Four out of 10 West Virginia voters in the Democratic presidential primary choose a Texas inmate.
Inmates throughout California’s prisons continue to show solidarity for maximum security prisoners by remaining on a hunger strike.
Laura Magnani, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), joins Thom Hartmann. CA inmate continue their hunger strike. Inmates across the nation are taking a vow of “no food” to protest inhumane prison conditions. So what are the thousands of cellmates demanding and will America listen?
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Then tries to convince the inmate to lie about it Cook County correctional officer Rico Palomino strikes an inmate on June 16. Palomino was charged Aug. 2 with official misconduct. The inmate, who was then bleeding from the mouth, stood up and left the hallway with Palomino, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Palomino told the inmate to tell authorities that he tried to hit Palomino first, or Palomino would report the inmate tried to escape. The victim was treated at Cermak Health Services where he received stitches to the inside of his mouth for a laceration. After the incident, Palomino, who tried to justify use of force, filed several reports with conflicting information that stated the victim turned and reached for Palomino’s shirt. But when investigators reviewed the jail security surveillance video, it showed the inmate did not make any aggressive moves toward Palomino, prosecutors said. More info www.nbcchicago.com
A Texas man convicted of killing a police informant has been executed after the US Supreme Court rejected arguments that he was too mentally impaired to qualify for the death penalty. Marvin Wilson, 54, was pronounced dead late on Tuesday, 14 minutes after his lethal injection began at the state prison in Huntsville. Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman reports from Texas.
As Florida’s elected officials push prison privatization, a corrections officer responds. From Florida Public Employees Partnership – Florida PEP. Join us at www.floridapublicemployees.com.
A Texas jury sentenced polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to life in prison plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two girls he claimed as “spiritual” brides. Deborah Gembara reports. Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Reuters
The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that California must drastically reduce its prison population to relieve severe overcrowding that has exposed inmates to increased violence, disease and death.
California is home to the largest prison systems in the US – the country with the world’s largest incarceration rates.
The high court’s decision calls on the state to cut the population to no more than 110,000 inmates, meaning California will have to shed some 33,000
inmates over the next two years. State officials can accomplish
that by transferring inmates to local jails or releasing them.
“Our goal is to not release inmates at all,” said Matthew Cate, the
state corrections secretary. Shorter term inmates will leave prison before
the Supreme Court’s deadline expires, and newly sentenced lower-level
offenders would go to local jails under the plan.
The 5-4 ruling revealed a sharp divide on the court between US Justices
Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia.
Kennedy wrote for the majority and described dismal conditions where
prisoners are denied minimal care and suicidal inmates are held in `”telephone-booth sized cages without toilets”.
“A prison that deprives prisoners of basic sustenance, including adequate
medical care, is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no
place in civilized society,” Kennedy wrote.
Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports.
At a cost of $50000 per inmate, California Governor Jerry Brown said the state’s justice system was failing. Now, his historic overhaul of the criminal justice system is underway. KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting take a look at how well it is working. This shortened version of the half-hour special aired on KPBS Evening Edition on Friday, August, 31, 2012.