Stewart facility houses more illegal immigrants than any other state
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 Maximum Security Prison, Oglethorpe, Georgia
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 BlackAgendaReport.com 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
Second chance for veterans
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.
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.
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.
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
The state faces a Wednesday deadline to change the practice, which prison officials say is best for inmates and prison employees.
CONNELL, Washington. – Curtis Ballard rides a motorized wheelchair around his prison ward, which happens to be the new assisted living unit — a place of many windows and no visible steel bars — at Washington's Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.
A stroke left Ballard unable to walk. He's also had a heart attack and he underwent a procedure to remove skin cancer from his neck. At 77, he's been in prison since 1993 for murder. He has 14 years left on his sentence.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a request by L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca for his department to continue working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the effort to track illegal-immigrant criminals.
By DANA DiFILIPPO
Qu-eed Batts snagged his life sentence when he, at age 14, gunned down a teenager in Easton in 2006 on the orders of his Bloods street-gang leader.
By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Attorney General Jerry Brown and his lawyers are demanding that executions resume in California as soon as next week in a push that marks a significant change of heart for the former outspoken death penalty opponent.
A judge halted executions in California in 2006 and ordered prison officials to overhaul lethal injection procedures. More than 700 killers now line California Death Row, and Brown's office believes lethal injection regulations adopted last month will ensure that condemned inmates won't suffer "cruel and unusual punishment" when executed.