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  • US Government to Resume Executions After Nearly 2 Decades
    The Federal Bureau of Prisons is set to resume capital punishment after a 16-year hiatus, with plans for the coming months to execute five death row inmates convicted of murder, the Justice Department announced on Thursday....[more]

  • Prosecutors seek 15-year prison term for ex-athletic trainer
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors compared a 79-year-old ex-high school athletic trainer in Montana to another high-profile pedophile defendant, Larry Nassar, in seeking the maximum penalty after he admitted coercing high school boys into sexual abuse over decades....[more]

  • “El Chapo” to serve time in U.S. high-security prison
    The Mexican is serving a life sentence in the state of Colorado. Gúzman was considered the most powerful drug baron in the world....[more]

  • A Massachusetts police department asked would-be criminals to 'hold off' during heat wave. They listened
    As a brutal heat wave smothered parts of the Northeast in 100-plus degree heat, a police department in Massachusetts asked potential criminals to chill out. ...[more]

  • Lawyers for dead inmate announce intent to file $5 million claim
    The family of the inmate who died of pneumonia while in custody at the Coconino County jail served a notice of $5 million claim against the county earlier this week....[more]

  • Arizona urges court not to impose more fines in inmate suit
    PHOENIX — The state of Arizona is urging a judge not to impose another round of contempt-of-court fines in a lawsuit over health care for prisoners after the state has been accused of failing to document its noncompliance with a settlement that requires improvements to inmate care....[more]

  • Arrested corrections officer said he ‘didn’t care’ about checking on inmates, affidavit says
    A corrections officer was arrested Saturday after he lied about checking on inmates in the Travis County Correctional Complex at Del Valle, telling investigators he just “didn’t care” about doing his regular checks, his affidavit says....[more]

  • Arizona Prisons Lift Ban On Book About Mass Incarceration
    Corrections officials in Arizona are now allowing inmates to read a book criticizing the U.S. criminal justice system after initially pulling it from prisons over "unauthorized content," a state corrections official tells NPR....[more]

  • Patterson transferred to Waupun prison
    WAUPUN, WI (WSAU) -- Jake Patterson has been sent to a southeast Wisconsin prison to begin his life sentence for two counts of homicide and kidnapping....[more]

  • N Carolina transgender inmate to transfer to women’s prison
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prison officials in North Carolina are honoring the wishes of a transgender inmate and transferring her to a women’s prison....[more]

  • Michigan's seriously ill inmates can be released early under new law
    LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed laws letting Michigan release seriously ill and incapacitated prisoners early by having them treated at nursing homes or hospitals instead....[more]

  • 3 Native American Inmates Win Right to Long Hair in Texas
    BEEVILLE, TEXAS (AP) — Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit against the state prison system....[more]

  • After sexual assault at Florida teen prison, state awards firm $16M deal
    The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice signed a $16 million contract last month with a private youth prison company facing a string of troubles in the last year, including official findings of “substantial evidence” of child abuse by its staff....[more]

  • He spent 39 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit. Now, he's getting $21 million
    (CNN)Craig Coley never should have spent 39 years in prison. On this, everyone seems to agree. They also concur the 71-year-old should spend the rest of his life as a wealthy man....[more]

  • Alabama Gov. Ivey unveils proposal to build new prisons
    MONTGOMERY, ALA.

    Saying Alabama needs a solution to its ongoing prison crisis,...[more]


  • How Voters, Not Politicians, Are Reforming California's Harsh Sentencing Laws
    California voters approved a sweeping change to sentencing on Tuesday by passing Proposition 47 and knocking most drug possession and "petty theft" charges down from felonies to a misdemeanors. Only months earlier, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed similar, and more modest, changes to California's sentencing laws, claiming that the state's plan to "realign" convicts from state prisons to county jails required more time to fully take effect....[more]

  • California Begins Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex
    The tough on crime period of the 1980s led to the passage of a flurry of laws that made many nonviolent crimes punishable by prison sentences. Over the next 20 years, the incarceration rate increased exponentially, and the number of people in the prison system has swelled to more than 2 million in the United States. California led the way for incarceration, with one of the largest prison populations in the country....[more]

  • You May Have Missed It, but There Was an Election Debate on Criminal Justice Reform
    It is no secret that the United States prison population surpasses that of any other nation, that the country has very harsh sentencing laws for minor offenses, and that, as many argue, the inherent racial bias in the system is powerful and detrimental to society....[more]

  • Californians Vote to Weaken Mass Incarceration -- With the approval of Proposition 47 Tuesday, the Golden State will make major reforms to its sentencing laws.
    California's Proposition 47 wasn't one of the most followed votes in Tuesday's midterm election, but it could change thousands of lives soon. Under the ballot initiative, dozens of nonviolent property and drug crimes will be reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, potentially freeing tens of thousands of prisoners. Funds that would have otherwise been spent on their incarceration will now be funneled into mental health and drug-treatment programs....[more]

  • California’s Proposition 47: softer on crime
    The measure would change many crimes from felonies, which generally require prison terms, to misdemeanors that usually carry penalties of probation, fines or very short jail time....[more]

  • Opposing private prisons in Arkansas
    Shipping incarcerated people across state lines into for-profit prisons rather than prioritizing reforms that would reduce the number of people behind bars exemplifies our state's dangerous reliance on incarceration, particularly incarceration for profit. This costly tactic, which fails to address the root causes of mass incarceration, severely diminishes prisoners’ ties to family and community while private prison companies profit handsomely....[more]

  • Dealing with jail crowding to be costly for county
    The number of inmates has grown along with the population in the region, which is on the fringe of the booming oil patch. The jail has 104 beds but was housing more than 150 inmates. The state Corrections Department this week told the county to address the problem....[more]

  • Furlough program released violent inmates early
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's prison system freed 162 inmates convicted of violent crimes under an early release furlough program that was approved without public hearings, a prominent state senator revealed Wednesday....[more]

  • OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CAUGHT LYING ABOUT RELEASE OF CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS
    In this case, it’s about illegal immigrants, a subject upon which it is extremely difficult to find a single instance of the Administration telling the truth. Citizenship is being stolen from you, my fellow Americans, and the thieves’ contempt for you is so complete that they don’t feel obliged to give straight answers to any questions… not even when the truth is printed on documents that are bound to come to light eventually, not even when their actions put our lives at risk....[more]

  • Proposal to house inmates in Ky. on ‘back burner’
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With inmate populations trending downward, and with opportunities for several new in-state facilities, a proposal to house state prisoners at a private, for-profit prison in Kentucky is no longer a priority, West Virginia’s corrections commissioner told legislators Monday....[more]

  • Official: Heineman wasn't told of prisons program
    Corrections Director Mike Kenney also defended the temporary placement program in a letter to the legislative committee that's investigating Nebraska's prison problems, saying he alone created it while state officials rounded up hundreds of inmates who were released too early because their sentences were miscalculated....[more]

  • Local jails refusing to hold illegal immigrant offenders, forcing feds to track them down
    Local police agencies across the country are frustrating efforts at the federal level to detain and deport criminal illegal immigrants, leaving immigration officials scrambling to track them down.

    In the last nine months, 275 counties have refused to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they be notified before releasing an illegal immigrant from custody....[more]


  • Report: Mississippi Incarcerates More People Per Capita Than Russia and China . . . Combined
    There is a rather shocking statistic out of the International Centre for Prison Studies this week: Mississippi locks up more people per capita than China and Russia combined. It turns out the “Hospitality State” may continue to have one of the lowest rankings in public education and employment but they will put you in jail faster than Vladimir Putin can say do svidaniya....[more]

  • Lawyer's Book Says Conn. Should Slash Prison Population Lawyer says reforms should emphasize support programs over incarceration
    But the author of a new book calling for a mass overhaul of Connecticut's criminal justice system says that Connecticut should adopt some of the best practices that have helped Texas reduce its prison population. Texas has reduced the number of inmates so much that the Lone Star State is closing prisons.

    Brian Moran, a partner at Robinson & Cole in Stamford, is the principal author of the book: "The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream."...[more]


  • What Happens When A City Decides to Offer Addicts Services, Not Prison Sentences?
    For decades, the United States has tried to punish and shame people out of drug addiction with courts, jails and criminal records. It has been massively unsuccessful, as the nationwide rise in opiate addiction over the last few years demonstrates, and few people are more aware of its failure than the police officers tasked with arresting addicts....[more]


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