Illinois prisons cannot hold all 50,000 inmates, so common sense better reign.
CCA is switching wardens around after gangs overrun Lake Erie faciltiy, independent pison monitor criticizes management.
Danbury inmate released from 15-year cocaine sentence on technicality; original judge led efforts because he hated the required maximum sentencing.
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).
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 he had a lawyer, etc., didn’t matter. Away he went. The Innocence Project finally cleared him by DNA. But what about all the thousands of coerced confessions that don’t involve […]
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; is prolonged incarceration better than death? I guess Southerners should explain their allegiance to killing inmates, and I guess inmates should get to answer the question of whether to […]
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 meant that most inmates can’t improve their lives with education, but Cornell University is sending the professors, and the grant helps pay expenses. Since 95% of inmates rejoin society, […]
Sequester will furlough W. Va. prison guards, create more danger for them and the inmates.
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:
A Maine inmate in solitary confinement spit at a guard after trying to injure himself. Several guards were called in, and the sargeant not only sprayed him but taped the spray into the inmate’s face. That officer, first fired, has been reinstated.