president elect’s transition team, the Department of Justice and related agencies comes in for almost $1.3 billion in cuts in the first fiscal year alone. This represents less than 1 percent of the department’s $29 billion annual budget, but the targets are telling. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Violence Against … [Read more...]