11 October 2012
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Advice to Jail/Prison Staff

An excellent article in reminds officers of their own freedoms, and that those freedoms should help them stay calm and professional in a tense and negative world.

9 October 2012
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Let’s Review Medical Paroles

Marc Levin, director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, researched parole for “infirm” inmates and discovered that, in Texas alone, the state would save $42.6 million in 2013, while only adding $1.57 million in parole costs.

It’s arithmetic. Tax dollars. So why can’t

9 October 2012
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4500 in NY solitary confinement

How big is your city? Your university? Imagine 4500 people in boxes? I can’t. But that’s what the New York Civil LIberties investigating group discovered. “New York’s arbitrary, inhumane and unsafe use of extreme isolation has led to an urgent human rights crisis,” according to the report. “Corrections officials can separate and remove violent or […]

4 October 2012
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NY: 5400 segregated inmates

Nearly 4,500 prisoners in the state are held in segregated housing on any given day, about half in solitary confinement and half in cells with another inmate, according to the N.Y.C.L.U., which planned to publish a 72-page report on its findings on Tuesday, a copy of which was provided in advance to The New York Times.

The civil liberties group called both types of segregation “arbitrary, inhuman

4 October 2012
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What we don’t know can hurt us

When Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill expanding news media access to state prisons, he was following in a long California tradition. Three previous governors have vetoed such bills that would let reporters record interviews of whatever prisoner they choose.

3 October 2012
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Staggering Number in Correctional System

More than 7 million adults are under some form of correctional supervision in the United States.

More than 1.6 million are incarcerated in federal and state prisons; 760,000 are locked in our jails.

2 October 2012
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No shackles while delivering

Calif. Gov. Brown signed AB 30, allowing female inmates to have those shackles taken off whiole they deliver babies. Now how about the other states?

1 October 2012
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Privatized health care in AZ

When the State of Arizona chose Wexler Health Services to supply the medical needs of inmates, taxpayers were supposed to save money, and the inmates were supposed to be cared for.  Opps. The Arizona Department of Corrections has just fined its own outsourcer $10,000 for both “wasting state resources” and for “improperly dispensing medicine.”  The actual […]

28 September 2012
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Mice, roaches in prison cells may be unconstitutional

(Reuters) – A prominent federal judge said on Thursday that the infestation of a prison cell with mice and cockroaches may violate the U.S. constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment, even if the inmate is not physically harmed.
Writing for a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Circuit Judge Richard Posner nonetheless

27 September 2012
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Even Amnesty Condemns SHUs

SHUs Have to Go

This week Amnesty International issued a stark, damaging assessment of California’s isolation units. It concluded that California “must make substantial changes” and reduce the number inside SHUs and the amount of time any prisoner remains in isolation.

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