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  • Court says prisons can’t throw away key for young murderers

    05/26/2016 5:59:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/26/16 | Bob Egelko
    Ruling in the case of a Richmond teenager serving 50 years to life for a 2011 killing, the California Supreme Court said Thursday that youths serving potential life terms for murder are entitled to parole hearings within 25 years under a new state law. The court also ruled 6-1 that the teenager, Tyris Franklin, should have another hearing before his trial judge in Contra Costa County to allow witnesses to describe his mental state, lack of maturity and other factors that might have contributed to the crime. That evidence wasn’t allowed at Franklin’s sentencing hearing, because the 50-to-life term was...
  • Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report

    04/06/2016 7:06:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A study published by the University of Michigan claims that the state's decision to hire a nonunion contractor to run prison cafeterias led to gangs. But the report’s methodology allowed a labor union critical of privatization to hand-pick which prison guards participated in focus groups that the author used as a foundation for his report. According to the report, "The Michigan Corrections Officers recruited participants, arranged interview locations, and reimbursed participants for travel." Roland Zullo wrote the publication for the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy at the University of Michigan. It concluded that the contractor's employees...
  • Norway Has Some Luxury Prisons that are Better than Most American Hotels

    03/16/2016 8:36:42 AM PDT · by pinochet · 28 replies
    In the name of the secular humanist religion of "human rights", some prisons in Norway have facilities that are better than most American hotels. The opinions of crime victims do not matter. There is something fundamentally wrong in sending criminals to luxury resorts, which should instead be set aside to reward people who do good work in local communities. From the BBC Website: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35813470 "Two Norwegian institutions vie for the title of the world's "nicest" or "most humane" prison. Inmates on the prison island of Bastoey, south of Oslo, are free to walk around in a village-style setting, tending to...
  • Islam Conversion in U.S. Prisons

    11/29/2015 2:16:09 PM PST · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 33 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | December, 2010 | J. Michael Waller
    In addition to immigration, the state, federal and local prisons of the United States may be a contributor to the growth of Islam in the United States. J. Michael Waller claims that Muslim inmates comprise 17-20% of the prison population in New York, or roughly 350,000 inmates in 2003. He also claims that 80% of the prisoners who "find faith" while in prison convert to Islam.[1] These converted inmates are mostly African American, with a small but growing Hispanic minority.[2] Waller also asserts that many converts are radicalized by outside Islamist groups linked to terrorism, but other experts suggest that...
  • Thanksgiving is a Time for Caring, for the Children of the Incarcerated

    11/26/2015 8:08:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2015 | Timothy Head
    The Thanksgiving season is upon us, and as most Americans look forward to spending this special time of year with family and friends, many other Americans, including 2.7 million children, are forced to spend the holidays without their mother and/or father, through no fault of their own. In all too many homes, there will be an empty seat at the Thanksgiving table. The U.S. criminal justice system incarcerates more citizens than any other country in the world including, incredibly, those with authoritarian (or worse) governments. That makes it impossible to ignore the high cost we pay as a society for...
  • Islamist extremists extorting 'infidel tax' from fellow prisoners in some British jails

    11/01/2015 4:57:49 PM PST · by dead · 20 replies
    Daily Miail ^ | 11/1/15
    Inmates in category A prisons claim Islamists threatened and bullied them Extremists told non-Muslim prisoners to pay jizya as a protection tax Some prisoners said they had to ask friends and family outside prison to transfer money to pay the tax Non-Muslim inmates in several of Britain's category A prisons are being forced to pay a 'protection tax' to radical Muslim prisoners out of fear of facing violence. The 'tax', known as 'jizya', was found to be enforced by some Islamist extremist prisoners in four of Britain's largest prisons. The investigation suggests that religious extremists in prison are using...
  • Obama: Too many folks in our prisons

    10/31/2015 10:11:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 93 replies
    investors.com ^ | Oct. 31, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Obama's weekly remarks Hi, everybody. Today, there are 2.2 million people behind bars in America and millions more on parole or probation. Every year, we spend $80 billion in taxpayer dollars to keep people incarcerated. Many are non-violent offenders serving unnecessarily long sentences. I believe we can disrupt the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails. I believe we can address the disparities in the application of criminal justice, from arrest rates to sentencing to incarceration. And I believe we can help those who have served their time and earned a second chance get the support they need to...
  • California prisons break ground with sex-reassignment policy

    10/23/2015 1:29:34 PM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    MSN News ^ | October 23, 2015 | Bob Egelko
    After a historic legal settlement that will allow a California inmate to undergo sex-reassignment surgery, the state’s prisons will implement the nation’s first guidelines that would authorize surgical procedures sought by transgender inmates who are suffering from severe mental problems. The guidelines call for panels of state health professionals to review appeals for sex-reassignment surgery from inmates whose doctors say their patients are under significant distress because of a mental condition known as gender dysphoria. The inmate must have been taking hormones for at least a year and have consistently expressed a desire to change his or her biological gender...
  • After firestorm with Grassley, pork roast is back on the menu at federal prisons

    10/17/2015 4:49:18 AM PDT · by iowamark · 52 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 10/16/2015 | Lisa Rein
    WASHINGTON — After a week of controversy surrounding its abrupt removal of pork dishes from the national menu for federal inmates, the government did an about-face this week and put pork roast back on the prison bill of fare. The Bureau of Prisons disclosed the decision to The Washington Post hours after a Republican Senate leader expressed dismay at what he implied was a wasteful survey of inmates’ food preferences and a lack of transparency in the decision. “The pork industry is responsible for 547,800 jobs, which creates $22.3 billion in personal incomes and contributes $39 billion to the gross...
  • Obama: 'Much of our criminal justice system remains unfair'

    10/17/2015 10:38:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 62 replies
    investors.com ^ | Oct. 17, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Obama's weekly remarks Hi, everybody. Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America. Today, there are 2.2 million. The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Every year, we spend $80 billion to keep people locked up. Now, many of the folks in prison absolutely belong there — our streets are safer thanks to the brave police officers and dedicated prosecutors who put violent criminals behind bars. But over the last few decades, we’ve also locked up more non-violent offenders than ever before, for longer...
  • The government has decided to eliminate pork from the menu in federal prisons (Obama bans bacon)

    10/12/2015 12:02:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/09/15 | Lisa Rein
    The nation’s pork producers are in an uproar after the federal government abruptly removed bacon, pork chops, pork links, ham and all other pig products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates. The ban started with the new fiscal year last week. The Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for running 122 federal penitentiaries and feeding their inmates three meals a day, said the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences: They just don’t like the taste of pork. “Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” asked Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the...
  • Hillary tells Black Lives Matter she’ll end private prisons

    10/09/2015 2:35:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Oct. 9, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Hillary Clinton reportedly told leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday she will get rid of private prisons. The meeting with Black Lives Matter comes a day after Clinton was heckled by a protester at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala over her ties to the private prison lobby. The former first lady spoke with activists for 90 minutes in Washington, D.C., and discussed the policies she will promote in her yet-to-be-released racial justice platform. Activist Deray McKesson, who was in the meeting, said on MSNBC’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” that Clinton "did come out and say she...
  • Inmates, industry decry feds pulling pork from menus

    10/07/2015 8:24:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | Bill Hanna
    The Federal Bureau of Prisons is going whole hog in cutting pork from its menu. With this month’s start of fiscal year 2016, there will be no bacon, no pork chops, no pork roast, no pork sausage — no pork-related food at all — served to the nation’s 205,723 federal inmates, including those at FCI Fort Worth or FMC Carswell.While there have been grumblings from some inmates’ family members that the prohibition had to do with Muslim or Jewish dietary restrictions, Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said that isn’t the case.
  • 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...
  • Bias Watch: Georgetown University

    09/21/2015 11:13:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 19, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Occasionally, students actually notice when they are in a biased course. “I felt a certain idealistic giddiness upon enrolling in ‘Prisons & Punishment,’ a government course introduced during my senior year of college,” Danny Funt writes in the September/October issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. “It was exciting to attach a resonant cause to academic inquiry, and about 95 percent of my classmates—Republican and Democrat—identified as supporters of criminal justice reform.” “Our professor had a childhood friend who was wrongfully imprisoned for murdering his parents and then exonerated 17 years later. ‘This will be the most important course you take...
  • In California, orange really is the new black...

    07/16/2015 4:04:48 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    American Irony ^ | 7-16-15 | The Looking Spoon
    There’s an overcrowding problem with both. This is by no means unsolvable. The amount of money in California that gets wasted and squandered on meaningless garbage is astonishing. This is the kind of crap that goes on in states totally owned by Democrats. Oh yeah...psst, there are only 21 jumpsuits... Maybe prisoner number 22 in a metaphorical sense is the viewer, for still living golden moldin' state.
  • Our Crazy Treatment of the Mentally Ill

    05/21/2015 2:47:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    A Bronx man died in police custody last week after police responded to a 911 call. An Iraq combat veteran in El Paso, Texas, serving a two-day DWI sentence died after being subdued by guards. A woman died after being Tasered by sheriff's deputies in a Fairfax, Va., cell. What they had in common, besides expiring abruptly while in the hands of law enforcement officers, is mental illness. Denis Reyes was afflicted by bipolar disorder. James Brown reported being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Natasha McKenna had a history of schizophrenia. We used to warehouse the mentally ill in overcrowded,...
  • Controversial Imam Hired by DOJ Bureau of Prisons SATIRE

    03/08/2015 10:02:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 March 2015 | John Semmens
    Fouad El Bayly, an Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be killed, has been hired by the Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons to teach classes and provide leadership and guidance to Muslims who are in federal prison. Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, Jr. sees no problem with hiring El Bayly, “as I understand it, Hirsi Ali is an apostate. Under the tenets of Islam she should be put to death. That El Bayly has said so merely demonstrates his bonafides as a genuine Muslim scholar. If anything, this should vindicate our...
  • Will one man keep Americans locked up in prison?

    03/04/2015 3:59:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | Sally Kohn
    A phenomenal thing has happened in Washington: Progressive advocates and conservative forces have united around legislative action supported by the strong majority of the American people. Groups as disparate as the Center for American Progress and ACLU on the left and the Koch Brothers on the right; Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker; and over two-thirds of the American people all support major overhauls to America's criminal justice system. (SNIP) Yet it would appear Grassley just doesn't wanna change the rules. Grassley is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Simply put, given the generally powerful position...
  • States fear drug drones flying into jails (Germany)

    02/06/2015 11:31:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Feb 2015 10:42 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Twice authorities have intercepted drones being used to deliver contraband into prisons, leaving German states planning new ways of keeping criminal activity away from criminals. But is the law behind the curve on this new technology? The justice ministry in Lower Saxony said that in future it might deploy so-called “drone-trackers”—devices equipped with infrared, night vision and sometimes even radar—at prisons. “We’re aware of this problem and are keeping an eye on it,” said Lower Saxony justice minister Antje Niewisch-Lennartz. Drones have only recently appeared on governments’ radars. At the end of January, a drone carrying a package containing a...
  • DOJ Banning Smoking in Federal Prisons

    12/06/2014 5:35:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 5, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Justice Department (DOJ) is banning smoking and all tobacco products in federal prisons, according to a final regulation to be published Monday.All federal prison inmates will be prohibited from smoking, unless they receive a religious exemption. Staff will also still be able to smoke in designated areas. The government said they are moving forward with the regulation, which goes into effect in 30 days, out of concerns of the health of their inmates.The rule will affect the estimated 80 percent of prison inmates that smoke.“The revised regulations generally prohibit smoking in and on the grounds of Bureau institutions and...
  • Fewer Prisoners, Fewer Workers – Higher Prison Costs

    12/02/2014 12:29:18 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/1/2014 | James Hohman
    Crime in Michigan is falling. The rates of both violent crime and property crime are at long-term lows. Yet this has not translated into state budget savings. The $2 billion Department of Corrections budget has barely budged despite the fact that the prison population has fallen 15.6 percent from 2006 to 2015 – which ought to mean lower costs. With fewer prisoners, there are also fewer corrections officers. The number of full-time equated positions in the department was reduced from 17,782 FTEs in fiscal year 2007 to 14,179 FTEs budgeted for FY 2015. But higher prison worker employment costs and...
  • AP NewsBreak: Prisons agree to end race policy (California)

    10/22/2014 8:29:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2014 10:02 PM EDT | Don Thompson
    California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence. […] Instead, officers can lock down every inmate in an affected area, or individual inmates suspected of being involved in the incident or the gangs that were involved. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also agreed to provide inmates with opportunities for outdoor exercise any time a lockdown lasts longer than 14 days. …
  • Number of Federal Prisoners Declines for First Time Since 1980

    10/14/2014 2:12:31 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 17 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10+14-14 | Jasabet Munoz
    Number of Federal Prisoners Declines for First Time Since 1980 Jasabet Munoz | October 14, 2014 | Add a comment In September, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released their annual report on the prison population of the United States. In 2013 an estimated 1,574,700 prisoners were held under the legal authority of state and federal correctional officials–a figure that excludes the population of local jails. This is an increase in over 4,000 offenders from 2012. However, while the number of people in prisons increased, for the first time since 1980 the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) imprisoned fewer inmates at...
  • Why U.S. blacks are easy targets for radicalization

    09/29/2014 6:51:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
    Extremist Muslims are recruiting willing American blacks for violent jihad against their own fellow citizens. Fired food plant employee, Alton Nolen, a black Muslim, beheaded Colleen Hufford and stabbed another woman last week in Moore, Oklahoma, before he was shot and wounded by the company’s chief operating officer. Nolan reportedly attended a mosque headed by Suhaib Webb, an imam with ties to former al-Qaida mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Webb had been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. Amazingly, Webb is head of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev....
  • Oklahoma Beheading: Have Our Prisons Become Jihad Factories?

    09/26/2014 9:16:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/26/2014 | Roger Simon
    We don’t know details yet of the murder of a woman [1] at Vaughan Foods — an Oklahoma distribution center — by a co-worker, but we do know that it was a beheading and we do know the alleged suspect — Alton Nolen, 30 — was a new convert to Islam.We also know that other workers at Vaughan say the suspect had tried to convert them to that religion.Some MSM outlets are emphasizing that the suspect was recently fired (it’s workplace violence, doncha know?), but the number of firings that lead to revenge beheadings is minuscule. In fact, I...
  • O.J. Simpson converting to Islam in prison

    08/29/2014 6:42:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 84 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | unknown
    O.J. Simpson is set to convert to Islam. The former American footballer and movie star has been imprisoned in Nevada since 2008 on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Las Vegas in which sports memorabilia was taken. After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed last and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has embraced the religion in a bid to change his life.
  • Shrinking Prisons

    Few U.S. institutions resemble today's prison system. Most Americans have little-to-no exposure to this quiet behemoth which has quadrupled its population since the 1980's, but for those who are exposed, the effects are dramatic. The system is wrecking families, hurting individuals, and costing our nation billions of dollars. We've seen some promising developments in the last year, but more Americans need to open our eyes to the dangerous path we've been headed down and push for continued reforms. I've lived several years of my life in a small Midwest farming town that owes much of its continued existence to our...
  • Would I.C.E. Free Scott Peterson?

    05/20/2014 10:22:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Hank Adler
    If convicted wife murderer Scott Peterson was a citizen of Lithuania, subject to deportation to Lithuania and Lithuania refused to take him, would U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)believe that the law requires that Scott Peterson be released from prison? "In March 2003, the Homeland Security Act set into motion what would be the single-largest government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense. One of the agencies in the new Department of Homeland Security was the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, now known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. ICE was granted a unique combination...
  • If Lethal Injection Is Torture, Who's Responsible?

    05/02/2014 11:31:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    News reports this week were filled with lamentations from death penalty opponents about the messy and unnecessarily painful execution of Oklahoma's Clayton Lockett. As Andrew Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, Oklahoma corrections officials "were using an untested mix of lethal drugs, never previously used in that dosage combination, obtained through secret means, which precluded the possibility of oversight from attorneys or medical officials on the quality of the drugs. They were warned by medical experts, and asked by defense attorneys, to open up the process to review -- by the courts, by doctors, by some members of the public. Yet...
  • Obama Finds His Clemency Pen (Everyone Should Know The Real Reason)

    04/30/2014 10:41:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    As an Illinois legislator, a U.S. senator and a presidential candidate, Barack Obama repeatedly criticized our excessively punitive criminal justice system. But after he was elected to the White House in 2008, the Obama who worried about nonviolent offenders serving outrageously long prison terms seemed to disappear, replaced by a president with one of the weakest clemency records in U.S. history. Once he had the unilateral power to free people who do not belong in prison, Obama showed almost no interest in exercising it, shortening just one sentence during his first term. But judging from clemency criteria unveiled by the...
  • The Prison-Industrial Complex

    02/13/2014 6:39:45 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 19 replies
    NRO ^ | 13 Feb 2014 | Conrad Black
    The recent commutation by President Obama of eight lengthy individual sentences for drug abuse is a tiny but significant gesture, as America’s long indulgence, spiked intermittently into passionate support, for draconian hypocrisy in its failed War on Drugs yields grudgingly to the forces of reason and decency. This follows the reduction in the disparity of sentences for crack as opposed to powder cocaine from 100 to one to 18 to one. There are a number of reasons for this change, but the principal one, apart from the absurd starting imbalance, is that the cocaine-using middle-class and university white people are...
  • Obama's Afghanistan Mess

    01/03/2014 4:50:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Michelle Malkins
    Is President Obama sleeping well on his Hawaiian holiday? I can think of many families of American soldiers who might not be enjoying the same bliss right now. That's because 2014 opens with alarming news that the Afghan government will free an estimated 650 prisoners from a Bagram detention facility -- including scores involved in deadly attacks on our men and women in uniform. The White House handed over control of the jihadi-clogged prison to the Afghan government last spring. Some 3,000 notorious Taliban and al Qaeda killers call the jail home. Surprise, surprise: After the Obama administration supposedly secured...
  • Jonathan Alter: Let’s Honor Mandela by Releasing Hundreds of Thousands of Criminals from Prison

    12/06/2013 11:54:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 6, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    Another leftist lets the mask slip. Jonathan Alter believes that violent criminals imprisoned for their crimes are political prisoners. He and Al Sharpton talked to themselves on MSNBC today. Sharpton asked Alter what America might learn from the example of Nelson Mandela. Reasonable answers to this question include but are not limited to: Don’t abuse political power to punish your enemies; don’t hold on to political power forever; choose your wife or husband a bit more carefully; don’t seek to divide when unity serves the nation better. Alter wants America to learn a different lesson. None of the above. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Alter...
  • Florida Graves Reveal Reform School Horrors, Recall Witnesses and Families

    09/06/2013 1:41:34 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    ABC ^ | Sept. 06, 2013 | Susan Donaldson James
    Robert Straley was 13 when he entered the Florida School for Boys in the early 1960s for running away from home. The 1,400-acre grounds in the city of Marianna looked like heaven compared to his troubled home, he said, but on his first day, he was beaten bloody 35 times with a three-foot leather whip with a sheet metal insert. "These were not spankings -- they were floggings," said Straley, 66 and now living in Clearwater, Fla. "It looked like a college campus, not a reform school," he said. "There were no fences, the cottages were surrounded by trimmed hedges...
  • Robber Who Got Out Of Prison Early Allegedly Went On A Killing Spree In Nebraska

    09/06/2013 9:10:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sept 5, 2013 | Erin Fuchs
    A convicted robber in Nebraska allegedly shot four people in the head weeks after finishing a decade-long prison stint that began when he was a teenager.... . . . Jenkins' early release obviously calls into question the wisdom of "good-time" credit. It also calls into question the notion that prison has any power at all to rehabilitate criminals. Jenkins got locked up as a relatively young teenager and apparently just got more violent. The murder of 33-year-old Andrew Kruger is particularly horrifying. Kruger, a wife and mother of three, was on her way home from work right before she...
  • Sheriff Joe to California Governor: Don't Release 10,000 Inmates...Put Them in 'Tent City'

    08/09/2013 8:38:39 PM PDT · by montag813 · 21 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 08-10-2013 | John Hill
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio - reacting to reports that California will likely be compelled to release thousands of dangerous inmates due to lack of prison space  - sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown offering his expertise - and is urging Brown to come visit Joe's 'Tent City' for a solution to the Golden State's prison problem. In June, a lower court ordered California to release about 10,000 inmates — nearly 8 percent of all state prisoners — by the end of the year to to "reduce overcrowding". Gov. Jerry Brown last month asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay the...
  • Why Fighting Crime in the U.S. Costs More than the Iraq War

    08/05/2013 11:58:56 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 4 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 8-5-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    --"For the safety of the people is the supreme law" -Cicero Research indicates Crime equal to cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq plus American military aid to Pakistan from 2001 to 2011 NEW YORK (MainStreet)—This admonition is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Yet, some in America believe safety can be accomplished on the cheap. They do so because they neglect to consider the true cost of crime. The public safety, as well as the public treasury and private fortune may suffer because of their plans. But as recent research indicates, it...
  • Killers for Human Rights

    08/04/2013 9:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Before you join Jay Leno and Susan Sarandon and sign an open letter to Gov. Jerry Brown to protest "solitary confinement" in California prisons' security housing units, there are a few things you should know. Start with the criminal records of the leaders of the Short Corridor Collective -- the four inmates who, despite their "extreme isolation," orchestrated a hunger strike with more than 30,000 inmate participants July 8. While serving time for burglary in Folsom State Prison, hunger strike leader Todd Ashker stabbed a fellow inmate to death in 1987. During his murder trial, a fellow inmate and fellow...
  • Would Releasing Murderers From Prison Early Help the Economy?

    07/31/2013 9:10:44 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 17 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 7-31-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    "A thug in prison cannot shoot your sister" --Ben Wattenberg NEW YORK (MainStreet)—When Lenin Peace Prize recipient Angela Davis is in accord with former Ron Paul staffer Gary North, is it not logical to think that soon the sun might explode? Currently, there is no sign of the apocalypse, even though...
  • A Guantanamo Policy That Is Hard to Stomach

    07/07/2013 7:12:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    The Pentagon has wonderful news for the inmates at Guantanamo who are refusing to eat: It will not infringe on their religious beliefs by force-feeding them during the daylight hours of the upcoming holy month. Their right to decline food will be scrupulously respected until nightfall. "We understand that observing the daytime fast and taking nothing by mouth or vein is an essential component of Muslim observance of Ramadan," a prison spokesman said. "And for those detainees on hunger strike we will ensure that our preservation of life through enteral feeding does not violate the tenets of their faith." Come...
  • Federal Indictment: Gangsters Trade Sex For Favors From Guards In Baltimore Jail

    04/24/2013 5:16:26 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/24/13 | Friends of Ours
    Apparently some female officers were unable to resist the animal magnetism of their imprisoned wards within a Baltimore city jail. A "federal grand jury indicted 25 people -- including 13 state correctional officers -- on accusations that they conspired to run operations of the Black Guerilla Family gang inside correctional facilities," and U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said "correctional officers were in bed with BGF inmates, in violation of the first principle of prison management" as reported by WBAL. Reputed BGF leader Tavon White apparently admitted over a wiretapped cellphone that "I make every final call in this jail," and while...
  • Hoosier Daddy

    03/18/2013 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Over the course of the last twenty years, I have taught hundreds of cases highlighting constitutional violations in criminal investigations and adjudications. Some of the cases are so outrageous that it is hard to believe they actually happened in America. Until recently, I considered the 1964 juvenile adjudication of Gerald Gault to be unparalleled as a mockery of due process. Gault was accused by a neighbor, Ora Cook, of making a lewd phone call that would have been punishable by a maximum of two months in jail and a fifty dollar fine had Gault been an adult. But he was...
  • Immigrants Are Big Business for Private Prisons

    02/16/2013 7:56:22 AM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 2012 | Fox News
    The country's largest prison companies are generating huge profits as the U.S. locks up more undocumented immigrants than ever, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses are spending tens of millions on lobbying and political campaigns. The cost to American taxpayers is on track to top $2 billion for this year, and the companies are expecting their biggest cut of that yet in the next few years thanks to government plans for new facilities to house the 400,000 immigrants detained annually. After a decade of expansion, the sprawling, private system runs detention centers everywhere from a Denver suburb to...
  • Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

    02/11/2013 3:22:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | David R. Rusher
    Missouri House Bill 402 is a major step forward reducing gun violence, domestic violence, and other forms of serious violence. For decades, federal and state policy attempting to impact these growing problems failed because the policies were pointed in the wrong direction. Substance abuse in the family is the leading factor and primary driver of many kinds of gun-related crimes, domestic violence, and other offenses. Substance abuse is tightly bound to domestic violence. Three-quarters of serious domestic violence is associated with substance abuse at the time of violence (Fig 3). This statistic does not include substance abusers who were...
  • Barack the Unmerciful: Obama's Amazingly Stingy Clemency Record

    01/09/2013 7:08:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Will Barack Obama go down in history as our least merciful president? With less than two weeks to go in his first term, this reputedly progressive and enlightened man has a strong shot at winning that dubious distinction. December, a traditional season for presidential clemency, has come and gone, and still Obama has granted just one commutation (which shortens a prisoner's sentence) and 22 pardons (which clear people's records, typically after they've completed their sentences). Barring a last-minute flurry of clemency actions, his first-term record looks weaker than those of all but a few previous presidents. Which of Obama's predecessors...
  • The Region: Egypt kicks sand in Obama’s face (and Islamist Morsy says his son could be POTUS!)

    09/03/2012 9:43:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 2, 2012 | BARRY RUBIN
    Indeed, at the precise moment Panetta was meeting Morsy, the new president was releasing Islamist terrorists from Egyptian prisons. These include terrorists from Islamic Jihad, which is part of the al-Qaida coalition! How do you square that one, secretary Panetta? And finally, Morsy pointed out to Panetta that his own son was born in California, when the future Egyptian president was studying there. His son, Morsy pointed out, could be the president of the United States one day. This is all you need to know: The US government asked its good buddy Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy to inspect an Iranian...
  • California says it can't reduce inmate total

    08/19/2012 12:55:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2012 | Bob Egelko
    California officials, under U.S. Supreme Court orders to lower the population of its crowded prisons by 33,000 to bring a shoddy health care system up to constitutional standards, say they can't comply and shouldn't have to. In a filing late Friday with a three-judge federal panel in San Francisco, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it can provide adequate medical care at higher population levels - about 6,000 higher - than the Supreme Court required in its May 2011 ruling. Department officials rejected the three-judge court's suggestion that the state could comply with the population standards by releasing...
  • Report finds black gay males in US worst hit by HIV-AIDS

    07/18/2012 4:23:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    AFP ^ | July 18, 2012 | Robert MacPherson
    HIV-AIDS is affecting black gay men in the United States on a scale unseen among any other group in the developed world, said a report issued Wednesday ahead of the International AIDS Conference. So grave is the crisis that in some US cities, one in two black men who have sex with other men are HIV positive, according to the report from the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV-AIDS think tank focusing on African Americans. "AIDS in America is a black disease, no matter how you look at it," its president and chief executive Phill Wilson, who is himself...
  • Reuters Report Erroneously Claims That 'Most' Prisoners in the U.S. Are Black

    On Tuesday, Tom Brown at Reuters (HT CounterContempt.com aka "Republican Party Animals") wrote about the case of Quartavious Davis, a 20 year-old sentenced to life (and then some) after being "convicted of participating in a string of armed robberies in the Miami area in 2010." In the process, Brown, whose column title was inadvertently humorous ("Insight: Florida man sees 'cruel' face of U.S. justice"), demonstrated his lack of knowledge and failure to confirm through research by asserting that "United States ... prisons house fully one-quarter of all the prisoners in the world, most of them black." As David Stein at...