In the Tutwiler, AL, prison, women are doubled up and roughed up: there are 793 women in 208 positions. And there are lawsuits everywhere alleging sexual abuse, etc. What there doesn't seem enough of is money--money for security cameras, for instance. Oddly, the legislature took $16 million from the state's Children's Trust Fund to buy the new equipment, but, hey. Improvements take time. What there isn't enough of, also, is time. Abuse continues while the prison officials insist that changing security electronics in the old prison will take until the end of the next year.
Please join me today, Wed. Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. central, on KABF radio from Little Rock. John Sarna will discuss prison grievances on "It Could Have Been You," and I hope to educate listeners about the technical rules and policies that surround grievance writing.
An ex-offender and current prison official offers a list of positive ideas for remaining straight and out of prison. She had her mom as back-up; the women she works with frequently have no back-ups at all.
California's federal prison, USP Atwood, has eliminated its specialty shake-down teams established after 2008 riots--budget cuts. Union members have appealed to state legislators and the public. Prison officials say the recent uprising that left 3 inmates injured was "an isolated incident" and all officers are trained to perform shake-downs.
So in 2010 CCA was ordered to allow mediation for any new problem within the taxpayer-sponsored prison system. Now CCA says they won't open their books in an inmate driven lawsuit against inadequate staffing and Gladiator School gangs run amuck. CCA contends the lawsuit is frivolous, and filed for personal spite. The ACLU argues differently, as do 17 news organizations. Shine the light in! Thank you, U.S. Judge David Carter.
The Federal Communication Commission has issued a set of orders governing the rates phone companies and prisons can charge for inmate calls. They set a maximum and a fail-safe amount. They will not allow the cost to reflect kick-backs to prison systems that allow the companies access.
When the Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit against the Mississippi prison system and its private prisons as well, one new management team ,Management Training Corporation of Centerville, said it has just started work and the conditions are ever-so-better. The SPL Center dropped their inmate from the sit, but allegations of continuing filth and disgusting conditions continue. This is better? Monitors now in place will decide, but their pay comes out of the fund that should be cleaning up the prisons, so who knows how much they will inspect and for how long?
The U.S. Supreme Court just told California to reduce its overcrowding and stop messing around. Almost immediately, Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard met, in the flesh, with activists. activists have represented the hunger-strike inmates for 3 long weeks but not seen Mr. Beard, who may have been busy with the severely overcrowded cells. But he attended the meeting and heard suggestions from people who are in touch with the strikers and who offered common-sense solutions to the inhumane limitless solitary confinement.