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Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:42

Written by  Elyssa Pachi

Peruvian police confronting violent demostrators

Violent protests in southern Peru over the proposed expansion of a local prison call attention to the need for prison reform across the country, which holds 49,000 inmates in a system built for 28,000.On December 2, demonstrators rallying against a prison expansion plan clashed with police in Cañete province, just south of Lima. At least one person was killed and another 20 injured, reports the BBC
Thursday, 15 December 2011 19:46

Inmates who get visits are less likely to go back

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Stillwater prison inmate visits with his girlfriend

Inmate Ezra Ayala, left, got a visit from his fiancée, Alexandra Shelton. The time together, he says, is an incentive not to return.

Article by: PAUL McENROE , Star Tribune
Updated: December 6, 2011 - 6:31 AM
Paul McEnroe

Minnesota - Ezra Ayala, finishing out a prison term for felony theft, placed a quick kiss on his fiancée's cheek, gave her a squeeze and walked off with a memory he could hold into the night and beyond. The smear of her mascara stained his shirt.

Across the visitor's room at the Stillwater Correctional Facility one day last week, about 10 other inmates finished up their visits -- quiet moments spent in the effort to keep relationships intact, figuring out how to pay the heat bill, and shuffling the myriad problems facing families and friends who are kept apart by bars.

Thursday, 15 December 2011 19:11

Robotic Guards Will Soon Patrol South Korean Prison

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Korean robotic correctional guard prototype

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm


Korean Robot Guard Prototypes of a prison guard robot are set to begin a test run in March, according to the South Korean news agency. Yonhap News Agency
The possibility of robot workers raises a certain type of futurey allure combined with a sense of danger — in a variety of settings, they could help humans work better and faster, but they could also replace us, or worse, maim us. So how are we supposed to feel about the news of a new troupe of robot prison guards? It’s awesome. And terrifying. The machines will monitor inmates for abnormal behavior, according to the BBC. They'll be able to detect prisoner violence and even notice attempts at suicide, which researchers say will help reduce human guards’ workload. The robots will mostly work at night, patrolling correctional facilities and helping prisoners connect with officers, according to Yonhap. They come equipped with a “remote conversation function,” via the cameras mounted on their torsos.Three prototype guard ‘bots will spend a month in a jail in the city of Pohang. The Asian Forum for Corrections, a South Korean research group, developed the robots in concert with Kyonggi University. The project will cost about $864,000.Robots are already a mainstay in factories, surgical bays and disaster areas, so it's reasonable to see them in prisons, too. But what happens when the prisoners take them over?


Governor Christie announces new prisoner re-entry program

Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative at the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden on Monday. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Monday, November 28, 2011

CAMDEN, New Jersey – Building on New Jersey’s existing prisoner re-entry, rehabilitation and prevention programs, Gov. Chris Christie today outlined an initiative to help more offenders get the support they need to successfully re-enter society, break the cycle of criminality and lead productive lives.

Thursday, 15 December 2011 19:06

NC Senate Votes To Repeal Death Row Law

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Raleigh, NC -- The Republican-controlled state Senate voted Monday night to repeal a landmark 2009 state law that allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences by using statistical evidence to try and prove the taint of racial bias.


Thursday, 15 December 2011 19:06

Outsourcing Behind Bars

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By Justin Rohrlich Nov 28, 2011 3:10 pm

The United States Bureau of Prisons calls its UNICOR business services unit "The Best Kept Secret in Outsourcing."

Having cemented a reputation as the world’s go-to outsourcing destination, it appears that India’s dominance of the global call center market has been usurped.

According to Vikas Bajaj of the New York Times, more Filipinos “now spend their nights talking to mostly American consumers” as “a preference for American English” takes hold in the call center industry.


Crime Scene

Ángel Franco/The New York Times

A receptacle marked “Amnesty.”

 New York City - The boxes once held mail, but now are usually painted red and marked with the word “Amnesty” stenciled on the front, and there are several of them at Rikers Island. They are last-chance invitations to visitors to anonymously relieve themselves of any contraband intended for an inmate. Call them tossed-and-found boxes. They are emptied every week


The boxes are opened on Tuesdays. Inside this week: six cellphones, three canisters of pepper spray, eight blades of various sorts (including a steak knife). Also, two forks, two pairs of scissors, something wrapped in plastic, a hypodermic needle and — now here was something strange — a calculator.


Thursday, 15 December 2011 18:28

Inmate conditions at N.C. prison troubling

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View of an empty cell in a North Carolina prison

In cells like this, a critical report said, mentally ill inmates were naked, left in filth and improperly strapped down at Central Prison in Raleigh. GERRY BROOME - AP

New building will be good but fix any systemic problems as well.

The findings of an internal review of conditions for mentally ill inmates at North Carolina's Central Prison - conditions made public last week - are stomach-churning, no matter what excuses or reasons officials offer. Gov. Bev Perdue rightly called them unacceptable.

We echo the comments she made when told of the neglect and unsanitary situations an internal review documented: "Nobody expects really luxurious treatment for any prisoners; they're there for a reason. But we also expect there to be very decent, humane, healthy conditions for the prison population."

What were those conditions?

Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in the computer systems used to control facilities at federal prisons that could allow an outsider to remotely take them over, doing everything from opening and overloading cell door mechanisms to shutting down internal communications systems. Tiffany Rad, Teague Newman, and John Strauchs, who presented their research on October 26 at the Hacker Halted information security conference in Miami, worked in Newman's basement to develop the attacks that could take control of prisons' industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers. They spent less than $2,500 and had no previous experience in dealing with those technologies.

Tuesday, 01 November 2011 16:11

Federal prison in McRae set to expand

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Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

McRae Federal Prison in McRae Georgia

The federal prison in McRae Georgia is set to expand.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has entered into a contract to expand the McRae Correctional Center, in Georgia, according to a news release.

CCA, a nationwide company that builds, designs and manages prisons, has entered into a four-year management agreement that will result in the facility’s 1,524 inmate capacity increasing to 2,275. The agreement allows for three two-year renewals, according to the release.
McRae Correctional Center, located in McRae, houses male minimum security inmates. CCA has managed the prison since 2000, according to the release.