State's repression treatment sent Diane to prisons from Oregon
to New Jersey, to Oregon, to Washington, to Oregon, to California
fortunately not yet to AbuGhraib or other foreign and illegal prisons to be treated
hidden and uncontrolled in the well understood national interests world highest prisoner rate is traded
on Wall Street. "But what kind of 'civilized society' could allow such systemized abuse of human beings?
What kind of society does the United States
want to be?"(sfbayview.com) Guantanamo's but one example.
>> Guantanamo on the Mississippi <<
by Jordan Flaherty, Common Dreams Sunday, Mar. 12, 2006 http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2006/03/1725591.php
A Polish investigation into CIA black sites has made a meaningful step towards accountability for torture. Zbigniew Siematkowski, former chief of Polish intelligence services, has reportedly been charged with "unlawful deprivation of liberty" and "corporal punishment" against prisoners of war for facilitating the CIA's torture of terror suspects in Poland. Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director, had this reaction:
This is an important and welcome development. Every state that has signed the Convention Against Torture has an obligation not just to prevent torture but to hold accountable officials who authorize or facilitate it. As a signatory to the Convention, the United States has this obligation, too. By shirking this obligation, we undermine our ability to promote human rights abroad and erode the rule of law here at home.
>>> o what a wonderful world>>>> o what a wonderful world>>>>> o what a wonderful U.S.A. world>>>>
Quoting my UK colleague http://www.oregontrial.org.uk/Parole.htm :
The Parole Board was required to parole Diane between January 9, 1998 and January 9, 2002.
If she could provide reasonable cause to show she was not a danger. According to Oregon law
this would have to be supported by a psychiatrists report 'or' a Wardens letter. Diane provided
'both' even though only one was necessary. Still, the Parole Board refused to hear her. She
followed all the correct Parole Board procedures for two years with no hearing. She then went
through the State (Circuit) Court habeas corpus relief for 'four years'. No relief! Her Attorney
has been pushing this through the Federal court system for the past two years. That is a total of
'eight years'!!Diane's legal claim in the Federal Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is that the
Parole Board refused to hear her and of course refused to parole her. Even though professionals
within the system had supported her being paroled. The State's Attorney General's office failed
to answer her claim. They wrongly claimed that she had 'failed to petition for Federal relief in a
timely manner'. The law requires prisoners to seek relief within one year of injustice.
The truth is Diane had filed within 'two months'. The State drew this out for four years, but the
courts decision was filed in 2004, and she appealed within two months. Therefore she will win
that argument. More to the legal point, the State failed to defend against her claims. So by law
she should win by default. In fact her Attorney asked for her immediate release. Diane's maximum
release date was January 9, 2002 which means she should 'discharge' instead of parole. This would
mean that she does not have to report to a parole officer. And avoids the possibility of being
returned to prison for 'imagined' parole offences (as many are). All this rests with the Federal Judge
who still has to write that order. But the court will take another 'two years' to do that! Once again
we are witness to a system that is abused by those charged with maintaining its credibility and sense
of fair play.
How it works:
US incarceration timeline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
JOHN A. KITZHABER, MD
October 5. 2011
Dear Mr. Frederickson:
September 6, 2011. the Governor's office received your letter and supporting documents dated August 24, 2011 regarding your daughter Elizabeth Diane Downs. In that letter you requested that the Governor consider your plea that her conviction was a miscarriage of justice.
Your daughter has the right to request executive clemency from the Governor. Enclosed is an executive clemency packet. While you may prepare the application and provide the information. the Oregon statute requires your daughter personally sign the application and the clemency affidavit. In addition the clemency affidavit must be signed in front of a notary and copies of the application must be sent to the appropriate parties listed in the affidavit.
F. F. A. Lushenko
254 STATE CAPITOL. SALEM 97301-4047 (5o3) 378-311 FAX (503) 378-4863
* * *
11/02/06: Oregon: Report calls jail system broken --By ANNA GRIFFIN and ARTHUR GREGG SULZBERGER, The Oregonian
Multnomah County's jails have devolved into violent and costly near-chaos mostly because the elected officials responsible for overseeing them refuse to do their jobs,
according to a scathing report released Wednesday by District Attorney Michael Schrunk's office. In a 63-page analysis prepared after almost four months of study,
prosecutors describe a jail system in which deputies sometimes tape paper over surveillance cameras to hide their absences, where violent crimes among inmates go
unprosecuted and often unreported, and a shrinking number of jail beds means nonviolent and violent offenders share space in a population often left to police itself.
Poor management and misleading financial practices, prosecutors say, cost taxpayers money that could be used to open shuttered jail dorms or improve services for the mentally ill.
Nevada leads the nation in the number of inmates who are denied parole and held in prison,
costing the state more money and increasing recidivism, an internal Department of Corrections
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL March 12, 2006 http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060312/NEWS01/603120369/1004/NEWS&template=printart
Parole crunch alarms court
Judge orders the state to quickly deal with the backlog in prisoners' hearings.
By Claire Cooper -- Bee Legal Affairs Writer - Wednesday, March 1, 2006
State parole authorities are in trouble with the courts again - this time, because of 3,200 overdue parole hearings and broken promises to eliminate the backlog. Prisoners have
been waiting - sometimes for months, sometimes for more than two years - beyond the statutory dates for the hearings that could lead to their release.
The Associated Press; April 24, 2005
Israeli Prison Systems International Company eyeing land in Mississippi and Louisiana :
Attracted from US high prisoner rate. Obviously experienced in this field!!
"Those violators are technically inmates of the state prison system, but because of overcrowding,
the state pays counties about $70 daily per inmate to hold them. Molina's proposal does not address
those inmates." http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_3555950
WASHINGTON - Growing at a rate of about 900 inmates each week between mid-2003 and mid-2004, the nation’s
prisons and jails held 2.1 million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents, the government reported Sunday.
By last June 30, there were 48,000 more inmates, or 2.3 percent, more than the year before, according to the latest figures
from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The total inmate population has hovered around 2 million for the past few years,
reaching 2.1 million on June 30, 2002, and just below that mark a year later. While the crime rate has fallen over the
past decade, the number of people in prison and jail is outpacing the number of inmates released, said the report’s
co-author, Paige Harrison. For example, the number of admissions to federal prisons in 2004 exceeded releases
by more than 8,000, the study found.
of 'lifer' prison population in U.S.
: 1984 = 34,000
>>>>>>>>>>>Oregon seeking space for 500 prison inmates. 16th August 2005
SALEM — Oregon is looking for no-frills lodging for 500 people and will pay $60 a day. Their references might
not be the best, but they won't be walking out on their leases, either. <
12/08/05 Oregon: 114 New Jail Beds To Open - Kohr Harlan, KOIN News 6,
Wednesday to open 114 new beds at Inverness Jail east of
Portland International Airport.
Posted on Sat, Oct. 08, 2005 Associated Press
By the numbers: Women in prison
State and federal prisons held 103,310 women in 2004. That compares with 1.39 million men.
From 1995 to 2004, growth in female prison inmates averaged 5 percent a year. For men, it was 3.3 percent.
Jails held an estimated 87,583 female offenders in 2004, and 626,407 male offenders.
From 1995 to 2004, growth in female jail inmates averaged 7 percent a year, vs. 4.2 percent for men.
Among all women, the incarceration rate is 123 per 100,000. That's dwarfed by men's rate of 1,348 per 100,000.
Black women have the highest rate of incarceration at 359 per 100,000. That compares to 143 per 100,000 for Hispanic
women and 81 per 100,000 for white women. The differences mirror the pattern among men.- Source: U.S. Bureau of
Katrin Welch: Between 1986 and 1991 there was a 430 percent increase in female incarceration.
Two thirds of the women in prison today are from a racial minority group. Forty percent of the women in prison
report being abused in some way prior to their arrest. One in three women in prison were arrested on drug charges.
Women imprisoned for violent crime were twice as likely as men to have targeted someone close to them.-
By RINDI WHITE, Anchorage Daily News Published: May 18, 2005 SUTTON
-- State corrections officials say the Palmer Correctional Center is not alone in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough as a potential
site for a state-run mega-prison to house Alaska inmates now serving their time Outside.
8/26/2005 :"Behind bars: Officials tour prisons. - Jason Starr - Daily Record Staff Writer: Members of the Capital Development
Committee of the Colorado Congress toured the Colorado State Penitentiary and other prison facilities in the East Cañon
Complex on Thursday to get a feel for the needs of the state’s prisons…..Bob Bacon, a senator from Fort Collins who is
on the committee, came away with a better understanding of the need.
“We’re increasing the number of inmates by about 1,000 per year,” he said.
“We’re going to have more space for them.”
9/08/05: IDAHO : State seeks help with big prison population. With a prison population growing at a rate
faster than Idaho's regular population rate, the state Department of Correction is asking for help.
"The numbers are staggering and we expect the numbers of probationers and parolees to grow by
about 1,000 each year," said Tom Beauclair, director of the state Department of Correction at North
Idaho College's first Popcorn Forum for the school year called "Safe Communities: Planning for the Future".
By Tom Greene, CDA Press
22/ 2005 1:32 AM: Prisoners to be sent out-of-state by
send prisoners out of state.
150 inmates above capacity. Jones says that means that inmates will be sent out of state for
imprisonment by the end of this year. It's not yet known where the inmates will be transferred,
nor how much it will cost. The Idaho Department of Corrections is asking lawmakers for 14 (M)
million dollars to expand Idaho's private prison by 300 beds. - The Associated Press
09/13/05: California: Conflict eyed in private prison deal, as population soars again California's prison population is at a record high,
officials said Tuesday, as the state auditor panned the corrections system's last attempt to deal with sudden crowding. The population
reached 165,760 at week's end. That is prompting the department to plan to open two new private prisons to house 1,000 inmates next
month, and to consider signing more private prison contracts of the sort that prompted the critical report from the state auditor.
By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press.
consider expanding county jail
Trailers installed adjacent to the permanent jail structure to ease overcrowding at the Lee County Jail 10 years ago are
quickly deteriorating. Lee County Sheriff Buck Jones has said that there is also an increasing need for additional
jail space for female inmates. By Tracey Lamm, Madison Daily Democrat
09/23/05: Iowa: Proposed budget holds line on
inmate population. - WHO TV New
at least 2007. The 319 million dollar budget approved by the Iowa Board of Corrections indicates the state's prisons
would try to maintain an unofficial cap of about 86-hundred inmates. Corrections Director Gary Maynard says public
safety can be protected by selecting more low-risk offenders for release. He says an increase in releases is
necessary to maintain a steady prison population if admissions also rise.
By: DAVE DOWNEY - Staff Writer ; September 16, 2005
Doyle said he will ask the Board of Supervisors at their next meeting, Sept. 27, to consider building a 700-bed jail that
ultimately could be expanded to house 4,500 inmates.
"What we're looking at is kind of a hub concept, where we start out with 700 beds and add on to it as we grow," he
said, saying the idea would be to expand outward rather than upward in a single-story setting. "I need at least
600 beds (initially) to quit releasing inmates early."...
Stone earlier this year proposed several options for expanding the county's 3,200-bed system, including buying and
remodeling the defunct Eagle Mountain state prison 50 miles east of Indio and setting up "tent-city" jails in the desert.
Stone has frequently clashed with the sheriff over both ideas, which Doyle strongly opposes....
Doyle has stressed that California law doesn't allow open-air, tent jails and that Eagle Mountain's dormitory-like
character doesn't fit Riverside County's predominantly serious-felon inmate population....
And the county could hold costs down to $53 million by building on land the county already owns, keeping the
facility to one floor and using prefabricated steel and concrete rather than constructing a jail from the ground up.
He estimated a prefabricated jail would cost $75,000 per bed compared to $100,000 per bed for a conventional building.
09/17/05: West Virginia:
Court to look at inmate crowding. Charleston Gazzette
By Paul J. Nyden,
Supreme Court soon will take a look at prison overcrowding. George Castelle, a lawyer with the Kanawha County Public Defender's
Office, filed a petition earlier this year on behalf of Daniel L. Sams and other state inmates seeking to reduce overcrowding.
09/18/05: The Associated Press Georgia: Fulton County jail
hundreds over the proposed limit
overcrowding, with no immediate solution to fix the problem in sight. The jail and two annexes held 3,087 inmates,
and 74 inmates were housed in leased cells at the Alpharetta City Jail, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
A proposed consent agreement calls for a maximum of 2,250 in the main jail and 300 in the two annexes.
Sunday, September 18, 2005: Work on prison scheduled to begin Oct. 1. By Karen Kane, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Look at us historically and we know that we seek peaks and valleys. We're at an all-time peak right now.
We've never had this amount of inmates before. But we know it will subside. We're just riding it out,'' Gigliotti said. ...
Meanwhile, the effort to build a new prison is proceeding.
September 19, 2005: Out-of-area housing adds up to $354,000 - By Anthony Farmer Poughkeepsie Journal -
The bill to taxpayers for keeping excess Dutchess County Jail inmates in facilities in other counties keeps growing and it won't be slowing down any
time soon.Dutchess County legislators are poised to vote today on pulling another $354,000 out of the county's reserve funds to cover the projected
cost of housing-out inmates in September and October. The county originally budgeted $1.2 million for all of 2005 to cover those costs.
How long Dutchess will have to continue to cover the cost of housing such a large number of inmates in other counties is anyone's guess.
Inmate population overflowing at county jail.
Victoria Hirschberg, The Monitor
1,400, the highest it's been since the adult detention center opened in 2003. During the first week of
September this year, the jail population was more than 1,300. With the growing jail population, the
sheriff's department has sent more inmates out of Hidalgo county or to a private facility in La Villa
that charges $37.50 per day, per inmate. Hidalgo County also has a contract with Brooks County jail,
but that facility is at capacity and La Villa is filling fast, said county purchasing agent Marty Salazar
at the Sept. 20 Commissioners' Court.
09/27/05: New Mexico: Deficit expected to rise at Santa Fe County jail. The Associated Press
the jail on October Eleventh. Management and Training Corporation, a private contractor out of Utah, has been running the
jail since 2001. The corporation decided earlier this year that it would withdraw from managing the jail. The county had
trouble finding another private contractor, so it decided it was time to take on the responsibility of running the jail itself.
The state selected The GEO Group Inc. to build and manage a $68 million prison in Graceville in Florida's Panhandle, the Boca Raton company
said Wednesday.... The company also operates prisons in Moore Haven and South Bay, and state mental health centers in Pembroke Pines
and Miami.The new 1,500-bed prison will house medium- and maximum-security inmates for the Department of Corrections. The prison is
expected to be completed in 2007.GEO anticipates managing the new prison in Jackson County will generate about $21 million in annual
revenue. The management agreement will have an initial term of three years but may be renewed for successive two-year periods.
Denver inmate population hits record. - The Associated Press
house inmates in a tent to ease overcrowding. On Wednesday Denver's downtown and Smith Road jails housed a combined 2,583 inmates,
390 more than the average population during September last year, in facilities designed for 1,672. Officials were spending $900,000 to
renovate a warehouse at the Smith Road jail to house 100 minimum security inmates. Mayor John Hickenlooper on Thursday approved
plans to house the inmates in a tent until that renovation is completed in December.
By Kevin Dayton Honolulu Advertiser Staff Writer- 2 Oct 05 - A decade ago, Hawai'i began exporting inmates to Mainland prisons in what was
supposed to be a temporary measure to save money and relieve overcrowding in state prisons. Now, the state doesn't seem to be
able to stop. With little public debate or study, the practice of sending prisoners away has become a predominant feature of
Hawai'i's corrections policy, with nearly half of the state's prison population — 1,828 inmates — held in privately operated
facilities in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arizona and Kentucky at a cost of $36 million this year...Hawai'i already leads all other
states in holding the highest percentage of its prison population in out-of-state correctional centers,
(CBS4) DENVER Patricia Lopez Reporter 10/01/05: Denver inmates will soon sleep in tents due to
overcrowding at the city jail. County officials said the inmates will temporarily be housed in the tents,
for about 3 months, while there is construction on a new wing. ...They are remodeling a warehouse to make
permanent room for the inmates. Currently, inmates at the city jail live in an 8ft. by 7ft. room, designed
to accommodate one person.Because of overcrowding, 3 to 4 people stay in there now.
Gottlieb a success story of prison rehab
Tom Hennessy Columnist Long Beach Press Telegram - On Sept. 3, Jonathan Todd Gottlieb became an exception to a national trend.
He was released from prison, where he had been serving 17 years to life for murder. What made him an exception is the fact that he
was released amid a penal climate in which fewer and fewer lifers are getting out of prison. - In reporting the trend, the Sept. 2
New York Times wrote,
"In the last 30 years, the United States has created something never before seen in its history and unheard of
around the globe: a booming population of prisoners whose only way out of prison is likely to be inside a coffin."
New York Times Series Examines Life Sentences - Posted: October 4, 2005
system. The study, headed by Times reporter Adam Liptak, found that about 132,000 of the nation's prisoners, or almost 10%, are serving
life sentences. Of those, 28% have life sentences with no chance of parole. This is a marked increase from a 1993 Times study that
found 20% of all lifers had no chance of parole. Liptak also reported that about 9,700 people are serving life sentences for crimes
they committed as juveniles. Of these juvenile offenders, more than 20% have no chance of parole.
Riley: Rehabilitation, sentencing reforms needed in corrections--Last Update: 10/13/2005 9:53:14 PM
Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley's task force on prison
overcrowding recommended an expansion of rehabilitation
programs and reviving a series of sentencing reform bills
in its draft report Thursday.
Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:10 PM ET
world, grew by 1.9 percent in 2004, leaving federal jails at 40 percent over capacity,
to Justice Department figures released on Sunday.
end of last year, the government said.
The 1.9 percent increase was lower than the average annual
growth rate of 3.2 percent during the last decade.
Friday, October 28, 2005- By Mike Ward - AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF : New rules proposed for filling prison
Change would make it easier to add beds
With Texas prisons running brim full, state corrections officials are proposing a change in rules that could give
them the authority to add up to 3,000 bunks to existing lockups.
CHINO12:35 AM PST on Friday, November 11, 2005:
The California Institution for Men, built to house 2,778 prisoners, is bulging with 6,298.
11/15/05: Vermont: Chronic
prison population will skyrocket at least 20% within five years, and that's sparking a debate over where to put all these convicts.
Corrections Department data released Tuesday says Vermont will need at least 400 more prison beds by 2010. That's the
equivalent of another large new prison. But there are no plans to build another prison. WCAX TV News
11/20/05: - By ROBERT W. BLACK, Star-Tribune Wyoming: Prisons expand to meet growing inmate numbers
separated from the female prison population. The 50 or so male construction workers are expanding the Wyoming Women's
Center as part of an ambitious $202 million statewide prison improvement program. "The primary goal is to bring our
Wyoming inmates back to Wyoming."
ANN R. HARNEY, The Advocate-Messenger: Kentucky, : Boyle jail may be cited for overcrowding.
Joint Jail Committee when it met Friday. Although the report is not expected for a month, Boyle County Jailer Barry Harmon told the
committee what those problems might be. Overcrowding might be one of the problems, but that issue has come up before.
Many inmates sleep on mats on the floor, Harmon said. The state set the population
for the jail at 174, but the average for October was 225 and there were 246 inmates on Oct. 1.
bursting at seams By ANDY FURILLO Sacramento Bee
inmate population that is breaking records every week, and vacancies in the officer ranks that are numbering more than 2,000.
Supreme Court to review Berry’s challenge. The latter ruling revisits an ongoing review of the state’s
“Long-Term Plan for Reducing the Number of State Prisoners Held in County and Regional Jails” compiled
in 2002. Lawmakers discussed the state’s prison crowding problem during their November interim meetings.
State officials have pledged to update them on the reduction plan in time for next year’s regular session,
which starts in January.The Justice Department reported earlier this month that nearly 7 million adults
— or 1 in 31 — were in U.S. prisons or on probation or parole at the end of last year.
12/03/05: Alabama: President Bush's signature on a spending bill brings Alabama closer to getting a second federal prison.
The prison proposed for Aliceville could bring 350 jobs and hold about 1,200 prisoners. Another federal prison is located
in Talladega. Aliceville's economic development director Alan Harper said Bush has signed the 2006 Commerce, Justice
and Science appropriations bill that includes a $15 million appropriation for the prison in this west Alabama city.
The Associated Press
records, meaning they are more likely to be sentenced to longer jail and prison terms. In Tennessee, the
number of women in Tennessee jails and prisons has risen significantly. In July 1990, 609 women were
housed in Tennessee prisons or jails on felony charges. By late October of this year, that number had
climbed to 1,132.
Friday, December 23, 2005 Playing shell game with state prisons
Packed state prisons are overflowing - again - and backing up in county jails. Courts allow the state 30 days to move inmates
out of county jails once they've been sentenced to state prison. But already at double capacity and unable to keep up with the
rising tide of inmates, the state Department of Corrections is not meeting that requirement.As of Dec. 13, more than 800 state
inmates remained in county jails past the 30-day deadline. That's up from 225 last January.
PRINCE- Sun-Gazette Staff : More mental patients
ending up in justice system .
a trend that has left many people asking whether society is doing what it should for the mentally ill.
“Prisons are the mental hospitals of today,”
said state Secretary of Corrections Jeffrey Beard during a recent interview with the Sun-Gazette
12/21/05-Pahrump Valley Times: Nevada: Prison population on upward spiral
according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. The number of women behind bars in Nevada
soared 16.3 percent over the year ending June 30, 2004 compared with the national average of
4 percent. It's the last year for which national statistics are available. Overall, the state's inmate
population climbed 8.4 percent compared with the national average of 1.8 percent.
06.01.01: "I have a jail built to hold 305 and we have 541 housed today,"
said Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall". http://www.accessmontgomery.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
2005 RESULT+RESULT 2006
Tribune Ohio: Assaults on prison guards demand harshest
prosecuting attorneys and judges should be making a list of those responsible, checking it twice - then coming
down on the offenders as hard as the law allows. Violence directed at prison guards throughout the state's
corrections system has increased this year, according to officials. It is up about 19 percent since last year. But
at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, where the state's toughest inmates are sent, the situation
12/22/05: Massachusetts: Official: Inmate killed himself, 3 others tried
12/21/05: California: Female inmate killed by another prisoner at Chowchilla state prison
Jan. 02, 2006: DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO
- A record number of convicts killed themselves in California prisons during 2005 -
double the national inmate suicide rate, according to state records.
The Daily Journal: 01/04/06 New Jersey: Shortages at county jail upset officers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January, 6 2006 PUBLIC SAFETY SHOCKER:
83,000 MORE PRISONERS?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to increase state prison and jail population numbers
by 83,000 people... to salvage his political career.
Posted on Tue, Jan. 17, 2006
http://www.ccjc.org/ 01/22/06: Kansas: Sedgwick County scatters inmates
01/24/06: North Carolina By Paul LaGrone, WRAL News:
Officials Say Wake County Jail Is Dangerously Overcrowded
01/27/06: California: Packed prisons, elusive reforms - By James Sterngold & Mark Martin, San Francisco Chronicle
Despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise of major parole reforms to reduce California's spiraling prison population, the number of inmates
has soared to a record high as the parole programs have floundered, and the state says overcrowding will get much worse. In early 2004,
the Schwarzenegger administration said the governor's programs, which emphasized treatment and rehabilitation of some nonviolent parole
violators rather than re-incarceration, would reduce what was then a statewide inmate population of 161,000 to 148,390 by mid-2005.
Instead, many of the parole programs were either gutted or never implemented fully, while more criminals were sentenced to prison by
county judges. As a result, the inmate count has rocketed to a record 168,000, nearly double the capacity of the state's 33 prisons --
in spite of the fact that just last year the state finished a decades-long construction program that resulted in 22 new prisons.
The need for additional inmate housing in the nation's third-largest state prison system is expected to continue as Florida's
inmate population is estimated to grow by about 2,500 to 3,000 inmates a year over the next several years. The Criminal
Justice Estimating Conference has projected that Florida's inmate population will reach 98,893 by June 2010. - Feb 7, 2006 http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060207/LOCAL/202070317/1078/news&template=printart
Prison fatality exposes inhumane conditions
- Los Angeles - By John Parker - Feb 8, 2006
The United States currently imprisons more than 2.2 million people, giving our country the
highest incarceration rate of any in the world. While this should stand as a national crisis, it has instead
been opened up as an opportunity for some to turn a profit.
-- by Ramonica R. Jones
- Lufkin -- Old Jail Will Re-Open for
company that contracts with prisons around the state. Inmates from East Texas and Fort Bend County will move to
Lufkin next week because of overcrowding. Angelina County leaders shut down the jail a few years ago because
they needed more space to house their own prisoners. http://www.ktre.com/global/story.asp?s=4549278&ClientType=Printable
Associated Press 03/06: SHARPES -- Brevard County Detention Center is
using giant, white tents to house nonviolent inmates, Florida Today reported Friday.
Overcrowding has been a problem at the county jail for two decades.
but regularly houses 1,400. There were about 1,600 inmates being held there Thursday.
Waterbury, Vermont - March 10, 2006 - Vermont to Send Inmates to Oklahoma -
The transfers are all part of Vermont's continuing response to chronic prison crowding pressures.
The result is that 20% of Vermont's inmates are serving their time out-of-state-- the highest in the nation.
Jailing the inmates out-of-state is a taxpayers bargain: it costs only $20,000 per year per inmate compared
to the $40,000 per year to house them in one of Vermont's nine state prisons. Despite the huge savings,
the offenders, their families, and many state leaders would rather bring the convicts home,
including Commissioner Hoffman.
From The Associated Press -
University of California - San Francisco 13-Mar-2006
03/14/06: By Debbie Bell, The Daily Record, Colorado: Private prison changes its pitch
Fremont County Commissioners and City of Florence officials. The modifications came just a week before the request for proposal
deadline set by the Colorado Department of Corrections.
The state is seeking proposals to build a private prison in three stages of 750 beds each for a total of 2,250 male inmates,
plus future expansion of an additional 750 beds.
>>Some prisoner rights activists say crowding may have been a cause of the deaths.<<
January 27, 2006 By Amanda Covarrubias - Times Staff Writer
Overcrowding, underfunding make for dangerous situations in state prisons
TX exemplified humanity
By John Fryar, Daily Record /03/06: Colorado:
Economists issue prison population projections
inmates in state and privately operated prisons as of last June 30, according to the Legislature's staff economists. Those economists also
predicted in a Dec. 20 report that the state's adult prison population will grow by an average annual rate of 6 percent over the
coming five years's taking it to a total of 29,314 inmates by June 30, 2011. By comparison, the report said, Colorado's total inmate
population increased at an average annual rate of 5.8
percent over the past six years.
Source: Human Rights Watch(New York, October 12, 2005)-There are at least 2,225 child offenders serving life without parole
(LWOP) sentences in U.S prisons for crimes committed before they were age 18, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International
said in a new joint report published today. While many of the child offenders are now adults, 16 percent were between 13 and 15
years old at the time they committed their crimes. An estimated 59 percent were sentenced to life without parole for their first-ever
criminal conviction. Forty-two states currently have laws allowing children to receive life without parole sentences.
Joan Ryan Thursday, October 27, 2005 Put in prison at 16, she's free at 46
When punishment goes beyond justice
California's Department of Corrections isn't just broke.
It's shattered into little pieces. http://www.santamariatimes.com/articles/2006/02/17/sections/opinion/021706a.txt
02/21/06: Florida: By Jim Reeder, Palm
Beach Post Stuart attorney to file suit over St.
Lucie jail conditions today
said conditions have become dangerous as well as violating inmates civil rights. "This isn't just about inmates'
living conditions," attorney Bob Watson said. "This is also about the safety of inmates and the St. Lucie County
sheriff's officers guarding them."
Prison tallies 4th cell death in 3 months
Use of restraint chairs under fire after mentally ill inmate's death
Ossick strangled on the belt, Medical Examiner Steven Cogswell said.
Facility now at twice its capacity
IDAHO INMATES HEADED TO TEXAS Mar 13, 2006 -KPVI
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- One-hundred fifty inmates from Idaho prisons will move to Newton, Texas.
The state will spend about $2.8-million a year to house the prisoners at the privately-run prison.
Since 2003, the prison system has housed about 300 female prisoners at an LCS facility in Basile, La. at a cost of $24.60 a day per inmate.
The state also entered an emergency contract with LCS last month to send up to 500 prisoners at $29.50 a day per inmate, compared to the $35.98
that the system spends daily on individual prisoners in Alabama.
JOE CALLAHAN - Senior THE STAR-BANNER
Sumter jail sends away
inmates due to crowding
officials have had to seek help.
10 each to
Pasco and Marion counties for incarceration.
Jordan said. "We had 49 female inmates and only 16 beds." Jordan said the cost will be $1,000 per day
until the county gets the numbers under control. One-third of the women are being held for violation of probation for
serious enough to be supervised by the state.
overcrowding back on agenda
AUSTIN — Ten years after Texas legislators went on a prison-building binge to ease overcrowding, the issue is back — a big sign that something bigger is wrong with the
system and needs to be fixed, criminal justice groups said
"Many Texans would be shocked to know that bad probation policies in our state are only serving to waste tax dollars while actually diminishing public safety." http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/stategov/stories/MYSA032306.02B.prison_crowding.d6df692.html
Fresh ideas can help Alabama's prisons
March 27, 2006: ALABAMA'S NEW corrections chief appears to understand that it will take creative thinking to solve
system's persistent problems. Fortunately, Commissioner Richard
Allen seems to have a lot of good ideas.
holding state prisoners, sometimes for months, until beds become available at prisons.
04/02/06: Nevada: Jail crowding prompts officials to weigh shipping inmates out
Severe crowding at the county jail is reaching crisis levels, with hundreds of inmates sleeping on cots and authorities planning to relieve the pressure by shipping inmates
to a jail 175 miles away. The problem is so serious that the Clark County Detention Center is also considering arranging to house about 50 inmates at a state prison, officials said.
well past the state where we realize we have a problem," County
Commission Chairman Rory Reid said during a meeting of criminal
justice officials last week.
U.S. gulag prison system: Shame of the nation and crime
We've come a long way in our 230-year history, but, except for brief periods of relief and redress, it's been pretty much downhill.
If that's "the American way," it's time we retool and find a new path to follow, one based on social, political and economic justice,
of caring about all others instead of using and abusing them for the benefit of a privileged few.
The Associated Press - 04/06/06:
New Mexico: Crowding alleged at prison
nonviolent prisoners. State District Judge Jim Hall ruled Wednesday that the state Corrections Department has not complied with the Corrections Population
Control Commission Act of 2002. He scheduled an April 18 hearing for the state to show why it should not start releasing inmates who are nearing their scheduled
release dates from the New Mexico Women's
and one of more than 9,000 inmates who are eligible for parole but remain in prison.
Another 23,000 inmates will crowd into state facilities within five years, a forecast says.
SACRAMENTO — Already bulging with inmates wedged into gyms and hallways, California prisons must make
room for 23,000 more felons over the next five years, according to new projections that are forcing managers
explore still more unusual options — even tents — to house
your medicine so we can kill you with a straight face.
April 30, 2006 - California prisons are packing
Human Rights Watch Report Examines Lethal Injection - Posted: April 24, 2006
"The U.S. takes more care killing dogs than people. Just because a prisoner may have killed
without care or conscience does not mean that the the state should follow suit,"
Wisconsin: ACLU: Female Inmates in Wis. Treated Badly -
By CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press
One woman who suffers from endometriosis did not see a gynecologist during her first seven years at the prison, according to the lawsuit filed Monday.
She was forced to have a hysterectomy in 2000 and has never seen a gynecologist again. Another woman at Taycheedah Correctional Institution was
diagnosed with lupus in early 1999 but didn't see a doctor until December 2000, the lawsuit said.
Jail busting at the seams
Last year's incarceration rate for the county jail was higher than the state average, and population projections are rising,
from the current data 46,958 reported in 2000 to more than 61,000 by 2010. By 2025 that number could reach more
71,000. These numbers do not include inmates housed in the jail
or Texas Department of Criminal Justice units.
The governor's plan shows that he understands
that 40 percent of the women in California prisons don't need to be in prison.
If they don’t need to be in prison, why not let them go home?
05/13/06: Texas: Sheriff Lucio Wants Tent City to Ease Jail Overcrowding- By Ryan Wolf,
building, will soon undergo a transformation becoming what Sheriff Omar Lucio calls the answer to inmate overcrowding. "We'll build a jail inside this place right here."
05/21/06: Washington DC: DOJ: US Newswire
Prison and Jail Population Grew 2.6 Percent During 12 Months
That Ended June 30, 2005
Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. Two thirds were in state or federal prisons (1,438,701) and one third (747,529) were in local jails.
12-month increase of 56,428 prison and jail inmates was the
equivalent of 1,085 new inmates every week, the BJS report said.
05/30/06: Arkansas:WRWG TV News3: Arkansas to release 665 inmates early to ease
for the corrections department, said the Emergency Powers Act advances the release date for inmates by up to 90 days and has been used every 90
days since November 1998.
Texas incarceration rate leads nation... By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas put people in prison at a faster rate than any other state during the last decade, but its crime rate is higher
than other large states with smaller prison populations, according to a study being released Monday.
The report by Justice Policy Institute, which supports alternatives to prison, showed that the Texas prison population's annual growth
rate was 11.8 percent during the 1990s, which meant it added one in every five inmates to the nation's prisons.
Meanwhile, the state's crime rate fell at half the national average and the least of any of the nation's five largest states...
The study also showed:
punishment and devoid of compassion." But Ziedenberg said the study was not a political swipe at Texas Gov. George W. Bush,
the GOP's presidential nominee. Its timing is linked to the Bureau of Justice report, he said. He noted that Democrat Ann Richards
was in office in the early 1990s.
Attorneys worry about society's direction: "With the explosion in prison population since the 1990s, we have a higher percentage of our
population in prison than Russia," http://www.mywesttexas.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16738391&BRD=2288&PAG=461&dept_id=475626&rfi=6
CHICAGO, June 7 -- Not only are America's prisons and jails largely failing the 13.5 million adults who pass through them each year, but the American public is also
failing the prisons and jails http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/07/AR2006060702050_pf.html
Alabama Department of Corrections voted to accept a bid that would keep Alabama's first private prison empty, sending 600 male inmates out of state to be housed.http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/articles/2006/06/09/news/local/news%201897.txt
as bad -- 84 percent over capacity. http://www.kcci.com/news/9352067/detail.html?rss=des&psp=news
By AMANDA SMITH-TEUTSCH Tribune Chronicle - Monday, June 12, 2006
YOUNGSTOWN — With an estimated 1,000 new inmates added to the 2.2 million incarcerated people in the U.S. each week, the city of Youngstown, with its existing
penal institutions, is moving toward a prison-based economy, according to the organizers of the Youngstown Prison Forum.
Vermont - June 14, 2006: Prisons Out of Room
are in the works to relieve the chronic overcrowding, including plans for a new prison work-camp. And now, there's talk about building a new 500-bed detention center in Chittenden County.
Ann Imse, Rocky Mountain News - June 19, 2006
for prisons plays a major role in tight funding for other needs
such as education and health care.
considers crisis plan because of crowding www.kten.com Copyright 2006 Associated
...told, prison cells are holding about 4,480 inmates, 40 percent more than they were designed to
....that mark isn’t prodding Gov. Dave Heineman to take immediate action. - By NATE JENKINS / Lincoln Journal Star - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006
June 21, 2006 : Packed prison system close to 'no vacancy'
For the first time in state history, California's prisons are teetering on the edge of maximum capacity.
SACRAMENTO June 27, 2006— Saying that federal courts could seize control of California's overcrowded prisons,
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday called a special legislative session on the corrections system and said
the state must build more lockups soon
the state must build more lockups soon
the state must build more lockups soon
Hawaii looks at Arizona company to house island inmates: Hawaii authorities are looking to gather the state's nearly 1,900 prisoners
-Jun. 28, 2006- http://www.thehonoluluadvertiser.com
booming business in building prisons in U.S.
www.pensacolanewsjournal.com - June, 29, 2006
08/01/06: California: Schwarzenegger's plan to
build more prisons to cost $6 billion
That figure is part of the total amount California taxpayers will be asked to pay in the coming years toward reforming various aspects of the state's correctional system. Federal and state courts are overseeing
reforms to inmate health care, mental health services, employee discipline and the juvenile justice division. -By Don Thompson, ASSOCIATED PRESS
State needs biggest prison expansion in ten
years, says top prison official
decade to keep up with a growing number of inmates. The 520 (m) million-dollar plan also includes bolstering drug-treatment and community programs.
Brad Livingston, executive director of the Department of Criminal Justice, says it is a "multipronged approach." Austin American-Statesman,
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.-Martin Luther King, Jr.
03/28/06 -- Business Wire: Tennessee: Prison Fellowship Ministry Partners With CCA To Provide Offenders with Re-Entry and Aftercare Support Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)
has extended its commitment to faith-based programming for inmates by partnering with Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM) to launch a faith-based Re-entry and
Aftercare Program for offenders at the prison management company's prisons and jails across the United States. Volunteers will teach offenders life skills prior to their
release from CCA correctional facilities and will also provide mentoring support up to one year after their release from the correctional facilities. PFM's four-step
Re-entry and Aftercare Program focuses on spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and personal growth to combat the high rate at which ex-offenders commit crimes
and return to prison or jail. This faith-based program teaches inmates fundamental principles for leading successful and happy lives.
09/11/06: Oregon: $158 per day to stay at Multnomah Co.
Jail The Associated Press
spends more on jail beds, health care and holding state and federal prisoners than its counterparts around the Northwest. Multnomah County spends $158
per day for each occupied jail bed, compared to $117 per day for King County in Seattle. Clark County, Washington, considered part of the Portland metro area,
spends only $62 per jail bed.
to take up to 1,200 California prisoners MIKE
SMITH Associated Press
a move that Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday would create up to 200 jobs.
give me prisoners dear judge so we fight unemployment
emergency request from the Colorado Department of Corrections to pay to send prisoners out of state.
Prison population exploding in Georgia By
CARLOSCAMPOS, The Atlanta
A presentation to the board of the state Department
of Corrections today revealed that the prison population has
reached more than
system's capacity. Today, the system is almost 7
percent over capacity, board members were told.
6 0 0 Calif. cons going to
Rocky Mountain News OPINION January 6,
and is projected to reach 25,000 prisoners by 2009 - a 25 percent jump just from '05.
Crowded inmates shipped out
Lawmakers: Are sentences too harsh?
Theeler, a nurse from Des Moines, is one of the statistics
LANSING -- Michigan's prisons are bursting at the seams, sucking up precious state dollars at an
alarming rate and could close to new inmates by fall."Unless we immediately take action,
we're likely to run out of beds by September.
We are just out of beds," Dennis Schrantz, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Corrections,
told The Detroit News on Friday. (Charlie Cain and Norman Sinclair / Detroit News Lansing Bureau February 19, 2007)
February 19, 2007 TODAY, MORE THAN 2 million people, or nearly one out of every 100 adults, is sitting
in a jail or prison in the United States — an incarceration rate unprecedented in U.S. history.
MARIE GOTTSCHALK, an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania
Churchill said: "they always get it right after all options"
For $82 a Day, Booking a Cell in a 5-Star Jail. By Jennifer
Steinhauer , New York Times
cash (no personal checks, please) are finding that the time can be almost bearable. For offenders whose crimes are usually relatively minor
(carjackers should not bother) and whose bank accounts remain lofty, a dozen or so city jails in California offer pay-to-stay upgrades.
Theirs are a clean, quiet, if not exactly recherché alternative to the standard county jails, where the walls are bars, the fellow inmates
are hardened and privileges are few.
end of a second parole board that helped release inmates faster and created more prison space. The state’s prisons were built to handle less than
half of the 28,338 inmates who were behind bars in March.
dilemma looms for state
Board of Corrections chairman Robert Rainey says the Department of Corrections may have to close its doors now that state prisons are at 98% capacity.
California's prisons currently house more than 170,000 inmates - twice what those facilities were designed for. Selicia Kennedy-Ross, Staff Writer 05/15/2007.
Who is Keeping Tabs on Bushite Profiteering Prison
".... are running prisons, which allegedly lobby for
longer minimum sentences for all crimes and for expanding
trivial misdemeanors into long term tenancy of even those
non-hardened inmates for the selfish, maximum profit of the
Profiteering Wardens, by dungeonizing other human beings are
nothing more than savage, Medieval, Hitlerian, sadists, and
deserve nothing more than a cold, damp dungeon, followed
quickly, by a hot, dry place in Hell."
California to send 1,300 more inmates to private prison in Mississippi
California had been paying CCA $63 per day per inmate ....'are medium security'
Cramming in the inmates
With prisons full, many county jails are overflowing with felons
Jan. 13, 2008 http://www.kentucky.com/454/story/284908.html
2,880-bed private prison proposed for San Diego's Otay Mesa
The Associated Press 03/20/2008 SAN DIEGO—A 2,880-bed private prison has been proposed on about 40 acres in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego County.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corp. of America has filed applications with the county to build a "secure detention facility" in the rural community southeast of San Diego
near the U.S.Mexico border. The firm already operates a smaller facility in the area for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.signonsandiego.com
The Wyoming State Penitentiary is experiencing high population numbers. There is no practical alternative to reducing the number of offenders except to assign some inmates to other prisons. The institutions available to us are in other states.
The movement of a large number of inmates is complicated and time consuming. Careful planning has been made to ensure: 1) the security of the institution; 2) the safety of the offenders and staff; 3) that medical needs of offenders are met; 4) property is handled to minimize damage or loss; and 5) inmates’ families are notified. Only 13% of the population will be affected by the move.
".....why there was an 840 percent increase in women prisoners between 1977 and 2007, and how the country's prison system was handling the population explosion. "
Learn challenges women in prison face By Lisa Pemberton May 23, 2008 http://www.theolympian.com/105/story/457638.html
Crime and punishment in America has turned the land of the free into the home of the incarcerated By M.D. KITTLE TH Sunday, May 18, 2008 http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=202186
Tuesday, Oct 07, 2008: Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections, said the five female and 93 male prisoners were flown to the Tri-Cities Airport on Sept. 27, under a contract which pays Virginia $75.35 a day per inmate.
The amount the state makes from the deal was not immediately available yesterday. But the Virginia Department of Corrections said the average annual cost for each Virginia inmate is $22,830, or $62.55 a day. http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-10-07-0184.html
America is winning...and alway will be: The big business with prisoners!
Expand Prison in Afghanistan
military is about to complete a $60m expansion to its prison at
the Bagram air base in Afghanistan, where it holds more than 600
so-called enemy combatants.
Deborah Frisch Ph.D.:
was an interesting article on the Portland Oregonian web site
yesterday about a comprehensive report on the nation's
correctional system released by the Pew Center on the States.
According to Ryan Kost of the Associated Press, “one in every
33 Oregon adults is under correctional control.” http://www.oregonlive.com/
Pa. to send inmates to other states By Mensah M. Dean 10/15/2009 http://www.correctionsone.com/pc_print.asp?vid=1954931
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Pennsylvania's prison population is growing so fast and outstripping the system's capacity so extensively that officials are working on a plan to house some inmates farther from home - much farther.
Violence spiking in Ind. prisons due to bed shortage
The Associated Press is reporting that assults and attacks on staff in Indiana's prisons are rising quickly and steadily.
The state prison chief claims the violence is a product of overcrowding, tied to inadequate funding for new beds.
The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports that in the first half of 2009, Indiana's prisons had 514 inmate-on-inmate attacks, 62 of which caused serious injuries.
During all of 2008, there were only 719 of such attacks, 101 of them with serious injuries.
Indiana houses 27,300 inmates, but between 1,000 and 1,200 new inmates arrive each year. Commissioner Edwin Buss says the shortage of bed space in some state prisons has created a volatile situation.
It has been several years since the DOC has received fresh funding for beds or officer recruitment.
November 5, 2009: UNLV professor illuminates often- overlooked segment of prison population
The number of incarcerated women has grown over 800 percent since 1980, according to UNLV professor Ann Cammett.
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