background preloader

US prisons/detention

Facebook Twitter

Prisons that withhold menstrual pads humiliate women and violate basic rights. New Plan to Shrink Rikers Island Population: Tackle Court Delays. There is rare consensus among inmate advocates and correction officials that the surest way to fix the Rikers Island jail complex is to empty it.

New Plan to Shrink Rikers Island Population: Tackle Court Delays

While Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York is not prepared to go that far, he and the state’s chief judge will introduce a plan on Tuesday to gradually reduce the inmate population at Rikers by clearing the backlogs at state courts, a pocket of persistent government dysfunction that has long frustrated improvement efforts. San Quentin News « The Newspaper of San Quentin Prison. Shadow Prisons. The U.S. government has quietly created a second-class federal prison system specifically for immigrants.

Shadow Prisons

For years the Department of Homeland Security has been known as the agency that houses immigrants awaiting deportation. However, tens of thousands of additional immigrants, most serving sentences for immigration crimes, are held by the Bureau of Prisons each night before being sent back. Prison. Prison bankers cash in on captive customers. Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up. Lubricating the system Across the country, jails and prisons are hungry for ways to shift their operational costs onto inmates and their families.

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

Inmates need money to pay for essentials like toiletries and court fines as well as extras like higher-quality food than what is served in prison cafeterias. Their families often pay high fees to send them the money. Inmates, in turn, pay marked-up prices for items sold at prison stores. The oil that lubricates this entire system is supplied by the prison bankers, vendors that collect all the inmates’ money in a pipeline of cash from which payments and fees can be pulled. Providing services inside prisons is a growing business, but it’s not new. Bank of America’s prison contract is an example of how the Treasury Department leans on a power granted during the Civil War to pick and choose its own bankers and allow other agencies to avoid procurement rules that might force a competitive bidding process.

Twenty years later, the U.S. Former Los Angeles Deputy: We Beat, Slapped and Tased Inmates Without Provocation. Share Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies inspect a cell block at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

Former Los Angeles Deputy: We Beat, Slapped and Tased Inmates Without Provocation

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) An ex-deputy described in federal court Tuesday how he and his colleagues routinely abused inmates at LA County jails and falsified reports to justify their actions, the latest sign of a culture of brutality pervading the county’s jail system. Inmates use technology to organize state prison protest   Non-Violent Offenses Leads United States to World's Highest Incarceration Rate. Reason, July 2011: Criminal Injustice (issue on prisons)

US imprisonment in the "war on terror"

Solitary Confinement in the US. The Way to Stop Prison Rape - The New York Review of Books. As three recent studies by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show, prisoners are raped with terrible frequency in the United States.

The Way to Stop Prison Rape - The New York Review of Books

We still don’t know exactly how many people are sexually abused behind bars every year, but we do know that the number is much larger than 100,000. And we know that those responsible for this abuse are usually not other inmates, but members of the very corrections staff charged with protecting the people in their custody. The BJS, which is part of the Department of Justice, found statistically significant variation in the incidence of sexual abuse at the hundreds of different facilities it surveyed. Prison Rape and the Government by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow.

Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2007–2008 by Allen J.

Prison Rape and the Government by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow

Beck and Paul Guerino National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the United States Department of Justice. U.S. Prison Conditions. "Perpetual state of crisis" at East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF), a for-profit prison. June 24, 2013 The ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander filed a federal lawsuit in May 2013 on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF), describing the for-profit prison as hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous.

"Perpetual state of crisis" at East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF), a for-profit prison

EMCF is operated "in a perpetual state of crisis" where prisoners are at "grave risk of death and loss of limbs. " The facility, located in Meridian, Mississippi, is supposed to provide intensive treatment to the state's prisoners with serious psychiatric disabilities, many of whom are locked down in long-term solitary confinement. An American Gulag—The Mentally Ill at Sup... Secret Experimental Prisons Subject Inmates to Drastic Isolation. March 16, 2011 | Like this article?

Secret Experimental Prisons Subject Inmates to Drastic Isolation

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The following article first appeared in the Nation. For more great content from the Nation, sign up for theiremail newsletters here. On the evening of May 13, 2008, Jenny Synan waited for a phone call from her husband, Daniel McGowan. It was only days later that Jenny heard from a friend that Daniel was in transit, his destination Marion, Illinois. By May 16 the inmate locator on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website showed Daniel in a variety of places, including a federal correctional facility in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Finally on June 12, one month after their missed call, Daniel telephoned Jenny. Louisiana Incarcerated - Louisiana prison system. Federal judge rules consent decree only way to fix 'indelible stain' of Orleans Parish Prison. Taking aim at years of violence, rapes, suicides and poor conditions at Orleans Parish Prison, U.S.

Federal judge rules consent decree only way to fix 'indelible stain' of Orleans Parish Prison

District Court Judge Lance Africk on Thursday approved a federal consent decree mandating sweeping changes at the jail complex to bring it up to constitutional standards. Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our ‘Humane’ Immigration Jails. Sam Kitching, a soft-spoken, round old man dressed in civilian clothes who works for the Sheriff’s department at the Baker County Jail put his hand on my shoulder and, addressing me as “young man,” said, “It’s very important that you be careful in there.

Dispatch From Detention: A Rare Look Inside Our ‘Humane’ Immigration Jails

They might have AIDS and might try to grab your hand and push something into it.” “AIDS?” I ask. “They could,” he said. Torture allegations in North Carolina prison - Charlotte City Buzz. The warden of North Carolina's Central Prison, Warden Gerald J. Branker has retired amid allegations of torture of inmates. The Associated Press first reported a situation on Monday that a June 2011 review by the N.C. In Texas, Arguing That Heat Can Be a Death Sentence for Prisoners. David Bowser for The New York Times Mary Lou James, the mother of Kenneth Wayne James, 52, who was found in his cell with a body temperature of 108 degrees.

Ten inmates of the state prison system died of heat-related causes last summer in a 26-day period in July and August, a death toll that has alarmed prisoners’ rights advocates who believe that the lack of air-conditioning in most state prisons puts inmates’ lives at risk. The 10 inmates were housed in areas that lacked air-conditioning, and several had collapsed or lost consciousness while they were in their cells. All of them were found to have died of hyperthermia, a condition that occurs when body temperature rises above 105 degrees, according to autopsy reports and the state’s prison agency. New Mexico driver arrested and forgotten in jail for two years. Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill. After last week’s breakthrough in mitigating the damage of the drug war—the U.S. Sentencing Commission offered an estimated 12,000 people incarcerated on crack charges a chance at a sentence reduction—advocates stressed that it’s still up to Congress to eliminate the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity altogether and to create more lasting prison reform.

The lack of reform isn’t due to a lack of bills, however. There are many ideas already in the congressional hopper, they just can’t get any attention from legislators. Here are five prison reform bills that were introduced in the last six months, but haven’t yet made it out of committee. California prisons: Hunger strikes reported at more California prisons - One Year After Historic Hunger Strike, Isolated California Prisoners Report Little Change. Pelican Bay Prison: One Year Later, Policy Remains "Debrief or Die" Robert Luca, an inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison who was a gang member, looking out the grates of his cell, near Crescent City, California, February 10, 2012. Indefinite solitary confinement persists in California prisons -

Reporting from Sacramento — U.S. prisons typically reserve solitary confinement for inmates who commit serious offenses behind bars. We dare to win: The reality and impact of SHU torture units. Jerry Brown Should (Still) Be Ashamed of Califo... Corrections: The Prison Industrial Complex. Private Prison Companies Want You Locked Up — Justice Policy Institute. Press Release Published: June 22, 2011. 30 Years Later, the Private Prisons Have a Future to Secure. 21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor. July 21, 2011 | "Voluntary" Work Program Run in Private Detention Centers Pays Detained Immigrants $1 a Day. By the Numbers: The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry. From private prisons to immigration detention, we break down the numbers and companies in the industry.

The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law. The 10 Worst Prisons in America: ADX. Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School. The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline. The intelligence factory: How America makes its enemies disappear—By Petra Bartosiewicz. Pakistan neuroscientist given 86 years for shooting at US agents. White House Drafts Executive Order for Indefinite Detention.