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  • COVID-19 Is No Reason to Empty Prisons

    08/09/2020 5:49:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2020 | Jeff Crouere
    In America today, millions of churchgoers are not allowed to practice their faith in their place of worship and certain business owners are not allowed to welcome customers, but hardened criminals are being released from prison. This insanity is producing predictably deadly results. Under the guise of protecting prisoners from the spread of Covid-19, large numbers of dangerous criminals are being freed from custody. This is creating a horrific situation that is endangering the public and has now led to the death of a witness in a rape case. In Alexandria, Virginia, rape suspect Ibrahim E. Bouaichi was released from...
  • Horowitz: 100,000 criminals released under coronavirus jailbreak despite lower fatality rate in prison

    07/29/2020 9:52:53 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    conservative review ^ | Daniel Horowitz
    Some localities are now threatening jail time for people who do not wear masks under the unproven science of stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The contorted irony is that this same virus is being used as a pretext to release criminals from jails and prisons to stop an epidemic in confined areas. Well, it turns out there is a lower death rate from COVID-19 in jails than in the general population. Consequently, the coronavirus bloodbath in jails and prisons has not materialized, but the spike in crime from prisoners’ release certainly has. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, my friend...
  • Michigan Gov Cuts $115 Million from Police [semi-satire]

    07/27/2020 12:47:47 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 July 2020 | John Semmens
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich) issued an executive order cutting $115 million from the State Police budget. In addition, she also cut $392 million from the Department of Corrections. She characterized the cuts as a "crime reduction" measure. "I got the idea from the way we are recording and reporting the coronavirus statistics," she said. "The more tests we take the more COVID-positive cases we find. This makes the pandemic look worse than it really is. Well, what if the same is true of our state's crime statistics? If we put fewer police out there fewer crimes will be uncovered. If...
  • If You Thought 'Defund the Police' Was Insane You'll Love 'Abolish Prisons' in Seattle

    07/26/2020 8:29:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/26/2020 | Stacey Lennox
    You would think after the insanity that was CHAZ/CHOP, Seattle might have taken a hard look at their relationship with law and order. You would be wrong. Seattle is in King County, and the County Executive’s Office is moving ahead with plans to “abolish prisons.” A leaked email published by Christopher F. Rufo, contributing editor at City Journal, shows active plans to reduce both adult and juvenile detention and close the county jail in Seattle. The juvenile detention center would be converted to house other programs by 2025. According to Rufo, this plan will eliminate 60% of the county’s jail...
  • De Blasio: ‘Fewer People in Our Jails than Any Time Since WWII – and We Are Safer for It and Better for It’

    07/17/2020 8:58:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/16/2020 | Craig Bannister
    As gun violence and murders continued to spike in New York City, Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Wednesday that his city is “safe” and “better” because the number of criminals in jail is at the lowest level since 1946. Mayor de Blasio made the claim at a signing ceremony for six new police reform bills: “People said that if we reduced incarceration and ended the era of mass incarceration, we would be endangered. It was the other way around, my friends. We now have fewer people in our jails than any time since World War II and we are...
  • Death row inmate dies as coronavirus outbreak spreads to over 1,000 prisoners at San Quentin

    06/30/2020 8:53:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    ktla ^ | 06/30/2020
    With about a third of San Quentin’s inmates now infected with the coronavirus after a transfer of prisoners from a Southern California correctional facility overrun by the illness, Marin County officials revealed Monday that a death row inmate found dead last week in his cell tested positive for COVID-19. 1,059 inmates and 102 correctional and medical staff have tested positive for the virus. On Monday, 22 inmates were being treated at the county’s hospitals, officials said.
  • Gov. Newsom wants to shrink California prisons as part of budget cuts

    05/16/2020 2:23:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ktla ^ | 05/16/2020
    Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California’s prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also because of philosophy. The revised budget he sent to state lawmakers this week closing two state prisons in the coming years; cutting nearly one in five of the 43 inmate firefighter camps; and eventually closing all three state-run juvenile prisons. He’s also seeking unspecified increases to sentencing credits that allow inmates to leave prison more quickly. And he proposes to shorten parole to a maximum of two years, down from five years for felonies, and let...
  • Horowitz: Mitt Romney cluelessly exaggerates coronavirus fatality rates

    05/09/2020 4:44:01 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 31 replies
    conservative review ^ | · May 8, 2020 | Daniel Horowitz
    Simple arithmetic seems to be lost on the politicians, and that error is perpetuating a needless and counterproductive policy destroying our country. Politicians like Mitt Romney don’t seem to understand that the fact that there are so many infections actually makes the fatality rate of the virus remarkably low – a fact that should guide our policies going forward. The politicians keep referring to widespread outbreaks in prisons, meatpacking plants, and other semi- or fully confined areas with predominantly young populations. Then they refer to a relatively small number of fatalities anecdotally, as if this is the bubonic plague or...
  • In four U.S. state prisons, nearly 3,300 inmates test positive for coronavirus -- 96% without symptoms

    05/01/2020 10:41:51 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | April 25, 2020 | Linda So, Grant Smith
    “We weren’t always able to pinpoint where all the cases were coming from,” said Annette Chambers-Smith, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. As the virus spread, they began mass testing. They started with the Marion Correctional Institution, which houses 2,500 prisoners in north central Ohio, many of them older with pre-existing health conditions. After testing 2,300 inmates for the coronavirus, they were shocked. Of the 2,028 who tested positive, close to 95% had no symptoms. “It was very surprising,” said Chambers-Smith, who oversees the state’s 28 correctional facilities. As mass coronavirus testing expands in prisons, large numbers...
  • Almost 4,000 inmates released from IL prisons, 64 convicted of murder

    04/30/2020 5:23:14 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    WREX-13 ^ | April 28, 2020 | James Stratton
    After calls from state lawmakers and a Freedom of Information Act Request from Illinois Senate Republicans, the Illinois Department of Corrections releases a list of every inmate released from state prisons since March 1. On that list are almost 4,000 inmates that had their sentence commuted by either Gov. JB Pritzker, or were released by the Illinois Department of Corrections. According to court records, some of those released were convicted of violent crimes — 64 of them for murder, four of them convicted here in the Stateline. Pritzker has defended his move to commute sentences multiple times at his afternoon...
  • Florida Man Encases Self in Concrete at Governor's Mansion in Tallahasse

    04/18/2020 8:17:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    WPTV ^ | 4/17
    A Florida man encased himself in concrete outside the Governor’s Mansion in the state capital apparently to protest prison conditions related to the coronavirus. A Tallahassee police spokesman says 28-year-old Jordan Mazurek put PVC pipes horizontally into two 55-gallon plastic drums filled with concrete, with some sort of mechanism that locked his arms in place.
  • Federal prisons will confine inmates to cells for 14 days amid coronavirus response

    04/01/2020 4:08:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | April 1, 2020 | BY CLARE HYMES
    The Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday announced it will begin confining federal inmates to their cells for 14 days in an attempt to prevent further exposure to coronavirus. The order is part of what the bureau is calling "Phase 5" of its plan to combat the spread of COVID-19. There will be some exceptions to the quasi-lockdown. The bureau is permitting smaller groups for things like phone calls, laundry and showering. Educational programs and mental health treatment will continue, "to the extent practicable." Previous phases of the bureau's plan included the quarantine of newly admitted inmates at all facilities and...
  • Turkey set to release some 45,000 inmates in coronavirus response

    03/31/2020 8:13:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2020 | by Daren Butler
    ISTANBUL - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party said on Tuesday it proposed a bill that would temporarily release roughly 45,000 prisoners in response to the risk that the coronavirus could spread in jails. A separate reform included in the legislation, which the AK Party (AKP) and its allies sent to parliament, would release another roughly 45,000 inmates permanently. There are about 300,000 prisoners in Turkey’s crowded jails. The government has been working on reforms to ease pressure on the system, while human rights groups have said infections could easily grow there. The move comes after the number of confirmed...
  • One of the largest single-site jails in the US grapples with 134 coronavirus cases

    03/31/2020 4:46:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | March 31, 2020 | By Bill Hutchinson
    The number of detainees testing positive for coronavirus at the Cook County Jail in Chicago skyrocketed over the weekend, leaving Sheriff Tom Dart grabbling with a dilemma that runs against the very grain of a veteran lawman and former prosecutor: whether to free alleged criminals instead of keeping them locked up. As of Monday afternoon, one of America's largest single-site jails had 134 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19, up from just 38 on Friday, Dart told ABC News. Of all the inmates tested so far only nine were negative, he said. “This is beyond complicated," Dart said. "There...
  • ACLU calls on Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons to release prisoners vulnerable to coronavirus

    03/18/2020 10:59:37 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 18 2020 | Justine Coleman
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) release prisoners who are vulnerable to coronavirus to prevent an outbreak in federal prisons. The letter, addressed to Attorney General Bill Barr and BOP Director Michael Carvajal called on the agencies to “take immediate action to safeguard” the prisoners, specifically those who are elderly or have chronic health conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated these demographics as most susceptible to serious illness or death. The union requested the officials “increase the use of compassionate release” to...
  • City may free jailed suspects over coronavirus

    03/17/2020 11:33:11 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 17, 2020 | Julia Marsh and Andrew Denney
    The city is considering freeing jailed suspects over the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday — a move backed by the city Board of Correction and Manhattan and Brooklyn DAs. City officials are “evaluating right now people who might be particularly high-risk in terms of vulnerability to the virus,” de Blasio said at an afternoon press conference.
  • Iowa man beat rabbit and then beheaded it, sentenced ["Hungry."]

    03/04/2020 7:07:54 AM PST · by familyop · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2020 | David Aaro
    An Iowa man was given a two-year prison sentence...Carothers was open about his crimes, telling the arresting deputy he used a stick to kill the rabbit and then cut off its head,...The Animal Rescue League of Iowa submitted dozens of victim impact statements...Carothers told the arresting deputy he was hungry when asked why he killed the rabbit...
  • Female Inmate Allegedly Coerced Into Retracting Rape Accusations Against Transgender Inmate, Sues Prison

    02/21/2020 10:53:34 AM PST · by cann · 22 replies
    Dailycaller ^ | February 21, 2020 12:02 PM ET | MARLO SAFI
    A female inmate at an Illinois women’s prison is suing the prison after she alleged she was raped by a transgender inmate and that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) conducted a sham investigation of her report.
  • Chuck Schumer to push quadrupling the budget for security grants program

    12/31/2019 3:54:08 PM PST · by aimhigh · 56 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/31/2019 | OMRI NAHMIAS
    The Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSPG) allows houses of worship and other nonprofits to apply for grants of up to $100 thousand for each institution. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday he would push to quadruple the budget for the Nonprofit Security Grants Program (NSPG) from $90 million to $360m. a year. The program allows houses of worship and other nonprofits to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for each institution. The money can be used for security measures such as fencing, cameras, stronger doors and hiring of security personnel.
  • California bans private prisons and immigration detention centers

    10/11/2019 9:25:40 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 28 replies
    Rueters ^ | 11Oct19 | Steven Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California moved to end the use of private, for-profit lockups in America’s largest state prison system as well as in federal immigration detention centers in the state under a measure signed into law on Friday by Governor Gavin Newsom. The new law bars the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from entering into or renewing a contract with a private company to run a state prison after Jan. 1, 2020, unless needed to meet court-ordered inmate housing limits. It will ban California from incarcerating anyone in privately run facilities altogether from 2028.