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  • Lawsuit may stall Suncoast Parkway extension

    12/21/2017 2:10:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 21, 2017 | Barbara Behrendt
    BROOKSVILLE — A last-minute lawsuit may put the brakes on the long-awaited extension of the Suncoast Parkway north into Citrus County. Construction was slated to begin early next year. At a Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting last week, city and county officials talked about a push at the state level to move the project ahead even faster. A ground-breaking ceremony was in the works. But like other steps in the process of building the toll road extension known as Suncoast Parkway 2, within days of that discussion, another shoe dropped. On Dec. 15, the Friends of Etna Turpentine Camp, Inc.,...
  • De Blasio wants to employ every inmate who served time in jail

    03/30/2017 1:18:50 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 29, 2017 | Yoav Gonen and Shawn Cohen
    Every inmate who leaves a Big Apple jail after serving a sentence will have a job waiting for him or her, under a new city-funded initiative, Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday. When asked why ex-convicts were being guaranteed work over unemployed residents who haven’t broken the law — including city high-school and college graduates — Hizzoner insisted the initiative, which will cost taxpayers $10 million a year, is a “smart investment for everyone.”
  • DOC memo: We're no longer calling inmates "prisoners", "convicts" or "offenders"

    11/04/2016 10:18:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    komonews.com ^ | Nov. 3, 2016 | Pete Combs
    They were once prisoners, inmates or offenders. Now, the nearly 19,000 residents of Washington’s 12 state prisons will be referred to another way. Those serving time in prison will no longer be referred to as “offenders” or “convicts,” according to a memo from the leader of the Department of Corrections. If they’re in a class behind bars, they’ll be called “students.” If they’re in the prison infirmary, they’ll be called “patients.” And, spokesman Jeremy Barclay said, if no other moniker applies, they’ll be called “incarcerated persons.” “Secretary of Corrections Richard Morgan has put out a memo to staff requesting...
  • UK prisons: Staff afraid to stand up to jihadis for fear of being labeled “racist”

    08/22/2016 11:25:15 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 4 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | AUGUST 22, 2016 | CHRISTINE WILLIAMS
    Wardens in prisons in the UK (and throughout the West) are failing “to stop jihadi poison spreading in jails: Staff face being labelled racist if they stand up to hate preachers.” Calling out jihadist doctrine renders one a so-called “islamophobe,” and this label — intended to browbeat the infidel — must be fully resisted. UK prisons today show why: this label is enabling jihad activity. In America, it’s no different, as federal prisons are described by experts as “breeding grounds” for terrorists. The implications are severe…. “Prisons have long been criticized for a culture that can make some inmates more...
  • Ex-Cons and Federal Employment (Obama all for federal job applicants with criminal records)

    05/03/2016 5:49:55 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    FedSmith.com ^ | 5/1/2016 | Ralph Smith
    Federal human resources (HR) offices (or the current designation for the organization in your agency that hires new employees and performs other traditional human resources functions) are likely have a new task facing them in the near future.President Kennedy rallied an army of young people to federal government service and then put them to work. The administration succeeded in attracting many young people into the ranks of federal employees. By 1975, more than 20% of the federal workforce was under 30.The Obama campaign, channeling the Kennedy mystique, promised to “make government cool again“. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said, “Obama wants...
  • Indonesia plans prison island guarded by crocodiles for drug convicts

    11/10/2015 7:28:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | November 9, 2015
    Indonesia's anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison on an island guarded by crocodiles to hold death row drug convicts, an official said on Monday, an idea that would not be out of place in a James Bond film. The proposal is the pet project of anti-drugs chief Budi Waseso, who plans to visit various parts of the archipelago in his search for fierce reptiles to guard the jail. "We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile," he was quoted as saying by local news website Tempo.
  • Cowboys owner backs Hardy after photos of his alleged victim surface

    11/07/2015 9:46:14 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 39 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 7, 2015 | staff
    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones backed defensive lineman Greg Hardy on Friday after photos of Hardy’s bruised ex-girlfriend from a domestic violence incident surfaced on the sports-oriented website Deadspin. *snip* "We do not condone domestic violence," Jones said. "We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism."
  • Feds Send Man to Jail for Overfishing as 6,000 Drug Convicts are Freed

    11/02/2015 5:51:59 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | NOVEMBER 02, 2015
    These are embarrassing times for the nation's criminal justice system; as the Obama administration executes the nation's largest mass release of federal prisoners, it's sending a Long Island fisherman to jail for reeling in too many... Back in 2010 resident Obama signed a measure that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claimed discriminated against poor and minority offenders. This severely weakened a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s. As part of the movement the U.S. Sentencing Commission lowered maximum sentences for drug offenders and made...
  • Justice Department to release 6,000 inmates from federal prisons beginning Oct. 30

    10/07/2015 12:01:29 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/7/2015
    The Justice Department will release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons beginning at the end of the month as part of new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes established last year, a federal law enforcement official confirmed Tuesday to Fox News. The new drug sentencing guidelines from U.S. Sentencing Commission, which are intended to reduce penalties on certain nonviolent drug offenders, also applies to any future offenders. The U.S. Sentencing Commission decided in July 2014 that close to 50,000 federal inmates locked up on drug charges would be eligible for reduced sentences. The new sentencing guidelines took effect on Nov. 1,...
  • American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release

    10/07/2015 6:49:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 07 Oct 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release October 30 will see 6,000 drug dealers freed from American jails as the country struggles to cope with the world's largest prison population By Harriet Alexander, New York 07 Oct 2015 Six thousand drug traffickers are to be freed from American prisons at the end of this month, in the country's largest-ever mass release of prisoners. The men and women will be freed as part of a plan to reduce overcrowding. America is the world's biggest jailer, and a quarter of the whole world's prison population is in the...
  • Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release

    10/06/2015 3:18:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's National Security ^ | October 6, 2015 | Sari Horwitz
    The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades. The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Most of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release. The early release follows action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission — an independent agency that sets sentencing policies...
  • Whole Foods to stop selling products made by inmates

    10/01/2015 4:42:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 58 replies
    Whole Foods will stop selling products made using a prison labor program after a protest at one of its stores in Texas. The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia, trout and goat cheese produced through a Colorado inmate program at some stores since at least 2011. Michael Silverman, a Whole Foods spokesman, said the company had sourced the products because the program was a way to "help people get back on their feet and eventually become contributing members of society."
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Shockingly Gruesome Revelations on Deadly California Prison Riot: ‘It Just Blows My Mind’

    07/11/2015 7:28:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 7/10/2015 | Jason Howerton
    Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell. Details of the gruesome May killing at the medium-security California State Prison, Solano, are laid out in an autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request.
  • Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts

    05/12/2014 8:16:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics detailing all of the criminal convictions of the more than 36,000 immigrants released from custody last year. The numbers show that the criminals released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had amassed more than 15,000 drunken-driving convictions, 1,317 domestic violence convictions, 727 sex crimes convictions and even four that the statistics listed as “treason, sabotage.” The immigrants were in deportation proceedings, meaning ICE was trying to remove them from the country and could have held them in detention, but released them anyway,
  • Judge says ex-cons under supervision have the right to vote (Alameda County CA)

    05/07/2014 8:47:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 7, 2014 3:09 pm | Paige St. John
    An Alameda County judge has ruled that Secretary of State Debra Bowen erred when she told California election officials to forbid some 42,000 former prisoners and other felons from registering to vote. Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo’s decision Wednesday likely comes too late to permit former state inmates and others put under community supervision because of the state’s prison overcrowding to register in time to vote in the state’s primary elections. […] The case centers on Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision in 2011 to make room in the state’s crowded prisons by creating new classes of offenders—low-level felons who serve their...
  • Certain Prisoners to Get Health Coverage Under ObamaCare

    10/16/2013 6:49:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 08, 2013 | William La Jeunesse
    Certain prisoners to get health coverage under ObamaCare Prisons could relocate medical costs to the federal government LOS ANGELES — Soon certain prisoners who need medical treatment could get it through Obamacare. Watch the video (go to link) for more information.
  • Companies Sued For Trying To Avoid Hiring Convicts

    06/12/2013 5:28:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Editorial
    In 1963, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King said it was his hope that black Americans would no longer be judged on their color of their skin, but on the content of their character. Fifty years later, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says King got it wrong. The EEOC launched two lawsuits against private companies this week over their use of criminal background checks, claiming that in rejecting applicants with proven criminal records, they somehow discriminated against minorities under a disparate impact clause in their guidelines. Aside from the inherent and insulting racism in that presumption...
  • NAACP Seeks UN Investigation of US Election Laws

    10/01/2012 9:04:45 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) demanded that the United Nations launch an investigation into the United States “racially discriminatory election laws.” At issue is the loss of voting rights for convicted felons. “This is unfair because minorities are disproportionately affected,” Lorraine Miller, Chairperson of the NAACP national board’s advocacy and policy committee complained. “Just because a person is a criminal doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a voice in government.” “A democracy must reflect the views of all the people—honest and dishonest alike—if it is to be truly representative,” Miller argued. “Disenfranchising a segment of the...
  • California convicts brawl in Oklahoma prison (California 'Exporting' It's 'Finest' To You!)

    10/13/2011 8:53:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/13/11 | Henry K. Lee
    SAYRE, OKLA. -- A brawl among California inmates housed in a prison in Oklahoma because of overcrowded lockups back home resulted in 46 injuries, authorities said Wednesday. The fighting broke out Tuesday at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, Okla., about 130 miles west of Oklahoma City. The prison holds 2,381 inmates, all from California, .. Inmates were involved in fights at various locations throughout the 2,500-bed, medium-security prison, .. Jackson said 46 inmates were hurt, 30 of whom were treated at the prison. Sixteen were taken to hospitals, three in critical condition. The injuries ranged from "normal scratches...