Author Archives: Thomas Gardner

Inmates are 20 percent of California fire crews

By Thomas Gardner Many California prisoners find gratifying work fighting wildfires. Roughly 20 percent of the state’s fire crews are inmates, according to a CBS News report. “They’re among the first to hit the front lines of California’s dangerous wildfires. The orange uniforms let people know – these firefighters are inmates,” according to Chris Martinez […]

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CoreCivic claims success for educational programs

By Thomas Gardner CoreCivic is boasting higher than expected success rates in its educational programs, The Eloy Enterprise reports. At La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy (CCA operated private prison facility), “as of late August, 94 inmates had received their GED in 2016 through the programs offered. In addition, 557 inmates have also received vocational […]

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Law enforcement group back proposed sentencing guidelines

By Thomas Gardner A coalition of law enforcement officials and civil servants has voiced strong support for legislation that addresses sentencing guidelines at the federal level, says a report by A.J. Vicens of Mother Jones. The coalition is known as Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration and consists of more than 160 police […]

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Stanford researchers mine racial traffic stop data

By Thomas Gardner Researchers at Stanford University are collecting data to determine whether race plays a part in motor vehicle stops by police, says a recent report by The Marshall Project. This comes at a time of national debate about the way law enforcement responds to minorities. In the past few years there have been […]

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Court Ruling Bars SHU Inmates from Good-Time Credits

By Thomas Gardner The Supreme Court recently decided that validated prison-gang members do not have a right to earn good-time credits when serving time in the SHU (Security Housing Unit). The ruling upholds a California law enacted in 2010 that added gang membership to a list of violations and infractions that disqualify SHU inmates from […]

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Early Psychiatric Treatment Reduces Violent Incidents

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer Early access to psychiatric care for people who are mentally ill may result in fewer violent incidents and hospitalizations, reports public television station KQED. When the opportunity to treat beginning-stage mental health disorder is missed, then a sort of “snowball” dynamic can be set in motion, where violence and […]

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Gobierno Beneficia al Sector Privado

Por Thomas Gardner Escritor del Gremio Periodístico El gobierno de los Estados Unidos necesita dejar de trabajar a la par con el sector corporativo con el fin de aumentar el número de inmigrantes detenidos, de acuerdo a un reporte en el 2015. La relación “asegura” altas ganancias para las compañías privadas de la prisión contratadas […]

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Radar Technology Invades Privacy

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer Many U.S. law enforcement agencies now have radar technology that allows them to see through walls of buildings and houses to know whether anyone is inside, a U.S.A. Today news article reveals. Privacy advocates, however, have raised concern over the technology. They argue that the surveillance tools used amount […]

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Bureau of Prisons’ Congressional Testimony Criticized by Inmates

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer Some federal prison inmates are criticizing the director of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for recent congressional testimony, according to VICE magazine. “We do not under any circumstances, nor have we ever had the practice of putting an individual in a cell alone,” said BOP Director Charles E. […]

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Private Prisons Maximizing Profits With U.S. Government’s Help

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer The United States government needs to stop working hand-in-hand with the corporate sector to maximize the number of immigrants held in lockup, a 2015 report states. The relationship “guarantees” maximized profits for the private prison companies contracted with the U.S. government, says the report by the Center for Constitutional […]

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