Prison Law Blog

Sara Mayeux

Friday Roundup (One Day Early)

with 3 comments

Above: Al-Jazeera English report on a prison orchestra in the Philippines

Along with the above video, this week’s roundup brings news from prisons around the world:

And, back in the USA:

Lastly, the other day I was somewhat critical of media reporting on the ongoing prison conditions litigation in California, particularly the implication in some articles that California has been ordered by the federal courts to release 40,000+ prisoners en masse. So I thought I’d take a moment to thank Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers for his precise, accurate reporting. This article, as published in the Kansas City Star, shows it’s possible to write accessibly about complex litigation without distorting the legal issues:

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s effort to block a court order that the state’s overcrowded prisons reduce their population by about 40,000 inmates.

California-based federal judges had determined that the prison population needed to shrink in order to secure reasonable health care for inmates. Though formally called a “prisoner release order,” the judges’ mandate could be met through a variety of means, including parole revisions and sentencing reform. …

The three-judge panel ordered reducing the inmate population so that it would come within 137.5 percent of the prisons’ total design capacity. That amounts to between 38,000 and 46,000 inmates being released.

I’ll be taking a break from posting this weekend (hence the early Friday Roundup) but will be back early next week. In the meantime, happy Father’s Day!

Written by sara

June 17, 2010 at 7:51 am

Posted in Friday Roundups

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  1. Thanks for putting this blog together! I’m a 2009 Georgetown Law grad. I tried doing a prison law blog and found that it was way too time consuming, even though it was much less sophisticated than yours. Kudos to you for your hard work! I continue to work in prison issues and I will definitely keep coming back. I know how much comments are valued🙂

    Joanna

    June 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    • Thanks for your nice comments and for reading!

      sara

      June 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      • I’m also friends with Vivian Wang, who just graduated from Stanford Law. She pointed me to your blog.

        Joanna

        June 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm


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