December 6, 2012

780 days solitary–no threat, violence

Leroy Peoples is suing the state of New York. He was left in solitary confinement for 780 days--for misbehaving: no violence, no security threat. The New York Civil Liberties is helping with the suit: http://www.nyclu.org/news/nyclu-lawsuit-challenges-new-york-states-use-of-solitary-confinement
December 5, 2012

Tx. Senator and Union boss agree: close some prisons

I'm not sure how often in Texas politics that we've had this confluence: Sen. Whitmire and Lance Lowry, president of Texas chapter of the union with prison staff, agree that we need to close 2 more prisons. Doing so will help ensure the safety and security of not only inmates but the guards. Texas prison staffing is down 2700 officers this year. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-dept-criminal-justice/texas-department-of-criminal-justice/whitmire-employee-union-urge-prison-closures/
December 5, 2012

The Atlantic Joins Wash Post: Phone Rates!

Two major journalistic inquiries into the exorbitant prison phone rates has uncovered that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sat on the problem for 3500 days. That's some sitting, because a judge sent them the problem to resolve. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/12/stupid-and-unjust-the-highway-robbery-of-prison-phone-rates/265859/?goback=%2Egde_65622_member_192474479
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