Be thankful you are not in prison in Oklahoma this week, where 100 degree heat combined with no A/C has put prisoners at risk. So, now for the roundup. This week at KALW The Informant, I noted poll results showing California voters don’t want to build new prisons, assessed why California’s death penalty is so expensive and slow, and rounded up links on the Pelican Bay hunger strike — which may or may not be over, but no one knows for sure since CDCR has banned media access. Also, here are some interesting thoughts from California Corrections Crisis on the pros and cons of incremental reform.
In other news:
- HUD asks local housing authorities to use their discretion to provide housing for ex-offenders (ex-felons often face lots of legal and practical barriers to finding housing, whether public or private).
- Under Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin county is turning to prison labor to replace state workers.
- Report says overcrowding is fueling growing violence in Canada’s prisons.
- How Maine reduced its reliance on solitary confinement.
- Earthquake aid helps rebuild Haiti’s horrific prisons.
- Questions in Ohio after a string of jailhouse suicides.
Prison litigation around the country:
- Arizona prisoner sues over state deposit fees — state deducts 1% from inmates’ spending accounts.
- Colorado prisoner sues officials for saving his life, asserting his right to refuse medical care.
- Spokane County (Wash.) settles for $230,000 in case over postcard-only jail correspondence policy.
- Florida: Ocala jail may face class-action suit over allegations of miscalculated good time credits.