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Latest news, organized by topic (below) or region/state (right), concerning a range of issues in the corrections industry. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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  1. FBI Most Wanted Fugitives

Education & Rehabilitation

  1. Program Aims To Make Inmates Better Fathers
    WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A program at the Maine state prison in Windham is trying not just to make inmates better citizens when they’re released, but better fathers as well.

    The InsideOut Dad program at the Maine Correctional Center was developed by the nonprofit National Fatherhood Initiative....[more]

  2. Jail inmates volunteer in cemetery cleanup
    JOPLIN, Mo. — Everyone working to clean the overgrown Alexander Cemetery on Wednesday was there as a volunteer.

    The crew included three inmates at the Jasper County Jail, who had volunteered for the workday, and four members of the Jasper County Cemetery Preservation Committee....[more]

  3. Inmates grow roses in horticulture program
    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Many of the women at the Southeast Arkansas Community Correction Center expressed skepticism when they first laid eyes on a shipment of what appeared to be nothing more than twigs.

    “They were just these spindly, little Charlie Brown things,” Dina Tyler, a deputy director for the Department of Community Correction, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette....[more]

  4. Justice Department's new rules would offer clemency to inmates with no violent history
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced new rules on Wednesday that potentially would make thousands of federal inmates eligible for presidential grants of clemency, including a requirement that candidates must have served at least 10 years of their sentences and have no history of violence....[more]

  5. 3 in 4 Former Prisoners in 30 States Arrested Within 5 Years of Release
    An estimated two-thirds (68 percent) of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years of release from prison, and three-quarters (77 percent) were arrested within five years, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today....[more]

  6. State opens probe of work release program
    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The state inspector general's office has opened an investigation into Northshore Workforce LLC, a privately run work-release program that was shut down by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain in March....[more]

  7. College for Criminals
    IN February, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced plans to underwrite college classes in 10 state prisons, building on the success of privately funded and widely praised programs like the Bard Prison Initiative. Mr. Cuomo pointed out that inmates who got an education had a much better chance of finding a job and were much less likely to menace their neighbors after release. He noted that the cost — $5,000 per inmate per year — would be a bargain compared with the $60,000 it costs to incarcerate a prisoner for a year....[more]

  8. Congress advances earlier release for convicts - One-sixth of prison population eligible
    Legislation moving through Congress that could result in the early release of an estimated 34,000 federal prisoners has judges and probation officials both intrigued and concerned....[more]

  9. NY college for inmates to remain privately funded
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A senior official says Cuomo administration plans to expand college classes for New York's prison inmates will be privately funded and not financed by taxpayers....[more]

  10. Halfway Back to Society
    In 2013, about 30,000 federal prison inmates were released to more than 200 halfway houses around the country. These facilities — where an inmate can serve up to the last year of his or her sentence — are meant to ease the transition back into society by way of employment and housing assistance, drug treatment, and other programs that make it less likely an inmate will end up reoffending and returning to prison....[more]

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Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

  1. History Of Lethal Injection Problems In US Executions
    Since Texas became the first state to use lethal injection as its execution method on Dec. 7, 1982, some problems have been reported during the process nationwide. Those include delays in finding suitable veins, needles becoming clogged or disengaged, and reactions from inmates who appeared to be under stress. Some examples:

    • July 23, 2014. Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half after his execution began in Arizona......[more]

  2. Appeals Judge Says Guillotine 'Probably Best' for Executions
    A federal appeals judge issued a blistering dissent in a death-row case on Monday, declaring that an execution system that relies on drugs is doomed and the guillotine would be better.

    "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote....[more]

    In this July 3, 2014 photo, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan speaks at his home in Kankakee, Ill. Ryan, who served a five federal prison term for corruption, a year of home confinement, and has just completed another year of supervision, is eager to pick up where he left off when he left politics for prison in 2006 - campaigning for the end of the death penalty in the U.S. While in office Ryan put a moratorium on the death penalty after numerous cases were overturned exonerating inmates who collectively spend decades in prison. Ryan spoke extensively about the current state of Illinois and national politics, the death penalty and about the cr...[more]

  4. Areli Escobar seeking new trial
    Lawyers for death row inmate Areli Escobar are seeking to overturn his conviction, contending that one of the jurors who sentenced him in May 2011 hid the fact that he had once worked with the defendant before his murder trial....[more]

  5. 3 inmates set to die; previous execution botched
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Convicted killers in three states were facing executions within a 24-hour period starting Tuesday night, potentially the first lethal injections in the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago....[more]

  6. Death penalty’s decline Society increasingly aware of shortcomings
    Article I, Section 18 of the state constitution declares: “The penal code shall be founded on the principles of reformation, and not of vindictive justice.”

    Is the death penalty reformative or vindictive? It’s a question that has been debated since the state reinstated capital punishment in 1977. What’s more vexing is state law ...[more]

  7. Ex-inmates testify in Hawaii death penalty case
    HONOLULU (AP) - Two former inmates who spent time with a man facing a death sentence for killing his 5-year-old daughter said Tuesday he avoided trouble while behind bars in Honolulu....[more]

  8. Ohio high court to hear arguments from condemned killer against 2nd execution attempt
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's top court has agreed to hear arguments that the country's only survivor of a botched lethal injection would face cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy if the state again attempts to put him to death....[more]

  9. A Humane Execution - Supreme Court test of protocol seems likely.
    Problems with obtaining drugs for lethal injection, lawsuits over state secrecy surrounding the drugs being used and a botched execution last month in Oklahoma may be diminishing the ­confidence that some lawmakers and judges have expressed in that execution method, some death penalty experts say....[more]

  10. Tennessee brings back the electric chair
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As the rest of the nation debates the feasibility and humanity of lethal injections against a backdrop of scarce drugs and botched executions, Tennessee has come up with an alternative: the electric chair....[more]

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Gangs in Prison

  1. Jailed ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez briefly hospitalized: Report
    Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who is in a Massachusetts jail awaiting trial on murder charges, was removed from his cell for a brief hospital visit over the weekend, a local TV station reported on Sunday....[more]

  2. Gang dragnet sweeps up 72 of LA's hard-core Crips
    For more than two decades, a street gang known as the Five Deuce Broadway Gangster Crips has terrorised the territory it calls its own in South Central Los Angeles, while profiting from the sale of drugs to vulnerable, homeless addicts in the city’s blighted Skid Row district. But this week, 50 suspected members – almost one third of the entire gang – found themselves behind bars following a major bust by the FBI and LAPD....[more]

  3. Saginaw 'Gang Task Force' back on city streets through FBI, Michigan State Police partnership
    SAGINAW, MI — After nearly two years on the shelf, the police agency commonly known as Saginaw's Gang Task Force is back on the streets.

    "Our job is to disrupt and dismantle," says FBI Senior Resident Agent Steven T. Flattery.

    The multi-agency force, which has operated in various incarnations since its inception in the mid-1990s, began working Saginaw's streets on May 12....[more]

  4. Report shows Las Cruces inmate stabbed 43 times Autopsy: Las Cruces inmate was stabbed more than 40 times in gang-related attack
    LAS CRCUES, N.M. (AP) — An inmate killed in a gang-related attack at a Las Cruces state prison was stabbed more than 40 times, according to an autopsy report released this week.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reported ( Friday that the state Office of the Medical Investigator found 34-year-old Javier Enrique Molina suffered 43 stab wounds and five other cuts....[more]

  5. In violent Honduras, soccer offers the young an escape from gangs, drugs and early death
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — From where he sits on a dusty soccer pitch between the fetid Choluteca River and four-lane Armed Forces Boulevard, 11-year-old Maynor Ayala can see only two ways out of the gang-controlled slums of the capital: on a professional soccer team, or in a cheap coffin....[more]

    Pastor Pete Bradford, a reformed "dope fiend" from San Diego, went out into the streets of Boyle Heights looking for gang members to pray over. Finding them wasn't hard....[more]

  7. Is ‘Polar Bear’ on ice as alleged fellow skinheads face prosecution in 1998 slayings?
    The public is quietly being kept in the dark about the whereabouts of the neo-Nazi skinhead convicted of the 1998 execution-style slaying of two Las Vegas residents who fought racism....[more]

  8. Fifty-Five Charged in Massive Crackdown on West Coast Crips Street Gang and Others
    SAN DIEGO, CA—Thirty-five people, many of whom are alleged members and associates of the West Coast Crips criminal street gang, are charged in complaints unsealed today with participating in three drug- and gun-related conspiracies, including one that alleges a racketeering enterprise with execution-style murders, a takeover-style robbery, high-speed chases, witness intimidation, and other acts of violence....[more]

  9. Six arrested in Largo gang investigation
    LARGO — Six suspected gang members were arrested during a yearlong investigation focusing on gang violence and drug trafficking in Largo, city records show....[more]

  10. Gang member shot, killed after lunging at court witness
    Siale Maveni Angilau — aka "C-Down" — was shot multiple times in the chest. He was reportedly still breathing when he was taken away in an ambulance, but he died in the early afternoon at a local hospital....[more]

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Health & Medical Treatment

  1. Thousands of prisoners treated for mental illness
    Nearly 10% of the 216,000 inmates are receiving medications designed to treat an array of illnesses, from depression and bipolar disorder to acute schizophrenia. The BOP's disclosure comes as government officials have raised questions about the costs of confining such large populations, while advocates for the mentally ill argue that prisons and jails have become the new repository for people with mental illness....[more]

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Inside a cluttered downtown apartment that she shares with a cat, the 57-year-old woman is in the midst of a near-meltdown.

    "There's three of them,'' she tells two police officers, referring to "these predators who won't leave me alone. Those sons of bitches won't let me go. ''...[more]

  3. Mental Illness Soars In Prisons, Jails While Inmates Suffer
    Armando Cruz tied a noose around his neck and hanged himself from the ceiling of his prison cell. He left a note that ended in two chilling words....[more]

  4. Behind the yellow door, a man’s mental illness worsens
    Everyone is worried about the man in the house.

    His ex-wife, his mother, his father, his neighbors, the psychiatrists he has seen and no longer sees, they are all concerned because he has been alone in the house in suburban Maryland for two years....[more]

  5. Mentally ill Philly man leaves prison after seven years of waiting for a trial
    Marvae Dunn was wheeled out of the Philadelphia Detention Center on Monday morning, ending a remarkable seven-year stay that advocates said underscores how the prison system has become a de facto hospital for elderly and mentally ill inmates....[more]

  6. Special report: Violence rekindles debate over treatment for severely mentally ill
    Each new act of mass violence rekindles the debate over how to prevent another.

    And when the perpetrators suffer from severe mental illness, the question is how to help before they act — even if they resist treatment....[more]

  7. NYC Plans Task Force to Aid Mentally Ill Inmates
    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new task force Monday to overhaul how New York City's corrections system treats the mentally ill — both in jail and out — following the grisly deaths of two inmates with psychological problems....[more]

  8. To curb hepatitis C, test and treat inmates
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Problematic as it is for society, the high incarceration rate in the United States presents an important public health opportunity, according to a new "Perspective" article in the New England Journal of Medicine. It could make staving off the worst of the oncoming hepatitis C epidemic considerably easier.

    Nearly 4 million Americans may be infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Many of them don't know they carry HCV, which can take decades to make them ill with cirrhosis, cancer, or liver failure....[more]

  9. Mom seeks charges for Bridgewater State Hospital guards in son’s death - ‘09 case sparked reforms
    The mother of Joshua Messier, the 23-year-old mental health patient whose 2009 death at Bridgewater State Hospital has sparked outrage and reforms, is demanding that prosecutors hold guards at the facility criminally responsible for her son’s death....[more]

  10. Los Angeles Plan Highlights Rift Over How to Treat Offenders With Mental-Health Issues - Should Inmates With Drug or Mental-Health Issues Receive Treatment in Jail or in the Community?
    LOS ANGELES—For 20 years, Paul Dumont lived on the streets here, battling drug addiction and mental-health problems. He did stints in county jail for drug-related offenses, where he received medication and treatment. But each time he was released, Mr. Dumont would return to his vices, continuing what he calls the "cycle of incarceration."...[more]

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Policy & Decision-Making

  1. European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest
    WARSAW, July 24 (Reuters) - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects....[more]

  2. Schuette urges changes after prison break
    FILE- This file photo provided by the LaPorte County, Ind., Sheriff's Department shows Michael Elliot, who was arrested Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in LaPorte County, Ind., more than 150 miles from the Ionia, Mich., Correctional Facility he escaped from on Feb. 2. On Monday, July 21, 2014, the Michigan Attorney General?s Office released a report of its findings in the Michael Elliot escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich. Feb. 2, 2014. Many of the AG?s recommendations to prevent another escape echo what MCO has been saying for years: staff the gun towers to deter escapes and prevent the introduction of contraband; restore the ful...[more]

  3. Arnold Schwarzenegger hits back at prison lawsuit
    A group of 22 current and former inmates are suing state officials over an outbreak of Valley Fever at Pleasant Valley prison, and Schwarzenegger - who was in office at the time of the incident in 2009 - is among the targets of the lawsuit.


  4. INDIO: New jail would have classrooms, video visits -- The detention center, scheduled to open by 2017, will ease crowding that has led to early release of thousands of inmates.
    Those are some of the features planned for the East County Detention Center. The $274 million project, centerpiece of a $400 million infusion of new public buildings in Indio, has yet to break ground but is expected to open by early 2017....[more]

  5. Sentencing reform slowed by politics
    It’s always been pretty easy to get politicians to pass new laws to create new crimes or to send people to prison for longer periods of time for existing crimes. But, as the New York Times explained in an editorial over the weekend, getting them to rescind laws or ease up on draconian penalties is a much tougher task....[more]

  6. Prison recidivism rate falling in Pa.
    WASHINGTON — Fewer Pennsylvania offenders are returning to prison, according to a new report commissioned by the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments.

    On Thursday, the center recognized Pennsylvania and seven other states for their progress on reducing recidivism rates. In Pennsylvania’s case, the three-year recidivism rate decreased by 7.1 percent over the last six years....[more]

  7. Kerry says freed Taliban inmates would target U.S. at 'enormous risk' -CNN
    WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - If the five Taliban inmates released from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for a captive American soldier rejoined the fight against the United States, they would do so at great risk, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday....[more]

  8. US prosecutors revisiting nearly 5,000 convictions
    FILE - In this May 6, 2014 file photo, Robert Hill, center, stands with his lawyers Harold Ferguson, left, and Sharon Katz, right, as Justice Neil Firetog declares Hill exonerated in Brooklyn Supreme Court, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Prosecutors asked to throw out the decades-old convictions of three half-brothers who were investigated by homicide detective Louis Scarcella, whose tactics have come into question. The defendants, Hill, Alvena Jennette and Darryl Austin became the first people connected to the detective to be exonerated. Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP...[more]

  9. Old-guard Republicans just can’t let go of the drug war
    To be fair, much of the current momentum to roll back the excesses of the drug war has been due to the efforts of Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Unfortunately, a recent series of stories illustrates how, for a good chunk of the GOP caucus, it will always be 1986. Len Bias will always have just recently died. The culture wars will always be raging. And the wildebeests will always be stampeding....[more]

  10. U.S. jails becoming debtors’ prisons
    WASHINGTON – Angela Albers’ troubles began in 2008 when police nabbed her for failure to stop at a stop sign.

    “At the time I was going through a divorce and I forgot to pay the ticket,” she said.

    Unknown to her, a Washington state court suspended her licence. A few months later she was pulled over and charged with driving without a licence....[more]

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Prison Conditions & Corruption

  1. Idaho teen charged with murder held in solitary confinement for over 70 days "-- He's being punished before he's been convicted," public defender argues.
    Prosecutors say Eldon Gale Samuel III, then 14, admitted to fatally shooting his father before brutally hacking his 13-year-old brother to death. The incident came after Samuel's father, Eldon Samuel Jr., beat the teenager and kicked him out of their home....[more]

  2. Hot Prisons Could Be Deadly For U.S. Inmates, Advocates Warn
    Earlier this year, a prisoner with severe mental illness died in an overheated cell at Rikers Island, the biggest jail in New York City. The exact cause of Jerome Murdough's death is still under investigation, but the temperature in the cell when he was found was at least 100 degrees. His death called renewed attention to a long-standing problem: maintaining reasonable temperatures in jails and prisons....[more]

  3. New York City Reviewing Injuries Dealt by Rikers Correction Officers
    The city’s Department of Investigation has begun a review of scores of cases of serious injuries suffered by inmates at Rikers Island during assaults by correction officers last year....[more]

  4. New York City settles inmate death lawsuit for $2.75 million
    (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a jail inmate who claimed guards beat him to death.

    A spokesman for the city's Law Department on Monday confirmed the settlement with the estate of Ronald Spear, 52, who died in December 2012 at the city's Rikers Island jail....[more]

  5. In a Cellblock on Rikers Island: A Portrait of Abuse
    The failure of the New York City Correction Department to train, control and discipline its personnel is appalling. Equally unacceptable is the public silence of the Board of Correction, the official civilian oversight agency for the city’s jails....[more]

  6. Report exposes culture of beatings at New York prison
    NEW YORK: Mentally ill inmates suffer overwhelmingly from pervasive brutality at America's second biggest jail, where guards beat up prisoners routinely, The New York Times reported on Monday....[more]

  7. Investigation Targets Rikers Island Guards -- Authorities Raid a Detention Center as Part of a Probe Into Violence, Illegal Behavior at Prison
    New York City authorities raided a detention center on Rikers Island on Monday as part of a continuing investigation into violence and illegal behavior at the prison, officials said.

    The action came as part of a Department of Investigation probe that has so far led to more than 12 Department of Correction officers and their superiors being turned over to city prosecutors, officials said. Those referrals all came before Monday....[more]

  8. Texas prisons feel the heat as summer takes hold
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas prisons bought hundreds of fans before the start of summer but the move was not related to a civil rights lawsuit accusing the country's most populous prison system of housing inmates in dangerously hot indoor areas, a prison spokesman said on Monday....[more]

  9. Officials believe prison inmate killed by cellmate
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A prisoner serving time for child molestation was strangled by a fellow inmate earlier this month at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, prison officials said Tuesday....[more]

  10. Ex-Rikers boss cleared of inmate assault - Former Assistant Deputy Warden Edwin Diaz was found not guilty of beating up an inmate in 2008 and then falsifying records about the incident
    A retired Rikers Island supervisor accused of covering up his attack on an inmate after the convicted murderer struck a fellow Corrections officer was cleared of all charges....[more]

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Prison Life & Culture

  1. Inside Oregon prisons: Most inmates at Two Rivers never see the horizon
    Two Rivers Correctional Institution sits about 100 yards from a bucolic bulge in the Columbia River called Lake Wallula. But prisoners inside seldom, if ever, see this grand green pool of water and the irrigated crops beyond....[more]

  2. John Oliver Brilliantly Tears Apart America's Broken Prison System
    The growing population of prisoners in the U.S.: America's prison population has been exploding since the war on drugs led to tough-on-crime laws being implemented in the 1980s and 1990s. The new mandatory minimums for even low-level drug offenses helped America's prison population grow to be the biggest in the world. As Oliver points out, the U.S. now has more prisoners than even China, whose population is four times that of the U.S....[more]

  3. Church bell at Angola prison has its own criminal past, a Lake Charles newspaper reports
    The bell that hangs in the chapel of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has a criminal record to match that of the inmates who pray here, according to a Lake Charles newspaper....[more]

  4. Serial killer Alfredo Prieto is still claiming he’s intellectually disabled. Seriously?
    Alfredo Prieto has been convicted of murdering three people, raping two of them, and DNA or ballistics link him to another six homicides and two rapes. That is nine slayings in a little more than two years. Four of his victims were in Northern Virginia. He is one of the “great” unrecognized serial killers of our time. Yet a recent Supreme Court ruling has revived the prospect that he could avoid the three death sentences he currently faces, because his defense raised the possibility that he was intellectually disabled, and the news media have begun discussing Prieto as a serious candidate for post-conviction relief. Specifically, Virginia law...[more]

  5. 3 Inmates Escape in Quebec In Latest Helicopter Jailbreak
    OTTAWA — Three men escaped from a Quebec jail on Saturday night aboard a helicopter, the second aerial breakout in the province in 15 months.

    The Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force, said the men fled about 7:45 p.m. local time in a green helicopter after it landed in the courtyard of a detention center in suburban Quebec City. The aircraft then flew west, in the general direction of Montreal....[more]

  6. Ohio inmates advise students on 'what not to do'
    LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — At one time, the four men standing in front of the roomful of eighth-graders at W.S. Guy Middle School were just like them.

    They were making their transitions from childhood to adulthood — about to step up from junior high to high school.

    They had their dreams about what they wanted out of life. For them, it was careers in law enforcement, engineering, construction and sports....[more]

  7. A few ‘inmates’ from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ discuss prison life
    An upper-middle class blonde from Brooklyn goes to jail for a drug-related screw-up years before.

    The women’s federal prison of "Orange Is the New Black" is a different world than Piper Chapman had known, populated with a wildly varied group of characters played (alongside series star Taylor Schilling) by TV’s most diverse cast of actors....[more]

  8. Prison inmates train guide dogs
    OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - Eight dogs, ranging in age from 9 weeks to 2 years, are in training to become working companions. And their training ground might surprise you....[more]

  9. After Prison, No After-Hours Michael Alig, the Former King of the Club Kids, After Prison
    At 10:50 a.m. on Monday of last week, outside the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, N.Y., which looked like an Ivy League school ringed in concertina wire, Michael Alig emerged from a white prison van....[more]

  10. It's hard to study black men because so many of them are in prison
    The high incarceration rates of black men generate a lot of attention, and are known to have all sorts of negative downstream effects on the inmates and the communities they leave behind. A new study out of Yale medical school and published in the journal Health Affairs hits on a less recognized one: all that prison time makes it hard to study health conditions in black men....[more]

  11. Public Protest at "Easy Life" Inside Wymott Prison
  12. Scottish Prison Service introduces week-long home leave
  13. 50% Canadians believe prison life "too cushy"
  14. Life in prison made falsely-accused Milgaard question own innocence
  15. Do Women Have it Better than Men in Prison?
  16. What do Wardens Think of Prison Sex?
  17. "Make-Believe" Family Relationships exist among Female Texas Prisoners
  18. Study on Inmate Assaults Clears Up Some Myths About Institutional Conditions
  19. Poorer Outlook on Race Relations in Some British Prisons Rather than Others
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Riots, Lockdowns, and Escapes

  1. Two inmates apparently slain at federal prison in VictorvilleTwo inmates apparently slain at federal prison in Victorville
    VICTORVILLE >> Two inmates died Saturday night at a federal prison here, the victims of an apparent homicide, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

    The FBI is investigating the deaths of the inmates, whose names have not been disclosed pending notification of family members....[more]

  2. VINSON: Jailhouse brawl: A matter of ‘perception’
    A few months back, I went to a local jail to visit a good friend, at that time incarcerated for a driving infraction. It had been several years since I had visited anyone at this particular jail, so I had to re-acclimate to the current protocol for those visiting inmates.

    The last time I’d visited someone at this jail — which was years ago — visitors and inmates could visit face-to-face in an open-space area, with a deputy/jailer monitoring the situation, of course....[more]

  3. Inmate withholds guilty plea in prison riot
    NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — An inmate charged in the May 2012 prison riot that resulted in the death of a correctional officer in Adams County appeared ready to plead guilty to conspiracy of murder before changing his mind in the courtroom....[more]

  4. Inmate dies after fight at Wilkinson County prison
    WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A prison official says one inmate has died and several were injured in a fight at a prison in southwestern Mississippi that resulted in the facility being put on lockdown....[more]

  5. Pa. inmate charged with strangling cellmate
    WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - A prison inmate has been charged with criminal homicide in the strangulation death of his cellmate at a western Pennsylvania prison earlier this year....[more]

  6. Inmate dies at minimum-security prison in Machiasport - The death is under investigation, and a spokesman refuses to say whether it is considered suspicious.
    Phillip Kay, 32, died at 3:15 p.m. Friday, the department said. Spokesman Scott Fish said Maine State Police and the state medical examiner are investigating the death and no other information could be released immediately....[more]

  7. Suit alleges man beaten to death in parish jail
    FRANKLIN, La. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in St. Mary Parish district court alleges that a 41-year-old Baldwin man was beaten to death in the parish jail in April 2013....[more]

  8. NE Ore. prison on lockdown after inmate fight
    UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Corrections Department spokeswoman says a northeast Oregon prison is on lockdown after a fight involving two dozen inmates broke out Wednesday in a housing unit....[more]

  9. Inmate dies after assault at jail
    DAYTON — An inmate who suffered serious injuries in an assault at the Tri-County Jail died early Friday morning at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton....[more]

  10. Punjabi men go on hunger strike in U.S. detention facility
    Over hundred Punjabi men were said to be held in detention facilities for undocumented immigrants in El Paso, Texas, this week, with 42 of them continuing with their hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day to protest against authorities’ alleged denial of access to outside resources to the inmates....[more]

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Suicides in Prison

  1. Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For 'Self-Harm'
    Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury....[more]

  2. Federal lawsuit over inmate’s suicide in 2008 at Portland jail to go forward
    PORTLAND, Maine — A portion of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the mother of an inmate who committed suicide while incarcerated at the Cumberland County Jail in 2008 will go forward after the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld a decision by a federal judge in Maine.......[more]

  3. Leslie Schuler, Worcester man who killed son, kills self in prison
    WORCESTER — Leslie G. Schuler, the Worcester man convicted of beating his 7-year-old son to death on Father's Day 2009, committed suicide in prison this morning, according a spokesman for the state Department of Correction. ...[more]

  4. British former public school boy serving life for beheading U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl attempts to commit suicide in Pakistani prison
    A British man serving life imprisonment in Pakistan for the killing of American reporter Daniel Pearl has tried to commit suicide, police have said....[more]

  5. State to pay cost of Cleveland kidnapper autopsy
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state prisons agency has agreed to reimburse county taxpayers for the autopsy of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro after his prison suicide last year....[more]

  6. Coroner: Montgomery man convicted in parents' murders killed self in prison
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man convicted of murdering his parents in Montgomery almost nine years ago committed suicide in prison....[more]

  7. Ohio death row inmate called suicide inevitable
    COLUMBUS, OHIO — An Ohio death row inmate who killed himself just days before his execution called his suicide inevitable in a three-page note and expressed resentment that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro got a life sentence, according to a police report released Thursday....[more]

  8. Inmate awaiting trial in Kentucky HOA deaths kills himself
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An inmate awaiting trial on charges of killing two men at a homeowners association meeting committed suicide by hanging himself from a bed sheet in his cell, jail officials said....[more]

  9. Ariel Castro 'died of auto erotic asphyxiation' and NOT suicide. Had pants round his ankles when guards cut him down
    Ohio officials suggest in a new report it's possible Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died of auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide....[more]

  10. Attorney: Utah prison murder meant to look like suicide
    When 62-year-old Rolando Cardona-Gueton was found dead April 20 in his cell at the prison in Gunnison on, it looked like he may have committed suicide....[more]

  11. Prison suicide questions institutional conditions
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  1. Pot-selling police officer gets 18 months in jail
    As a Buffalo police officer, James Hamilton Sr. was caught in November selling a quarter-pound of his homegrown marijuana to an informant. He pleaded guilty three months later in a deal that would give him somewhere between 18 and 24 months behind bars....[more]

  2. Sheriffs weigh selling e-cigarettes to inmates
    AUSTIN, TEXAS (Texas Tribune) - As a way to allow some inmates to get their nicotine fix and sheriffs to shore up tight budgets, county jails across the country have begun selling electronic cigarettes. Though the trend has largely bypassed Texas, jail officials say that could change as sheriffs begin to warm up to the smokeless technology. ...[more]

  3. Female wardens avoid their desk to walk cell block
    DAYTON, Texas (AP) — An ominous warning is posted in red and white on a thick steel door flanked by fences topped with razor wire: "No hostage shall pass through this gate."

    It is a standing order to this prison's staff and an advisory to any visitors who enter this penitentiary that is home to some of the state's more dangerous sex offenders....[more]

  4. Prison Officers Need Help, but They Won’t Ask for It
    Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Corrections Officers’ Benevolent Association, is recounting a phone call he received two weeks ago from a distraught woman named Melanie. After almost 20 years working under the relentless stress of a New York City jail, Melanie’s corrections officer girlfriend had had enough....[more]

  5. Former staffer shoots herself at Nebraska prison
    YORK, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are investigating why a former staffer at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women walked into the state prison with a rifle and demanded to be let inside before shooting and injuring herself....[more]

  6. Sheriff Pioneers New Secure Technology for Effingham Jail -- All at No Cost to Taxpayers!
    EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA. — This year marks a new era for Effingham, as they became the first county in the Southeast to install wireless inmate tablet technology....[more]

  7. Corruption and the Maryland public-sector prison guard union
    Readers of this blog are familiar with my writing on public-sector prison guard unions. In Privatization and the Law and Economics of Political Advocacy, my article in the Stanford Law Review, I discussed the often-heard critique of prison privatization that charges that privatization will distort criminal law because private prison firms will have an incentive to lobby for greater criminal penalties. But, I argued, this charge ignores the massive role already played by public-sector prison guard unions like the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which has been very active in pro-incarceration lobbying....[more]

  8. Company aims to unlock jail software market with biometric expertise Northern Irish firm breaks into US prison market with new technology for inmates to communicate with family
    Not so long ago, working in the security sector in Northern Ireland could have got you killed, according to Patricia O’Hagan, managing director of Belfast-based Core Systems....[more]

  9. CCA Announces David Garfinkle to Succeed Todd Mullenger as Chief Financial Officer
    NASHVILLE, TN, Apr 10, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- CCA CXW -1.12% (the "Company" or "Corrections Corporation of America"), America's largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, announced today that David Garfinkle, who currently serves as the Company's Vice President of Finance and Controller, has been selected by the Board of Directors to succeed Todd Mullenger as the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective May 1, 2014. Mullenger has decided to step down as CFO, but will remain with the Company for a two-year period to assist in the transition and to assist in various projects....[more]

  10. Prison Inmates Taught Tech Skills To Help Get Jobs
    Two weeks after being released from a California state prison where he spent nearly two decades, 45-year-old Kenyatta Leal was immersed in technology at a San Francisco startup....[more]

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