Steve Finley

Steve Finley


The Los Angeles Times says more than 300 ex-prisoners have been released in the Lancaster area as part of state prison realignment to save money and reduce prison crowding.

Los Angeles County sheriff's compliance teams have been assisting the county Probation Department in supervising certain Lancaster parolees sentenced for nonviolent and non-serious crimes.

Deputy Michael Rust says 315 compliance checks resulted in 182 arrests and seizure of 13 firearms. The figures contrast with a report released this week by the Chief Probation Officers of California.

The report says fewer felons are skipping out on probation under prison realignment than under the state's old parole system.










Charging more for room and board, getting rid of incentive pay tied to certain inmate work and ensuring offenders are charged for their phone calls are among the tough-on-crime changes Mr. Toews said will

save a total of more than $10-million each year. He calls the changes accountability measures. But inmate advocates say the cost-cutting measures toy with chances for rehabilitation.

Several recent deaths of Arizona inmates involving heroin are causing some to question how illegal drugs initially made it past prison walls.

ALBANY, N.Y.—An audit found that New York's State Insurance Fund paid workers compensation benefits to incarcerated felons, but examiners could not conclude whether private insurers and self-insured employers also paid benefits to any inmates.

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 03/20/2012 By Anita Kumar

A trio of Virginia legislators is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the state’s use of solitary confinement in prisons, especially of those who are mentally ill.

March 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM by AHN   Tom Ramstack – AHN News Legal Correspondent
Two prison cells shown empty and side by side

Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – The Supreme Court plans to deal with a vexing dilemma next week of when criminals who commit murder are too young to be sentenced to long prison terms.

The hearing involves separate cases of two boys who committed brutal murders when they were 14 years old.

They both were sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole, which prompted outrage among advocates of juvenile justice.

They accuse the courts of brutality for failing to recognize that the boys’ immaturity might have contributed to their criminal behavior.

Alabama’s Equal Justice Initiative, which will argue the case next week on behalf of the defendants, says life in prison for children violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban against “cruel and unusual punishment.”


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

CHICAGO - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is calling on the jail to stop a phone service that charges inmates $15 for 15-minute calls. According to Preckwinkle's spokesman, the board president just learned about the $15 calls when WBEZ approached her office for comment last week.

Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:03

Prison breaks ground on long-awaited chapel


PENDER COUNTY, NC -- Nearly 800 inmates call the Pender Correctional Institution home. Although it's just a temporary stop for most, prison leaders and the community have come together to build what they hope will make a lasting impression.

Gary Mead, executive associate director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations touring the new facility with the press..

KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) – A 608-bed facility unveiled Tuesday in Texas represents what federal officials say is a centerpiece of the Obama administration's pledge to overhaul America's much-maligned system for jailing immigration offenders.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 19:03

Spike Lee Visits Wesley Snipes in Prison

The director hints about working with the Brooklyn’s Finest star in the future.

By Ronke Idowu Reeves Posted: 03/08/2012 09:45 AM EST

Pictures of Wesley Snipes and Spike Lee shown side by side.
Pennsylvania - Wesley Snipes may currently be a prisoner at McKean Federal Institute, but when his bid is up he may find himself back on the big screen in another Spike Lee joint.