Prison Law Blog

Sara Mayeux

Farewell to “Prison Law Blog,” Hello to “Evolving Standards of Decency”

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Dear all,

As I noted a few weeks ago, I am officially placing this blog on hiatus as I am moving onto some new endeavors. But there are two pieces of good news. First, I am happy to announce that a new blog, “Evolving Standards of Decency,” will be picking up where I left off and covering prisoners’ rights litigation. This new blog is spearheaded by Margaret R. Moreland, a lawyer and law librarian at the Pace University Law Library, and aims to “creat[e] a forum for discussing the constitutional rights of those in America’s prisons and jails.” I hope you will bookmark the site and check it often. 

Second, in the (relatively short) time since I began this blog, I have noticed a significant uptick in mainstream press coverage of mass incarceration in America. Perhaps this is just because the economic downturn has revealed the high cost to the state and federal governments of maintaining one of the world’s largest prison populations (as a percentage of the overall population), but in any event, I’ve been glad to see these issues gain more prominence in public discourse. I should note that most of the news coverage of criminal justice issues that I read and linked to while maintaining this blog appeared in local and regional newspapers, whether Bob Ortega’s work at the Arizona Republic or the recent Times-Picayune series on Louisiana’s world-leading incarceration rate. It’s now easier than ever for far-flung folks like me to read local newspaper stories from around the country, and yet local newspapers everywhere are facing dire budget cuts. As newspapers continue to change and mutate in the digital era, I hope that we as a society will find a way to maintain local and regional watchdog reporting.

I will leave this blog up as a permanent archive (or anyway, as long as WordPress.com will host it), so posts will continue to show up in Google searches and the like (although of course, I can’t guarantee that all of the links to outside articles and sites will continue to work indefinitely). For the record, here are the Prison Law Blog posts that have received the most hits over the lifetime of the blog:

I started this blog mainly for two reasons — to give myself a structured way to keep track of news and case law relevant to prison/jail legal and policy issues and to practice writing about these issues for a general readership not necessarily trained in law. The blog was great for helping me toward those goals, but more importantly, connected me with people who are interested in criminal justice policy around the country and from many walks of life — a benefit of blogging that I hadn’t even really expected going in.

Thanks so much to all of you who have read, linked, tweeted, Facebooked, emailed, blogged, and otherwise shared my posts. I hope that the blog has been (and, in its archived form, will continue to be) a useful resource. Although the blog has never attracted huge numbers (though there were the few days, for which I am grateful, when it was linked by heavy-hitters like Ta-Nehisi Coates or the Daily Dish), it has always received a steady readership including lawyers, academics, and journalists but also friends and family members of men and women who are in jail or prison. I hope that the thoughts and conversations sparked by this blog will continue at the new “Evolving Standards” blog, in the blogosphere more generally, and in your families, neighborhoods, schools, and communities.

Sara Mayeux

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Written by sara

June 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Sara, again, many thanks and much respect. Your work was good and will be missed.

    Please keep my address should you start anew.

    SteveSwimmer

    June 12, 2012 at 3:31 am

  2. bye sara, thanks for all your fine work here and good luck with future endeavors, glad to see that the torch has been passed.

    dmf

    June 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  3. Sara, thank you for your terrific work here. Let me extend you an open invitation to guest-blog at the California Correctional Crisis blog whenever you like.

    Hadar Aviram

    June 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm


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