- California roundup: Undocumented immigrants are effectively barred from visiting family in California prisons; Santa Maria teen plans Lenten fundraiser to help families visit their loved ones behind bars; CDCR is experimenting with telemedicine so inmates don’t have to (physically) visit the hospital.
- Remembering a Georgia sheriff who reformed overcrowded jails–his motto: “treat the inmates as if they were [your] mothers or fathers or brothers or sisters or children. But for the grace of God, it could be.’ “
- Illinois roundup: No more Netflix for inmates in Illinois county jail; explaining why Illinois can’t privatize prisons; explaining why Illinois town is eager to serve as the new Guantanamo.
- Maryland starts pilot testing of program to jam cell phones behind bars.
- New York county jail has seen five inmate suicides since 2007; citizens are protesting.
- Prisoner re-entry news: The Atlantic visits Florida’s “sex-offender city”; MSNBC looks at ex-offenders’ difficulties finding employment. Texas lawyer is running for election as the judge of the court that once sentenced him to prison.
- Syracuse study: ICE has used its 100% budget increase since 2005 to detain “more immigrants, not criminals.” Apparently the UK is doing something similar.
- Prison news from around the world: “Italy to open world’s first jail for transgendered prisoners,” corruption inside Indonesian prisons, high HIV rates in Rwandan prisons, Canadian columnist calls for prison needle exchanges.
State Reform Efforts, Litigation, Legislation, etc.
- California lawsuit asks whether Pagans have a right to religious services behind bars.
- Colorado legislator proposes bill to guarantee juvenile detainees continue to receive education.
- Maine lawmakers consider new limits on the use of solitary confinement.
- New Hampshire proposal would implement parole supervision.
- North Carolina Supreme Court considers challenge to how good-time credits are calculated for lifers.
- Oregon legislature votes to suspend controversial sentence-reduction law.
- Wisconsin bill would give prison guards access to inmates’ medical records.