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De Facto Mental Institutions

Fact: The L.A. County jail system is this country’s largest de facto mental institution.

Source: NPR, What is the Role of Jails in Treating The Mentally Ill?


Three Texas Pardons (2010)

1. Pardon me, Ma’am.
2. Pardon me, Sir.
3. Pardon you, posthumously.
Much lateness to get underway-
Thanks to the results of DNA.


Playing Politics with Prison Rape

In late March, Texas Governor Rick Perry sent a letter to the Department of Justice (PDF) bemoaning the fact that his state would have to comply with key provisions of federal legislation intended to reduce sexual violence in prisons and jails.   1,123 more words


Perry: Texas Won't Comply With Federal Prison Rape Law

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas will not comply with parts of a federal law designed to eliminate prison rape, Governor Rick Perry said in a letter to the U.S. 702 more words


Veteran "Baked To Death" At Riker's Island Due to Malfunction

NEW YORK (AP) — A malfunctioning damper diverted heat to the top level of a two-tier observation unit where a city official told The Associated Press a mentally ill, homeless veteran inmate “basically baked to death” in a cell that was at least 100 degrees last month, the head of New York City’s jails system told lawmakers Thursday. 818 more words

National News

Prohibiting Outside Contact

Fact: Until recently, it was usually more expensive to call an incarcerated loved one in the same state than a mobile phone in Ghana.

Source: FCC, author’s calculation.


Justice and Jails (2)

Prison reform as politics

Occasionally, we learn of prison reform or criminal justice reform bills being considered and even passed in state legislatures or congress.  And then…we hear no more about them.  1,006 more words