October 13, 2012

“Gang of Deputies” in L.A. Jails

Gang-like cliques of sheriff’s deputies operating with impunity inside L.A. County jails. Department top brass encouraging a culture of violence and brutality against inmates. And a sheriff with his head in the sand. We at the ACLU have been calling attention to the medieval conditions inside L.A. County jails for years. But on September 7, 2012, the blue-ribbon Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence held its penultimate hearing on deputy violence in the L.A. County jails. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created the Citizens’ Commission last October, shortly after we released a report detailing dozens of sworn statements
October 13, 2012

Conditions Affect Staff as Well

We need to remember that once anyone enters jail or prison, those In Walls conditions affect them. All of them. Oklahhoma Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview is investigating the wide-spead turn-over of prison staff. “These prison staffing levels are life and death situations now,” Hickman said. “Someone is going to die if we don't make some changes and make
October 13, 2012

Lifetime Lockdown and Reentry

The American Friends Service Committee of Tucson, AZ, released a major report recently, following the statistics and stories of inmates left in lockdown for extended periods. "The sustaining societal and economic consequences of solitary confinement, supermax prisons, and prisoner lockdown are detrimental to families, our communities, and the economy, and need not be expanded, but rather reduced and eventually halted all together" (p. 40). http://nicic.gov/Library/026373
October 11, 2012

Advice to Jail/Prison Staff

An excellent article in Corrections.com reminds officers of their own freedoms, and that those freedoms should help them stay calm and professional in a tense and negative world. http://www.corrections.com/news/article/31615-jail-officers-we-win-?utm_source=CCNN_ezine&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CCNN_ezine_2012oct10
October 9, 2012

Let’s Review Medical Paroles

Marc Levin, director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, researched parole for "infirm" inmates and discovered that, in Texas alone, the state would save $42.6 million in 2013, while only adding $1.57 million in parole costs. It's arithmetic. Tax dollars. So why can't
October 9, 2012

4500 in NY solitary confinement

How big is your city? Your university? Imagine 4500 people in boxes? I can’t. But that’s what the New York Civil LIberties investigating group discovered. “New […]
October 4, 2012

NY: 5400 segregated inmates

Nearly 4,500 prisoners in the state are held in segregated housing on any given day, about half in solitary confinement and half in cells with another inmate, according to the N.Y.C.L.U., which planned to publish a 72-page report on its findings on Tuesday, a copy of which was provided in advance to The New York Times. The civil liberties group called both types of segregation “arbitrary, inhuman
October 4, 2012

What we don’t know can hurt us

When Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill expanding news media access to state prisons, he was following in a long California tradition. Three previous governors have vetoed such bills that would let reporters record interviews of whatever prisoner they choose.
October 3, 2012

Staggering Number in Correctional System

More than 7 million adults are under some form of correctional supervision in the United States. More than 1.6 million are incarcerated in federal and state prisons; 760,000 are locked in our jails. http://m.amarillo.com/opinion/opinion-columnist/guest-columnist/2012-09-29/we-need-rational-approach-incarceration
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