January 30, 2013

NY State Bar Opposes Long-term Solitary

State by state, sanity may overtake former prison policies. The New York State Bar Association has passed a resolution against the lengthy, and frequently unnecessary, use […]
January 30, 2013

Prison Reform: Texas Businesses Pressure Congressmen

It’s been a long time coming. But “it” is here: Texas Association of Business is pressuring Texas congress to keep people out of prison, and reduce […]
January 30, 2013

Countdown to Publishing Novel for Inmates

Prison Grievances: when to write, how to write, is at the publisher and set for sell in a week through Amazon.com. Author Terri LeClercq is quite […]
January 27, 2013

Prison Crowding in California: Gov and Overseer Disagree

The state closed 100 crowded beds, and Gov. Jerry Brown now wants the courts out of the prisons, and calls any further improvements to the California […]
January 27, 2013

Prison Suicides 1 Every 11 Days in California

Special Master Matthew Lopes is investigating California prisons at the courts’ request.  He wants to see all 33 state prisons but has seen only one–enough to […]
January 26, 2013

Inmate Facing 4th death date vs. DNA Testing

His defense lawyers believe they have proven 10 times over that Larry Swearingen was in jail when he supposedly murdered Melissa Trotter.  State prosecutors and the courts have […]
January 24, 2013

Florida Prisons to Offer Kosher!

Miami-Glade, never a forerunner of prison innovation, has nevertheless announced it would begin serving kosher meals to any Jews who request them.  Officials promise that kosher […]
January 19, 2013

350 Prison Manuals? And Inmates Are Supposed to Keep Track?

Is it “frivolous and excessive” to ask for more than 100 free pages to be copied toward an inmate’s law suits?  The Utah prison system has […]
January 18, 2013

Calif. Prison Overcrowding Defies Court Orders

If you were governor of a state that was under federal orders to reduce prison overcrowding, what would you do? California's Jerry Brown has decided to change the definition of overcrowding. Yep. "The state said its 33 prisons on average are at 149.4% of design capacity. Nearly half of the individual prisons are much higher than that: 172% at North Kern State Prison, 187% at the Central California Women’s Facility, and the men’s section of Valley State Prison in Chowchilla is now at almost 352%." Gov. Brown thinks that the state "has improved living conditions within its prisons to the point it no longer needs to meet court-ordered caps on prison crowding." http://www.prisonpath.com/prison-overcrowing-revisited?goback=%2Egde_106893_member_205634186
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