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Sara Mayeux

Friday Roundup

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  • More great Texas jail reporting from Brandi Grissom of the Texas Tribune: a piece on mental illness in county jails, and a video featuring “Voices of the Mentally Ill.”
  • A round-up of banned books in the Texas prison system, also from the Texas Tribune (I’m thinking every state needs one of these!).
  • The Colorado Legislature is considering a bill to reduce the use of solitary confinement for mentally ill and developmentally disabled prisoners. This (like bills to ban shackling of pregnant prisoners) falls in the category of legislation I like to call, “It’s not a good sign that we even need to legislate about this.”
  • The Seattle P-I observes that “most inmates in [Washington] state prison are violent offenders.” I personally am not a big fan of the present tense there. If the point is that most inmates in state prison were convicted of a violent offense, then fine. I’m not sure that tells us how many of them are, today, “violent offenders.” But I guess it is better than nothing that Washington has reduced its numbers of people serving time for drug crimes.
  • An Ohio prison guard defends collective bargaining for public employees.
  • The AP reports on violence and mass escapes from Egyptian prisons in the wake of the revolution.

Written by sara

February 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

Posted in Friday Roundups

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