It’s been over a week since I’ve done a Friday Roundup and the news has piled up:
- Inmate who suffered brain trauma when another inmate savagely beat him in Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna County Jail files federal lawsuit, alleging guards stood by while the beating occurred.
- Federal report blasts Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish juvenile jail for violating youth’s constitutional rights.
- Supreme Court to Ninth Circuit: Stop reviewing state prisoners’ parole hearings.
- An interesting interview with David Fathi of the ACLU’s National Prison Project, touching on a range of ACLU prisoners’ rights litigation.
- With legislatures in session, various prison and sentencing reforms are on the agenda in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania (among others). In Florida and elsewhere, Texas is being held up as a model. Criminal defense attorneys call for Arizona to get in on the sentencing reform action. And it looks like West Virginia probably should, too.
- More coverage of the new (?) left-right coalition (?) on prison reform from the Boston Phoenix and the Los Angeles Times. In his blog at the AJC, Bob Barr joins the chorus.
Now for the Bad News
- California prisoners forced to drink water laced with arsenic.
- More from California: Video and investigation from the Sac Bee of last year’s violent “cell extractions” at North Kern State Prison; debate over whether federal receiver has improved health care in the state’s prisons (more opinion on which here).
- Hawaii prisoners regularly kept incarcerated after their sentences are over. Although, the potentially good news is that Hawaii’s new governor has started bringing prisoners back from private prisons in Arizona.
- Why does Oklahoma lead the nation in incarcerating women?