Inmates use technology to organize state prison protest At least four Georgia prisons were locked down Monday for the fifth-straight day as inmates continue a work-stoppage in protest of conditions. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Peggy Chapman said there had been no “major incidents or issues” reported at any of the four prisons that continue to be locked down, nor at any of the state's other 26 facilities. Inmate advocates and relatives say, however, that heat and hot water have been turned off at some prisons and that there have been some physical confrontations between prisoners and guards. Corrections officials said the prisons on lockdown are Hays State Prison in Trion, Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Telfair State Prison in Helena and Smith State Prison in Glennville.
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With the spotlight focused on detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, prison reformers hope conditions in U.S. prisons will get some attention as well. Join NPR's Neal Conan to discuss prison life in America and what is being done to monitor and minimize prisoner abuse. Guests: Jeffrey Ian Ross *Author of Behind Bars: Surviving Prison *Worked for more than three years at a correctional facility *Assistant professor, Division of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Social Policy at the University of Baltimore Martin Lord *Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction and Probation 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. 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.
For the first time this Christmas, people in prison will not be able to receive parcels from their loved ones under petty and mean new rules introduced by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. The new rules, which forbid prisoners from receiving any items in the post unless there are exceptional circumstances, were introduced in November as part of the government’s changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme. An American Gulag—The Mentally Ill at Sup...
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Taking aim at years of violence, rapes, suicides and poor conditions at Orleans Parish Prison, U.S. 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. As a follow-up to Thursday's ruling, Africk will preside over a hearing slated for Monday to determine how much the prison reforms will cost and who will pay for them. By coincidence, New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux on Thursday issued a report saying that his investigation of the prison shows the city has been adequately funding its operations and problems there cannot be blamed on a lack of money, as Sheriff Marlin Gusman has claimed. Federal judge rules consent decree only way to fix 'indelible stain' of Orleans Parish Prison
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. They might have AIDS and might try to grab your hand and push something into it.” “AIDS?” I ask.
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. Torture allegations in North Carolina prison - Charlotte City Buzz
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.
A 58-year-old New Mexico man has been awarded $22 million in one of the largest ever federal civil rights settlements of its kind. For 22 months, Stephen Slevin was held in solitary confinement and never brought to trial. He wasn’t the victim of the National Defense Authorization Act, which since being signed last month give the president permission to detain Americans without charge. Slevin was arrested in August 2005 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. From then until May 2007, he was essentially forgotten in a small, padded cell with no natural sunlight in a Dona Ana County, New Mexico prison cell. New Mexico driver arrested and forgotten in jail for two years
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. Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill
California prisons: Hunger strikes reported at more California prisons - latimes.com Inmates in at least 11 of California's 33 prisons are refusing meals in solidarity with a hunger strike staged by prisoners in one of the system's special maximum-security units, officials said Tuesday. The strike began Friday when inmates in the Security Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison stopped eating meals in protest of conditions that they contend are cruel and inhumane. "There are inmates in at least a third of our prisons who are refusing state-issued meals," said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The number of declared strikers at Pelican Bay — reported Saturday as fewer than two dozen — has grown but is changing daily, she said. The same is true at other prisons. Some inmates are refusing all meals, while others are rejecting only some, Thornton said.
One Year After Historic Hunger Strike, Isolated California Prisoners Report Little Change At this time one year ago, a three week hunger strike across California prisons had been concluded, and the California Assembly had begun planning a hearing on the use of solitary confinement in California’s prisons. The conditions of the California Security Housing Units, where over 3,000 inmates are held in isolation, many for decades, had come to the public’s attention. In the time since August 2011, there would be another round of three week hunger strikes, a smaller series of hunger strikes at the Corcoran Administrative Segregation Unit, a new “Step Down Program” announced in California, a federal lawsuit filed by Pelican Bay SHU inmates, and a US Senate hearing on solitary confinement. Even so, the situation in the SHUs and ASUs remains much as it did one year ago. A few concessions by prison officials, such as issuing sweatpants and allowing family photos, did nothing to change the problem of long-term isolation and non-existent due process.
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