- old thread, offsite hosting (incomplete), Joe Arpaio’s greatest hits.
- Documentary- Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons
- Prison rape survivor testimony & Human Rights Watch report on prison rape
- Activist and outreach orgs-
Prison Activist Resource Center
Justice Policy Institute
Penal Reform International
The Center for Prisoner Health & Human Rights
The Sentencing Project
Commission on Safety & Abuse in American Prisons
Prison Policy Initiative
Death Penalty Focus
California Prison Focus
Middle Ground(AZ prison reform)
CAADP(AZ death penalty abolition)
- In Pennsylvania, despite high unemployment, business are seeking to outsource more of their labor to inmates. The one good thing about this is that the bill would require the inmates to be paid “similar” wages as free folks, instead of the 17 to 42 cents an hour inmates usually make in PA.
- In Colorado, prison system is “structured to promote failure.”
- In Massachussetts, a new policy is on its way to charge inmates rent during their stay, with additional fees for things like medications, haircuts, and GED testing. It’s called the “Inmate Financial Responsibility Program.”
“Look, having inmates come to prison and telling them that you don’t need to worry about the costs associated with running the prison is, I don’t think, a good message for them,” Hodgson told the Boston Globe earlier this year.
- From Califas: Financial Impact of Health Care for Prisoners Who Are Ill and Three Strikes
As California struggles to pay for social services for its poorest residents, it spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on health care for a small group of sick inmates – in one case $1 million during a dying inmate’s final year, according to a state audit released Tuesday.
The state also spends billions of extra dollars on the longer sentences handed down under the state’s “three strikes” law in part because those inmates age in prison and need health care, the report by State Auditor Elaine Howle found.
he was struck by Howle’s finding that the state spends about $132 million a year on overtime for prison guards who transport and guard ill inmates, many of whom are nonambulatory, because the state does not plan ahead for those costs.
She estimated that the additional years imposed by the [three-strikes] law are costing California $19.2 billion over the duration of those inmates’ incarceration.
- In Indiana, if you have two or more family members in prison you want to visit, you have to pick one or the other; because you can’t be on more than one inmate’s visit list.
- Georgia beats out Texas, Louisiana, and Cali to become the nations leader in criminal punishment. In Georgia, one in 13 people are behind bars, on probation, or on parole- more than double the national rate of 1 in 31.Not to be outdone by 3-strikes law, Zell Miller started 2 strikes and you’re out laws in 1994- along with his “7 Deadly Sins” law. One strike for one of the 7 sins is 10 years, no parole; and the second is life with no parole. After the 10 years, ex-cons are released with $25, a bus ticket, and no post-release treatment or support. A 14-year old with a cap gun can be and is punished the same as an adult with a real gun.
“If you’re going to play like a man, you need to pay like a man,” the DA said.
The trend held even among nonviolent offenders: the average inmate released last year on a drug possession charge spent 21 months locked up, compared with 10 months in 1990.
- In Montana, another private prison scam.
- Kicking the National Habit: The Legal and Policy Arguments for Abolishing Private Prison Contracts (pdf).
- ACLU reportshows LA Central Jail is still going strong with its 30-year history of severe overcrowding, violence, and brutality. For example, when one inmate complained about being denied showers for a few weeks, the guards broke his leg and wrecked his knee bad enough to require extensive surgery.
Men’s Central Jail is a modern-day medieval dungeon, a dank, windowless place where prisoners live in fear of retaliation and abuse apparently goes unchecked. The jail is not an appropriate facility for housing prisoners with mental illness, many of whom do not receive proper treatment for their mental illness… At the root of the many problems plaguing this toxic facility is overcrowding and the only solutions are to either reduce the jail population dramatically or close it.
- Corrections Corporation of America says that despite critics & recession, business is booming.
Both “high recidivism” among felons and “inmate population growth following prior recessions” are highlighted as positives for the company in the 48-page report.
- For-profit prison to be built in OK with a twist- it will be staffed and run entirely by “born again Christians.”
- Doing time on their own dime:
Hurley couldn’t pay the fine because she had to pay the Georgia Department of Corrections $600 a month for room and board. Hurley spent nearly a year in prison – from a 120-day sentence — due to her inability to pay the fine before the SCHR was able to get her released.