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  • 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...
  • Prisons are running out of food (Greece)

    05/31/2012 1:19:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    Protothema ^ | 5-29-12 | Petros Katsakos
    The latest example is the prison in Corinth where after the supply stoppage from the nearby military camp, the prisoners are at the mercy of God because, as reported by prison staff, not even one grain of rice has been left in their warehouses. When a few days earlier the commander of the camp announced to the prison management the transportation stoppage, citing lack of food supplies even for the soldiers, he shut down the last source of supply for 84 prisoners. The response of some Corinth citizens was immediate as they took it upon themselves to support the prisoners,...
  • South Korea Unveils Robotic Prison Guards, Promises Futuristic Cavity Searches

    05/28/2012 4:26:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 16, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    South Korea unveils robotic prison guards, promises futuristic cavity searches To round out their drug-sniffing clone dog army, South Korean authorities are now experimenting with robotic prison guards. Lest you think these cyber-wardens will be equipped with gatling guns in the style of Robocop's ED-209, know that this alarm-equipped bot has more in common with the Death Star's delivery droids. Of course, the robots' responsibilities may expand as the technology improves. Explains Reuters of these security machines' potential uses: The robot has been designed to patrol a prison autonomously, but an IPad will allow manual control as well. The next...
  • Otisville prison a "castle behind bars"<br> It's rated among US '10 cushiest'

    05/20/2012 3:50:07 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    OTISVILLE — That's the sound of the men working on the gold-chain gang. White-collar criminals and crooked politicians are banging down the door to get into Otisville Federal Correctional Facility in New York — described by some as a castle behind bars. "You could do about anything you wanted there," claimed former inmate John Altman. "It's not just good. It's sweet. That's why you request to go there." Disgraced former state Sen. Carl Kruger will serve out his seven-year corruption sentence in the suburban Orange County lockup. His boyfriend, Michael Turano, has requested to stay there too, and with good...
  • The good, bad and ugly in California

    04/29/2012 2:11:53 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 4-29-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Prison crowding seems to be improving, but the bullet train still lives and Gov. Brown still pursues billions more from an overtaxed populace. . . .
  • Federal Judge Enforces Sharia-Compliance in Ohio Prisons

    04/28/2012 1:56:25 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/12 | Aurelius
    In 2011, death row inmate Abdul Awkal sued an Ohio prison because he was receiving non-halal food while in prison. As a consequence, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction banned all pork products in prison. This year, prisoner James Rivers filed a lawsuit arguing that pork should not be outright banned. He reasoned that, should Muslims not want to eat pork, they had the right to, but that it was discriminatory to ban pork for everyone. Additionally, the prison did offer meals without pork products in them before the ban. To reinforce Rivers's lawsuit, prison authorities argued that the...
  • Cutting Librarians and Therapists Would Save Prisons Millions

    04/04/2012 11:52:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/3/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Shhh . . . keep it down. A Michigan Senate committee has identified $5.6 million the state could save by cutting prison library staff. “We found that some prisons have up to four library staff members,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Corrections. “Overall, our budget would cut 52 library staff members from the state's prisons. That would bring a savings of $5.6 million.” That $5.6 million represents only a fraction of the savings the subcommittee identified. On March 28, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 2013 budget that sliced...
  • Prisoners On The Run

    02/12/2012 3:57:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Ricky Haggood firebombed Richard and Deborah Dozier's house on Carmel Street in New Haven in 1990, while the couple was upstairs in their bedroom, sleeping. They managed to race out the back. Haggood thought the Doziers, who were active in the local block watch, had tipped police off to drug dealing on the street. Haggood received a 20-year sentence in 1991 for arson. But by 2003, several years short of his maximum release date, Haggood was on the lam. He didn't go over the wall — they almost never do. He was released, by the state parole board, to parole...
  • Evangelical Leader: Jail Over Obamacare Mandate

    02/09/2012 9:45:57 AM PST · by ezfindit · 100 replies
    OrthodoxNet (via LifeSiteNews) ^ | 2/9/2012 | Ben Johnson
    One of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States says Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told LifeSiteNews.com “we will not comply” with the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD. “We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write our letters from the Nashville jail, just...
  • Robotic prison wardens to patrol South Korean prison

    11/25/2011 9:45:59 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 November 2011 | BBC
    A jail in the eastern city of Pohang plans to run a month-long trial with three of the automatons in March. The machines will monitor inmates for abnormal behaviour. Researchers say they will help reduce the workload for other guards. South Korea aims to be a world leaders in robotics. Business leaders believe the field has the potential to become a major export industry. The three 5ft-high (1.5m) robots involved in the prison trial have been developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections, a South Korean group of researchers who specialise in criminality and prison policies. It said the robots...
  • The Real Prison Industry

    11/25/2011 9:46:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    I've long thought the notion of a prison-industrial complex to be laughable left-wing nonsense peddled by Marxist goofballs and other passengers in the clown car of academic identity politics. For those who don't know, the phrase "prison-industrial complex," or PIC, is a play on the military-industrial complex. The theory behind PIC is that there are powerful forces -- capitalist, racist, etc. -- pushing to lock up as many black and brown men as they can to maintain white supremacy and line the pockets of big-prison CEOs and shareholders with profits earned not just from the taxpayer but from the toil...
  • Texas Prisons Have Stopped Serving Weekend Lunches(Boo Hoo!Take Out Your Hankies)

    10/21/2011 7:49:02 AM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Gawker ^ | Seth Abramowitz
    After outlawing special last-meal requests for prisoners on death row, the Texas prison system has now gone one better: They're outlawing meals, period, for everyone. Since April, the New York Times reports, inmates have not been provided lunches on Saturdays and Sundays. It's a cost-cutting measure: an effort to trim $2.8 million in food-related expenses from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's 2011 budget, which makes up just a small part of the state's multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall. They've made other changes elsewhere — say powdered milk instead of actual milk, or sliced white bread instead of hamburger buns. The practice...
  • Looking into the eyes of evil

    08/17/2011 9:02:05 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 9 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Aug. 17, 2011 | John David Powell
    In a few days, exactly one week as I write this, our family will look once more into the eyes of evil and hope that our long journey for justice will be ended. Events happen throughout our lives that we remember with a clarity undimmed by the passage of time. The day was Oct. 26, 1981. I was home for my dinner break when my mother-in-law called to deliver the awful news that my wife’s sister was dead, murdered in her Greencastle, Ind., home. When I saw President Bush’s face as Andy Card told him about the 9/11 attacks, I...
  • Court: Wis. can't deny transgender inmates therapy

    08/05/2011 2:39:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 5, 2011
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning taxpayer-funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision came Friday in a case brought by a group of male inmates who identify as female.
  • Israeli Prison Service: The Party Goes On, But Classes Are Over

    07/20/2011 12:12:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/11 | David ben Yakov
    In a special Knesset session Wednesday an Israeli Prison Service (IPS) representative reported that security prisoners can no longer enroll for academic studies. However, other special privileges that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised to take away are still in force. Coalition Chairman MK Zeev Elkin told Arutz Sheva that based on what he heard at the session, it seems that the terrorists' “summer camp goes on.” There has been a public outcry about the comfortable prison conditions enjoyed by terrorist prisoners. They enjoy free internet and cellphone access and often use cellphones to describe their conditions to Israeli media. They...
  • Florida jail ends free underwear for inmates to cut costs

    07/15/2011 12:04:37 PM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2011 | Colleen Jenkins
    Sheriff Grady Judd said the end of free underwear will save an estimated $45,000 a year in operation costs. Judd in a statement said, "$45,000 is one person's job we're saving. If inmates want to wear underwear in jail, they can buy it, just like hard-working Polk County citizens do." This isn't the first time the sheriff has invoked creative cost cuts. He eliminated peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cornbread, coffee, juice and fresh milk from the jail menu a few years ago, saying if inmates wanted to eat those things they should stop breaking the law.
  • Urban Survival Skills To Keep Your Ass Alive

    07/14/2011 9:06:55 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 246 replies
    survive2thrive.ne ^ | 7/14/11 | Steve
    Even if you are fortunate enough to have a retreat out in the country getting to your safe haven maybe impossible during upheaval. Roads blocked by wrecked and fuelless vehicles will stop most bugouters in their tracks. Maybe you were born lucky and can make it out safely before the balloon bursts, then what? People in rural areas, will start shooting if threatened by mobs of refugees fleeing the city. Don’t expect to be welcomed with arms outstretched. Most country folks don’t trust outsiders; you will likely be greeted with a load of buckshot and not the cup of fresh...
  • 99 arrested in Mexican Mafia crackdown in Calif.

    07/13/2011 3:06:50 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 13, 2011 | Salvador Hernandez
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Nearly 100 purported gang members have been arrested, along with weapons, cash and drugs, in what law enforcement officials are calling a devastating blow on local gangs and leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia. Among those named in one of several indictments unsealed Wednesday was Peter Ojeda, a Santa Ana native indicted in 2005 and currently in federal prison. But despite his incarceration, Ojeda is accused of continuing to hold a grip in Orange County's Latino street gangs, ordering punishment on local gangs that refused to follow his commands and giving the "green light" on rivals...
  • Rape Factories - Why is the government doing so little to end sexual assault in prisons?

    06/20/2011 5:05:27 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 44 replies
    Reason ^ | 6/20/2011 | Lovisa Stannow
    In 1984 the photographer Tom Cahill smashed a plate-glass door in a fit of fury at the San Francisco Chronicle. He had just unsuccessfully attempted to get the paper’s reporters to write about rape in America’s jails and prisons. Cahill was a desperate man at the time, tormented by flashbacks and nightmares, his personal and professional life in ruins. Cahill’s story began in 1968, when he was arrested in Texas during a peaceful antiwar protest. An Air Force vet who opposed the Vietnam War, he did not prove popular among jail staff in the heavily military town of San Antonio....
  • ACLU sues South Carolina jail over literature ban, prison's lawyers say ACLU wants to allow porn

    06/01/2011 10:39:49 AM PDT · by RC one · 1 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | June 1st 2011, 9:25 AM | Aliyah Shahid
    The American Civil Liberties Union wants prisoners at a South Carolina jail to have access to pornography, lawyers defending a religious freedom lawsuit claim. A suit was initially filed against the Berkeley County Jail in Moncks Corner last month for allegedly barring inmates from receiving any reading materials besides the Bible from outside the prison, which lawyers representing the prison deny. The attorneys said prison inmates are simply not allowed to read materials bound together by tape, staples, paper clips or clasps. They also aren't allowed material that could "encourage deviant sexual behavior." "If they don't like the wording in...
  • Computer errors let violent California prisoners go free

    05/26/2011 3:26:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/26/11 | Jack Dolan
    Computer errors prompted California prison officials to mistakenly release an estimated 450 inmates with "a high risk for violence" as unsupervised parolees in a program meant to ease overcrowding, according to the state's inspector general. More than 1,000 additional prisoners presenting a high risk of committing drug crimes, property crimes and other offenses were also let out, officials said. No attempt was made to return any of the offenders to state lockups or place them on supervised parole, said inspector general spokeswoman Renee Hansen. All of the prisoners were placed on "non-revocable parole," whose participants are not required to report...
  • High court backs cuts in Calif. prison population

    05/23/2011 7:59:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/23/11 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars. The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is "required by the Constitution" to correct longstanding violations of inmates' rights. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a California native, wrote the majority opinion, in which he included photos of severe overcrowding. The court's four Democratic appointees joined with Kennedy.
  • California Becomes A Prisonyard

    05/23/2011 5:13:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 23, 2011 | Staff
    Justice: A 5-4 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has just ordered California to empty its prisons of nearly a third of its prisoners because of overcrowding. The state's law-abiding citizens should be afraid — very afraid. As is often the case these days on the supposedly conservative court — it's not — the Brown v. Plata decision was made by four liberal justices, and one "conservative" swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the opinion. In it, Kennedy asserted that the overcrowding has caused "needless suffering and death," upholding a decision by the notoriously wacky Ninth Circuit Court of...
  • Supreme Court orders release of over 30,000 prisoners in California to … improve health care

    05/24/2011 6:56:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    California will have to release over 30,000 inmates from its prison system to comply with a Supreme Court ruling earlier today. The court cited chronic violations of inmates’ rights in its 5-4 decision. The reductions will improve the delivery of health care services to the remaining inmates, claims the majority: The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is “required by the Constitution” to correct longstanding violations...
  • Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates

    05/23/2011 10:29:12 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 77 replies
    LA times ^ | May 23, 2011 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court ordered California on Monday to release tens of thousands of its prisoners to relieve overcrowding. It is one of the largest prison release orders in the nation's history, and it sharply split the high court. In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia called the ruling "staggering" and "absurd." Now, he said, the majority were ordering the release of "46,000 happy-go-lucky felons." He added that "terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order."
  • Brown Wants To Cut Prison Population by a Fifth

    05/08/2011 5:36:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    How small is the California prison population likely to become if Gov. Jerry Brown has his way? In three years, California's prison population would be 20 percent smaller. When we chatted on the phone on the issue last week -- always an experience -- Brown sounded more like his old self, a left-wing talk-show host of the 1990s, than the tough-on-crime Oakland mayor and state attorney general who followed. There are always two Jerry Browns. There's the talk-show Brown who likened American incarceration rates to "absolute oppression." A decade later, Attorney General Brown fought three federal judges, who ordered California...
  • Inmate healthcare remains poor in California

    05/06/2011 5:44:51 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    Press TV ^ | May 6th 2011 | Ross Frasier
    An independent review says medical care remains below acceptable levels in more than two-thirds of California state prisons. The review shows just nine of the 33 adult prisons met minimum health care standards. The review is the first independent look at all the facilities in the state's prison system. It was ordered after a federal judge found that poor care was causing the death of an average of one inmate each week. The review comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a ruling to force California to improve the care of physically and mentally ill inmates. Mark Kleiman is a...
  • Stalinist Hell: North Korean Political Prisons Starving 200,000 in Dachau-like Conditions

    05/04/2011 3:55:52 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 4, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Did you catch any of this over there, Jimmeh? Based on new satellite imagery and personal interviews of former inmates and guards, Amnesty International describes conditions in the Nork's political prison camps as "horrific". And as the world's only heriditary communist dictatorship prepares for a transfer of power -and a potential period of instability- the Gulag-type camps appear to be growing in size... Amnesty International believes the camps have been in operation since the 1950s, yet only three people are ever known to have escaped Total Control Zones and managed to leave North Korea. About 30 are known to...