- California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, describing her law enforcement platform: “We have got to build more prisons in California.” Seriously??! In fairness, her GOP rival Steve Poizner was also for new prisons, before he was against them.
- One in 11 U.S. prisoners is serving a life sentence: That and more in an informative new report from the Vera Institute on geriatric prisoners, which you can download here.
- Texas inmates spend $95 million per year, mostly on food products, reports Grits for Breakfast.
- Interesting profile of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center: When Cincinnati’s conservative law firms were no help, the center partnered with area law school clinics on a range of prisoners’ rights litigation.
- French doctor freed after being taken hostage by inmate at Paris’s notorious Sante prison.
Around the States
- California: Santa Barbara County approves $3.2 million for two new day reporting centers for parolees, to be run by a private company, Community Solutions, Inc.
- Colorado: Boulder jail limits inmates’ outgoing mail to postcards only in response to incident with inmates jailed for sex offenses sending letters to children.
- New Jersey: Officials held liable for widespread prisoner abuse during 1997 lockdown.
- Pennsylvania: Northampton County settles prisoner lawsuits; will pay $7,500 to each of 37 inmates infected with MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant staph infection) while incarcerated.
- South Carolina: New $100 million jail wing opens in Charleston County, replacing “a 1960s relic” where inmates slept on the floor, and expanding the jail’s capacity to 3,000 inmates (the state’s largest).