Category: John Hamilton

Geriatric Prisoners – Once Considered A Liability, Perhaps No Longer by John Hamilton –

Growing old behind bars has become the norm, rather than the exception. This is directly attributable to the disproportionate sentences being imposed and the abolishment of parole. According to a recent parole commission report, the fastest growing segment of the inmate population is first-time convicted, geriatric offenders. This […]

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Response to Readers by John Hamilton

I briefly want to express my gratitude for your feedback. I take to heart your sentiments and respect all responses, even those that may counter my opinion or experiences. I always remain open to differing points of view and encourage your input. What’s most vital is if anything […]

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The Last Blessing in Prison Decimated Over a Farce: A Year in Review (Success or Failure) – by John Hamilton

In April of 2017, the Virginia Dept. of Corrections (VADOC) implemented more stringent security measures in response to the uncontrolled influx of contraband (drugs and cell phones) covertly being brought into prisons. There are three distinct ways contraband may be smuggled; 1) by prisoner through visitation, 2) by […]

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It’s Time to Start Thinking Outside the Box When It Comes to Penal and Criminal Justice Reform Efforts by John Hamilton

A long time ago I once heard someone describe insanity as doing the same thing, over and over again, expecting different results. This undoubtedly describes the dilemma surrounding penal and criminal justice reform efforts in America. It’s time to rethink our reform strategies and embrace a more innovative […]

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The Convoluted Classification System for Offenders in the Virginia Dept. of Corrections by John Hamilton

As I approach another Annual Review, it reminds me how contrived the classification process is and whether improvements can be made. From what I’ve gathered after reviewing the established Departmental Operating Procedures (DOPs) governing the classification process it’s clear there’s been much debate. It’s my opinion from scrutinizing […]

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