Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fewer inmates means Colorado may close more prisons

From the article: “Colorado’s prison population is falling so quickly that state officials are once again considering closing prisons — a tough discussion given that prisons are often big employers in the counties where they are located…Colorado is already at 7,500 fewer inmates than it once expected in 2013 and has closed three state prisons.”

I am amazed that Colorado has had such success, given that other states that have purposefully worked to reduce their populations (like Ohio) have been stumped.  According to the article, the state’s felony rates have dropped by a third.  The state has also passed legislation allowing inmates to earn more time off their sentences for good behavior.

Of course, as the article states, closing prisoners isn’t a win-win – or even easy.  The article mentions the loss of jobs for the counties in which the prisons are located, but my experience has been that the true issue comes with the combining of prison populations and the shifting of staff.  In this case, it appears that some of prisons were private, so those staff may have just been out of luck.  In Ohio, closures of prisons result in system-wide “bumping” of staff, as staff have the ability to bump into positions by seniority.  Inmates are generally unhappy with the changes, but it’s the staff who are generally truly disgruntled.  I haven’t seen a lot of news coming out Colorado, so they must have figured out the secret for how to close prisons effectively.

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Prison Population Can Shrink When Police Crowd Streets

This is more about the streets than prisons, but still interesting.  Not exactly a new concept, though – increase presence of police, decrease crime.  I guess the key concept here is “hot spot policing” – figuring out the places that are responsible for the most criminal activity and focusing your resources on those areas.  Doesn’t sound that revolutionary, but I guess it is!

To me, it also sounds like “swift and certain sanctions” theory – if you regularly police the criminal activity, then criminal actors will also be more likely receive a sanction after committing the act.  So long as they think that they will not be caught, there will always be a perceived likely benefit to committing the act.

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Alabama prison commissioner releases reports on problems, improvement steps at Tutwiler

Very interesting article on an NIC report on sexual abuse at a women’s prison in Alabama.  Read the article here.

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Darrel Kirby's Blog

So Gloucester Prison is set to close in March after 222 years in operation. I’m sure that there are many old lags that will be happy to see the end of the place, but I will be sad to see it go. Of course it is very sad for the 200 employees now facing either the upheaval of re-deploying or, worse, being made redundant, but I am also sad both on a personal level and from the point of view of the loss of a piece of Gloucester’s history.

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January 21: More than 70 juvenile detainees in Perth have been transferred to Hakea adult prison after a riot at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre overnight.

Corrective Services Commissioner, Ian Johnson, says the detainees armed themselves with makeshift weapons after three climbed onto the roof yesterday evening.

“Initially three detainees were not locked in their cells, it was at that time just prior to lockdown,” he said. “They then got on the roof, that’s then escalated and a number of detainees have obviously joined them and at one stage in the evening we about 60 detainees running amok in the centre.”

“No staff were injured and no detainees were; the exception of some young fellow that got a gash to his leg and got stitched up and he’s fine.”

Mr Johnson says it took 60 police units four hours to get the situation under control.

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PH Garden City

243 On Death Row, 2,560 Awaiting Trial

Not less than 243 prisoners are on death row in the Port Harcourt maximum prison.

Also, 2,566 men and 49 women are awaiting trial.

The Deputy Controller, Nigeria Prisons Service, Mr Uche Nwobi told members of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, DownTown, in his office that the prison which was built for 804 inmates now harbours close to 3,000 inmates.

Mr Nwobi said that the situation which is alarming is now impacting on the few facilities available in the prison.

The Deputy Controller, who was also the officer in charge of the Port Harcourt Prison told the visiting Rotarians that the authorities would be happy to partner with them in the delivery of services to the inmates.

He noted that most of the inmates had continued to remain in the prison because of  the level of public support, noting that the neglect…

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:: 我們的部落格 ::

Yet another free museum that you could spend 2 hours inside!

Located in Stanley, Hong Kong
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Showing the walls of the prison in Hong Kong…


how do they get the prisoner to get busy?  Spin this thing 12000 times a day please!

Free cigarettes provided to the prisoners until 1991…
walking into the old style mock cell! The red bucket is….the toilet!

View outside the museum

A great place to under the Hong Kong Correctional Service, what they do and
how they do it.  With over 600+ display items and 10 showcase,
Understanding the history of Hong Kong and all the stories!

Please be remember that they close at 5pm so go ahead early!

Official Link


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It's Only Natural To Resist.

IMEMC – The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported, Monday evening, that a former Palestinian political prisoner from Hebron, died at a hospital in Jerusalem after falling into a coma 50 days ago due to a serious health condition resulting from his imprisonment by Israel, and the lack of medical treated while in prison.

The PPS said that Ashraf Abu Thra’, 27, from Beit Awwa village, west of the southern West Bank city of Jenin, was hospitalized at the Augusta Victoria hospital in Jerusalem where he fell into a 50-day coma until his death.

Nasser Qous, director of the PPS in Jerusalem, stated that Abu Thra’ spent six years in the Al-Ramla prison clinic that lacks basic supplies and specialized physicians; he was wheelchair bound, and suffered numerous health complication that were left untreated.

He was released on November 15, 2012 after a serious deterioration in his health condition, and was…

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