Inmate Ezra Ayala, left, got a visit from his fiancée, Alexandra Shelton. The time together, he says, is an incentive not to return.
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.
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
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.
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.
The United States Bureau of Prisons calls its UNICOR business services unit "The Best Kept Secret in Outsourcing."
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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 . 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.
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.
|The federal prison in McRae Georgia is set to expand.|
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Blog by Bob Norman
POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
UPDATED: 4:07 pm EDT October 28, 2011
SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. -- The plan to build an 1,800-bed private immigration prison in Southwest Ranches has been met with protests and controversy, but town council members say the prison is needed to bring the town new revenues. Too bad it hasn't reaped much from the prison firm, Nashville-based CCA, yet. The company has gotten off dirt cheap on property taxes, paying less on the 22 acre property it bought to build the prison back in 1998 than most nearby homeowners.
A razorwire fence outside of a Canadian prison Peter Blashil/Postmedia News Files
Kathryn Blaze Carlson Sep 24, 2011 – 9:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 26, 2011 12:24 PM ET
The Conservative government is in the midst of a procurement blitz to ramp up expansions at federal prisons across the country, just as it moves to pass a sweeping tough-on-crime bill that will inevitably send more people to prison and for longer.
Construction firms submitted bids for at least seven major building or renovation projects this month alone, worth at least $32-million and adding a known 576 beds to federal prisons in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and Alberta over the next two years.
The price tag is modest and includes projects for which the cost was vaguely estimated or not listed at all. The most expensive project, at $12-million, is to restore four 100-cell blocks at the Cowansville Institution in Quebec.
Crime will be high on Parliament's agenda, given the priority that the Conservatives attached to the issue in the last election.
You don't have to be Conrad Black to have strong feelings about crime and punishment. But as on so many policy issues, feelings, no matter how strong they are, only get you so far.
If we try to think analytically about crime and punishment issues, however, we quickly see that each side in the debate brings something valuable to the table.
Texas stopped serving so-called last meals to death row inmates this week after a state lawmaker complained about an inmate request he considered excessive.
The furor arose after Lawrence Brewer, 44, a convicted murderer and self-described white supremacist, requested a last meal that included: two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions; a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger; a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños; a bowl of fried okra with ketchup; one pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread; three fajitas; a meat-lover’s pizza; one pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream; a slab of peanut-butter fudge with crushed peanuts; and three root beers.
Brewer had been condemned to die for the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr. in the East Texas town of Jasper; the slaying drew international attention and led to state and federal hate-crimes legislation.
The men, who were recruited by Camden's new Office of Prevention and Reentry, are working with the Camden Special Services District Clean Team, sweeping and raking city parks and its business corridors.
One of the participants, Adrian Muse, 39, said the job keeps him busy and is a way to give back to his community.
"I no longer take life for granted," Muse said after Camden, New Jersey Mayor Dana L. Redd launched her "Safe Schools/Safe Corridors" fall cleanup event Tuesday. Muse and the other Clean Team members helped clean up the area around Bonsall Elementary School.