This is not a complicated case. Homaidan Al-Turki is an inmate at Limon Correctional Facility in Colorado. He was in pain. His pain was so severe that he was unable to stand and was vomiting. Mary Robinson, the nurse on...
I didn’t believe that a concentration camp could exist in America until, in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw one with my own eyes. Maricopa County is a fuzzy-lawed place where sentenced and un-sentenced inmate…
The Federal court in Tucson has been absolutely flooded with lawsuits. Those suits are not from clashing corporations or government gadflies. Instead, these almost 400 lawsuits come from just one man who is sitting in a prison cell.This inmate's pile of lawsuits could give taxpayers indigestion. Which is exactly what he's claiming in some suits: stomach troubles from prison food. He wants trillions of dollars in damages, but in the meantime, these questionable cases gum-up the courts, and cost taxpayers in legal fees.Dale Maisano is currently serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault out of Pinal county. Right now, he's locked up at the Arizona State Prison on Wilmot Road in Tucson. But he sure stays busy in there. In the past month alone, Maisano has filed dozens of lawsuits. Over the past several years, that number has reached into the hundreds. Maisano has sued Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, State Attorney General Tom Horne, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and many others.
A prison is a trap for catching time. Good reporting appears often about the inner life of the American prison, but the catch is that American prison life is mostly undramatic—the reported stories fail to grab us, because, for the most part, nothing happens. One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich is all you need to know about Ivan Denisovich, because the idea that anyone could live for a minute in such circumstances seems impossible; one day in the life of an American prison means much less, because the force of it is that one day typically stretches out for decades. It isn’t the horror of the time at hand but the unimaginable sameness of the time ahead that makes prisons unendurable for their inmates. The inmates on death row in Texas are called men in “timeless time,” because they alone aren’t serving time: they aren’t waiting out five years or a decade or a lifetime. The basic reality of American prisons is not that of the lock and key but that of the lock and clock.
Nearly every criminal case the FBI and US Justice Department has reviewed during a major investigation that began in 2012 regarding an FBI lab unit has involved flawed forensic testimony, The Washington Post reported.
"Local sheriffs relish the opportunity to house state prison inmates because it infuses needed cash into the local coffers. One state official said the actual cost to sheriffs to house the state prisoners is only a fraction of the $24.39 daily income per prisoner. “It’s a big bonus for the sheriffs,” he said."
Unaccompanied minors held in immigration detention on Christmas Island were subject to “unnecessary” force, with one put in a chokehold after Serco security guards were given the authorisation to move them using force, according to evidence presented at a human rights inquiry today. Deborah Homewood, Managing Director of MAXimus Solutions, which provides services and reporting on unaccompanied minors held in detention, confirmed that the incident had taken place on Christmas Island in March this year.
For nearly forty years, the United States has been gripped by policies that have placed more than 2.5 million Americans in jails and prisons designed to hold a fraction of that number of inmates. Our prisons are not only vast and overcrowded, they are degrading—relying on racist gangs, lockdowns, and Supermax-style segregation units to maintain a tenuous order. In short, mass incarceration has proven to be a fiscal and penological disaster.
At least 38 closed cases could be affected by a DNA-related mistake in the Columbus police crime lab, and one felon already has asked for a new trial, the Franklin County prosecutor said this week. At issue are DNA reports that were submitted for criminal cases but were missing the statistical weight, which shows the probability that the DNA belongs to a certain person.
SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Chief Justice Matthew Durrant and Attorney General Sean Reyes have charged the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice with developing a comprehensive set of data-driven recommendations to increase public safety, while limiting expected growth of the state’s prison budget. …