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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
    cnn.com ^ | 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...
  • AMERICAN PRISONS NOW HOTHOUSES FOR ISLAM

    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 thelastcrusade.org 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...