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Editorial: Prisoner ‘rights’ often go too far

Few things fill taxpayers with more wrath than hearing about governments paying cash settlements to inmates for what are pretty minor breaches of their rights. 249 more words


Court declares mentally ill female prisoner not a dangerous offender

Marlene Carter, a 43-year-old inmate with severe mental illness who’s spent much of her five years behind bars tied to a plank, bed or chair in a solitary cell, is not a dangerous offender, a judge has ruled. 301 more words


Rand Paul Says Death Penalty Is A State Issue

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the racial imbalance of the nation’s prisons that convinced him to support sentencing reform has not prompted him to scrutinize the death penalty in advance of a possible 2016 run for president. 111 more words


Some mentally ill inmates face different kind of solitary confinement

Special designations for federal inmates with the most complex psychiatric needs often result in their being kept in what is, effectively, solitary confinement – just don’t call it that. 736 more words


Tied down in solitary for years, is sick inmate a dangerous offender?

Update: a judge’s ruling late Thursday afternoon determine Marlene Carter is not a dangerous offender. Read the story here.

Marlene Carter is sick.

The 43-year-old’s compulsion to hurt herself is so great she’ll hurl herself, against restraints, to smack her head against whatever hard surface is closest. 847 more words


Inmate Lawsuit Challenges Racial Lockdown Policy At California Prisons

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California’s policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system. 390 more words