Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mississippi prison run by Utah company called ‘barbaric’

Another lawsuit against a private prison company…

From the article: “Inmates in a Mississippi prison are isolated for long periods in “barbaric” conditions, sometimes in filthy cells with rats and broken toilets, and they are denied access to medical and mental health care, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday said.”

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Mississippi prison run by Utah company called ‘barbaric’

Another lawsuit against a private prison company…

From the article: “Inmates in a Mississippi prison are isolated for long periods in “barbaric” conditions, sometimes in filthy cells with rats and broken toilets, and they are denied access to medical and mental health care, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday said.”

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CA: Reducing prison crowding is up to Legislature, Brown says

From the article: “Laywers for Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday argued that he should not be held in contempt for failing to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding, saying it is now up to the Legislature to act.”

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TX: Senate approved prison system ‘sunset’ bill

From the article: “Under Senate Bill 213, the committee that manages the correctional health care programs will go from a separate state agency to a committee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice — a move that will undo nearly two decades of state policy that kept the panel separate from prison operations, and controlled by doctors, as a hedge against lawsuits. Legislative leaders had argued that changes in the system in recent years have have made the separate agency unnecessary.”

Hmm…are there still incarcerated people in TX?  Then probably not so much has changed.

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PA: Pa. prisons could outsource mental health services

From the article: “Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are opposing a state Department of Corrections proposal to outsource mental health services at 27 state prisons in the commonwealth. Department spokeswoman Susan McNaughton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) that as many as 187 positions now filled by department employees could be contracted out to save money and improve services.”

You know, we tried to go private with our healthcare services in Ohio…we went back to state employees.

Just saying.

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OH: Ohio Department of Corrections says violent rules infractions for inmates have decreased

From the article: “Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections officials said violent rule infractions have decreased by 7.3 percent in state prisons since last year. But while the prison system is pleased with the modest results inside prisons, local experts say problems continue to persist with prison gangs when they reenter society.”

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AZ: San Luis prison officers fired over excessive force

From the article: “Two Arizona Department of Corrections officers have been terminated, and a third forced to resign, following an incident in which excessive use of force was used on an inmate inside Arizona State Prison Complex-Yuma.”

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Australia: Doubling of indigenous in prisons alarms leaders

From the article: “Aboriginal leaders have warned of a crisis in the justice system with an explosion in the black prison population, a spike in the number of juveniles being detained and continuing high numbers of deaths in custody.”

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