State's repression treatment sent Diane to prisons from Oregon

to New Jersey, to Oregon, to Washington, to Oregon, to California




Francisco Goya: Cannibal








Diane Downs' case

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?"( Guantanamo's but one example.


             >>       Guantanamo on the Mississippi      <<

by Jordan Flaherty, Common Dreams Sunday, Mar. 12, 2006


Accountability for U.S. Torture — But in Poland by Anna Estevao, National Security Project March 27, 2012

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 :

 Parole abuse

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

US incarceration timeline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)











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

Clemency Coordinator



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

report shows.

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. 14223699p-15048689c.html


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."

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.


Growth of 'lifer' prison population in U.S. :      1984 =  34,000
                                                                           1992 =  69,845
                                                                           2003 = 127,677

Source: The Sentencing Project Report, 2004 The Chronicle


>>>>>>>>>>>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,

They voted Wednesday to open 114 new beds at Inverness Jail east of Portland International Airport.


- An open jail design is cheaper.

In California, the average construction cost of an adult jail bed was $52,500 in 2001.,1,737297.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california



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

Justice Statistics


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

9/ 22/ 2005 1:32 AM: Prisoners to be sent out-of-state by year's end
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Theresa Jones with the Idaho Department of Corrections says Idaho has begun

negotiating contracts to send prisoners out of state.

The state's prisons are nearly 600 inmates above capacity, and the state's county jails are about

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.


09/15/05: Iowa:  Supervisors consider expanding county jail
Overcrowding and structural integrity are two reasons Lee County may need more, better, jail space in the near future.

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
A budget proposed by state corrections officials shows they will try to hold the line on the prison population through

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,
West Virginia has a stable and aging population.
The number of inmates in state prisons, however, is skyrocketing. The state

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
The Fulton County Jail on Friday was more than 800 inmates over a proposed federal agreement to ease

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.


09/27/05: Texas: Inmate population overflowing at county jail. By Victoria Hirschberg, The Monitor
Hidalgo County's inmate population is on the rise, still. Last week, the total number of inmates exceeded

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 Santa Fe County jail is expected to cost the county millions each year. The county will take over management of

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.



 By Steven Pounds - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer --- Thursday, September 29, 2005 : Boca-based Geo to build, manage $68 million prison.

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.


09/29/05: Colorado: Denver inmate population hits record. - The Associated Press
The inmate population has climbed more than 17 percent in the last year, prompting sheriff's officials to renovate a warehouse and temporarily

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

A new study by a team of researchers at the New York Times looks at the
expanding use of life sentences in the American criminal justice

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

MONTGOMERY, 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.

Riley, while withholding final judgment on specific recommendations, signaled his support for the panel's work.
"We've kicked the can down the road without solving the problem," Riley said. "I think we can resolve it. ...If not, we're going to keep filling prisons."

The 11-member task force on prison overcrowding is charged with researching and recommending solutions to alleviate the inmate populations, among other corrections issues. The group, appointed by Riley, is made up of judges, attorneys, educators, legislators and a victim advocate, and is headed by Michael Stephens, a former CEO and president of ReLife Inc., a Birmingham-based physical rehabilitation hospital


REUTERS Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:10 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. prison population, already the largest in the

world, grew by 1.9 percent in 2004, leaving federal jails at 40 percent over capacity,

according to Justice Department figures released on Sunday.

Inmates in federal, state, local and other prisons totaled nearly 2.3 million at the

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-Crowding Predicted
Vermont's prisons are already full and now there's word they're about to be swamped. Corrections officials project Vermont's

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

For a women's prison, there sure are a lot of men around here. Most are wearing hardhats and tool belts, and they're

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."


11/21/05:By ANN R. HARNEY, The Advocate-Messenger: Kentucky, : Boyle jail may be cited for overcrowding.
A report by a state jail inspector may turn up some shortcomings in the Boyle County Detention Center. That information was given to the

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.



California prisons bursting at seams By ANDY FURILLO Sacramento Bee 25-NOV-05
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's always volatile prison system is currently facing a double-barrelled problem: an

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


December 06, 2005
At the same time, statistics show that women are committing more serious crimes and have longer criminal

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.


By KATIE PRINCE- Sun-Gazette Staff : More mental patients ending up in justice system .
State mental hospitals have emptied rapidly over the past 10 years, while the number of mentally ill state prisoners has increased,

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

Nevada's female inmate population is climbing at a much higher rate than the national average,

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".


12/22/05:Avertiser Tribune Ohio: Assaults on prison guards demand harshest sentence
'Tis the season to be violent at some Ohio prisons, to judge by an Associated Press story. Prison officials,

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

is even worse.

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

A record number of convicts killed themselves in California prisons during 2005 -

                                                    double the national inmate suicide rate, according to state records.



Liz Massey, THV Anchor    12/26/2005: Numbers from the state Department of Correction show that Arkansas prison guards have had to resort to force to control inmates this year more than three times as often as just four years ago. Department records show that, in 2001, guards at the state's 18 prison units resorted to nonlethal force, or forcibly removed inmates from their cells, at least 12 times. According to those records, by early December this year, the number of such incidents during 2005 had climbed to at least 40.


01/04/06: Alabama: Judge urges Legislature to deal with prison overcrowding


The Daily Journal: 01/04/06  New Jersey: Shortages at county jail upset officers



Public Safety Advocates dismayed by return of prison boom... angry --over

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 SHARIF DURHAMS
.:Thousands more beds needed in addition to 6 facilities that started opening in 2003

°°°°vv°°°° 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


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.


02/24/06 -- by Ramonica R. Jones   - Lufkin -- Old Jail Will Re-Open for 108 Prisoners,
The old jail in Angelina County is once again a detention center. The downtown Lufkin facility is now leased by a

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.


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.

The jail can hold about 1,000 inmates

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 -
Lawmakers question sending high risk prisoners out of state


University of California - San Francisco 13-Mar-2006

Prisons not adapting to needs of aging inmate population


03/14/06: By Debbie Bell, The Daily Record, Colorado: Private prison changes its pitch

Changes in both location and the operator of a proposed private prison in Fremont County were presented Monday to a committee of

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,0,6774728.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california  Copyright © 1999-2005 cnhi, inc.

Overcrowding, underfunding make for dangerous situations in state prisons


  TX exemplified humanity

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 19:28:19 -0700 (PDT)

"I have to tell you about a 72 yr old female, Jean Sadler #571177.  I thought my heart would break."

"This woman had a surgery on her arm.  She can't use it at all.  She is 72, dementia.  She was treated worse than any animal I had ever SEEN.  When I left, she was placed in a closed custody cell.  Let me explain.  She had surgery and was placed in the hospital room with me.  They put her back on the bus immediately and sent her off to Goree..nothing for pain."

"Well, they couldn't handle her.  Sent her back.  Hospital is mad. Treat her bad.  Then she left Tuesday (6th) back for Goree with me.  She was placed in a cell and she has a forgetfull memory.  She never ate for 24 hours.  She was crying out that she was hungry.  The guard on each shift would tell her "should of got up and turned out for chow."  See we're behind a solid door.  If you do not hear the guard annouce it, you don't have your hand sticking out the tiny hole to let her know your'e going, you miss it.  Well, she is old.  Never heard them.  They wouldn't allow us to tell her it was chow."

"Finally, frustrated, crying, she is having a bm.  Her toilet is not working.  It won't flush.  She begs to be moved.  The officer as well as prisoners were taunting her.  Telling her to "shut up old woman"...all kinds of terrible things.  The men turn up to exterminate and the guard MUST remove us so they can spray.  That is when she finally is forced to have her door opened.  The officer, Dickie, is what she said her name was (no name tags) threw up.  Vomited from the stench she was forcing the woman to stay in.  She shuts the door back.  Jean starts screaming, throwing a fit.  Who can blame her?  The officer calls rank Sgt. and I guess a Lt Purvis(??)  I know Purvis was his name tag but the Sgt I don't know her name.  They were going to pepper spray the 72 year old woman because she was naked and wouldn't stop crying.  She had a bm on herself.  She didn't want to use the stinky toilet no more."

They threw her into closed custody.  Last I seen her, she was being taunted by prisoners. I could hear her cry all night.  I cried with her."

 "That's it!!!!  I will never return.  One more prisoner they never have to worry about taking up their offer of healthcare.  Job well done on their part.  They say they're trying to deter us from making the trip for medical.  Tax payers money.  It worked.  I fucking quit!!!!   Enough.  I had to tell her story.  She needs to be appropriately housed..NOT AD SEG.  She has lost (the prisoners say) 40 pounds because she misses meals.  Doesn't know chow time.  Just another prisoner. Right??"

I am withholding the authors name

I am asking you to email the ombudsman's office in Texas.  Tell them that Jean Sadler 571177 needs to be under proper care.       She needs to be placed on their priority list.  Thankyou 


By John Fryar, Daily Record /03/06: Colorado: Economists issue prison population projections
Colorado's adult prison population is expected to total 21,928 inmates by mid-2006, a 5.9 percent increase from the 20,704 Colorado

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.

Rocky Mountain News URL:,1299,DRMN_15_4362259,00.html

January 4, 2006 Prison space to run out this year By Ann Imse, Rocky Mountain News

Inmate count rising, lawmakers told Colorado has already run out of

prison space for its most dangerous inmates

and will run out of room for any new prisoners later this year.

United States: Thousands of Children Sentenced to Life without Parole 

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.


02/21/06: Florida: By Jim Reeder, Palm Beach Post Stuart attorney to file suit over St. Lucie jail conditions today
Another lawsuit over crowded conditions at the St. Lucie County jail will be filed today by a Stuart attorney who

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."
--*+*+*+*--                                                          March 9, 2006  Antelope Valley Press

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.


March 13, 2006 Antelope Valley Press

Facility now at twice its capacity



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.


 Mar 20, 2006:    JOE CALLAHAN - Senior THE STAR-BANNER       Sumter jail sends away inmates due to crowding

BUSHNELL - The Sumter County Jail is exploding with female inmates,
with three inmates for every available bed,

and officials have had to seek help.

Sumter sheriff's Chief Deputy Jack Jordan said last week that 20
female inmates were shipped out of county,

10 each to Pasco and Marion counties for incarceration.

"Female inmates have increase by 100 percent since a year ago January,"

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

offenses serious enough to be supervised by the state.


Prison overcrowding back on agenda
03/23/2006 Express-News Austin Bureau - Isadora Vail

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

corrections system and needs to be fixed, criminal justice groups said Wednesday.....
"Today Texans are bearing a huge, unnecessary cost due to
a failed probation system," testified Ana Yañez-Correa, executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

"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."


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

the prison system's persistent problems. Fortunately, Commissioner Richard Allen seems to have a lot of good ideas.
Overcrowding and shortage of prison guards have dogged the state's prisons for more than a decade.
Prisons built for 14,000 inmates hold 28,000 and lack the space for newly sentenced prisoners. County jails end up

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.

"We're 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.
By David Kihara, Las Vegas Sun


The U.S. gulag prison system: Shame of the nation and crime against humanity
by Stephen Lendman - 3/29/06

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
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says the state women's prison in Grants has too many inmates, and it wants a judge to force the release of some

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 Facility.


By R. SCOTT RAPPOLD -  THE GAZETTE : Parole laws, decisions help keep cells full
Lidgren is part of a population that’s growing more than three times as fast as the state’s. He is
one of 21,407 inmates in the state prison system — more than half serving time for nonviolent crimes —

and one of more than 9,000 inmates who are eligible for parole but remain in prison.

Los Angeles Times - April 22, 2006
Packed Prisons Brace for New Crush

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

to explore still more unusual options — even tents — to house bunks.


Take your medicine so we can kill you with a straight face.



April 30, 2006 - California prisons are packing them in
Officials are scrambling to squeeze a projected 23,000 more felons within five years into already overcrowded facilities.
Jenifer Warren, Los Angeles Times


 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,"


05/02/06: Wisconsin: ACLU: Female Inmates in Wis. Treated Badly - By CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press
A lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates at the largest women's prison in the state alleges the inmates have received grossly deficient care, amounting to "cruel and unusual punishment."

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

than 71,000. These numbers do not include inmates housed in the jail or Texas Department of Criminal Justice units.
Kelly Prew - CNHI News Service - 5-06


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, KGBT4 News
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center sits the future home for hundreds of inmates in Cameron County. This 28,000 square foot, county storage

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

Nation's Prison and Jail Population Grew 2.6 Percent During 12 Months That Ended June 30, 2005
During the year that ended last June 30, the nation's prison and jail population grew 2.6 percent, reaching 2,186,230 inmates behind bars, the Department of

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.

The 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 prison crowding
Arkansas' Board of Corrections voted today to invoke the Emergency Powers Act and to grant parole early to 665 inmates. Dina Tyler, a spokeswoman

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:
- Texas has 89,400 people incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, more than the entire prison population of New York.
- Blacks in Texas are incarcerated at a rate seven times greater than whites.
- Probation is given to blacks at a lower rate, 20.6 percent of the total probation caseload, than whites, 44.9 percent.
In a news release Schiraldi, Justice Policy Institute director, said the Texas incarceration numbers show its prison system is "fixated on

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.
On the Net: Justice Policy Institute:  Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council


 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,"


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


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.


 June 11, 2006 DES MOINES, Iowa -- The number of women in Iowa's prisons is growing so fast, some female inmates may have to move to the mens' state prison. It's a proposal the state is considering.
Right now, there are 723 women in Iowa's prison system, but there isn't room for that many.
The Department of Corrections just released new statistics that show last year, women's prisons were 32 percent over capacity. In 10 years, the overcrowding problem is expected to get more than twice

as bad -- 84 percent over capacity.


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.


Waterbury, Vermont - June 14, 2006: Prisons Out of Room
Vermont inmates tell the story. They're running out of room. The state's 1,650 prison beds are all full and Vermont's Corrections Department is working to solve the problem. Several initiatives

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.


By Ann Imse, Rocky Mountain News - June 19, 2006
Prisoners are pouring into Colorado cellblocks nearly five times faster than the national average.
These new inmates are projected to cost the state $100 million more each year for the next five years - adding to an annual prison budget that already tops $591 million.

The bill for prisons plays a major role in tight funding for other needs such as education and health care.
To put the cost in context: The annual increase alone is enough to send nearly 18,000 students to the University of Colorado at Boulder for a year.


Prison board considers crisis plan because of crowding Copyright 2006 Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY  The state Board of Corrections is considering a crisis plan of using nontraditional areas for additional bed space.


...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 By PAIGE AUSTIN The Press-Enterprise:  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-


booming business in building prisons in U.S.  - June, 29, 2006

08/01/06: California: Schwarzenegger's plan to build more prisons to cost $6 billion
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to build two prisons and other units to relieve extreme inmate overcrowding will cost an estimated $6 billion, Acting Corrections Secretary James Tilton said Tuesday.

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
AUSTIN The state's top prison official has told lawmakers that Texas needs three more prisons and the biggest expansion of its corrections programs in a

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

A new study says that jail costs in Multnomah County are the highest in the Pacific Northwest. The jail - which serves the Portland metro area -

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.


Indiana to take up to 1,200 California prisoners  MIKE SMITH Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - The state plans to house up to 1,200 prisoners from California in unused portions of the New Castle Correctional Facility,

a move that Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday would create up to 200 jobs.

give me prisoners dear judge so we fight unemployment

DENVER - With Colorado's prison population increasing an average of 100 inmates a month, the Joint Budget Committee has approved a $153,887

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 Journal-Constitution
The prison population in Georgia, which has grown steadily over the past 10 years, is exploding like never before.

A presentation to the board of the state Department of Corrections today revealed that the prison population has reached more than
53,000. The number of inmates in Georgia has hovered in recent years in the 50,000 range, roughly 99 to 100 percent of the

system's capacity. Today, the system is almost 7 percent over capacity, board members were told.


6 0 0  Calif. cons going to Florence
Quiet move of overflow offenders to private prisons causes concern
By George B. Sánchez Arizona Daily Star  01.07.2007


Rocky Mountain News OPINION January 6, 2007,2777,DRMN_23964_5260055,00.html
Getting a handle on inmate growth Tinkering no longer enough  
You can understand the sense of urgency regarding Colorado's prisons:
In the 20 years ending in 2005, the state's inmate population quadrupled. It has continued to balloon since,

and is projected to reach 25,000 prisoners by 2009 - a 25 percent jump just from '05.


Crowded inmates shipped out
Crowding has forced Colorado to pay an Oklahoma prison to take hundreds of inmates, and hundreds more are on the way.
Story by Kirk Mitchell Photos by Andy Cross The Denver Post 01/29/2007


Lawmakers: Are sentences too harsh?
Critics say current rules needlessly increase the state's prison population.

February 9, 2007

Deb Theeler, a nurse from Des Moines, is one of the statistics behind a
40 percent increase in Iowa's prison population over the past decade.


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"

04/29/07: California: For $82 a Day, Booking a Cell in a 5-Star Jail. By Jennifer Steinhauer , New York Times
Anyone convicted of a crime knows a debt to society often must be paid in jail. But a slice of Californians willing to supplement that debt with

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.


05/13/07: Alabama:
Prison population on rise
The number of inmates squeezed into Alabama’s overcrowded prisons is back near the state’s all-time high of 28,440 just six months after the

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.

05/13/07: Oklahoma: Prison overcrowding dilemma looms for state
Oklahoma is fast running out of prison space, leading to dire warnings that inmate overcrowding could put the state under another federal court order.

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 Corporations?
The Places Where He Plans to Send Us All!

By Professor Peter Bagnolio May 31, 2007

".... 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'

Jan 14, 2008

Cramming in the inmates

With prisons full, many county jails are overflowing with felons

Jan. 13, 2008

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,

Wyoming State Penitentiary - Office of the Warden

May 1, 2008

To: All WSP Inmates

RE: Temporary Lockdown & Transport

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

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

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.

America is winning...and alway will be: The big business with prisoners!

US to Expand Prison in Afghanistan
Al Jazeera February 20, 2009   

The US 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.
The near doubling of the prison size comes as human rights group Amnesty International urged Barack Obama, the US president, to give better legal protection to the detainees there.
Obama has been widely praised for moving to shut down the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within days of taking office last month.
But with his move to send 17,000 more US troops to Afghanistan to shore up its operations there, the Bagram prison looks set to become more visible and controversial.
Rumi Nielson-Green, a spokeswoman for the US military, told Al Jazeera that the detainees held at Bagram were "unlawful enemy combatants".
"They are individuals who have been removed from the battlefield because they are dangerous to our forces or our coalition partners," she said.Basic rights urged
Amnesty urged Obama to continue its break from his predecessor's "unlawful detention policies" by ensuring "all US detentions in Afghanistan comply with international law" and giving the detainees access to US courts to challenge their detentions. ...  

Deborah Frisch Ph.D.:

There 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.”

1-in-33 sounded off to me for two reasons. Intuitively, it seems way too high. Also, I remember hearing somewhere that 1-in-100 Americans are incarcerated. Given that Oregon ranks 50 among US states in “javelinas per capita,” I was skeptical of the allegation that its rate of incarceration was 3 times the national average.

A bit more googling revealed this:

The Pew Center on the States compiled statistics from the Justice Department and Census Bureau to give a demographic snapshot of the United States correctional population. The U.S. correctional population, defined as people “in jail, prison, on probation or on parole” -- totaled 7.3 million, or 1 in every 31 adults.

Bingo. The reason the 1-in-33 figure seems high is that it includes people who are “in jail, prison, on probation or on parole.” Diane Downs, who was illegally convicted by Deputy Lane County District Attorney Fred Hugi and Lane County Circuit Court Judge Greg Foote for three crimes financed by LCDA J. Patrick Horton and who has been illegally incarcerated for a quarter of a century is included in the tally as is Jeff Luers, a soon-to-be-unincarcerated environmental activist who was illegally (according to Oregon Court of Appeals Justice Darleen Ortega) sentenced to ~20 years in prison by former Deputy LCDA Kent Mortimore and former Lane County Circuit Court Judge Lyle Velure and resentenced to ~10 years by Deputy LCDA Erik Hasselman and LCCC Judge Jack Billings.

Also included in the tally is Shawn Patrick Tichenor, a 16-year-old who drove 30 miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone and caused the death of 10-year-old Vaclav Hajek. Mr. Tichenor was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to zero minutes of incarceration and eight years of probation by a LCDA prosecutor and a LCCC judge whose names I don’t yet know.

Oregon’s 1/33 jail/prison/probation/parole rate is a little bit lower than the national average of 1/31. It got me wondering “is Oregon’s incarceration (jail+prison) rate lower than the national average as well?”

A bit more googling discovered a Pew Center report from last year that focuses on the much-more-interesting-to-me “currently incarcerated persons(jail/prison)” as opposed to this year’s “currently incarcerated persons(jail/prison)” + “under the correctional system’s thumb (parole/probation).”

The report is entitled “One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008”.

There are three very interesting tables in the report.

1. On page 14, there is a ranking of the 50 states in terms of “corrections spending as percentage of general fund.” Oregon ranks #1 in the nation. The national average is 6.8% and Oregon spends 10.9%. Wow. We’ve got the lowest rate of police per capita and the highest rate of percentage of general fund spent on corrections in the nation. It’s kind of like how we have no sales tax and no self-serve gas. Why? Because we are MAVERICKS.

2. On the bottom of page 34, there is a map of the USA and each state is labeled with the number of people incarcerated per 100,000 residents. Oregon’s 531, California’s 682 and Texas is 976. Maine (lowest in the nation) is 273, New Hampshire is 319, Vermont is 317, New York is 482 and Pennsylvania’s 607. By the time you get down to Virginia, you’re looking at 759 out of every 100,000 people incarcerated. The highest rate is in Louisiana, 1138.

While the ordering in the graph makes perfect sense, the raw numbers don’t. To arrive at a 1 in 100 average for the USA, as the title of the report alleges, you need some states under 1000/100,000 (=1/100) and some above. But the numbers vary from 273 to to 1138. That’s not going to give an average of 1000, which is what 1-in-100 implies.

The mystery was solved on 35, the most terrifying page of the report.

3. The table on page 35 compares the US inmate population to “the 36 largest European inmate populations.” The USA is number one with 750 inmates per 100,000 residents. Lithuania incarcerates 235 of every 100,000 residents. Spain, Scotland, Portugal, Austria, Germany, France, Sweden and Italy all clock in at under 150, that is, less than a fifth the rate of the US. That’s scary.

If the US has 750 inmates per 100,000 residents, as alleged in Table A-7 on page 35, then the true rate of incarceration in the US is 1-in-133.3333etc., not 1-in-100, as alleged in the title. So the Pew Center on the States chose to round off “133.3333” to “100.” Personally, I would have gone for “133” but apparently,
I am mathematically old-fashioned.

Pa. to send inmates to other states By Mensah M. Dean  10/15/2009

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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    Police faked 9-1-1 phone calls to warrantlessly search homes

                                        July 12, 2014 Source: Police State USA


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