January 2006

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Most disturbing criminal justice stories of 2005

January 15, 2006

Each January at Prisonsucks.com, we name the most disturbing criminal justice stories of the previous year. We try to highlight stories that are not just depressing, but thought provoking analyses of serious problems that require serious attention in the year ahead. Here's for a better criminal justice system in 2006.

Three Cheers for the Urban Institute's new website

January 10, 2006

The Urban Institute recently unveiled a new website design. It's cool, it's attractive, it's modern, and you know what else? All of the old links to their existing material still work! Yes, it appears they changed underlying content management systems and and needed to change the URLs, but the old URLs still work!

Given that prisonsucks is little but edited links to other research available on the internet, you imagine why we take this issue seriously.

We've been ranting about the importance of preserving links and offering technical solutions for years. Typically, we get ignored, so we are thrilled to see organizations like the Urban Institute treat their web visitors and their website with respect.

So to our colleagues who run websites for other organizations, we point to the Urban Institute's website as a great example that even if your website is absolutely huge, it's entirely possible to put the interests of your visitors above your choice of technology solution. All you have to do is make sure your technology vendor is going to preserve your old URLs.

And to the Urban Institute, we offer our congratulations on the new site. It looks great, and the thousands of users of this site -- and the billions of people who use Google -- can find your carefully prepared documents just as easily as they could before. That's a win for everyone.

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