Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News (140)

Sunday, 01 May 2011 06:02

Georgia deportation jail largest in nation

Written by

Stewart facility houses more illegal immigrants than any other state

By Jeremy Redmon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia doesn’t have the most illegal immigrants among the states. Not by far. That distinction, according to official estimates, falls to California.

On average, the privately run Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia held 1,614 detainees per day during the fiscal year ending in September.

Most of the detainees in Stewart wound up there after being charged with other crimes, some as minor as traffic offenses, others as serious as rape, robbery and murder.

Macon State Prison from  a distance

Macon State Maximum Security Prison, Oglethorpe, Georgia

January 10, 2011

The Concerned Coalition to Protect Prisoner Rights held a press conference on Jan. 6, 2011, to discuss the physical assaults perpetrated on inmates by prison staff. The attacks took place in the wake of fact finding visits by the coalition to Macon State Prison and Smith State Prison, following last month’s prisoner-led work stoppage that spread to nine of Georgia’s prisons.

This piece includes interviews by Bruce Dixon of with Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia Conference of NAACP Branches, Ajamu Baraka with the U.S. Human Rights Network, Chara Jackson with ACLU Georgia, Kenneth Glasgow of The Ordinary People Society, Charles Muhammad of the Nation of Islam and Hugh Esco of the Georgia Green Party.

by the Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners’ Rights

Court programs for veterans
By Michael Martinez and Casey Wian, CNN
October 29, 2010 -- Updated 0234 GMT (1034 HKT)

Second chance for veterans


  • There are about 40 veterans courts nationwide
  • The courts put convicted veterans on intensive probation
  • Offenders are usually treated for post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Defendants also get treatment for drug, alcohol and mental-health issues

Santa Ana, California (CNN) -- Veteran by veteran, Orange County, California, Superior Court Judge Wendy Lindley is dispensing justice with tough talk and a little cheerleading to the former servicemen who've returned from war in Iraq or Afghanistan. The vets are now convicted civilians in her court.

"Mr. Baker," Lindley asks one veteran, "how long you been sober? About four or five years.... Welcome back to the human race. It's great to have you around here."

Elderly people convicted of financial fraud and other federal crimes will be more likely to invoke their age in seeking lower prison terms due to a change in U.S. sentencing guidelines set to go into effect Nov. 1, a white-collar crime expert said.

The amendment states that age may be relevant in calculating sentencing ranges. The current language says age is “not ordinarily relevant.” Some high-profile defendants such as Adelphia Communications Corp.’s John Rigas and former Illinois Governor George Ryan were in their 70s and 80s when sentenced.

Sunday, 31 October 2010 21:33

APNewsBreak: Wis. paid $150K in prison sex case

Written by
October 29, 2010

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prison guard allegedly coerced male inmates into letting him give them oral sex in exchange for bringing them contraband, and his superiors initially failed to stop the assaults despite warning signs, according to previously confidential records obtained by The Associated Press.

Thursday, 28 October 2010 15:07

Aging Prison Population Poses Unique Challenges

Written by

October 26, 2010

Aging inmates often require special care, which drives up the cost of incarceration. NPR's police and prisons correspondent Laura Sullivan and Jonathan Turley, director of the Project on Older Prisoners, discuss the options available to prison systems in dealing with thousands of inmates growing old behind bars.

Oregon voters are considering another round of sentencing reforms on November 2nd.  Measure 73 increases mandatory minimum sentences for some repeat sex offenders and imposes mandatory minimums for some repeat drunken drivers.

April Baer reports that while 73 is similar to some prior ballot measures, the circumstances surrounding this year’s vote are different.

By The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge is calling a halt to new legal actions by a prison inmate who has filed more than 5,000 lawsuits and targeted the famous, the infamous and even the long-dead.

Under an order issued Oct. 18 by U.S. District Judge Karl F. Forester, the Bureau of Prisons can review and reject any legal mail sent by Jonathan Lee Riches, an inmate at the federal prison in Lexington.

Thursday, 30 September 2010 00:34

Rock County’s jail diversion programs draw attention

Written by

By Hilary Dickinson
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:37 AM CDT

When faced with building new jails in tough economic times, counties across Wisconsin want to look at Rock County’s alternative jail inmate programs.

Earlier this week, Sheriff Robert Spoden traveled to Milwaukee where he addressed the Wisconsin Counties Association on alternative programs such as the use of electronic monitoring. Last week, Spoden also discussed the successes of these programs with 20 Milwaukee County officials from the Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Committee at the request of State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee.


Published September 21, 2010 | Associated Press


South Carolina prison officials say they have no plans to stop segregating HIV-positive inmates despite the threat of a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department.

The state faces a Wednesday deadline to change the practice, which prison officials say is best for inmates and prison employees.

All state prisons "are safer from a public health perspective and a security perspective as a direct result of this program," Corrections Department attorney David Tatarsky wrote in an August response to the Department of Justice.