Monthly Archives: April 2013

UK: Hewell Prison Branded ‘Unsafe And Degrading’

From the article: “‘Some communal areas were filthy, and even after they had been ‘cleaned’ by underemployed and badly supervised wing cleaners, they remained so,” he added.  The inspector found “all sorts of waste” being thrown out of prisoners’ cells into the exercise yards below with the resulting mess left untouched.”

According to the report, when the Chief Inspector voiced his concerns, the response received was generally, “it’s nothing to do with me,” or “this is how things are done around here.”

If I had a nickel…

Read more here.

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Colchester Castle

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Colchester Castle is currently closed for a complete refit, reopening in spring 2014. During the closure, they reopened the empty castle  for a few days for people to come and see the inside of the building all stripped back. I haven’t been to Colchester since I was a child and have been meaning to visit for ages, so this was the perfect opportunity to visit (with my Lensbaby fisheye optic in tow).

I think my personal highlight was the prison cells – see below for some pictures (on more than one occasion prisoners escaped because bits of the building collapsed). Also, another treat for those who, like me, like bricks.

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CA: Mental Health Facility Opens for California Inmates

From the article: “The California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo will open a mental
health facility for inmates in order to address serious federal concerns
of malpractice in the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation (CDCR).”

Read more here.

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Canada: Don Jail homicide: inmate describes horrible beating

Where were the staff in this incident?

From the article: “Phillip had once had the prestigious job of “corridor man” on the range, which required him to perform chores but conferred certain perqs, court has heard. But he was transferred out of the range several months before his death, only returning Jan. 1. He immediately tried to reassert his authority, the prosecution has said.”

Read the details of this incident, which took place in multiple locations on the unit for an extended amount of time and included the victim’s cries for help, none of which prompted a staff response, here.

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Feds: Ex-deputy pepper-sprayed helpless NY inmate

People, seriously, you can’t mace a handcuffed inmate.  Seriously.

Read the article here.

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10 percent of Colorado prisoners are active gang members, according to DOC data

From the article: “That percentage translates to 2,075 prisoners, according to DOC spokeswoman Sue Cobb. She said another 4,000 prisoners are identified as “wannabes,” or inmates not affiliated with a gang the DOC recognizes.”

Interesting…you  know, Colorado doesn’t really strike me as a big gang state.  Then again, I’ve been surprised by conversations with people from IL and PA, which you think would be big prison gang states due to the larger cities in those states, and they tell me that prison gangs aren’t really a problem.

Read more about CO here.

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NC: Inmate died after swallowing objects

This makes me super mad.

From the article: “Peyton died March 27 at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been cited by prison staff at least 25 times for infractions related to attempts to harm himself. He was in solitary confinement when he died.”

So, this inmate clearly has a mental health issue and a dangerous addiction to swallowing objects, which may or may not be suicide attempts, and the response is to lock him up in solitary confinement?  Yeah, that’ll cure him.  Or not.

Read the article here.

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Peyton died March 27 at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been cited by prison staff at least 25 times for infractions related to attempts to harm himself. He was in solitary confinement when he died.Read More at: http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.nc/2fee6a61-www.wlos.com.shtml#.UXKYXcopmD4

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IL: Third Menard inmate death is a homicide

Dear word, what is going on in Illinois…”For the third time in 10 weeks, a suspicious inmate death at Menard Correctional Center has been ruled a homicide.”

In response, IL officials said, “as part of ongoing evaluation of prison security, the agency has reviewed security policies, increased cell and inmate searches, and “increased the frequency and variance of rounds in the housing units.””

Something tells me that’s not going to be enough.

Read more here.

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