A Tale of Two Prison Systems, plus Friday Roundup
Prison in the U.S.: “A person sentenced to imprisonment in a state prison may during that period of confinement be deprived of such rights … as is reasonably related to legitimate penological interests.” (California Penal Code)
And now in this week’s prison news…
Around the country:
- New Hampshire passes prison reform bill; among other provisions, provides for “early” release for nonviolent offenders who’ve already served 21 years.
- Upstate New York over the years: from storybook country resorts to massive prisons.
- Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates debate prison reform… and they all agree: Oklahoma is incarcerating way too many nonviolent offenders. (OK has the nation’s highest incarceration rate for women, and the fifth highest incarceration rate overall.) Maybe we live in a post-“tough-on-crime” world after all!
- Virginia is holding almost 50 inmates in solitary confinement because they won’t cut their hair.
Around the world:
- BBC reports on Afghan women imprisoned for “bad character” and “moral crimes.”
- Britain debates prison reform. Might the answer be drug decriminalization?
- Mexican Supreme Court orders 6 political prisoners released; the federal police say, No way.
- Six Venezuelan inmates killed in bloody shoot-out; activists call for an investigation.