Prisons

Part 6: Prison Shouldn-t Be A Picnic, But It Also Shouldn-t Be "Hell on Earth"

Part 6: Prison Shouldn-t Be A Picnic, But It Also Shouldn-t Be "Hell on Earth"
2013 wasn't a good year for private prisons on the public relations front. The industry faced federal reports of "unconstitutional conditions" in some facilities, civil rights lawsuits filed by prisoners, & CCA (the largest private prison company in the country) ceased operations in Idaho after being held in contempt by a federal judge. Prison privatization advocates highlight expected "cost savings," and some private facilities do appear to house inmates for less than comparable public prisons. That's not to say that they're doing "more for less," though. In many states, private prison
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Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits

Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits
At 192% occupancy, Alabama's prisons are so overcrowded that some fear a federal takeover. It's likely that some sort of prison reform (or maybe just a building spree) will be a major topic of the 2015 legislative session. And when the private prison lobbyists start waving donation checks and ALEC-inspired bills at legislators, there's a good chance some form of privatization will be under discussion.  
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CA to Spend $315 Million on 'Incarceration Binge' if Courts Reject Request for Three Year Delay on Prison Population Reduction

CA to Spend $315 Million on 'Incarceration Binge' if Courts Reject Request for Three Year Delay on Prison Population Reduction
The key to the Senate Democrats' plans to get real reform in California's corrections system was a three year delay on the court ordered return to 137.5 percent of prison capacity. Gov. Brown has now gone ahead and asked the court for the delay. If it's rejected, the administration would spend $315 million this fiscal year to house the inmates in private prisons and county jails instead of turning them loose.
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CA Prison Deal Compromise Adds Window Dressing to Gov Brown's Non-Fix

CA Prison Deal Compromise Adds Window Dressing to Gov Brown's Non-Fix
With increased federal pressure, time is running out on much-needed funding and planned prison transfers in California. Though State Senator Darrell Steinberg has compromised, the plan appears to be very similar to Gov. Brown's original plan.
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Group With Prison Industry Ties Chosen To Monitor Sexual Abuse Cases

Group With Prison Industry Ties Chosen To Monitor Sexual Abuse Cases
After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits of prisons and jails around the country that would more reliably chronicle incidents of sex abuse and the consequences for its perpetrators.
But that moment of possible progress has turned out to be more complicated than many had hoped. The first round of audits will be chiefly conducted by the American Correctional Association (ACA), the very organization that has been criticized over the years for failing to identify and address safety problems at prisons across the country.
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30,000 Inmates Begin Largest Hunger Strike in California History

30,000 Inmates Begin Largest Hunger Strike in California History
Two years ago, hunger strikes drew national attention to California prisons, but this year, they are even bigger. Especially with the added attention surrounding hunger strikes by military prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
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WI Gov Walker Aims to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Under 'No-Bid' Contracts

WI Gov Walker Aims to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Under 'No-Bid' Contracts
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s latest plan to lower his state's debt revolves around selling off university buildings, highways and prisons despite the potential long-term drawbacks. Among the targets are buildings originally paid for by student fees and donations throughout the University of Wisconsin school system.
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Head Sick: California's Budget Revision Discriminates Against Mentally Ill

Head Sick: California's Budget Revision Discriminates Against Mentally Ill
In the midst of California's continued budget woes, once again it's the mentally ill and financially troubled citizens who are getting lost in the bureaucratic shuffle.
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