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The prosecutor in the case of George Zimmerman called the conduct of the defense lawyer 'a slippery slope' in pleading with the judge Friday to impose a gag order on all attorneys.
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The prosecutor in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager in central Florida called the conduct of the defense lawyer "a slippery slope" in pleading with the judge Friday to impose a gag order on all attorneys.

Published in Current Events
Monday, 22 October 2012 20:07

Avenal prison to block cellphones

 

California prison officials will start using new cellphone-blocking technology at a central San Joaquin Valley prison this week, the first step to rolling it out systemwide.

Published in Prison Legal News

The Obama administration plans to buy an Illinois prison that at one point was considered for housing Guantanamo prisoners with Republican lawmakers now claiming the purchase would open the door for ultimately carrying out the Guantanamo transfer.
Published in Current Events

U.S. prisoners pay as much as $17 for a 15 minute call with their families in a jailhouse phone market dominated by two private equity-backed companies, and that cost now is drawing scrutiny from regulators.

Published in Inmate Telephone News
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:39

New laws help ex-inmates in Ohio find jobs

Hundreds of individuals are released from prison and back into communities annually across Ohio, and the Rev. Willie Peterson wants them to know where to seek help.

Published in Prisoner Support
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:35

Equine Therapy: Prison Inmate Programs

 

 

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By Claire Dorotik, LMFT

While there may be some people who believe that inmates cannot, or should not be rehabilitated, returning them back to civilian life in a productive way is actually the original purpose of our prisons.

Published in Prisoner Support

The event, designed to commemorate some of the most infamous prison breaks in American history, will feature interactive and family-friendly activities all weekend long.  Visitors can try their hand at Bocce Ball, a means of escape for inmates in the 20th century, or decide which inmate is truly responsible for Eastern State's 1945 tunnel escape.

Published in Prison Legal News

RICHMOND — About four dozen prisoners at Virginia’s only super-maximum prison began a hunger strike Tuesday, demanding an end to what they call poor conditions, ongoing abuse and the practice of  solitary confinement.

Published in Current Events

By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – Fri, May 18, 2012

What if it cost $17 to make a 15-minute phone call in the U.S.? How often would you call home?

That's the dilemma facing many inmates who must rely on the prison phone service and pay sky-high rates.

A bipartisan group of prison reformers is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stop phone companies from charging inmates what they call unreasonable and predatory rates to make phone calls.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

Prison officials can’t seem to confiscate inmates’ cell phones quickly enough, and many of the devices include Facebook applications that the prisoners use to regularly update profiles.

According to an article in The New York Times, California corrections officers confiscated almost 9,000 phones from inmates last year, and officials in other states also had four-digits worth of confiscations in 2009. All of these devices have social media on them, as an inmate at Smith State Prison in Georgia told the newspaper, “Almost everybody has a phone. Almost every phone is a smartphone. Almost everybody with a smartphone has a Facebook.”

Published in Inmate Telephone News
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