Terrific analysis in Corrections.com about the differences between male and female corrections officers. Jessica Herbert studied innate differences in sexes, including responses to stressful situations and also work environments (occassionally the same thing). One conclusion: prisons are hierarchical, and women's strengths are found instead in collaboration and mentoring.
For reasons understood only by Amazon.com, the graphic novel for inmates is on sale for almost 40% off. Prison Grievances: when to write, how to write, is a 60-page book of art, drama, and checklists that will help inmates learn when it makes sense to write a grievance. Then it'll teach them how to effectively write one.
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.
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).