- Today would’ve been Johnny Cash’s 78th birthday; NPR remembers his 1968 concert at Folsom.
- Kenneth Turan on “A Prophet,” the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning, Cannes-dominating 2009 film about a young Arab in a French prison.
- The Economist asks whether the influence of California’s prison guard union is on the wane.
- Prison gardens are growing up around the country. (See too my earlier post on sustainable prisons.)
- Using technology to help incarcerated people stay in touch with loved ones, from the Vera Institute.
- Speaking of technology, three Nebraska prison guards have been suspended over this Facebook posting: “When you work in a prison a good day is getting to smash an inmates face into the ground…”
- Reconsidering get-tough sex offender laws in Florida and California.
- Alberta, Canada, will give prisoners the right to vote.
- Russia: Dismantling the gulag, at long last?
State Reform Efforts, Proposed Legislation, etc.
- Stateline.org examines early prison release policies and legislation around the country.
- The Sentencing Project rounds up some recent news on felon voting rights around the U.S.
- Minnesota and New York lawmakers considering bills to end prison-based gerrymandering.
- New York bill would expand foster system leeway not to terminate incarcerated parents’ parental rights.
- South Carolina debates whether to release 3,000 prisoners or run a $29 million deficit.