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Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:48

State committees endorse new prison construction

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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.
Monday, 16 January 2012 16:28

Getting Prison Numbers Down—For Good

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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 16:04

Massachusetts prisons: 3 strikes and your out.

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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

Friday, 30 December 2011 18:35

Ohio prepares to privatize some state prisons

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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.

Friday, 30 December 2011 17:34

New Laws Come With The New Year In North Carolina

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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.

December 19, 2011 9:40 AM

Photo composition showing a judge's gavel with a jail cellblock as backdrop.

America's youth are in trouble - literally.

Parents and non-parents alike might be shocked to learn a new study estimates that roughly 1 in 3 U.S. youths will be arrested for a non-traffic offense by age 23 - a "substantively higher" proportion than predicted in the 1960s.

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — New death sentences in the United States have declined 75 percent from their peak since executions resumed in the 1970s, an anti-capital punishment group reports.

The Death Penalty Information Center said 78 people convicted of murder were sentenced to die so far in 2011, the first time in 35 years there have been fewer than 100 new death sentences.

By Matt Lakin

Cocke county jail inmate Terry Lynn Fine standing by his bunk in his cell.
Terry Lynn Fine estimates he spent most of his life dealing drugs or stealing in order to buy drugs, mainly pain pills, before his latest arrival inside this cell in the Cocke County jail. Fine. 47, is serving a 12-year sentence. That sentence currently costs taxpayers about $35 per day
NEWPORT,TENNESSEE — Terry Lynn Fine eats, sleeps and passes every minute of the day at public expense.

He's lived most of his 47 years on other people's money — whether stealing, selling pain pills or doing time in his second home at the Cocke County jail.