3 April 2013
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New Orleans jail makes news, again

Currently a federal court is investigating Parish Prison (city jail) and deciding whether to put it into receivership. The City is balking at the cost it would incure. Meanwhile, a 4-yr-old video shows appalling conditions almost unimaginable–inmates shooting up heroin, playing with loaded gun, drinking beer–all while supposedly being guarded. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Dept. of Justice have brought a class-action lawsuit against the sheriff.

31 March 2013
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Staggering Numbers Incarcerated in Illinois

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

30 March 2013
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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.

29 March 2013
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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.

28 March 2013
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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).

27 March 2013
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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 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 […]

26 March 2013
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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;  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 […]

25 March 2013
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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 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, […]

23 March 2013
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Guards Protest Furlough Days

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

22 March 2013
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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:

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