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Articles by Rick Anderson

Long-Term Illinois Prisoners Rarely Released by State Parole Board

by Rick Anderson

The more a certain group of Illinois prisoners age behind bars, the less likely they are to be released, according to a study released last year by the non-partisan, not-for-profit group Injustice Watch.

The study, using Prisoner Review Board records and other documents, revealed that several board ...

Female Prisoner Wore Wire to Take Down Rikers Island Guards, Wins $425,000 Settlement

by Rick Anderson

A female prisoner in New York who wore a wire to help bust three Rikers Island jailers who sexually abused her has received a $425,000 settlement from the city. 

The trio of guards – David Johnson, Steven Santiago and Nana Osei – reportedly abused prisoner ...

One in 55 Adults on Probation or Parole, Study Finds

by Rick Anderson

The number of people on probation and parole increased 239 percent from 1980 to 2016, according to a September 2018 report by the Pew Research Center. That spurred a dramatic rise in the per capita rate of people under community supervision, which grew to one out of ...

Appeals court rules in favor of Latino denied guard job in California prison

by Rick Anderson

Victor Guerrero, wrongly denied a chance to apply as a California prison guard after disclosing he had once used a false Social Security number to obtain a job, can now seek additional damages from the state, an appeals court ruled Nov. 7, 2018.

 Guerrero had already won ...

Head of Nashville’s Correct Care Solutions arrested for DUI

by Rick Anderson

Jerry Boyle, CEO of Correct Care Solutions, was arrested for driving under the influence on June 16, 2015, after police found him in the parking lot of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

 According to a police report obtained by the Daily News Journal ...

California Prisons Struggle with Environmental Threats from Sewage Spills, Contaminated Water, Airborne Disease

by Rick Anderson

"When I walk into my cell and see a [toilet] bowl full of brown water, I’m reminded of my status in the world; I’m reminded of my value. All the pious talk in the world about rehabilitation doesn’t change this ugly reality.”

That was lifer Kenneth ...

Registration, Tracking of Sex Offenders Drives Mass Incarceration Numbers and Costs

by Rick Anderson

The September 1988 rape and murder of 29-year-old Diane Ballasiotes in Seattle, Washington, followed by the 1989 rape and sexual mutilation of a 7-year-old Tacoma boy, were the seedlings of today’s nationwide sex offender registry laws – a 50-state network that tracks over 805,000 registrants and ...

Greenwashing Washington State’s Prison System in a River of Sewage

Greenwashing Washington State’s Prison System in a River of Sewage

by Rick Anderson

Greenwashing: When an agency or company spends more on marketing and public relations to promote the perception they are environmentally conscious than they spend on implementing environmentally conscious practices and policies.

In 2005, embarking on a new-found ...

In Washington State Prisons, Negligent Health Care Turns Illness into a Death Sentence

In Washington State Prisons, Negligent Health Care Turns Illness into a Death Sentence

Ricardo Cruz Mejia went to prison a murderer, he left a victim.

by Rick Anderson

Ricardo Cruz Mejia’s final days began with a stomach problem. It was October 2010. After the 26-year-old Walla Walla State Penitentiary prisoner ...

Unreported Jail Deaths: There have been two apparent suicides, one of which remains a mystery.

By Rick Anderson

Gas-station robber Ronald Ray Hicks went to sleep in his King County Jail bunk just before 10 p.m. July 25 and never woke up. His cellmate noticed Hicks still lying on his left side on the lower bunk, facing the wall, as the downtown jail was ...