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Texas prison guards to join inmate lawsuit over sweltering jails

“The union that represents Texas’ correctional officers has reportedly announced its support of lawsuits filed over the deaths of at least 14 inmates in sweltering state prisons, claiming the institutions should be cooled to relieve unbearable conditions.”

It’s not about inmates living in AC splendor.  Heat can be lethal to some inmates, particularly the elderly and those on psychotropic medications.

Read more here.
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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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The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas: ‘Brutal, Deadly, and Effective’

Very interesting article about the history, prevalence, and criminal acts of the Aryan Brotherhood in Texas prisons.  The Aryan Brotherhood is one of the largest prison gangs across the nation.  It is organized and well-connected, even between different state systems.  While its name makes it sound as though racial supremacy is its primary goal, it in fact is a profit-making entity that uses power, fear, and intimidation to make money.  What is particularly scary is that the ABs are reportedly threatening law enforcement officers and prosecutors and may be responsible for several recent murders.

From Ohio, a recent report on STG numbers can be found here.

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TX: Gillespie County faces suit over inmate suicide

From the article: “Despite being put in an isolation cell after he was seen tearing up a blanket, the suit says Schroeder, 37, used jail-issued socks to hang himself and died four days later.”

The suit alleges that the inmate exhibited suicidal tendencies during intake screening.

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TX: Union: Prison guard shortage magnified at holiday

From the article: “A union for correctional officers in Texas says understaffing is putting guards at increased risk, especially around the holidays, during what has already been the deadliest year inside state prisons in more than a decade.”

 According to the article, TX corrections officers start at $28K.  After seven years, they still only make approximately $37K.  Of course, overtime can add a lot, but that’s still not much.
Further, inmate violence is on the rise, with ten inmate homicides this year, an increase from three total last year.
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TX: State caught in middle in medical parole debate

From the article: “Over the past year, Texas taxpayers have spent $6,000 a day on medical treatments for one prisoner who has run up a whopping $2 million bill…This prisoner has also become the poster person for advocates and legislators such as state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, who are pushing for more prisoners to receive medical paroles. It’s a fiercely emotional issue pitting victims against criminals, with the state caught in the middle, balancing fiscal responsibility with justice and fairness.”

This article highlights the choices that the state must make in determining whether to release inmates with medical conditions that not only impose a high cost for taxpayers, but also likely impede the future commission of crime.  Read more here.

In Ohio, legislators attempted to somewhat deal with this issue by passing Ohio Revised Code Section 2967.05, “Release as if on parole of dying prisoner.”  The law was intended to allow the prison system to parole inmates who have been determined to be in imminent threat of death (generally within six months).  However, there were so many exclusions added on to the legislation that essentially no one could actually be released.

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Feds deal ‘devastating’ blow to Aryan prison gang in Texas

From the article: “Federal prosecutors and agents say they’ve dismantled the leadership of the violent Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang, charging 34 members with racketeering activities for crimes including murder, kidnapping, arson, gambling and trafficking in methamphetamine and cocaine.”

According to the article, the ABs have 2,600 members in Texas prisons.

Read more here.

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