Prisons that withhold menstrual pads humiliate women and violate basic rights. Everyone laughed when Piper Chapman emerged from the shower during the first season of Orange Is the New Black with bootleg shoes made of maxi pads – and inmates do sometimes waste precious resources like sanitary products with off-label uses.
At York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut, where I spent more than six years, I used the tampons as scouring pads – certainly not as sponges, because prison tampons are essentially waterproof– when I needed to clean a stubborn mess in my cell. That should not lead anyone to think that sanitary products are easy to come by in jail. At York, each cell, which houses two female inmates, receives five pads per week to split. 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.
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.
For years the Department of Homeland Security has been known as the agency that houses immigrants awaiting deportation. Prison. Prison bankers cash in on captive customers. For years, JPay has sponsored an award for former state corrections directors presented by the Association of State Correctional Administrators, paying for the recipient’s trip and a Wexford crystal bowl inscribed with the honoree’s name.
JPay’s outreach extends to state legislatures as well, even though many of the company’s contracts forbid it from using fee revenue to lobby. The company has hired registered lobbyists in at least seven states. Shapiro says JPay’s lawyers approved the use of company funds for that purpose. In Ohio, it tapped Thomas Needles, a former aide to President George H. W. The company also sought to lobby Washington for access to the federal Bureau of Prisons’ 216,000 inmates — what Shapiro has called “the mother ship of all contracts,” which is now held by Bank of America. It spent $20,000 in 2012 to hire Park Strategies, run by former U.S.
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.
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. 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.
(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. Former Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Michel, 40, described how guards would beat, slap and tase inmates unprovoked, knowing that they would receive total impunity for their actions, reports the Los Angeles Times.
If inmates sustained injuries from abuse, deputies would simply make up scenarios to shift the blame onto their victims. 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. Non-Violent Offenses Leads United States to World's Highest Incarceration Rate. Reason, July 2011: Criminal Injustice (issue on prisons)
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.
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. Prison Rape and the Government by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow. Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2007–2008 by Allen J.
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 Initial Regulatory Impact Analysis for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Proposed National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape Under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) U.S. Prison Conditions. With the spotlight focused on detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, prison reformers hope conditions in U.S. prisons will get some attention as well.
"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. An American Gulag—The Mentally Ill at Sup... While President Obama forbid via executive order the use of torture techniques such as waterboarding, or confinement in a small box or coffin, the same executive order cemented the use of isolation, forms of sensory deprivation, use of drugs, and sleep deprivation in the Department of Defense’s Army Field Manual 2-22.3, which is now the U.S. standard for interrogation.
Secret Experimental Prisons Subject Inmates to Drastic Isolation. March 16, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Louisiana Incarcerated - NOLA.com. 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. 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.
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. Torture allegations in North Carolina prison - Charlotte City Buzz. The warden of North Carolina's Central Prison, Warden Gerald J. In Texas, Arguing That Heat Can Be a Death Sentence for Prisoners. David Bowser for The New York Times. New Mexico driver arrested and forgotten in jail for two years. Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill. California prisons: Hunger strikes reported at more California prisons - latimes.com.
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. Pelican Bay Prison: One Year Later, Policy Remains "Debrief or Die" Indefinite solitary confinement persists in California prisons - latimes.com. 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. A discussion in the wake of the Aug. 23 legislative hearing. Jerry Brown Should (Still) Be Ashamed of Califo... While President Obama forbid via executive order the use of torture techniques such as waterboarding, or confinement in a small box or coffin, the same executive order cemented the use of isolation, forms of sensory deprivation, use of drugs, and sleep deprivation in the Department of Defense’s Army Field Manual 2-22.3, which is now the U.S. standard for interrogation.
In that sense, irrespective of the controversies over waterboarding and the post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” program approved by John Yoo and other Bush-era government attorneys, much of what was KUBARK lives on. Corrections: The Prison Industrial Complex. Private Prison Companies Want You Locked Up — Justice Policy Institute. 30 Years Later, the Private Prisons Have a Future to Secure. 21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor. "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. 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.