This week, Obama’s drug czar admitted the War on Drugs has met none of its goals. In other news of prison reforms, legislation, and litigation around the country:
- California: ACLU report alleges pattern of serious physical abuse by LA County Jail guards.
- Colorado: New county jail provides low-risk inmates with Wii consoles, TVs.
- Connecticut: Hartford spends $300 filing fee on brief defending its refusal to waive $27.50 photocopy fee for Prison Legal News, which requested documents related to an inmate suicide.
- Illinois: Cook County announces sweeping agreement with U.S. Attorney to improve jail conditions; Northwestern Law will now house citizen prison reform advocacy group.
- Kentucky: Lincoln County Regional Jail reports two suicides in one week.
- Massachusetts: State may charge inmates for room and board under new proposal.
- Montana: Inmate’s mother files claim alleging he’s been denied needed mental health meds.
- New Mexico: Proposal to start cosmetology training program at women’s state prison meets controversy.
- New York: Federal judge declines to dismiss lawsuit by terror defendant who claims he was tortured in CIA custody.
- Ohio: Woman sent to solitary for reporting rape by prison guard.
- Oklahoma: No settlement yet in inmate lawsuit against sheriff convicted of raping inmates.
- Texas: Harris County settles lawsuit over woman’s jailhouse death due to denial of medicine.
- Virginia: Gov. McDonnell announces re-entry initiative.
And a few articles on prison conditions around the world:
- Panama: Prisoners rights lawyer shot dead in his office.
- South Africa: Government says prison violence is out of control.
- Zimbabwe: Starvation and sickness rampant in underfunded prisons.