Monthly Archives: June 2013

How the Prison System Fails Transgender People

Feisty Feminism

Two years ago as of June 1st, I lost a dear friend to suicide.  In life, my friend Shelly was the most vibrant, fun, kind, warm, funny person I have ever known.  She had one of those laughs that made you laugh with her, even when you were down.  The moment I first met her, I felt like I had known her my whole life.  So when Shelly took her own life, I felt as if the world had gone just a little bit darker.  The world had lost a very bright spot.

The events that led to Shelly’s death were complicated, as it always is.  Shelly was a transgender woman, and had been for many, many years.  She was happily married to a lovely woman for several years.  The couple had fallen on hard times, and unfortunately Shelly made a mistake that landed her in prison.  I was extremely…

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SC: 3 prison workers arrested on inmate sex charges

From the article: “Corrections spokesman Clark Newsom says 56-year-old Crystal C. Haynes and 55-year-old Charthenia B. Smith are charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate of a correctional facility. Fifty-three-year-old Darcy A. Meade is charged with second-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate.”

Yeesh.

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Nigeria: Akure Prison Break, 170 Inmates Set Free

From the article: “Over 170 inmates were set free today during a brazen attack on the Olokuta medium security prison in Akure by armed gunmen who set off explosives and broke in shooting sporadically into the air.”

The gunmen entered the prison calling out the names of those that they wanted to set free.

The Ondo State Attorney General reportedly described the incident as “pathetic.”

Makes me wonder how it takes for gunmen to enter a prison and release 170 people – not 170 random people who ran out together, but to call out 170 names and have those people be released – where was the local law enforcement?  Is there any local law enforcement?

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FL: Privatized prison health services leaves public employees out of a job

From the article: “Under terms of its contract, Corizon must offer comprehensive care to Florida’s inmate population for 7 percent less than it cost the state in 2010. Health care costs have increased steadily since then.”

That’s the upside.  The downside is that the company has come under fire for allegedly inhumane practices.

Then again, proponents of privatization have stated that the reality is that state-run prison medical services can also subject inmates to inhumane care – even when not inhumane, mistakes and negligence are going to happen in any healthcare system.  The goal is simply to limit the number of inmates affected and to limit the negative effects of any poor medical decisions.

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India: Inmate kills guard, escapes from jail in Sriganganagar

From the article: “A 52-year-old man, deputed as a security guard at an open jail in Sriganganagar’s Jaitsar area was found murdered outside a barrack on Saturday morning. Police said that an inmate of the jail murdered the security guard and escaped. The police have launched a search for him.”

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D.C. jail inmate found hanged in apparent suicide

From the article: “A 42-year-old D.C. jail inmate was found dead Saturday in an apparent suicide, D.C. corrections officials said. His death came less than two weeks after another jail inmate was found dead with his throat cut.”

He was being held on charges of child sex abuse.

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PA: Inmate charged in killing prison guard

From the article: “The indictment alleges Con-Ui killed Williams, 34, on Feb. 25, in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex near Waymart. According to the indictment, Con-Ui stabbed Williams with a sharpened weapon and struck him repeatedly.”

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Texas executes 500th inmate since state resumed capital punishment

From the article: “McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, south of Dallas. Authorities say McCarthy cut off Booth’s finger to remove her wedding ring.”

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