OH: Director views inmate suicides as failures; new steps being taken

From the article: “Prisons officials are taking new steps to prevent suicides: using “safe cells,” disposable paper uniforms, soft food and paper eating utensils for inmates on suicide watch; spot-checking video to make sure corrections officers are making rounds; training employees to be watchful for signs that inmates might be suicidal; and reviewing mental-health assessments done when inmates enter the system. But [Director] Mohr cautioned that no amount of vigilance, precautions and staff attention will stop all inmates who are determined to take their own lives.”

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h/t Vera Institute

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CO: DOC Chief: Parole Supervision Needs Improvement

From the article: “The head of Colorado’s correctional system told lawmakers Friday his department needs to improve the monitoring of parolees, and that officials are considering using cellphones instead of electronic bracelets to do so.”

According to the article, the prison system is thinking about giving cellphones to parolees, which would track their whereabouts via GPS.  POs could call the parolees to ensure that the cellphone was on them and could require the parolees to take pictures of themselves or surroundings to verify location.

Interesting.

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IA: Union: System in crisis, prison understaffed

From the article: “Dozens of union members picketed Friday outside the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, protesting what they say are dangerously low staffing levels and calling for the resignation of the state’s corrections director.”

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Highlighting the plight of pregnant women and babies in Nigerian prisons

Lawyers Alert

– Angela Uwandu,  ASF France Head of Office
Women and children in the Nigerian prisons across the country are plagued with several concerns. These issues range from minors serving time or awaiting trial alongside adult detainees in the same prison facility, pregnant women serving time in prisons, to the more disturbing reality of nursing mothers incarcerated alongside their babies in the prisons. Most recently in early August 2013, two female detainees who are awaiting trial in Kirikiri prisons for capital offences had their babies in prisons. These inmates are being represented in court by Avocats Sans Frontières France (Lawyers without Borders France).
Yet in another case being handled by Avocats sans Frontières France in Katsina state, a female detainee has been on death row alongside her infant child for two years. It is noteworthy that she was sentenced to death for an offence she was alleged to have committed as a…

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Privatising Queenland’s Prisons

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Hidden deep in the lush, rural and rugged bush land of the Lockyer Valley resides an enigma of an estate. A fortress encumbered with the responsibility of correcting society’s unfortunates. Housing various types of men from various types of backgrounds, some are drug addicts, while others are violent offenders, there are those guilty of fraud and organised crime, and even murder. They are all there to be punished for crimes committed against the state, to hopefully learn from their mistakes.

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Welcome to Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, the $400 million super prison located in Gatton. The SQCC is just one of Queensland’s privately run prisons, within these razor sharp walls you will discover a mixture of hardened crims and many re-offenders serving lengthy sentences. The prison currently consists of 300 cells, with hopes to one day expand enough to house up to…

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Prison counselling a loving touch for prisoners in Taloja jail

This shows the value of “in-reach” – organizations reaching in to prisons to help inmates prepare for reentry. Hopefully the jail is seeing reduction in recidivism as a result.

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Jails are one of the most separated and avoided building in history of any society. Some human beings are living inside the jails without any contacts to the outer world. Though most of them are criminals and have no hope for the society, some in our city wants to help them. Counselling centre of YMCA has completed one year in helping such people who are hopeless. They provide personal advice and help them to return to normal life. They say it is not easy to transform from an easy money addiction, but are successful in providing advice and mental strength to face problems. A group of counsellors from the centre is visiting the Taloja jail every week.

YMCA and its counselling division has understood the need to improve their works and completed training about 14 new counsellors specially for prisoners. Taloja jail spread over 77 acres of land and has many big criminals in it. Taloja jail is one…

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