Author Archives: Salvador Solorio

New law requires inmate’s consent for federal interviews

By Salvador Solorio A new California law requires law enforcement agencies to have inmates sign a written consent before being interviewed by the federal immigration agency. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure, Assembly Bill 2792, on Sept. 28. It limits interviews by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The governor wrote, “The author and proponents greatly […]

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SHU inmates down 65 percent since 2012

By Salvador Solorio The use of Security Housing Unit (SHU) cells in California has reportedly dropped 65 percent. As of December 2012, the state had 9,870 prisoners in SHU, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented the prisoners. This August there were 3,471. Of the 1,557 prisoners kept in SHU for 10 or […]

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Inmates earn neuroscience degree

By Salvador Solorio Cornell University instructors are now teaching neuroscience at New York’s maximum-security Auburn Correctional Facility. Prisoners are enrolled in Cornell Prison Education Project (CPEP), and those that graduate will receive an associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College reported Atlantic Magazine. Students attending the introductory neuroscience class are not seasoned scholars; they are convicted […]

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Lawsuit lowers SHU occupancy by two- third

By Salvador Solorio Following a landmark lawsuit settlement, Security Housing Unit (SHU) occupancy has been cut by two-thirds. The lawsuit followed California prison hunger strikes in 2011 and 2013 that protested indefinite isolation in SHU facilities, reported Alex Emslie of KQED news. Prisoners specifically protested against indefinite SHU terms based solely on prison authorities’ suspicions […]

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Gov. Brown names 9 to CDCR positions

Gov. Jerry Brown announced his latest appointments to CDCR offices, according to the Imperial Valley News. Kelly Santoro has been appointed warden at North Kern State Prison. She had been acting warden since 2015. Prior experience includes: chief deputy warden at Wasco Prison, associate warden at Corcoran, facility captain, correctional counselor and correctional officer. Albert […]

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Feds ask governors to issue ID cards to newly released

By Salvador Solorio Every year many of the 600,000 people released from federal and state prisons are without government-issued ID cards. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked all state governors to provide state-issued IDs for newly released federal inmates reported the Atlantic magazine. The Department of Justice cannot legally require states to do so, but it […]

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Hunger Strikes Erupt in Immigration-Detention Facilities

By Salvador Solorio Hunger strikes erupted in fall 2015 at a number of for-profit immigration detention facilities, protesting long detentions, inadequate health care, staff abuses and living conditions. The protests included facilities in California, Texas and Louisiana. More than 300 men stopped eating meals at the Adelanto detention center in California, reported the Los Angeles […]

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Antipsychotic Drugs Used on Juveniles In Pennsylvania

Youthful offenders in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system are being managed by use of powerful antipsychotic medications, an independent news group reports. The kids spend months in mostly private-run correctional facilities receiving mood-altering psychiatric medications “at strikingly high rates, particularly antipsychotic drugs that expose them to significant health risks,” wrote Halle Stockton of PublicSource. The […]

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Connecticut Governor Opts For ‘Second-Chance Society’

By Salvador Solorio Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state’s juvenile justice system has been transformed and it’s time for the nation to return to its roots as a “second chance society.” “If you’re not a Native American, or your people were not brought here in slavery, everyone came here for a second chance, […]

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Americans’ Concern About Crime at 15 Year High

By Salvador Solorio Journalism Guild Writer Americans are now more concerned about crime and violence than at any other time in the last 15 years. Gallup conducted a survey in March throughout all 50 states and found 53 percent of U.S. adults worry “a great deal” about crime and violence. Previously, crime and violence (as […]

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