Newt Gingrich calls for prison reform, and other news that piled up over my hiatus:
- Arkansas could slash its prison rolls by diverting drug offenders and expanding medical parole.
- California is lagging behind on prison construction program authorized in 2007.
- New year’s turnover: Florida hires away Indiana’s director of corrections; Ohio’s new corrections head comes from the private Corrections Corporation of America.
- Georgia prison strike: Advocates for prisoners allege beatings; GBI says it will investigate.
- Hawaii may be systematically keeping its inmates in prison longer than their sentences.
- Detainees sleeping on floors? Peoria County (Ill.) hopes that its new jail beds will solve that problem.
- Some New Jersey inmates will go home early if they complete drug treatment.
- Pennsylvania legislator will propose limits on parole eligibility for certain repeat violent offenders, “in light of the fact that police officers have been killed by parolees.”
- Virginia inmate sues over placement in a men’s prison — she was born male but reassigned surgically as a female due to birth defects.
- Canada should reopen its prison farms, recommends a public safety committee report.
- President vows reform of Chile’s drastically overcrowded, dangerous prison system; Catholic monsignor describes the country’s prisons as “garbage cans, where people are treated like human garbage.”