Friday Roundup (Late Edition)
Ahoy, readers! I’m back from my trip and should be back to regular blogging soon — but in the meantime, here’s one last roundup of prison/jail news items that have piled up during my travels, and that I won’t have a chance to blog about individually.
- Add Arizona prisoners to the list of Americans who don’t have a regular health care provider, and so rack up taxpayer dollars by seeking routine care in the ER. And in more news of Arizona: worst idea ever?
- Colorado jail bans all newspapers — except USA Today. For those of us lucky enough to be free to read what we want: Incarcerated women are the subject of two new books, reviewed here by Daily Kos.
- Inmates told they were getting a lice check, met with pepperball guns instead.
- Mayor of Gary, Indiana, joins the call to count prisoners in their hometowns at census time.
- Looking for a job in corrections? Iowa’s hiring.
- In Virginia’s Danville News, an overview of the Prison Litigation Reform Act.
- Strange bedfellows alert — Ward Connerly on California (yes, that Ward Connerly): “The state (and the federal government) must enact permanent, front-end reforms that will reduce the flow of prisoners into the system. At the top of that list should be repeal of all mandatory-minimum-sentence laws, including the fatally flawed “three-strikes” law.”
State Legislative Proposals, Ongoing Litigation, Etc.
- South Dakota considers enacting its own mini-version of the PLRA. (In case you’re curious, South Dakota has a total prison population of < 5,000.)
- Updates on lawsuits over Ohio’s post-release treatment of mentally ill offenders and Virginia’s low rate of parole grants.
- Virginia looks likely to pass bill to reduce pretrial release options and boost the bail bonds industry.
- Speaking of the bail bonds industry, it’s now pushing post-conviction bonds as a way for states to alleviate overcrowding.