Lots of prison/jail news this week…. a Kenyan court ruled that prisoners must be allowed to vote in an upcoming constitutional referendum. Malaysia tore down an iconic prison wall. And the Unicoi County (Tenn.) sheriff announced its annual “Jail-n-Bail” charity fundraiser where you too can pretend to be a prisoner!
Litigation and Legislation around the Country
- Texas man sues private prison company over his father’s 2008 death behind bars
- 35 Virginia inmates file suit (apparently pro se), alleging rampant prison violence and rape
- Ohio state senators propose bill to privatize half of Ohio’s 31 state prisons.
- In Pennsylvania, a bipartisan group of legislators proposes sentencing reform
- Los Angeles can’t afford to open its brand-new $74 million jail
- From Colorado, a call for sentencing reform and an end to tough-on-crime politics
- Profile of the staff rabbi at the California Institution for Women — “He approves women for the kosher food program only if they commit to attending classes and Shabbat worship”
- A reminder from across the pond that not all prisoners are men, and that women prisoners may have unique needs that reform proposals should take into account
- From Australia, a call for needle exchange for prisoners
- Slate reports on health care in El Salvador prisons