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California Sheriff’s Largest Campaign Donors include Corizon and Aramark by Greg Dober by Greg Dober  In Alameda County, California, Corizon Correctional Healthcare is facing questions regarding campaign contributions to County Sheriff Greg Ahern.  While investigating two inmate deaths at Santa Rita jail, in Alameda County, television station, KTVU-2 uncovered public ...
Immigration Detention Company Splurges on Lobbying Under Trump by Erin Rosa by Erin Rosa One of the country’s largest immigration jailers and private prison companies spent $420,000 lobbying the Justice Department and federal lawmakers during the first three months of 2017, more than half of what they spent last year ...
Article • April 18, 2017
George Soros' Quiet Overhaul of the U.S. Justice System by Scott Bland by Scott Bland, Politico While America’s political kingmakers inject their millions into high-profile presidential and congressional contests, Democratic mega-donor George Soros has directed his wealth into an under-the-radar 2016 campaign to advance one of the progressive movement’s core goals ...
Article • April 13, 2017
States Adopt Limited Collateral Consequence Reforms; More Needed for Meaningful Impact by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson Between 2009 and 2014, forty-one states and the District of Columbia enacted 155 laws - 93 in 2013 and 2014, alone - to ease the impact of some “collateral consequences of criminal convictions,” ...
Publication • April 10, 2017
Office of the Washington State Auditor - Whistleblower Investigation Report, 2017 Whistleblower Investigation Report Department of Corrections Published March 13, 2017 Report No. 1018764 Office of the Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy March 13, 2017 Jody Becker-Green, Acting Secretary Department of Corrections Report on Whistleblower Investigation Attached is the official ...
Publication • April 10, 2017
Filed under: Prison Reform
Common Justice - Accounting for Violence Fact Sheet, 2017 Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration February 2017 Fact Sheet Violence and mass incarceration in the United States are inextricably connected, although research shows that both can be reduced at the same ...
Article • April 5, 2017
Denver Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Ignoring and Instigating Prisoner Attacks by Gary Hunter by Gary Hunter Video surveillance cameras captured jail guard Gaynel Rumer walking briskly past a cell where a prisoner was being beaten and tortured without ever looking inside. According to a lawsuit filed by Jamal Hunter the ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
State Sentencing Reforms Doing Little to Reduce Nation’s Prison Population by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton With almost 7 million people under some sort of correctional supervision, including probation and parole, the United States continues to lead the world in terms of tough-on-crime policies and incarceration rates. Although there have ...
Report: How Private Prison Companies Exercise Influence Over Public Officials by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis An October 2016 report released by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a research and policy group that opposes the privatization of government services, details the millions of dollars spent by for-profit prison companies to ...
Publication • March 16, 2017
Filed under: Prison Reform
Common Justice - Accounting for Violence, Danielle Sered, 2017 Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration Danielle Sered Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Break Our Failed Reliance on Mass Incarceration 1 About Common Justice Common Justice develops and advances ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Colorado: Demonstrators Clash with Police over Seizure of Jury Nullification Pamphlets by Joe Watson Occupy Denver and other local activists have been engaged in a long-term campaign of jury nullification education outside Denver’s Second Judicial District courthouse. The activists’ attempts to exercise their First Amendment rights have resulted in repeated ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Despite Lack of State License, ICE Family Detention Center Continues Operating by In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PDHS) issued a statement saying it “believes that the current use of the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC) as a family residential center is inconsistent with its current license as ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Delaware Prisoners Demand Education, Rehabilitation by Monte McCoin At 1:59 p.m. on February 1, 2017, the tip line rang in the newsroom at Delaware’s largest paper. Reporters from The News Journal were the first members of the media to hear about a disturbance and hostage situation at the James T. ...
2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions by Brian Sonenstein Although the nationwide prison strike has fallen from headlines in recent months, incarcerated individuals continue to resist abuse and mistreatment while supporters on the outside rally to their defense. Prisoners in Delaware made international headlines when they took hostages and held Building C at the Vaughn ...
Article • February 24, 2017
Our Bail System Is Leaving Innocent People To Die In Jail Because They’re Poor by When freedom is only available to those who can afford it, many end up paying with their lives. By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post Of the nearly 750,000 inmates confined in jails around the U.S. ...
At Virginia's Supermax Prisons, Isolation and Abuse Persist Despite Reforms by By Katie Rose Quandt and Jack Denton, Solitary Watch Red Onion State Prison, a supermax complex in the southwest corner of Virginia near the Kentucky border, has long had a reputation as one of the harshest prisons in the nation. ...
Beyond the Bars of Hopelessness: How We Can Revive Parole by By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A newly released Sentencing Project report, "Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences", lays it on the line: Incarcerated people who have been sentenced to "life" but are eligible for parole are serving ...
The Private Prison Primer: Stolen shoes and the Kingman riots by By Beryl Lipton, MuckRock Part 1 - Taking a look inside the black hole of prisoner grievances, and the lessons learned too late During the years it was operated by the private Management and Training Corporation, the “property” grievance was ...
Riot at Private Prison in Arizona Prompts Review, Reforms and Change in Contractor by Derek Gilna In July 2015, the privately-run Arizona State Prison Complex at Kingman (ASP Kingman) was rocked by a protracted riot in which 16 people – both guards and prisoners – suffered injuries. Following the disturbance, ...
Orange Crush: The Rise of Tactical Teams in Prison by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout Since Ferguson, there has been a public outcry over militarized police who shoot down African Americans on the streets of our cities, but less is known beyond prison walls about guards who regularly brutalize those ...
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