Steve Finley

Steve Finley

Posted: Jan 10, 2012 11:05 AM EST Updated: Jan 17, 2012 11:05 AM EST By Kevin Howell, Assistant News Director l

West Virginia Legislature Building

 CHARLESTON,WVA pair of legislative committees endorsed the idea of a new state prison Tuesday in Charleston.

Now, the West Virginia legislature will decide whether to call for a new 1,200-cell, medium-security prison.

The House and Senate Judiciary committees votes, which were not unanimous, follow the release of a special commission study of inmate overcrowding.

Because West Virginia state prisons are full, more than 2,100 convicted felons are housed in regional jails rather than prisons. That leaves regional jails with more inmates than they were designed to hold.

The Legislature's regular 60-day session begins Wednesday.

 

By Lynn Herrmann Jan 10, 2012

Washington- More than 2,500 youth offenders serving life without parole sentences in United States adult prisons experience conditions violating basic human rights, including denied access to education, isolationism, rape, and assault, according to a new report.

Julie Hilden

Writing materials used by inmates to write to pen pals.

Last year, on December 22, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary judgment in a case involving prisoners’ First Amendment and due process rights.  In this column, I’ll argue that the court made the wrong call.

By Nikolas Bunton

Inmates of the Sierra Conservation Center training in the field for becoming firefighters.


JAMESTOWN, CALIFORNIA — “I’m not perfect by any means, and nobody is, but I’m ten times a better man than I was before this camp term,” inmate firefighter Philip Kirkpatrick, an eager camp inmate in his late twenties recounts of his experiences at Baseline Conservation Camp, one of the 19 prison fire camps conveniently placed throughout the state of California to fight wildfires, “I feel like my life has purpose to it now, and that’s something that I’ve honestly never had before. I’m ready to take on the world.”

Monday, 16 January 2012 16:28

Getting Prison Numbers Down—For Good

By Malcolm C. Young  Sunday, January 01, 2012

Any attention to mass incarceration is welcome in a nation where prison reformers, community groups, advocates from across the political spectrum, major foundations, and many policymakers favor reducing prison incarceration—currently at levels that have no peacetime historical or international precedent.

Yet despite evidence that the U.S. Prison System as a whole may at last have turned away from the annual increases in state prison incarceration that began in the early 1970s, it remains to be seen whether progress toward meaningful reductions will proceed at a pace necessary to have a significant impact on the phenomenon.

The basis for broad-based and deep change in sentencing and corrections practices has not yet emerged.

Monday, 02 January 2012 17:49

Texas still top state for the death penalty

By Anna M. Tinsley

TEXAS - With six executions scheduled for the first three months of 2012 -- and more than twice as many executions as any other state on the books last year -- Texas is poised to continue leading the nation in executions despite a nationwide slowdown in capital punishment.


By Leslie Walker and Jean Trounstine/Guest columnists

MetroWest Daily News
Posted Jan 01, 2012 @ 12:29 AM

Massachusetts prisons are rapidly moving into the ranks of the most overcrowded and expensive in the country — and Metrowest facilities are among the biggest offenders. Two “Three Strikes and You’re Out” bills passed the Massachusetts House and Senate recently will only make a bad situation worse

By AP  | December 29, 2011

MARION, Ohio (AP) — David Kah will report to the same job in the same training kitchen at Ohio's 17-year-old state prison in Marion in January — but much about his life will be changed.

Kah (pronounced KAY) is leaving the public payroll and taking a job with Management & Training Corp., the Centerville, Utah-based prison vendor that takes over operation of North Central Correctional Institution on Saturday. The longtime culinary arts instructor, who's 67, says he'll see significant reductions in pay and vacation days, but he's looking forward to the new operator's plans for his program.

10:42 AM, Dec 30, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA -- More criminals convicted of misdemeanors will be housed in county jails rather than in state prisons to save money and reduce repeat offenses.

Dec. 27, 2011 | By Julie Small | KP

Tuesday was a benchmark day for California prisons. A federal court order requires California to reduce its prison population by 10,000 inmates.