Last year, the jail population fell for the first time since 1982, the Sentencing Project reports, with declines concentrated in large urban jails — led by Miami-Dade County. And the Justice Policy Institute has published recommendations for how the city of Baltimore could find itself among that number next year — largely through bail reform and other pretrial diversion initiatives. In other prison/jail news, large and small:
- In my home state of Georgia, prisons are bursting at the seams — the former penal colony now has the nation’s fourth-highest incarceration rate, and the highest rate if probation and parole are included.
- Corrections Corp. of America settles lawsuit with Prison Legal News, and agrees to make the ICE detention centers it operates more humane.
- California prison guard sentenced to four years’ federal prison for abusing inmates.
- NYCLU to sue Erie County for records of how much county has spent fighting jail lawsuits.
- An in-depth look at parole hearings in New York State, from the Times.
- Winnipeg municipal employees take to the streets to protest jail overcrowding.
- New Zealand experiments with shipping container prisons.