August 6, 2013

Californai Hunger Strikers Also Want Law Library, Book Funds

They can't be all that bad if they are asking the State to end solitary confinement of masses of inmates, PLUS asking for access to law library and funds to improve the general libraries.
August 5, 2013

“Barbaraic” Mississippi prisons vs. Southern Poverty Law Center

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?
August 3, 2013

Calif Prison Chief Meets with Activists

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.
August 2, 2013

Smarter Sentencing Act for NonViolent Drug Offences

On August 1, senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a bipartisan bill known as the Smarter Sentencing Act, which will advance more effective and just criminal sentencing for non-violent drug offenses. The legislation is intended to refocus the Bureau of Prisons’ resources on the most serious offenders and crime prevention
August 1, 2013

DOJ Somehow Sees 1.7% Inmate Decrease as Grand

California is under federal court orders to reduce severe, inhumane overcrowding. Thus they've released many inmates. In 2012, the national average of inmates thus dropped 1.7%. Whoopee. 330,000 are still in prison with antiquated drug convictions. Call me when we start really emptying cells and taking care of the long-term population with something like compassion or humanity.
July 31, 2013

Oklahoma Prison Staff Pay Creates Crisis

$11.83/he to work among unhappy inmates. Sure sounds like a disastrous job ad to me! But that's what's happening, and why OK has such a staffing shortage. That creates overtime--and many of those hours are not voluntary, which makes l1fe difficult for those guards who actually get to leave the prison and get home
July 26, 2013

Calif. Officials Will Meet Inmate Supporters Next Week

California continues to defy federal court orders. Justice Kennedy is having to step in. Meanwhile, the American Friends and other supporters will get a meeting with some prison and government officials next week-but not Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard. Nope. Rather, he said he hopes "that they'll eventually make their point, and get it over, and we can continue to move forward in a positive way." So here we all are, three weeks into a deadly hunger strike, wondering what "positive way" he has in mind.
July 25, 2013

Remaining 9,000 Calif. inmates are “dangerous.’ Really?

California governor and prison officials insist that, to comply with the federally ordered reduction in prison overcrowding, they will have to release 'dangerous' inmates. Really? How dangerous? Who decided which are dangerous? The same people who decided which inmates belong to gangs? So the question floats again upwards, this time to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy, who has a long and complicated history with the California litigation.
July 22, 2013

Calif: Third Week Hunger Strike: cell doors sandbagged

Surely there is a law against putting sand bags along the floor of prison cell? In an emergency, how could officials open doors fast enough to save the inmates? But officials throughout the Calif. system are using this technique to keep inmates from corresponding and communicating during the hunger strike. They have moved some strike leaders to SHU, and some to units specifically for snitches--what these fellows ain't.
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