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  • Caller: Will Obamacare impact prison overcrowding?

    11/26/2009 8:20:34 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 1,210+ views
    NPR On point ^ | November 23rd
    Caller: Thank you for taking my call. I'm pondering the unemployment numbers and this healthcare bill with the mandate. I'm wondering if this will exacerbate the prison overpopulation problem? Tom Ashbrook: What do you mean? Caller: If there's over 10 percent unemployment, I don't think American prisons handle that many people can they? Host: Will people have to steal to pay their healthcare? What are you saying? Caller: If they fail to meet the mandate they get thrown in prison. Host: He's only half facetious, I think. This will be a real requirement. What happens if people can't or don't...
  • Bristol Sheriff Still wants Inmates to Pay ( Rent,haircuts,medical visits etc.)

    11/02/2009 5:03:27 PM PST · by kellynla · 6 replies · 443+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 1, 2009 | staff
    Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s controversial program to charge inmates for rent, haircuts, medical visits and high school equivalency tests raised $750,000, but outraged inmate advocates who said the fees violated their constitutional rights and amounted to an unlawful tax. Five years after a judge struck down the program - ruling that county sheriffs do not have the authority to charge such fees - Hodgson is reviving the proposal. The state’s highest court will hear arguments in Hodgson’s appeal today. When he initially imposed the fees in 2002, Hodgson said he believed they could help teach inmates to accept responsibility...
  • From Guantanamo Bay to Standish Max

    10/21/2009 7:34:29 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 207+ views
    And So it Goes in Shreveport ^ | 10/21/09 | Pat Austin
    ...Earlier this summer it was announced that Standish Max would close as part of a reorganization by the Michigan Department of Corrections. This would result in a loss of jobs for about 350 people. But questions are being asked as to whether bringing Gitmo detainees there is the best way to offset this economic quagmire. Many of the locals have safety concerns...Gordon Cuclullu and his terrorism expert looked at the security issues and found some points of concern: Under normal circumstances this would be a proper maximum security facility. Designed effectively to keep prisoners in, not focused on potential outside...
  • Pricey TVs for sex offenders fall flat: Pawlenty pulls the plug

    10/21/2009 4:45:44 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies · 1,124+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/21/09 | MIKE KASZUBA and RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER
    Officials at the Moose Lake Sex Offenders Program began unbolting the two dozen 50-inch plasma television sets at the center on Tuesday, just hours after Gov. Tim Pawlenty called the purchase "boneheaded" and ordered a search to find out who made the decision. The TVs, costing $1,576 apiece with $706 mounting brackets, were ordered last October and installed at the new $45 million treatment center when it opened in July. State officials said the televisions, which were mounted in common areas, made it easier to supervise patients at the 400-bed facility. But when Pawlenty learned of the purchase in a...
  • Detainees Face Severe Conditions if Moved to U.S.

    10/03/2009 6:00:29 PM PDT · by Saije · 18 replies · 1,324+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/3/2009 | Peter Finn
    For up to four hours a day, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, can sit outside in the Caribbean sun and chat through a chain-link fence with the detainee in the neighboring exercise yard at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mohammed can also use that time to visit a media room to watch movies of his choice, read newspapers and books, or play handheld electronic games. He and other detainees have access to elliptical machines and stationary bikes. At Guantanamo, such recreational activities interrupt an otherwise bleak existence, according to a Pentagon report of conditions at Camp...
  • Montana AG launches probe of jail deal (Hardin and the American Police Force )

    10/01/2009 8:41:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,691+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:45 pm | MATTHEW BROWN
    In this Friday, Sept. 24, 2009 picture, Albert Peterson with the Two Rivers Authority stands outside an empty jail that Hardin, Mont. built for $27 million. The authority wants a California security company, American Police Force, to take over the facility. Michael Hilton pitched himself to the city as a military veteran turned private sector entrepreneur - a California defense contractor with extensive government contracts who promised to turn the rural city's empty jail into a cash cow. But now a much different picture of Hilton is emerging from public documents and interviews with his associates and legal adversaries. (AP...
  • Schwarzenegger's prisons plan will fall short of judges' order

    09/18/2009 8:59:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 394+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/18/9 | Kevin Yamamura and Denny Walsh
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will file a court-mandated plan today to ease prison overcrowding that appears to defy demands by a panel of three federal judges, the latest salvo in a long-running feud between state and federal officials over California's corrections system. The federal judges last month ordered the state to reduce its prison population by 40,000 inmates over the next two years in response to lawsuits alleging that overcrowding has led to unconstitutional and inadequate levels of medical and mental health care. Schwarzenegger's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation intends to file an inmate reduction plan with the court today, but...
  • Cuba to allow religious services in prisons

    09/16/2009 8:28:34 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 4 replies · 340+ views
    (English-language translation) Havana - The Cuban authorities authorized the celebration of Evangelical services and Catholic Masses in all of the country's prisons. Cuba Council of Churches (CIC) spokesman José Aurelio Paz told AP on Tuesday that they were informed of the decision on September 10. He added that, on that day, CIC leaders met with Religious Affairs officials from the Communist Party, including [Religious Affairs] head Caridad Diego, and with prison officials. "It involved an informative meeting," Paz stated. He explained that, prior to the decision, there was "personal-level religious attention", in other words, when a prisoner or his family...
  • California Assembly Balks at Early Release of Inmates

    08/22/2009 5:45:08 AM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 710+ views ^ | August 21, 2009 | Don Thompson
    California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass plans to strip the most controversial provisions from a Senate-approved plan that would have trimmed the state's prison population by 27,000 inmates. The Assembly version would keep about 10,000 more inmates behind bars and leave the state with a new, nearly $200 million budget hole, Bass said early Friday. Bass said the new plan -- to be considered Monday -- would do away with proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow home detention with electronic monitoring for inmates with less than 12 months to serve, who are over age 60 or who are medically incapacitated....
  • State Prison System 'Collapsing Under its Own Weight,' Schwarzenegger Says

    08/19/2009 11:08:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 737+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 20, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
    In a visit to the Chino facility where inmates rioted Aug. 8, the governor complains that politicians have 'swept the problem under the rug for so long.' Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, after touring the site where a major prison riot occurred 12 days ago, said Wednesday that the state's prison system is "collapsing under its own weight" and called on lawmakers to make changes that could reduce overcrowding and spending on inmates. The governor and his corrections chief, Matt Cate, walked through the destruction at a housing unit for prisoners at the California Institution for Men in Chino, where 1,300 inmates...
  • Devastation marks scene of California prison riot

    08/12/2009 8:09:07 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 17 replies · 1,118+ views
    AP ^ | 8/12/09 | Stonewalls
    CHINO, Calif. — Blood-soaked mattresses, singed bedding and abandoned medical supplies littered the campus of a Southern California prison Tuesday, a testament to the mayhem and violence of a weekend riot that shut down part of the institution and injured about 175 inmates, some critically. Prison officials staged a tour of the devastation at the California Institution for Men in Chino to reveal the extent of the racially motivated riot that broke out Saturday evening and raged for four hours before guards could bring it under control. Seven of the eight units in the prison's Reception Center West, one of...
  • Karroubi Calls On Rafsanjani to Deal with Rape of Young Men and Women in Iranian Prisons

    08/11/2009 3:35:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 791+ views
    SNIPPET: "The following are excerpts from the letter, as published by norooznews . [1] "...The people who gave me this information hold sensitive positions in the regime... They say that all sorts of incidents are occurring in the prisons... Mr. Hashemi... Some of the detainees say that [certain] people [in the prisons] are raping girls who have been arrested, causing them vaginal tearing and injuries. They are also raping young boys, causing them depression and severe physical and emotional harm... so that [today, after their release] they hide in the corners of their homes. "In light of the gravity of...
  • Let's talk frankly about crime in America

    08/09/2009 2:36:34 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies · 1,372+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 09, 2009 | Bob Weir
    About six months ago, US Attorney General Eric Holder said America is a nation of cowards when discussing race. He said Americans are afraid to talk about race, adding that "...certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one's character." Now, the country's top law enforcement official says there are too many people in prison. Yet, in his 3000 word speech to the American Bar Association in Chicago on Monday, Holder never said a word about the overwhelmingly large disparity that exists between the percentages of crime committed by...
  • Attorney General calls spending on prisons “unsustainable”

    08/06/2009 6:17:23 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 4 replies · 418+ views
    Sean Hannity had some fun at Attorney General Eric Holder’s expense last night. On a special segment of his FOX News program, Hannity ran a video clip of Holder addressing the American Bar Association. On the tape, Holder told the ABA audience that, “spending on prisons continues to rise. This is unsustainable…” Hannity said he found it amusing that Holder represented the very same administration addicted to “unsustainable spending” on “everything from dinky airports to crab trapping.” Holder’s address touched on familiar liberal talking points — taking it as a given that society needs an “alternative” to prisons — without...
  • California told to prepare massive prisoner release

    08/04/2009 7:11:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,295+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 4, 2009
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. judges on Tuesday told California to prepare to release more than 40,000 of its 150,000 inmates to reduce overcrowding in state prisons, which suffer from massive healthcare problems. The cash-strapped state already plans to release ailing and short-term inmates for budget issues. That would clear up to 37,000 beds over two years, estimated California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate. But he said an order from federal judges would set a "dangerous precedent" and argued at a news conference that California had cleaned up prisons and hired medical professionals to fill chronic gaps...

    08/03/2009 10:17:49 AM PDT · by Tamar Rush · 38 replies · 1,377+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | August 2, 2009 | Dr. Paul l. Williams
    Jumping Jailhouse Jihad!!! 90% of U. S. Converts Are African Americans - - 60% Converted in Prison Cells by Paul L. Williams CNN reports that more than 25% of the Muslims in America are converts who have embraced Islam in the wake of 9/11.The report conveys the impression that Islam now attracts adherents from all religious, social, economic and racial backgrounds through interviews with recent converts - - both white women - - Allison Poole, formerly a Southern Baptist, and Barbara Cartokuke, a lapsed Roman Catholic. Ms. Poole claims that Islam has heightened her religious awareness since she...
  • HBO: Maher decries “profit motive” and sees conspiracies in healthcare, prisons

    07/29/2009 8:14:00 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 34 replies · 759+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 29, 2009 | David Swindle
    The healthcare and prison industries were the targets in HBO talk-show host Bill Maher’s “New Rules” segment on his Real Time program last Friday. Maher thundered how not everything should be for-profit in America: “And finally, New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit. You know, if conservatives get to call universal healthcare ’socialized medicine,’ I get to call private, for-profit healthcare ’soulless, vampire bastards making money off human pain.’
  • Hip Hype Justice?

    07/13/2009 10:36:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 398+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 13, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Hip Hype Justice? by: Brittany Fortier, July 13, 2009 The ongoing debate concerning the disproportionate presence of African-Americans and other minorities in the criminal justice system has become crucial as the United States tries to find an approach to fund its prisons in an ailing economy. Paul Butler, a former prosecutor and author of the book Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice, spoke about this issue at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on July 1, 2009. He believes the criminal justice system needs to undergo major reform. “I didn’t go to law school to put anybody...
  • Bailing Out Illegals

    07/10/2009 6:29:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 2,251+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2009
    Illegal Immigration: As California issues IOUs to its citizens, another ballot proposition may be brewing to cut off benefits that are draining the state budget. From education to welfare to crime, the cupboard is bare.California is a leader in both government debt and the sanctuary city movement. But as its citizens seek shelter from the economic storm, the question has arisen anew whether its non-citizens and the better life they want takes precedence over its citizens and the better life they are entitled to. In this mother of all recessions, it's getting harder to argue that illegal aliens are here...
  • Senate Panel OKs Funds For Jailing Illegal Immigrants (Only a fraction of the cost)

    06/27/2009 1:12:14 PM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 331+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 25, 2009 | Richard Simon
    Reporting from Washington — Congress appeared poised Thursday to continue compensating state and local governments for incarcerating illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, ignoring President Obama's call to eliminate such payments. That would spare strapped California from another hit on its budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to provide $228 million nationwide next year, acting a week after the House voted to allocate $400 million, the same as this year. Once the full Senate acts, negotiators from both chambers will meet to reconcile their differences. California, which receives about 40% of the money, still could end up with less than it...
  • Female inmate in Arizona is left in outdoor cell and dies of heat prostration.

    06/14/2009 9:23:15 PM PDT · by Osnome · 44 replies · 2,282+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 6-13-09 | associated press
    Prostitute Dies After Being Held in Scorching Outdoor Prison Cell — A prostitute doing time behind bars, Marcia Powell was temporarily moved one day last month to an outdoor holding pen with nothing but a chain-link-fence roof to shield her from the searing desert sun. She lasted less than four hours. Powell, 48, collapsed in the 108-degree heat and died at a hospital the next day, touching off a criminal investigation and bringing an abrupt end to a little-known practice in Arizona's prison system that inmate-rights activists found repellent. Donna Leone Hamm, director of the local nonprofit Middle Ground Prison...

    05/24/2009 2:50:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 1,031+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2009 | Steven Emerson
    Amid all the shocking details in the disrupted plot to bomb Bronx synagogues and fire missiles at American military aircraft, one component of the case should come as no surprise - three of the alleged culprits converted to radical Islam in prison. Radical Islamists have targeted prison populations for recruitment for years. That's where Jose Padilla, suspected of plotting to detonate a dirty bomb and convicted of conspiracy to murder people overseas and of providing material support to terrorists, converted and was radicalized. That's where a California man, Kevin James, created his own cell, called the Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS),...
  • Our Prison System vs. the Terrorists

    05/24/2009 4:41:38 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 2 replies · 402+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 23, 2009 | Colbert King
    Waterboarding, snarling dogs, sleep deprivation: international outrage. D.C. native Keith Barnes should have had it so good. His federal prison experience involved more than physical exhaustion, fear and humiliation. His ended in death. I wrote about Barnes four years ago after his murder in a Federal Bureau of Prisons penitentiary in Beaumont, Tex. ["A Witness Pays the Price in Prison," May 21, 2005; "Death Sentence, D.C. Style," May 28, 2005.] A return visit seems in order. President Obama wants to place some Guantanamo detainees in federal penitentiaries. Also, FBI Director Robert Mueller has warned that even if they are sent...
  • State Prisons Are Major Breeding Ground For Islamic Radicalization

    05/23/2009 2:43:07 PM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 566+ views ^ | Friday, May 22nd 2009, 4:00 AM | Wil Cruz, Joe Kemp and Patrice O'Shaughnessy
    The four men accused of plotting to blow up synagogues and shoot down a plane all did stretches in state prisons - a major breeding ground for Islamic radicalization. At least two of the suspects, James Cromitie and Onta Williams, entered the system as Baptists and were paroled as Muslims. The concern about prisons incubating jihadists has been heightened in the debate over releasing Guantanamo terror suspects to facilities across the U.S. FBI Director Robert Mueller has called America's prisons "fertile ground for extremists." A 2006 study called "Out of the Shadows" found "tight-knit communities of Muslims in prison are...
  • Bomb Case Raises Issue of Islam in Jails

    05/23/2009 11:52:56 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 13 replies · 701+ views
    The possibility that the alleged New York bomb plotters converted to Islam in prison and adopted radical views could provide evidence of how the criminal-justice system can be fertile ground for terrorist recruitment. Authorities said they believed all four men charged in the attack were Muslim and that some may have converted in prison. It isn't clear whether these conversions were linked to the radical views officials say they espoused while plotting to bomb two New York City synagogues and shoot down U.S. military planes... According to New York state corrections records, alleged ringleader James Cromitie and David Williams gave...
  • The Jihadi Virus in Our Jails

    05/23/2009 10:52:53 AM PDT · by dvan · 8 replies · 342+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/22/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama's speech on homeland security was 6,072 words long. Curiously, he chose not to spare an "a," "and" or "uh" on the New York City terror bust that dominated headlines the morning of his Thursday address. Did the teleprompter run out of room? After a yearlong investigation launched by the Bush administration, the feds cracked down on a ring of murder-minded black Muslim jailhouse converts preparing to bomb two Bronx synagogues and "eager to bring death to Jews." They also planned to attack a New York National Guard air base in Newburgh, N.Y., where the suspects lived and worshiped...
  • Homegrown Terror Suspects Turned Toward Radicalism in U.S. Prisons

    05/22/2009 11:51:39 AM PDT · by americanophile · 25 replies · 745+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2009 | Joseph Abrams
    The four men charged with plotting to blow up two New York synagogues and shoot down military planes converted to Islam while behind bars, a place terror experts say is a cauldron for Islamic radicalism. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were said by friends and family to have become Muslims while in prison, where they began on a path toward terrorist violence that law enforcement officials say is part of a troubling trend in America. "Prisons can play a critical role in both triggering and reinforcing the radicalization process," read a landmark 2007 report from the...
  • Obama says US prisons tough enough for detainees (Obama whines about the mess he was left with)

    05/21/2009 9:01:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 90 replies · 2,265+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/21/09 | Steven R. Hurst - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Thursday some of the terror suspects held at Guantanamo would be brought to prisons in the United States despite fierce opposition in Congress. He promised to work with lawmakers to develop a system for imprisoning detainees who can't be tried and can't be turned loose. "There are no neat or easy answers here," Obama said in a speech in which he pledged anew to "clean up the mess at Guantanamo" that he said the nation had inherited from the Bush administration. ... Obama decried arguments used against his plans. "We will be ill-served by...
  • Corrections Training Facility Breaks Ground

    05/20/2009 4:10:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 196+ views
    BAGHDAD — “All of Iraq needs to work hand-in-hand to rehabilitate its citizens and give the same opportunities to all citizens so they can have a better future,” said Iraqi Minister of Justice Dara Noor al-Din to the more than 100 attendees at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Iraqi Corrections Training Facility here, May 16. Located near Victory Base, the new Forward Operating Base dubbed “Future” is a vital part of a training academy for correction officials in charge of Iraqi citizens’ rehabilitation efforts. The FOB will eventually be dedicated as an Iraqi Ministry facility and undergo a name...
  • Now Open Cuba's Prisons

    04/16/2009 9:29:55 PM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies · 452+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 17, 2009 | WSJ
    President Obama's decision this week to ease some parts of the embargo against Cuba is being hailed as a first step toward altering a U.S. policy that has prevailed for a half-century without unseating Fidel Castro. We don't object, though it'd be nice if Mr. Obama also began speaking up against the Castro dictatorship. Mr. Obama's changes are partly a humanitarian response to Cuban hardship. They might even expose the regime's phony claim that the Yankee "bloqueo," or embargo, is the cause of Cuba's misery. But let's not expect too much. Embargo or not, Cuba will remain an island prison...
  • Bush's Torture Prisons ( Need I say "Barf Alert!" )

    04/10/2009 9:47:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 781+ views ^ | April 10, 2009 | Eugene Robinson
    WASHINGTON -- It's no longer possible to mince words, or pretend we didn't know. The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced" interrogation methods, used on "high-value" terrorism suspects, plainly constituted torture. The time for euphemisms is over and the time for accountability has arrived. The Red Cross report -- published this week in its entirety for the first time by The New York Review of Books -- is a stunning account of how the Bush administration spat on our laws, traditions and ideals. I realize that many Americans, given...
  • D.C.'s money-saving plan: Free inmates

    04/02/2009 7:01:24 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 16 replies · 672+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/2/09 | Gary Emerling
    Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to help balance the District's recession-squeezed budget by allowing as many as 80 percent of the city's inmates to qualify for early release, borrowing a tactic that has stirred controversy elsewhere in the nation. The city hopes to save $4.4 million in fiscal 2010 under the plan, which would reduce the prison population by 2 percent from its current daily average of 3,000 inmates. Current law permits sentenced inmates to earn up to five days off their sentences each month by completing specified academic and vocational programs. The new proposal would extend the program to...
  • Fighting to Keep the Jihad in Prisons

    03/26/2009 2:15:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Front Page Mag ^ | 3/26/09 | Robert Spencer
    An unlikely alliance of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian lawyers’ group that usually fiercely opposes the ACLU, along with several other groups, is contesting a proposed Bureau of Prisons rule that prohibits “materials that could incite, promote, or otherwise suggest the commission of violence or criminal activity” from being placed in prison chapel libraries. It would enable prison officials to remove from libraries books that they deem to be “advocating or fostering violence, vengeance or hatred toward particular religious, racial or ethnic groups” or advocating “the overthrow or destruction of the United States.”
  • To Cut Costs, States Relax Prison Policies

    03/24/2009 1:48:27 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 448+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2009 | Jennifer Steinhauer
    CARSON CITY, Nev. — For nearly three decades, most states have dealt with lawbreakers in two ways: lock more of them up for longer periods, and build more prisons to hold them. Now many governments, out of money and buried under mounting prison costs, are reversing many of those policies and practices. Some states, like Colorado and Kansas, are closing prisons. Others, like New Jersey, have replaced jail time with community programs or other sanctions for people who violate parole. Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill this month that enhances the credits some inmates can earn toward release. Michigan is doing...
  • State Changes Parole Rule For Illegal Immigrants

    03/04/2009 8:19:29 AM PST · by Califreak · 2 replies · 280+ views
    KTVU ^ | 3/2/09 | Unnamed
    SACRAMENTO -- California will no longer keep illegal immigrants on parole after they serve their sentences and are deported. Instead the state will leave it to the federal government to prosecute those who sneak back across the border. The parole policy change announced Monday will save the state an estimated $10 million annually and reduce the crowded prisons' population by about 1,000 inmates. About 1,600 deported parolees were caught back in California in 2007, according to the most recent statistics available. Previously, they'd be sent back to state prison for four to eight months for violating their parole. Under the...
  • No BUTTS about it....Inmate cell phone use is UP

    02/19/2009 7:57:57 PM PST · by Lizavetta · 27 replies · 890+ views
    SLO Uncovered ^ | January 31, 2009 | Daniel Blackburn
    In agony from abdominal cramps, the California Men’s Colony (CMC) inmate was bent over groaning when correctional officers discovered him, and though initially reticent, the man finally confessed to smuggling. He had a contraband cell phone and its charging unit in his rectum. Surgery was required, but that kind of solution won’t help state officials now wrestling with an exploding surge in cell phone possession by inmates of California’s state prisons. Last year alone, more than 2,800 cell phones were confiscated from inmates in the system, recipients of ever more clever methods developed to bootleg the devices into the hands...
  • (Obstructionist) Republicans try to block Guantánamo detainees from prisons in their districts

    02/17/2009 9:13:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies · 689+ views
    Guardian (Manchester, England) ^ | February 17, 2009 | Daniel Nasaw
    Party members in Congress introduce legislation seeking to prevent inmates from being held near their electorates Republicans in at least six states are seeking to block the White House from transferring Guantánamo Bay detainees to their districts, in what critics call an effort to stymie Barack Obama's efforts to close the prison. Congressional Republicans have introduced bills that would bar the government from moving any of the 250 inmates to some of the most prominent military and civilian detention centres in the US, including a "supermax" high-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado, which holds at least 16 convicted international terrorists,...
  • It's Always A Paroled Killer In Philadelphia

    02/16/2009 7:54:00 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 9 replies · 617+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | February 16, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Another cop killing by another killer parolee
  • Muslims in America, The Series, Part Two, Islam in US Prisons

    02/10/2009 7:07:37 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 11 replies · 963+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 10, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    February 10, 2009 Part Two: Islam in American Prisons By Kathy Shaidle RightSideNews Copyright © 2009 "One in 10 inmates behind bars turns to Islam." It was small story in a local newspaper called the Daily Herald out of Everett, Washington, but it spread quickly around the internet, thanks to that startling claim. The paper's February 2009 investigation declared that so-called "prison Islam" was the fastest-growing religious group in U.S. correctional facilities. Some of those worshippers claim affiliation with the Nation of Islam (NOR), a black separatist movement that was launched and promoted by two convicts, Elijah Mohammed and his...
  • Judges Back a One-Third Reduction in State Prison Population (CA)

    02/10/2009 5:22:37 AM PST · by kellynla · 47 replies · 1,130+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
    Reporting from Sacramento — A panel of three federal judges, saying overcrowding in state prisons has deprived inmates of their right to adequate healthcare, tentatively ruled Monday that the state must reduce the population in those lockups by as many as 57,000 people. The judges issued the decisionafter a trial in two long-running cases brought by inmates to protest the state of medical and mental healthcare in the prisons. Although their order is not final, U.S. District Court Judges Thelton Henderson and Lawrence Karlton and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt effectively told the state that it...
  • U.S. judges seek massive California prisoner release

    02/10/2009 3:35:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 882+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 10, 2009 | Peter Henderson
    Federal judges on Monday tentatively ordered California to release tens of thousands of inmates, up to a third of all prisoners, in the next three years to stop dangerous overcrowding. As many as 57,000 could be let go if the current population were cut by the maximum percentage considered by a three-judge panel. Judges said the move could be done without threatening public safety -- and might improve a public safety hazard. The state immediately said it would appeal the final ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trend-setting California, the Golden State, has an immense prison system responsible for nearly...
  • Prisoners get HDTV; State workers get pink slips

    01/28/2009 9:33:51 PM PST · by clyde_m · 14 replies · 500+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 29, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Here's money well spent: First Massachusetts decriminalizes pot and hash, and now they spring for flat-screen TVs for prison inmates. State employees are being laid off, the sheriffs throughout the Commonwealth are being asked to cut $1 million from their budgets, the sales tax is being ubiquitous, but 117 HDTVs costing over $76,000 are being installed in prisons for inmates in time for the Super Bowl.
  • Europe Lauds Obama Shutdown of Secret CIA Prisons

    01/22/2009 7:48:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 654+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 22, 2009
    Europe lauds Obama shutdown of secret CIA prisons By SHAWN POGATCHNIK and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writers – DUBLIN, Ireland – U.S. President Barack Obama's decision Thursday to shut secret CIA-run prisons abroad brought renewed calls for their locations to be disclosed as well a fresh denial from Poland, one of two eastern European countries most closely linked to the practice. Across Europe, governments uneasy that CIA flights had been carrying terrorism suspects through their airports and air space for years said they were relieved to be heading into a new rendition-free era. Dick Marty, the Swiss lawmaker who spearheaded...
  • Calif. prison receiver: Transfer sick inmates

    01/20/2009 1:18:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 342+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 1/20/9 | DON THOMPSON - Associated Press Writer
    SACRAMENTO -- Up to 7,000 sick California inmates must be transferred to prisons with access to better medical care, a court-appointed receiver said in a court filing Tuesday. Receiver Clark Kelso is in charge of improving inmate medical care but has become frustrated with the pace of reform. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers have so far refused to provide the $8 billion he seeks to build new medical facilities. In the court documents, he said physically and mentally ill inmates cannot get proper care at four isolated prisons in the Central Valley. Those prisons are Avenal State Prison, California State...
  • States Look to Prisons for Ways to Save Money, Including Letting Some Inmates Go

    01/10/2009 4:52:26 PM PST · by metmom · 46 replies · 888+ views ^ | Saturday, January 10, 2009 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Their budgets in crisis, governors, legislators and prison officials across the nation are making or considering policy changes that will likely remove tens of thousands of offenders from prisons and parole supervision. Collectively, the pending and proposed initiatives could add up to one of biggest shifts ever in corrections policy, putting into place cost-saving reforms that have struggled to win political support in the tough-on-crime climate of recent decades.
  • Washington mulls deporting jailed illegal aliens

    01/03/2009 3:30:51 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 727+ views
    Associated Press / Boston Globe ^ | Deember 31, 2008 | Manuel Valdes
    SEATTLE—Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire wants illegal immigrants serving time in state jails deported, a move intended to save the state more than $9 million in the next two-year budget. The deportation proposal is modeled after a program in Arizona that has saved the state more than $18.5 million since 2005, said Eldon Vail, Secretary of the state Department of Corrections. "It's not an ideal choice, if revenue was there, I'd say have them do their time," Vail said. "Is justice better served? It's a tough question to wrestle with when you don't have resources." The state faces a $5.7 billion...
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • British Prison Bans Crucifix From New Chapel to Avoid Offending Muslim Inmates

    12/15/2008 3:37:37 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 23 replies · 887+ views ^ | Monday, December 15, 2008
    A British prison has decided not to include a crucifix in the décor of its new chapel for fear of offending Muslim inmates. The ‘multi-faith space’ at HMP Lewes is divided in two sections, according to the Daily Mail. One half-features heated footbaths for Muslim worshipers; the other side, dedicated to Christian prayer, features a removable altar and a plain wooden cross – also removable. Plans to include the traditional Christian crucifix were erased from the chapel’s blueprints on the advice of a Muslim imam, the Daily Mail reported.
  • Prison bans chapel crucifix to avoid offending Muslims

    12/15/2008 7:51:07 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies · 834+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/08
    A prison’s new chapel will not contain a crucifix to avoid offending Muslim inmates, it emerged today. Bosses at HMP Lewes have been told the traditional Christian symbol, featuring Jesus nailed to a cross, must not be used in the Grade-II listed Victorian jail’s ‘multi-faith space’. The room - part of a £1million new block - has been split in two, with one half featuring heated foot baths so Muslim worshippers can wash their feet before prayer. But the other side, dedicated to Christian prayer, contains just a simple wooden cross and portable alter - both of which can be...
  • Cheney's prosecutor vows to fight on (Unbelievable!)

    11/20/2008 10:18:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,195+ views
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram / The Associated Press ^ | November 20, 2008 | Christopher Sherman
    McALLEN, Texas -- The South Texas prosecutor who won indictments against Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a state senator and others said Thursday he developed the case secretly so as not to alert political enemies. The vice president is the highest public official that Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra has pursued, but he has made a career - now ending after losing the Democratic primary in March - of passing over routine county crimes in favor of public corruption. It was Guerra's interest in the contracts to build and run a federal immigrant detention...