Say it with me, folks, and by with me, I mean, with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton: “Unlawful presence in the United States is not a federal crime … .” Yet, the federal government continues to round up and detain folks whose only “crime” is “unlawful presence in the United States,” and hold them in jails. A year after the Obama Administration promised to transform immigration detention into a “truly civil” system, it has not lived up to that promise.
In other news:
- California’s revolving door parole system: an excellent overview, and a judge’s advice to a new DA.
- Trial over sexual abuse allegations in Texas juvenile jail continues to be delayed.
- Private prison construction halted in Tennessee.
- Duke Cunningham, Congressman turned prisoner turned advocate for prison reform.
- Comparing the Eighth Amendment with Article III of the European Convention on Human Rights.
- The Irish Times on the need for alternatives to incarceration.
- The National Review on Eric Holder’s foot-dragging on prison rape standards.
Lastly, if you have a minute before you start your weekend, vote for these worthy projects competing for grants from Pepsi. (And lest you doubt my sincerity, know that I pass this Pepsi advertising along even though I’m an Atlanta native and, as such, an inveterate Coca-Cola addict.)
- Tabula Rasa is seeking a $250K grant to start a transitional living center for ex-incarcerated Chicago youth. Vote here; learn about the project here.
- Michigan’s Prison Community Arts Project is seeking $25K for a mural-painting project in Detroit. Vote here; learn about PCAP here.
Another short roundup this week, but your blogger is busy. Thanks, though, to Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish and Adam Serwer of the American Prospect for linking to PLB this week, and welcome new readers!