- Florida’s mandatory sentencing laws: Often, judge has no choice but to give life in prison.
- In overcrowded Kansas jail, “there’s always people sleeping on the floor.”
- Missouri Chief Justice: Jailing non-violent offenders doesn’t work.
- Nevada Governor: Nevada State Prison “has outlived its usefulness.”
- When it comes to mental health care for New York juvenile detainees, no one’s minding the store.
- Radley Balko wonders how many of the men and women in prison are innocent.
- Malcolm X “would have made criminal justice reforms a centerpiece of a 21st Century civil rights agenda.”
- From the annals of social media: U.S. gangs embracing Facebook and Twitter; Great Britain cracks down on prisoner Facebook profiles.
- Great Britain juvenile prison reform campaign: “Locking up children doesn’t work.”
- Live from Colombia: A new prison radio station.
State and Local Reforms, Legislation, Litigation, etc.
- California legislator proposes giving kids one free strike under state’s Three Strikes Law.
- Oregon goes back and forth on its controversial 2009 early-release program, which has reduced sentences for about 3,500 inmates.
- Texas considers closing a prison or two to save some bucks. Meanwhile, juvenile crime is down in Texas even though half of its juvenile prisoners have been released in recent years.
- Virginia considers legislation to forbid housing juvenile offenders in adult prisons.
- Lawsuit pending over Milwaukee County (Wis.)’s blanket shackling policy for pretrial detainees.