Bernadette Rabuy

bernadette-rabuyBernadette Rabuy is the Policy & Communications Associate at the Prison Policy Initiative. Bernadette's research has focused on the role of technology in prisons, most specifically on for-profit video visitation in prisons and jails.
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Prisons of Poverty: Uncovering the Pre-Incarceration Incomes of the Imprisoned

Correctional experts of all political persuasions have long understood that releasing incarcerated people to the streets without job training, an education, or money is the perfect formula for recidivism and re-incarceration. While the fact that people released from prison have difficulties finding employment is well-documented, there is much less information on the role that poverty and opportunity play in who ends up behind bars in the first place. Using an underutilized data set from the … [Read more...]

Detaining the Poor

New report finds that people detained pretrial are too poor to afford money bail People in local jails are significantly poorer than non-incarcerated people, and even poorer than people in prison, finds a new report by the nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative. Detaining the Poor: How money bail perpetuates an endless cycle of poverty and jail time connects the large pretrial population in local jails to the criminal justice system’s reliance on money bail. “I kept hearing that 80% of … [Read more...]