All Articles: News Briefs

April 2017 News Briefs

Vermont — Disability Rights Vermont filed a lawsuit in federal court in February, alleging that some state prisons are holding inmates in segregation even when it puts the inmate in danger. The lawsuit claims a man is in solitary confinement despite extensive and significant histories of self-harming behavior, particularly when put in segregation, reports Elizabeth […]

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March 2017 News Briefs

1. Alaska — Lawmakers adopted a measure to limit prison growth and reduce recidivism, The Sentencing Project reports. The legislation expands alternatives to incarceration, reduces jail terms for misdemeanors, reclassifies drug possession as a misdemeanor, reduces felony-sentence ranges, expanded parole eligibility, streamlines releases for persons sentenced for first-time nonviolent offenses, and caps incarceration for technical […]

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February 2017 News Briefs

Eloy, Arizona — The inmates at La Palma Correctional Facility painted the four walls of a multipurpose room in memory of their California homes Cronkite News reports. The inmates, who were transferred to Arizona as part of a contract with the California prison system, are in a drug and alcohol treatment program. The private prison […]

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January 2017 News Briefs

National News – Last November, one of every 40 American adults was not able to vote because of state laws that bar people with past felony convictions from casting ballots, The Sentencing Project reports. The report estimated 6.1 million Americans did not vote because of these state laws. The laws vary widely. Florida, Iowa and […]

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December 2016 News Briefs

Arizona — After the 2012 decision barring mandatory sentences of life without parole for offenders who were juveniles when they committed their crimes—and making the law retroactive—the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state courts to review the sentences in several cases, SCOTUSblog reports. Justice Sonia Sotomayor explained that the sentencing judges in these cases did […]

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Nov 2016 News Briefs

Seattle, Wash. — City officials are planning two facilities — one in Seattle, another in the suburbs — where heroin addicts can legally take injections while supervised by medical personnel who can administer aid or call 911 if needed, reports The Los Angeles Times. It would be the first facility of its kind in the […]

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October 2016 News Briefs

Sacramento — The California Supreme Court decided unanimously in August to overturn the death sentence of Sergio Dujuan Nelson, who was 19 years old when he was convicted of killing two co-workers in 1993. Nelson, who had no prior criminal history, admitted the killings but argued they stemmed from depression, The Los Angeles Times reports. […]

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News Briefs

Sacramento – The wardens at two California women’s prisons have retired as allegations of sexual abuse, suicides, unneeded force, derogatory names and retaliations against inmates who complained as well as staged fights are being investigated, The Associated Press reports. CDCR told the AP that the Secretary is committed to making necessary changes at both prisons. […]

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August 2016 News Briefs

San Francisco— San Francisco State University will lead a statewide effort to expand college access for formerly incarcerated individuals, the university announced June 17. Seven California State University campuses — Bakersfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego — will establish programs modeled after SF State’s Project Rebound. Established in 1967 by the late […]

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July 2016 News Briefs

Honolulu, Hawaii — An inmate serving time in a private prison in Arizona has filed a lawsuit over the prison system’s policy requiring all mail to and from inmates to be written in English, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. The English-only mail policy prohibits prisoners from receiving letters written in Hawaiian and unduly burdens communications between […]

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