March 31, 2013

Staggering Numbers Incarcerated in Illinois

Illinois prisons cannot hold all 50,000 inmates, so common sense better reign.
March 30, 2013

CCA Replaces Failing Lake Erie Warden with –Another CCA Warden

CCA is switching wardens around after gangs overrun Lake Erie faciltiy, independent pison monitor criticizes management.
March 29, 2013

Mandatory Drug Decision Revisited–Inmate Freed

Danbury inmate released from 15-year cocaine sentence on technicality; original judge led efforts because he hated the required maximum sentencing.
March 28, 2013

Inmates May Sue Federal Gov’t for Staff Abuse

Supreme Court Justice wrote today, in Millbrook v. United States, that an intentional tort by a law enforcement officer does not fall under the exemption/immunity for federal employees. Thus inmates may file suit for sexual abuse (as in the case).
March 27, 2013

300th Wrongly Convicted Man Freed; 18th Death-Row

This Louisiana case developed when police interrogated a suspect for 9 hours, who, unsurprisingly, confessed to the murder of a distant cousin.  Although he recanted when […]
March 26, 2013

Is Life without Parole any Better than Death Penalty?

Maryland became the 18th state to abolish the death penalty, and Delaware may soon follow.  Lots to think about here–no Southern state has voted that way;  […]
March 25, 2013

College for Inmates Saves Money, Creates Citizens

We are talking common sense here:  a private grant is helping inmates in Ithica, N.Y. take college courses.  The 1996 loss of federal Pell grants has […]
March 23, 2013

Guards Protest Furlough Days

Sequester will furlough W. Va. prison guards, create more danger for them and the inmates.
March 22, 2013

Kicking the Can (er…Inmates) Down the Road

When Gov. Brown decided to empty state prison beds, he shifted the inmates to county jails. Not surprisingly, those jails are now overcrowded and the counties can't pay for the upkeep: http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/03/19/alameda-fresno-riverside-counties-hit-with-lawsuits-for-prison-conditions/
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