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Indiana Caps Phone Rates in State Prisons and Jails

by Ashleigh N. Dye

On July 1, 2022, a new Indiana law took effect that caps the price charged for phone calls in state prisons and jails. With the change, those held by the state Department of Corrections (DOC) now pay 12 cents per minute for a call. However, since ...

Even as U.S. Jail Population Declines, Average Length of Stay Rises

by Ashleigh N. Dye

A recent study published in December 2021 suggests that even as U.S. jail population was falling between 2014 and 2019, the length of stay for each incarceration was on the rise.

The study, Understanding Trends in Jail Populations, 2014-2019: A Multi-Site Analysis, was conducted by ...

A First Glance in Rear-View Mirror at Pandemic

by Kevin W. Bliss, Matt Clarke, Ashleigh N. Dye and Keith Sanders

As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes from the headlines, its full effect on prisoners and detainees is coming into clearer view. One of the first glimpses was provided in a December 2021 report by the federal Department of Justice ...

$177,500 in Settlements Reached with Detainees Assaulted by Guards at Pennsylvania Jail

by Ashleigh N. Dye

Settlement agreements totaling $177,500 were approved in the winter of 2021-22 by the Board of County Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, resolving claims by a pair of former detainees at the county jail who were allegedly assaulted by guards.

The first agreement was approved on December ...

Mentally and Physically Disabled Texas Woman Hospitalized After Mistreatment at Jail

by Ashleigh N. Dye

A disabled woman, who suffers from a severe seizure disorder, ended up spending eight weeks hospitalized in a coma with a black eye and bruises, after spending ten days in Texas’ Tarrant County Jail.

Kelly Masten, 38, was sent to the jail after her grandmother and ...

Prisoner’s TikTok Videos Expose Problems in Her Florida Prison

by Ashleigh Dye

“Hey guys, this is Kay coming from Lowell CI, where the day is as dark as black coffee.”

So begins each video in a series recorded by a woman while she was incarcerated at Lowell Correctional Institution in Florida in 2021, which were then posted to the ...

Maine State Prison Guard Awarded $400,000 in Sex Discrimination Settlement

by Ashleigh N. Dye

A sex discrimination suit against filed by a female guard at the Maine State Prison against the state Department of Corrections (DOC) was settled for $400,000 in June 2022.

The guard, Autumn Dinsmore, filed the suit in federal court for the District of Maine in July ...

Maryland Strips Governor’s Power to Overturn Parole Decisions

by Ashleigh Dye

On December 7, 2021, Maryland lawmakers voted to override the governor’s veto and take away his power to overrule parole recommendations for state prisoners serving a life sentence.

After the bill, SB 202, passed earlier in the year, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed it in May 2021, ...

Prison Phone Giant GTL Cuts Prices in Miami-Dade Jails, But Only After County Taps COVID-19 Relief Funds to Replace Forfeited Kickbacks

by Ashleigh Dye

When prison telecom company Global Tel*Link (GTL) agreed to slash the price for calls that it charges detainees held by the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) in November 2021, it was only because advocates of the incarcerated convinced county officials to forfeit kickbacks the firm ...

$250,000 Paid to Woman Forced to Give Birth in California Jail Cell by Guards and CFMG Nurses

by Ashleigh Dye

A woman who gave birth in a cell in 2017 at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, has been awarded $250,000 to settle a lawsuit she filed the following year against Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern and jail employees, including its privately contracted healthcare staffers. The ...