Dental floss may prevent toothaches, but it's given jailers plenty of headaches.

Published in Current Events
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:09

MS DOC Sticks with Private Prisons

Sometime between the 8:45 p.m. and the 9:15 p.m. staff shift change on July 30, 2010, Tracy Alan Province, John Charles McCluskey and Daniel Kelly Renwick escaped from Arizona State Prison-Kingman. Just after 10 p.m., perimeter-patrol officers discovered a 30-by-22-inch hole in the fence. Two hours after the prison determined the inmates had escaped, Arizona Department of Corrections assumed command and the U.S. Marshals Service launched a manhunt.
Published in Prison Legal News

At a time when suicides are the leading cause of death in county jails, Texas jails are following tougher standards to bring down those numbers.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 03/20/2012 By Anita Kumar

A trio of Virginia legislators is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the state’s use of solitary confinement in prisons, especially of those who are mentally ill.

Published in Prison Legal News
Gary Mead, executive associate director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations touring the new facility with the press..

KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) – A 608-bed facility unveiled Tuesday in Texas represents what federal officials say is a centerpiece of the Obama administration's pledge to overhaul America's much-maligned system for jailing immigration offenders.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - It's a change that's expected to save the state criminal justice system $2.8 million this year. Texas state inmates and inmates at transfer facilities no longer get three meals a day, every day. Since April they've been getting only brunch and dinner on the weekends, and some inmate's families are fighting back.

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By Brent Rose
Oct 24, 2011 12:00 PM

Do prison inmates surf the Internet? Do they have gadgets? Do they make gadgets? Do they make weapons? Where do they get their porn and booze?

On the outside, we enjoy lives built around the fruits of modernity. But what about prisoners? San Quentin sits on the San Francisco Bay, minutes away from the most technologically famous valley in the world, so we went to prison to find out how much of our 21st-century techno-culture has made it behind bars.

San Quentin Prison in San Quentin California

San Quentin State Prison is the stuff of legend. Hell, Johnny Cash wrote a song about it. A lot has changed since The Man in Black visited, but even more striking is what hasn't changed. Recently, Gizmodo had the rare opportunity to get inside this notorious prison. To say that it was enlightening is a serious understatement.

There are a lot of rules when you visit the slam: You can't wear blue, grey, or orange. Not a stitch: Those colors are reserved for inmates only—blue and grey for the full-time residents, and orange for guys who were still being processed and might well end up in a higher security prison. (They kept us far away from the guys in orange.) You also can't bring in a cell phone, a very coveted piece of contraband. And you most definitely cannot bring in anything that could be used as a weapon; not that they're hurting for weapons, as you'll find out tomorrow.

Published in Prisoner Support
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:13

Senate rejects Webb's prison reform plan

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's proposal to form a commission to recommend widespread reforms to the criminal justice system lost a key vote Thursday in the Senate.

Webb has argued that changes are long overdue - the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, the bill notes, and half of prisoners will return to prison within three years of release. A disproportionately large share of minorities are behind bars.

Published in Prison Legal News

When Mark Melvin asked his friend to order him a Pulitzer Prize-winning history book, he didn't expect to have to file a lawsuit in order to read it.

But Melvin is currently in jail, and the book in question, "Slavery By Another Name" by Douglas A Blackmon, was returned to its sender by officials at the Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery, AL who allegedly claimed it to be "a security threat."

His case highlights the arbitrary censorship faced every day by America's prisoners at the hands of over-zealous officials, who deprive prisoners of access to thousands of books, magazines and newspapers.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons regulations state that publications can only be rejected if they are found to be "detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or if it might facilitate criminal activity." That description is generally understood to include content such as explanations on how to make explosives, martial arts training manuals and books containing maps of the prison and its surrounding area.

Published in Prison Legal News

By Garner Roberts Special to the Reporter-News
Posted June 15, 2011 at 8:31 p.m.


Texas inmates soon may get more phone time if a proposal in Austin is approved by the 82nd Texas Legislature.

The Legislature is in its first called special session of 30 days after the regular session ended May 30.

The proposal, made as an amendment to House Bill 1 by Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano, would double the minutes per month of phone use for eligible inmates from 240 to 480 (from four to eight hours).

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