Steve Finley

Steve Finley

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 18:32

Ohio inmates pay for their prison stay

County has collected nearly $30,000 in two months.  The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A southeastern Ohio prosecutor is trying to help the county's budget by pursuing financial restitution from jail inmates who've been convicted of crimes.

File picture of Limetone Correctional Facility in Alabama.

 

Dozens of Alabama prison inmates have been transferred, after a tornado damaged a Limestone County prison.

March 12, 2012 | By Julie Small | KPCC

Picture of a Pelican Bay Prison Secure Housing Unit.

The "Secure Housing Unit" at Pelican Bay State Prison

California prison officials have announced plans to revise policies for controlling prison gangs. Last week they said they want to refine criteria for deciding who poses a threat — and gets isolated in what’s called Security Housing Units or “the SHU.”

Jan. 22, 2011
Written by Nancy Averett / Guest columnist
OHIO - Increasingly, experts believe delinquent youth incarceration is harmful, ineffective and wasteful, that it has the exact opposite impact of its intent: promoting public safety. As the Annie E. Casey Foundation noted in its an October 2011 report "No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration," systemic mistreatment of confined youth has been documented in the youth corrections systems of 22 states, including Ohio, since 2000.

Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:44

Mendota's new federal prison opens soon

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Carlos Saucedo

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 8:10 AM

 

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. -- Four Birmingham-area men recently released from federal prisons sat in a jury box last Wednesday inside the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse and listened to U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre explain a new program aimed at keeping them out of trouble -- and prison -- again.

All four men had been identified through a ranking system to be among those at highest risk to commit another crime.

Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 8:30 AM     Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 9:52 AM By Kent Faulk -- The Birmingham News

Image of hands holding a bagful of crack cocaine.

The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 changed how judges sentenced felons for crack cocaine offenses as compared to those sentences for crimes involving powdered cocaine. (The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Willie Thomas Morris left the federal prison at Talladega a free man on Nov. 8 after having served about two-thirds of a nine-year and two-month sentence for his conviction on gun and crack cocaine charges.

"His family was very happy to have him back home, especially before the holidays," said Scott Brower, the Birmingham lawyer who had represented Morris after he was charged.

By M. Alex Johnson of msnbc.com and Bill Lambdin of WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y.

Inmates at Greene Correctional Institution in Coxsackie, N.Y., staff a state Department of Motor Vehicles call center
Inmates at Greene Correctional Institution in Coxsackie, N.Y., staff a state Department of Motor Vehicles call center .WNYT-T
NEW YORK - When you call a company or government agency for help, there's a good chance the person on the other end of the line is a prison inmate.

The federal government calls it "the best-kept secret in outsourcing" — providing inmates to staff call centers and other services in both the private and public sectors.

 

Last summer, Ohio legislators took action to reduce state expenses by putting low-level criminal offenders into local community service programs rather than sending them to state prison.

If it works, the state Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections estimates the state will save $46 million a year.

CALIFORNIA - State law can address the claims of an inmate who says medical staff mistreated him at a privately run federal prison, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, rejecting the idea that the landmark Bivens case gives him federal standing.
Richard Lee Pollard filed a pro se lawsuit in 2002 over injuries he sustained by slipping on a cart left in the doorway of a butcher shop at the Taft Correctional Institution in California.