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  • Restoring Prisons and Prisoners on Our Watch

    08/06/2014 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    America prides itself on being the land of the free, but over the past four decades our prison population has risen tenfold. We have by far the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and as a consequence, at least 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. Some fathers have abandoned their children, but others have been locked away from them. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the federal prison population is 37 percent black, 32 percent Latino, and 28 percent white. Professor Michelle Alexander of Ohio State University went so far as to compare...
  • Report: Mental health care at LA jails lacking

    06/07/2014 4:41:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 6, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
    Los Angeles County jails have “deplorable” conditions that have contributed to a dramatic increase in suicides and the system isn’t doing enough to help mentally ill inmates, according to a federal report released Friday. Fifteen inmates have killed themselves in less than 2½ years, with the number increasing from four in 2012 to 10 the next year, and “dimly lit, vermin-infested, noisy, unsanitary, cramped and crowded” conditions contributed to the suicides, according to the U.S. Justice Department’s assessment of jail mental health care. …
  • Hands Off My Cell Phone!

    04/30/2014 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Bob Barr
    America is known as “The Land of the Free,” but with the world’s highest prison population where more than 12-million arrests were made in 2012 alone, the statement’s accuracy is open to question. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than half of American men will be arrested at least once in their lifetime, and a 2011 study reported by TIME suggests that one out of three young adults will be arrested at least once by the time they turn 23. In an “arrest-first-ask-questions-later” system, innocent citizens routinely find themselves in front of a mug shot camera -- and as...
  • The Party of Prison Reform: Conservatives lead the way

    05/05/2013 4:03:09 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 18, 2013 | Eli Lehrer
    Michael Hough, a second-term Republican state legislator from Frederick County, Md., is about as conservative as blue-state legislators come. He played a prominent role in opposing the state’s new gay marriage law, holds an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, and received a 100 percent score from the state’s business lobby. The major focus of his legislative agenda, however, crushes any stereotypes that might come to mind, given his résumé. Hough wants to reform America’s prisons and help the more than 500,000 people who come home from correctional facilities every year. In the past few years, he’s successfully pushed...
  • Jerry Brown Says to the Feds, Back Off

    01/10/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    "It is now time to return the control of our prison system to California," Gov. Jerry Brown declared at a news conference Tuesday morning. Amen to that. Federal lawsuits and federal judges have taken over the state's prison system. Unelected judges don't have to worry about paying for what they command. Nor need they worry about losing their jobs should they incite the public's wrath. Thus, judges have ordered massive increases in inmate health and mental health spending. Those orders have driven up the annual cost per inmate to more than $55,000. About $17,000 of that sum goes toward health...
  • 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...
  • Whistleblower reacts to Los Lunas prison rape allegations

    05/17/2012 7:51:55 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 7 replies
    KOB 4 On Your Side, New Mexico ^ | 5/16/2012 | Chris Ramirez
    Now a whistleblower who worked with the alleged rapist has come forward, saying the problem is widespread. A retired prison guard said he worked along side Kenneth Carrejo for years. When he heard about the rape allegations, he had to come forward. "He's a pervert, that's all he's ever been. I would tell that to his face." The former prison guard is exposing Carrejo and a number of other guards at the Central New Mexico Corrections Facility in Los Lunas. "I never feared an inmate, I feared administration. I feared people like Kenneth Carrejo."
  • CA: State's prison system drowning in scandals (What about the CCPOA and their culpability?)

    07/23/2006 9:09:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 260+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 7/22/06 | Mason Stockstill
    One of the difficulties facing corrections departments around the country is that their directors don’t keep their jobs very long. The average tenure for prisons chiefs is 2.4 years – not enough time to have a real impact, said Rod Hickman, the head of California’s prison system, in an interview earlier this year. "I don’t know that I can tell you exactly the right amount of time, but the one thing I do know that you can see from systems that are performing how people would like them to, albeit not perfectly: They had continuity in leadership," he said. Three...
  • Report: California prison system chief plans to resign from post

    02/26/2006 8:57:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 304+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/26/06 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Corrections Secretary Roderick Q. Hickman, a reform-minded appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, plans to resign from the post he has held for more than two years, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Los Angeles Times reported that Hickman, 49, said in a telephone interview that he was quitting because he lacked the political support to reform the prison system. Hickman, who is the Schwarzenegger administration's highest-ranking black bureaucrat, said the governor would receive an official letter of resignation Monday. "I think we've built an excellent foundation, but I just don't see the courage and will we need to...
  • Investigators probe Calif. prison system's use of inmates to keep order ("peacekeepers")

    01/22/2006 11:07:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 298+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/22/06 | Jeremiah Marquez and DonThompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California prison system's use of some of its toughest, most feared inmates to help keep order behind bars led to the slaying of a guard, state investigators say. And the FBI is looking into whether the practice contributed to a second killing. Although the practice is banned in some states, California's top corrections official defends the limited use of "peacekeepers." These influential inmates are entrusted to help the staff, smooth racial tension and in some cases control fellow prisoners. Critics worry the freedom accorded peacekeepers lets them run drugs, order inmate assaults and commit other crimes....
  • Federal judge threatens to put (CA) state prison system into receivership

    07/20/2004 3:40:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 358+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/20/04 | AP
    A federal judge threatened to put the state's prison system into receivership after warning that a prison guard contract renegotiated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger harms reform efforts in the nation's largest state correctional system. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the guard's union, already has a pattern of interfering with investigations and employee discipline, U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson wrote Monday in a letter received Tuesday by Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger's proposal would worsen problems by granting even more concessions to the union in return for postponing pay increases, despite numerous warnings from a federal court special master, witnesses at Senate...
  • CA: Problems, blame abound in prison system

    05/02/2004 9:18:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/2/04 | Clea Benson and Gary Delsohn
    The jaw-dropping moment came right at the beginning of a hearing in a room tucked away near the top of the state Capitol building. Lawmakers wondered: Was anybody managing spending at the state's adult prisons, which had blown their budget by a half-billion dollars this year? The one-word answer they got from a Finance Department official at the March hearing: No. More than two decades after California started toughening its sentencing laws and building new prisons to deal with rising crime rates, the mammoth penal system it created is embroiled in financial and management turmoil. The adult corrections system has...
  • California's corrections system covered up abuse of prisoners, report says

    01/15/2004 2:32:07 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 150+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Jan. 15, 2004 | Howard Mintz and Mark Gladstone
    <p>Citing evidence of a massive coverup within the highest levels of California's corrections department, a court-appointed investigator has found that the state's prison system has ``lost control'' of its ability to investigate and discipline guards for abusing inmates and is in dire need of major reforms.</p>
  • CA: Prison system called bumbling, wasteful (Suhprize!! Suhprize!!)

    06/06/2003 11:09:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 271+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/6/03 | Mercury News wire services
    <p>A pair of state Senate committees portrayed California's Department of Corrections on Thursday as a bumbling, wasteful giant that relies heavily on hundreds of temporary workers even as it pays full salary and benefits to dozens of employees who never come to work.</p>
  • CA: Prison system money request draws criticism

    05/22/2003 8:44:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 149+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/22/03 | Mark Gladstone
    <p>SACRAMENTO --California's prison system is asking for another $69 million because of overspending on its budget, fueled in part by rising overtime costs. Critics, however, consider the request another example of the Department of Corrections' failure to control runaway costs -- even as the state faces a record budget deficit that could spur tax increases and cuts to programs that serve the most needy.</p>