Everybody knows prisoners are routinely ripped off by the phone provider/dept. of corrections contracts across the States. Yet, it’s not something I’ve dealt with in depth here at Prison Photography (except for a brief bout of disgust toward a foolish Gaga music vid.)

Published in Inmate Telephone News

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

Published in Current Events

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.

Published in Current Events
Thursday, 15 December 2011 19:52

For inmates, pillows do the talking

Bristol Massachusetts jail inmates making pillow cases.

Chris O'Donnell pens a message for his 2-year-old daughter, Kylee. For the past 10 years, inmates at Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth have been encouraged to share messages with absent loved ones on elaborately decorated pillowcases.PETER PEREIRA/THE STANDARD-TIMESBy Brian Boy
December 08, 2011 12:00 AM
Published in Current Events
Saturday, 15 October 2011 17:19

U.S. Muslim inmates sue over meal preparation

    Muslim Inmate in federal Prison
    This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Abdul Awkal. Muslim inmates say the Ohio prison system is denying them meals prepared according to Islamic law, known as halal, while at the same time providing kosher meals to Jewish prisoners, according to a federal lawsuit that alleges a civil rights violation. Awkal says the prison system's failure to provide the halal meals is a restraint on his religious freedoms. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction,File)
     October 3, 2011 8:35 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A Muslim death row inmate says the Ohio state prison system is denying him meals prepared according to Islamic law while at the same time providing kosher meals to Jewish prisoners, according to a federal lawsuit that alleges a civil rights violation.

    The state said Monday that it has already removed pork from its menus in response to the lawsuit brought by condemned inmate Abdul Awkal, who argues the prison system's failure to provide halal meals is a restraint on his religious freedoms.  Awkal, joined by a second inmate not on death row, says the vegetarian and non-pork options offered by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction aren't good enough. The inmates say food must be prepared in specific fashion, such as ensuring that an animal is butchered by slitting its throat and draining its blood, to conform to Islamic beliefs."The issue of eating Halal meals is especially important to me because I face a death sentence," Awkal said in a filing in federal court earlier this year. "It is important to me that I follow the requirements of my faith as I approach death.

    "The state's recent decision to drop pork from all meals accommodates religious preferences without jeopardizing security, said Carlo LoParo, spokesman for the state corrections department. It "eliminates any doubt that Muslims or any inmate who has a specific prohibition against pork products receives pork inadvertently or otherwise," he said.But Monday's announcement doesn't solve that meat isn't slaughtered in the appropriate way for Muslim inmates who adhere to religious tradition, said David Singleton, executive director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, which brought the lawsuit on Awkal's behalf. He said the lawsuit will continue.
    Published in Prison Legal News

    By David Boeri
    Feb 10, 2011, 3:04 PM

    BOSTON — Despite continued calls for the justice system to impose longer prison time, more minimum mandatory sentences and tougher restrictions of getting parole, financial considerations may end up being more important than ideology in the debate over parole in Massachusetts. But it may take a little while longer to get to the bottom line.

    At Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Josh Wall, Gov. Deval Patrick’s choice to replace the Parole Board chairman he forced out last month, there was less talk about Wall than about Domenic Cinelli. He’s the prisoner the old Parole Board, all ousted now, released on parole back in 2009, which put Cinelli in a position to shoot and kill a Woburn police officer during an aborted jewelry store robbery in December 2010.

    Published in Prison Legal News