In a First, Ohio Moves to Put Body Cameras on Guards in Every Prison

The state is distributing 5,100 new body-worn cameras, the most extensive commitment of any state as corrections facilities across the country push for better surveillance.

#cameras, #ohio, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners

Mass Trials in Cuba Deepen Its Harshest Crackdown in Decades

Following nationwide demonstrations last year, more than 60 people were put on trial this week, some facing up to 30 years behind bars.

#caribbean-area, #cuba, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #havana-cuba, #prisons-and-prisoners

Jail Unions Gain a Powerful Supporter: Mayor Eric Adams

Eric Adams has reversed some measures enacted to regain control over the crisis at Rikers Island, in an early victory for the correction officers’ unions. —

#adams-eric-l, #banks-philip-iii, #correction-department-nyc, #correction-officersbenevolent-assn-nyc, #legal-aid-society, #molina-louis-a, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #solitary-confinement, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

New Rule Makes Thousands of Federal Inmates Eligible for Release

The Justice Department issued guidelines that allow more prisoners to participate in a program to earn shorter terms under the 2018 bipartisan criminal justice law.

#criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-politics-and-government

Hundreds at Rikers Protest Conditions, Citing Covid and the Cold

Detainees in one jail at the Rikers Island complex are refusing to eat Correction Department meals.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-board-nyc, #correction-department-nyc, #hunger-strikes, #molina-louis-a, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

‘Nothing Will Be the Same’: A Prison Town Weighs a Future Without a Prison

After a decade of efforts that sharply reduced inmate populations, California is closing prisons. One town high in the Sierra Nevada whose economy is built on incarceration is waging a legal battle to keep a prison open.

#california, #newsom-gavin, #prisons-and-prisoners

Alvin Bragg, Manhattan D.A., to Seek Incarceration Only for Worst Crimes

Alvin Bragg has told prosecutors in his office to seek jail or prison time for only the most serious crimes, unless the law requires otherwise.

#bragg-alvin, #criminal-justice, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners

Michael Carvajal Is Resigning After Rocky Tenure

Michael Carvajal took over the Bureau of Prisons in February 2020, just as the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation’s prisons.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #carvajal-michael, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #prisons-and-prisoners

N.Y. Prisons Punished 1,600 Based on Faulty Drug Tests, Report Finds

Incarcerated people were subjected to solitary confinement and denied family visits because of improperly administered tests, the state inspector general found.

#buprenorphine-drug, #corrections-department-nys, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #microgenics-corp, #new-york-state, #prisonerslegal-services-of-new-york, #prisons-and-prisoners

Behind the Violence at Rikers, Decades of Mismanagement and Dysfunction

For years, New York City officials have presided over shortcuts and blunders that have led to chaos in one of America’s most expensive jail complexes.

#adams-eric-l, #correction-department-nyc, #correction-officersbenevolent-assn-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #de-blasio-bill, #gangs, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #ponte-joseph, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #schriro-dora-b, #seabrook-norman

Justice Dept. Says Some Inmates Can Stay Confined at Home

The move reverses a Trump-era decision that would have sent nearly all of the thousands of inmates released to home confinement during the pandemic back to prison.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #prisons-and-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Panettone Baked in Prison, and It’s One of Italy’s Best

An employment program near the city of Padua helps inmates develop life skills and earn a substantial wage.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #cakes, #padua-italy, #panettone, #prisons-and-prisoners

The Medicaid Reentry Act Could Save Lives

The Medicaid Re-entry Act ought to become law, regardless of the fate of Build Back Better.

#ex-convicts, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #medicaid, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate, #tonko-paul-d, #united-states-politics-and-government

Family of Former N.F.L. Player Raises Questions About His Death

Lawyers for the family of Glenn Foster Jr., 31, said his death while in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama had not resulted from “natural causes.”

#autopsies, #baden-michael-m, #black-people, #foster-glenn-jr, #new-orleans-saints, #pickens-county-ala, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prisons-and-prisoners, #reform-ala

‘I Didn’t Look Like a Human’: Journalist Tells of Myanmar Torture

When Ko Aung Kyaw erased his cellphone contacts to protect his sources, he knew his interrogators would make him pay a horrific price. He did it anyway.

#aung-kyaw, #content-type-personal-profile, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interrogations, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture

Change Comes to Rikers Island, but Is It Too Late?

The city’s reform-minded corrections commissioner, who introduced therapeutic programs for guards and detainees, is leaving.

#prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

What I Will Tell You When You Ask Why My Son Is in Prison

Alaa is a political prisoner in Egypt because he dared to dream of another world.

#egypt, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #torture, #united-states-international-relations

Another Death at Rikers Continues ‘Very Difficult Year’ at N.Y.C. Jails

A Brooklyn man, who went into cardiac arrest on Friday, became the 15th person to die this year within New York City’s correction system.

#bellevue-hospital-center, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-defender-services, #correction-department-nyc, #deaths-fatalities, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #seizures-medical, #sex-crimes

He Never Touched the Murder Weapon. Alabama Sentenced Him to Die.

Nathaniel Woods was unarmed when three Birmingham police officers were fatally shot by someone else in 2004. But Woods, a Black man, was convicted of capital murder for his role in the deaths of the three white officers.

#attacks-on-police, #capital-punishment, #jury-system, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #spencer-kerry, #woods-nathaniel

Joseph Gordon Says He’s No Murderer. That’s Why He’s Still in Prison.

Joseph Gordon has been locked up for nearly 30 years. A model inmate, he is eligible for parole — but only if he expresses remorse for a crime he says he did not commit.

#fishkill-correctional-facility-beacon-ny, #innocence-project, #kunstler-william-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

Doyle Hamm, Who Survived a Bungled Execution, Dies in Prison at 64

The failed lethal injection for Mr. Hamm, who was terminally ill, amounted to what his lawyer said was a case of cruel and unusual punishment.

#alabama, #capital-punishment, #death-penalty, #deaths-obituaries, #hamm-doyle-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #robberies-and-thefts

The Omicron Variant Is Creating a Lot of Anxiety

The Omicron variant is creating a lot of anxiety.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #waukesha-wis-holiday-parade-attack-2021

‘Justice Was Served’: Guilty Verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery Case

Readers express relief. One calls it the “only rational and equitable verdict.” Also: A Covid Thanksgiving, and one in prison; children and grief.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #grief-emotion, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #thanksgiving-day

What New Documents Reveal About Jeffrey Epstein’s Final Days

Newly released records show the disgraced financier living a mundane existence in jail before his suicide, while also spinning deceptions until the very end.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #content-type-personal-profile, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #metropolitan-correctional-center-manhattan-ny, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

Man Who Threatened Democrats Online Could Face Years in Prison

Lawyers for Brendan Hunt, who posted violent threats around the time of the attack on the Capitol, say he turned over a new leaf — and befriended R. Kelly — in jail.

#hunt-brendan, #kelly-r, #prisons-and-prisoners, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Time in U.S. Prisons, Maria Butina Now Sits in Russia’s Parliament

Maria Butina, convicted of serving as an unregistered foreign agent before and after the 2016 election, insists she “wasn’t a spy” and that her Duma seat is “not a reward.” Her critics call her a Kremlin “trophy.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #elections, #maria-v-butina, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #prisons-and-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

George Gascón Is Remaking Criminal Justice in L.A. How Far Is Too Far?

To keep people out of prison, George Gascón is risking everything: rising violent crime, a staff rebellion and the votes that made him district attorney.

#content-type-personal-profile, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #gascon-george, #los-angeles-county-calif, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prisons-and-prisoners

‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

Readers hail the $1 trillion bill but bemoan the partisanship and worry about online scams. Also: Paid family leave; court logjam; food deliveries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #delivery-services, #family-leaves, #food, #infrastructure-public-works, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Rikers Island, A Doctor for Older Detainees

Insights from Dr. Rachael Bedard, a jail-based geriatrician.

#bedard-rachael, #content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #elder-care, #elderly, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

How to Alleviate the Crisis at Rikers

Rikers needs to close. For now, moving people out of there safely and smartly is the bare minimum. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex

As Deaths Rise at Rikers Island, Oversight Board Fails to Raise Alarm

Do your job “before someone dies,” an advocate pleaded at a meeting of the city Board of Correction, which has the power to monitor Rikers Island.

#correction-board-nyc, #jones-austin-jennifer, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Back in Chicago, Woman Is Charged in Killing of Mother on Indonesian Vacation

Heather L. Mack, 26, had already served more than six years in prison in Indonesia for the 2014 killing of her mother, whose body was found in a suitcase at a Bali resort.

#americans-abroad, #bali-indonesia, #chicago-ill, #heather-l-mack, #illinois, #indonesia, #justice-department, #knox-amanda, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ohare-international-airport-chicago-ill, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sheila-von-wiese

How Blue and Red States Deal With Covid

About a Ross Douthat column suggesting that liberal states are being too stringent and should move toward normalcy. Also: Women and finances; aging prisoners.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

Oklahoma to Continue Lethal Injections After Man Vomits During Execution

It was the state’s first lethal injection since 2015, when it halted executions after using the wrong drug in one instance and allowing a prisoner to regain consciousness in another.

#capital-punishment, #grant-john-marion-1957, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sedatives

Illinois Should Reinstate Parole

An unusual debate at a maximum-security prison in Illinois led to a proposal for reform that the state legislature can pass right now. 

#illinois, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures

5 Takeaways From the First N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa traded attacks over past lies, a Brooklyn apartment and “buffoonery” on the debate stage.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #elections-mayors, #government-employees, #guardian-angels, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #sliwa-curtis, #tests-and-examinations, #vaccination-and-immunization

Complaints Against Texas’ Juvenile Prisons Include Violence and Sex Abuse

The extensive allegations present a portrait of an environment inside the state’s juvenile prisons that is rife with physical attacks.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #disability-rights-texas, #justice-department, #juvenile-delinquency, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes, #texas, #texas-appleseed

The Chaotic Conditions at Rikers Island

The deplorable conditions at the New York prison complex. Also: The joy of audiobooks; airline vaccine mandates; Bond, James Bond.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #audiobooks, #bond-james-fictional-character, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘No Crime Is Worth That’

Inside the lawlessness at the Rikers Island jail complex.

#new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Rikers Island Crisis: House Democrats Call on de Blasio to Brief Congress

As the jail has descended further into crisis, federal and state officials have shown increasing skepticism about the city’s ability to manage it.

#correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #house-of-representatives, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

‘I Just Want to Be Normal’: A Mentally Ill Man’s Death at Rikers

Esias Johnson had been in and out of Rikers Island during his two years in New York. Now two correction officers have been suspended in connection with his death.

#correction-department-nyc, #deaths-fatalities, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

N.Y. Democrats Ask Biden to Intervene at Rikers, as de Blasio Plans Visit

In a letter to the president on Friday, several members of Congress said New York City “cannot be trusted” to manage the jail, which has descended into chaos.

#de-blasio-bill, #khadu-stephan-d-2021, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #torres-ritchie-1988, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Rikers, Will It Be Enough to Build Better Jails?

As New York looks to replace Rikers Island, some say a focus on more humane jail design is largely beside the point.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #black-people, #criminal-justice, #design, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Why Is Rikers Island Still Open?

A spate of deaths and a mounting culture of violence at New York City’s largest jail renew calls for an emergency solution.

#browder-kalief-1993-2015, #gonzalez-rojas-jessica-1976, #karim-isaabdul-d-2019, #lippman-jonathan, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Crisis at Rikers and N.Y.C Jails Grows With 12th Death in Custody

The man who died was being held at the Vernon C. Bain Center, a floating jail barge docked just north of Rikers Island.

#correction-department-nyc, #deaths-fatalities, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

N.Y.C. Lawsuit Claims Rikers Crisis Was Worsened by Illegal Strike

The lawsuit said that there was no plausible explanation for a “staggering” number of absences by correction officers this year other than a concerted and illegal job slowdown.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #correction-department-nyc, #correction-officers-benevolent-assn, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Danny Fenster, U.S. Journalist, Told to Stay in Myanmar Prison

Danny Fenster, who has become an international symbol of the military’s crackdown, was ordered on Monday to remain in confinement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #danny-fenster, #defense-and-military-forces, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners

Hochul Orders Release of 191 Detainees as Rikers Crisis Deepens

The New York governor signed a bill on Friday that authorized the release of the detainees, but the population of the city’s notorious jail will remain far higher than it was last spring.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-board-nyc, #correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n

Rikers Island Is an Endless Catastrophe

The mayor promised to close the jail years ago, but the situation there is as desperate as it’s ever been.

#bail, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Here’s Why Rikers Island Is in Crisis

A number of recent deaths have prompted questions about the notorious New York City jail complex. Here are some answers.

#correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex