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THE ORIGIN OF PRISONS
PRISON OVERCROWDING ISSUE
PRISON BOOM
PROFIT & PUNISHMENT
THE HIGH COST OF AGING PRISONERS
PRISON MEDICAL CARE — A SCAM
ALABAMA LAWSUITS
SARS EPIDEMIC WARNINGS 2003
HIGH COST OF INMATE COLLECT CALLS — A SCAM
NATIONAL STATISTICS
CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS
VISITATION RULES & ETC.
HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
MENTAL ILLNESS IN PRISON
PRIVATE PRISONS
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PRISON ABUSE PHOTOS

Prisoner Abuse Photos - September 27, 2004 - Caution! Photos are gross and should not be seen by children. These are actual photographs of the conditions prisoners suffer without any medical treatment. Infectious diseases, broken bones, lung and heart disease, and staph infections go untreated. You will recognize which are medical abuse and which are physical abuse. Warning! Viewing these photographs takes a strong constitution unless you are in the forensic sciences or medical field and used to seeing atrocities and pain.


PRISON ABUSE

Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons — added June 21, 2008 – The annual cost of incarcerations is more than 60 billion dollars nationwide.... At this moment, the effectiveness of America's approach to corrections has the attention of policy makers at all levels of government and in both political parties...
New Prison Commissioner Richard Allen — March 1, 2006 — Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced he has appointed Richard Allen to serve as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections. Allen served as Chief Deputy Attorney General under three Alabama Attorneys General — Jeff Sessions, Bill Pryor and Troy King. He is currently an attorney with the Montgomery law firm of Capell and Howard. He retired as a brigadier general from the Army Reserve in 1993, where his last command was the 3rd Transportation Brigade in Anniston. Allen, a native of Decatur, now resides in Prattville. Allen replaces current Commissioner Donal Campbell, who announced last week he was resigning effective February 28, 2006 to "pursue other opportunities."
INMATE INFECTIONS SPREADING, OFFICIALS WARN OF PUBLIC HEALTH RISK — California — January 4, 2005 — LOS ANGELES (AP) — A highly contagious staph infection sweeping through county jails, infecting at least 4,000 inmates, is now spreading rapidly in the community and officials warn it's a growing threat to public health.
NEW PRISON COMMISSIONER DONAL CAMPBELL — January 22, 2003 — (the following is a bit of a history lesson — please see the response from Tennessee — in 2004 we now know Tennessee was right) — Dear Mr. Campbell: The Patrick Crusade is a human rights organization that represents the families of prisoners. I would like to personally welcome you to Alabama and to congratulate you on the position of Prisoner Commissioner. The People are greatly relieved that Mike Haley is no longer at this post.
ALABAMA MEMBERS SIGN ETHICS PLEDGE — January 22, 2003 — Asked if he wanted the job on a permanent basis, [commissioner] Haley sad, "Yes, I'd like to keep it. This stuff gets in your blood." Haley didn't get to keep his job and Donal Campbell got the position. Now in 2004, Riley and Campbell have angered Alabama citizens for their lies and complicity in crime. Prisoners are still being mistreated; Campbell has told so many lies, no one can see straight any more. He kept Haley's old staff and he was warned not to do that if he seriously wished to affect changes in the prison system. Campbell ignored the People. Now the People will boot him out too.
1999 FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES — chapter 5 — Guidelines Manual
UNITED STATES PAROLE COMMISSION — RULES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL MARCH 1, 2001
Abolish Prisons — Prisons used for punishment are a relatively new phenomenon, dating back less than 150 years. Mass incarceration in the U.S. is an even newer phenomenon dating back less than 30 years. When societies evolve, they change their means of social control. Not so long ago, it became unacceptable for society to put its citizens in stocks, or publicly dunk them in water, brand them or to burn them alive. Confinement as a form of punishment was an evolved step, and now it is time to move on to more evolved methods of dealing with social problems before we normalize not only incarceration but obscenely high levels of incarceration.
One of Alabama's largest farming operations is run by the state prison system — July 26, 2003 — Inmates raise crops and catfish and tend livestock, generating about $2 million in revenue last year for running prisons and paying salaries. The inmates are paid 25 cents an hour.
American's Current Assessment of Crime and Punishment — September 22, 2002 — This site contains some very good graphs about American's current assessment of crime and punishment. The results of the survey are surprising.
ACLU POLL — September 22, 2002 — New Poll Shows Surprisingly Forgiving Attitude Toward Crime and Punishment: Most Americans Don't Want to Throw Away the Key.
Bad Investment — Take it from a businessman: The War on Drugs is just money down the drain. Governor Gary Johnson: "Locking up more and more people ... whose real problem is that they are addicted to drugs, is simply a waste of money."
Breeding Violence — Locking people up is supposed to make our streets safer, but it may be doing the opposite.
CALFORNIA DOC RESTITUTION 15 DAY RE-NOTICE — March 7, 2003 — Here is a review of the files received from the CA DOC on this issue.
CHILDREN OF PRISONERS IN THE USA — May 5, 2003 — This is The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and it operates the Resource Center in collaboration with NIC and with CWLA's partners, the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). On this site they relate that Nationwide, more than 2 million children have a parent incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails. Many more have experienced a parent's incarceration at some point in their lives. Since 1991, the number of children with parents in prison has increased by more than 50%. Most of these children have an incarcerated father, but a growing number-currently 8%-have incarcerated mothers.
The Corrections Connection News Center — August 2002 — Reflections on the Crime Decline: Lessons for the Future?
Correctional Health Care Consultants — CHCC is the one to contact for all health care and correctional related services. From providing health care to inmates, to introducing products and services to the corrections market, CHCC gets the job done for you. Criminal Justice Links — Criminal Justice Information — Major Agencies
Criminal Injustice: Mainstreaming Torture — August 18, 2002 — On Sunday, August 18, 2002, Brian Steels bsteels@iinet.net.au wrote: The following article shows where we are at with punitive regimes ... indeed, it is time to not only abolish prison as we know it, but to put a stop to the production of such weapons of personal harm. As violence begets violence, we can only work towards peaceful resolutions and repair damage done. There has to be public awareness of such technologies that are brutal in extreme. Brian Steels Perth, Western Australia Debt to Society — Click on a state to see how much its incarceration rate has grown, how its spending on prisons and higher education has changed, what proportion of its prisoners are drug offenders, and the racial disparity between its general and prison populations.
Easterling Prison — Clio, Alabama
Subheadings: — No Smoking ProgramScare ProgramWarden's photo Educate Yourself on Executions
Human Rights Watch Report US Prisons — November 6, 2003 — NAMI Calls for Action Following Report on Brutal Mistreatment of U.S. Prisoners With Mental Illnesses
Left Behind — Tens of thousands of children have a parent behind bars. What are the social costs of their loss?
Liberty and Justice for Some — Mass incarceration comes at a moral cost to every American.
Mass Incarceration — How did the Land of the Free become the world's leading jailer?
New Health Care: Mobile County Metro Jail, AL — August 14, 2002 Here is a link to the new health care center, Franklin Primary Health Center, for Mobile County Jail residents http://www.alapubhealth.org/aphca/fmphc.htm
New Prison Control Systems — This Section reports on the emergence of prisoner control as a privatised industry, whilst state prisons face increasing pressure to substitute technology for staff in cost cutting exercises. It expresses concern about the social and political implications of replacing policies of rehabilitation with strategies of human warehousing and recommends common criteria for licensing all public and private prisons within the EU. At minimum this should cover operators responsibilities and prisoners rights in regard to rehabilitation requirements; UN Minimum Treatment of Prisoners rules banning the use of leg irons; the regulation and use of psychotropic drugs to control prisoners; the use of riot control, prisoner transport, restraint and extraction technologies. The report recommends a ban on (i) all automatic, mass. indiscriminate prisoner punishment technologies using less lethal instruments such as chemical
Offensive Website Hurts the Death Penalty Cause — January 10, 2002 — Our cause must, of necessity, include the knowledge that there are people like Trawick in prison. We cannot pretend that all of those in prison are innocent or even "good" people because that simply is not true. We have to not only realize but let others know we realize that there are people in this world who have to be removed from society because they are simply too dangerous to be around other people. Trawick is just such a person and there are many of them in prisons. — And then, of course, there is the First Amendment: Freedom of Speech.
Prison Policy Initiative — The Prison Policy Initiative conducts research and policy advocacy around incarceration policy. Our work starts with the idea that the racial, gender and economic disparities between the prison population and the larger society represent the grounds for a democratic catastrophe. Our conception of prison reform is based not merely in opposing a rising rate of incarceration, but in the need to evolve to a better way of addressing social problems than warehousing our citizens in cages.
PUBLIC POLICY OF MASS INCARCERATION — May 2, 2003 by Candyce Hawk
Prison Riots — January 6, 2003 — Why they happen, how to avoid them, and what to do in case there is a riot.
Stanford Prison Experiment — A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment Conducted at Stanford University — Welcome to the Stanford Prison Experiment web site, which features an extensive slide show and information about this classic psychology experiment. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.
Stopping Prison Rape — August 12, 2003 — by Joanne Mariner
Prison rapes spreading deadly diseases By Steve Mitchell
Public Policy of Mass Incaration — May 2, 2003 by Candyce Hawk
Psychology and the Limits to Prison Pain: August 25, 2003 — Confronting the Coming Crisis in Eighth Amendment Law by Craig Haney, University of California, Santa Cruz. This paper was published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law in 1997. It is more than still valid today in 2003. This study is recommended reading for all who support prison reform.
Research on Crime Control Industry — Compared to most other industries, the crime control industry is in a most privileged position. There is no lack of raw-material; crime seems to be in endless supply.
What's the Alternative? — Society has to respond to lawbreakers, but it doesn't always have to lock them up.
Layne Murray Unit, Gatesville, Texas — February 07, 2006 — A couple of years ago at Layne Murray, four women held a fifth down in the field ...They were part of a hoe squad...They beat the fifth woman in front of everyone. The guards ok'd it. The woman who reported it to me..was ........ She tried to get other women to make statements but everyone was too afraid. Today I received another very disturbing letter from the Layne Murray Unit. Below is a statement . I am posting this without names .
Massachusetts — Cell-block beatdown — November 10, 2005 — Inmates claim sadistic beatings have been commonplace in Boston?s jails ? can civil lawsuits make things right? BY DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
Maine — Torture in Maine?s prison — November 10, 2005 — Inside the Supermax: Testimony from six prisoners and a videotape; the head of Corrections promises reform BY LANCE TAPLEY
High Desert State Prison Inmate Reports Beatings — May 19, 2005 — High Desert State Prison Inmate Kenneth Lee Smith (C-31506) wrote in a letter to several of us: Please help. Get me out of here. They (correctional officers at HDSP in Susanville, California) are Beating me Everyday, SHOCKING me in my Penis & Balls. Blood is coming out of my Penis & Rectum. They are sticking things in my rear-end & ears. They won't let me sleep. They have made me A CONFIDENTIAL SLAVE. They are trying to make me commit suicide.
Florida Errant Guards et al — May 11, 2005 — Gregory Mills is in Frank Valdes cell. He reports: "This is as good a time as any for the FBI to clean this department of the garbage of racism from top to bottom. The biggest criminal in the State of Florida is sitting in the secretary's sear. It's going to take the FBI to capture this madman. I thought FDLE had him once, but they handled the whole Valdes case like 'toy police'. Yes, I remember James Crosby's statement to FDLE: "I was at home and I didn't know this was going on." You all know the rest of that story." He writes every few days because he's afraid he's going to be killed
Contact: "Kay Lee" kaylee1@charter.net or "MRS. WANDA Valdes" wandavaldes@webtv.net Also see Frank Valdes page — a lawsuit that's currently in the Florida courts (Frank was murdered by Florida Guards) — at http://www.geocities.com/prisonmurder/frank_valdes.html
Torture: America's Brutal Prisons — March 11, 2005 — Produced for Channel 4 by ORTV. Click here to read the article by the reporter and also to download the film. Downloading takes some time so please be patient. The film is about 45 minutes long.
Cashing in on Cons — By Silja J.A. Talvi, In These Times Posted on February 10, 2005, Printed on February 10, 2005
Ex—Inmate's Suit Offers View Into Sexual Slavery in Prisons — October 16, 2004 — Texas — "I was forced into oral sex and anal sex on a daily basis," Roderick Johnson says, "not for a month or two, but for like eighteen months."

BIRTHDAYS

Prisoner Birthdays
Hello, Below are the names of a few our friends/loved ones celebrating birthdays. If you have a friend or loved one whose name you want listed, please contact Karin Elsea — Birthday Coordinator karinelsea@hotmail.com

THE ORIGIN OF PRISONS

The Origin of Prisons: — European Trends Leading to the Creation of Prisons: The rise of prisons as an agency for punishing convicted offenders was a slow and gradual process which extended over several centuries, from crude beginnings in the sixteenth century. While the most important ideas and practices which led to the establishment of prisons were associated with the American Quakers, there were early European strivings in this direction which should be noted.
Criminology: Death Penalty Resources: — November 26, 2010 - The death penalty is the killing or execution of a person as a punishment for a criminal offense. Crimes that can result in someone receiving a death penalty are referred to as capital offenses. Throughout time, capital punishment has been practiced in many parts of the world. Currently there are 58 countries that give death penalty sentences, 95 countries have done away with it, and the remainder of the world have not used the death penalty in at least 10 years or have only allowed it in extraordinary circumstances. There are many controversies surrounding the death penalty and many arguments for and against capital punishment.
THE HISTORY OF DEATH PENALTY IN OHIO
The Real History Archives offers a vast array of documents, articles and links to additional materials to aid serious researchers find the truth about our history. Bookmark this page and return here often. You cannot read it all in one visit! Naysayers, please see the quote below.

PRISON OVERCROWDING ISSUE

LANSING, MICHIGAN — September 14, 2005 — The overcrowded Oakland County Jail released 179 nonviolent offenders in August and is facing another emergency.
A National Crisis — Prison Overcrowding:
See reports and articles
ABC News — U.S. Prison Population Rising — Incarceration Rate May Top Russia as Highest in World 2000
The U.S. prison population has grown steadily for more than a quarter-century, helped by increased drug prosecutions and tougher policies against all offenders. Beck said that if the current growth continues, the total prison and jail population would likely hit 2 million in the second half of 2001.
Crime Down, Sentences Up —
Crime rates have been declining since 1993, but longer sentences, especially for drug crimes during the 1980s and for violent crimes in the 1990s, have driven prisoner populations. More mandatory minimum sentences and less generous parole have also contributed to the increase. The prisoner population last declined in 1972.
Alabama — August 22, 2002 LAWMAKERS SHOULD ATTACK PRISON PROBLEM AT ROOTS No more room in the inn. Full to the brim. Packed in like sardines. Chock-full. Whatever cliche best describes Alabama's prison system, take note. Then force lawmakers and the governor to do something about it. For at least 20 years now, overcrowding sits at the top of problems facing the state's correctional system. From governor to governor, from Legislature to Legislature, the faces change, but the problem forever lingers.
Judge imposes new fines for jail overcrowding — December 7, 2002 — MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge imposed new fines totaling millions of dollars against the Department of Corrections for allowing a backlog of more than 1,600 state prisoners in county jails in violation of a court order.
Alabama Revises Habitual Offender Law — A recent revision of the state's habitual offender law could unlock the prison gate for some of them and send them back into the civilian world.
Americans Behind Bars & International Rates of Incarceration 1995 The United States now has the highest recorded rate of incarceration of any nation in the world. With over one million inmates, the U.S. surpasses both South Africa and the Soviet Union, the previous leaders.
Barnes looking into issue of prison overcrowding
August 2, 1999 — By James SalzerStaff Writer
Atlanta — Gov. Roy Barnes is looking at prison population estimates for the next decade, and they don't necessarily look good.
The Effects of Prison Overcrowding — November 2, 2003 — Information gathered from actual court cases
Prison Overcrowding Issue — Alabama USA Overcrowding is rampant, riots would be the next occurrence if this situation is not relieved soon. Shipping inmates to other states is NOT the answer.
The Prison Population Bomb 1996 The care and feeding of one million American prisoners is a big business. Privately managed prison beds are increasing about 35 percent a year, and the demographics of inmates are changing rapidly. More prisoners are women or elderly, and have drug problems, AIDS, or other chronic health conditions. The number of prisoners seems certain to increase—but even if it doesn't, the cost of running prisons will.
The Prison Crisis:
News, stats, and resources on the prison-industrial complex, and the human rights and economic crisis which it is causes.
The Prison Industrial Complex — Prison Overcrowding Correctional officials see danger in prison overcrowding. Others see opportunity. The nearly two million U.S. citizens behind bars the majority of them nonviolent offenders mean jobs for depressed regions and windfalls for profiteers.
Legalize Drugs, Stop Prison Overcrowding, Take the Crime Out of Drugs, Make People Stop Killing, Whoring, Robbing, and wasting their Life to get Marijuana, Cocaine and Other Drugs.
Prison Overcrowding
A Discussion Paper — Canadian Criminal Justice Association

PRISON BOOM

A Report on the Injustice System in the USA — January 7, 2007 — This is a report that was written in 2002 listing prison population and the motivation for the USA locking up so many people. The question is: what has changed since 2002?
ABC News — The Prison Boom — Number of Prisoners Has Doubled in Past 12 Years 1999:
Some experts now believe the prison population will keep growing for another 5 to 15 years. The U.S., they say, will soon become the world's most incarcerated nation. Be sure to click on the map to find out what the prison population boom is in your state:
Debt To Society — Mothers Jones has completed an investigation on Prisons
Curb the Prison-Industrial Complex Prison inmates represent an ideal workforce for business: low wages, no health benefits, no absenteeism, no vacations and guaranteed union-free.And this potential workforce — for the most part, young and able-bodied — is big, and getting bigger. The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world; today, nearly 2 million Americans are behind bars in federal, state or local custody. That's a half-million more prisoners than China, which has nearly five times our population. The U.S. incarceration rate is now 672 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents, a rate higher than any other country except Russia. That's a rate six to 10 times the rate of most European countries, which also enjoy lower crime rates.This enormous prison population represents a huge pool of cheap labor that directly threatens the wages and conditions of those of us who work on the outside of prison walls.
Growth of the U.S. Prison Industrial Complex: Good Public Policy? — May 4, 2003 — Academic paper by C.J. Hawk
The Prison Boom 1996: A November 1996 GAO report (GAO/GGD-97-15) gives another national overview. Reflecting the growth in inmate populations, US prison (only federal and state) annual operating costs swelled from $3.1 billion in fiscal year 1980 to about $17.7 billion in fiscal year 1994. All prison costs (operating and capital costs) totaled about $163 billion during the 15 year period. The (federal) Bureau of Prisons projects that its prison operating costs in fiscal year 2000 could involve an increase of about 88 percent over the fiscal year 1994.

PROFIT PUNISHMENT

Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Prison Profits: Part I — March 10, 2006 — Inside the Financial World, Government Agencies and their Private Contractors Lies a Hidden System of Money Laundering, Drug Trafficking and Rigged Stock Market Riches.
One of Alabama's largest farming operations is run by the state prison system — July 26, 2003 — Inmates raise crops and catfish and tend livestock, generating about $2 million in revenue last year for running prisons and paying salaries. The inmates are paid 25 cents an hour.
The Right Way, Successful Way, and the Cost-Effective Way to Run a Prison — Note from the Webmaster: Well said! The 'tough on crime' stance of the current Congress is not designed to stop criminals! It's designed to get votes! Don't fall for this America — we will all pay dearly while THEY get rich!
Alabama Prison Recycling — Inmates and Infectious/Hazardous Material Handling — Elmore, AL
Mentally retarded DR inmates in Alabama
Murder Incorporated: Profits from Privatized Prison Health Care — Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet November 6, 2001
ABC News Special Report — Profit & Punishment 1998The taxpaying public seems convinced: Private prisons save money. And with a booming inmate population, prisons for profit now represent the fastest-growing segment of the American correctional system. Private prisons pick up tax breaks from small towns hungry for new jobs. They use the latest technology to maintain security. And their stocks rate as peak performers on Wall Street. But some critics warn the price of justice should be measured by more than just the bottom line. Booming Prison Business — like it or not incarceration is inflation proof. Investors are cashing in as private stocks become some of the top performers on Wall Street. Tipping the Scales of Justice? — Prison Corporations promise equality, but they work for their stock holders. Are inmates becoming a raw material for a booming business?
America and the Holocaust: More About the Film "America and the Holocaust": Complex social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust, from "Kristallnacht" in 1938 through the liberation of the death camps in 1945. For a short time, the US had an opportunity to open its doors, but instead erected a "paper wall," a bureaucratic maze that prevented all but a few Jewish refugees from entering the country. It was not until 1944, that a small band of Treasury Department employees forced the government to respond.
We the Sheeple — Have you Herd — The Alabama Catch Holman, in South Alabama, was one of the most notorious of the old-style Southern prisons. A man could learn a lot about killing. ''I was there when they killed Tommy Dobson,'' the inmate who killed a guard with a knife in 1976, Mr. Pardue said. ''Six of the guards come in with pickax handles, and beat him to death. They drug him downstairs. I can still hear his head hitting the steel steps.'' According to court documents, the 21-year-old, John Brown, was interrogated for four days, then signed a written confession. Mr. Brown could not read. Blood was caked in his nostrils and his body was badly bruised, court documents and photographs showed. A doctor treated him in jail. Mr. Brown did 10 years. He has since said in court that he never took part in or saw any murder. The only evidence against him is a confession he has never read. [He] saw another inmate cut a new inmate's head off with a big homemade knife, because the man sat on his bunk. ''It happened in Bed 54. I was in 72. I remember he got the mop and started cleaning up the blood.''
Previously in Have you Herd — We the Sheeple See numerous articles such as:
The Mock Defense
With a death row attorney like Ronald Mock why bother waiting for an injection?
The Alabama Alternative
Corrections Department officials go to court to defend their right to use chain gangs, "hitching posts," and not to provide toilet facilities or family visits.
ooh ouch! Prison profits! — Proudly Continuing the Heritage of Slavery
Be Careful What You Ask For, You Just Might Get It!
Article by Don Lemaire artsypoet@home.com
Finally, one is left to ponder whether the lives of the victim, Ronnie Greene, and of Nate Abraham who now faces a lengthy prison term at the age (now) of 13 were worth the couple thousand dollars we saved in taxes. How long will we allow politicians to create the illusion of justice using children, both victims and perpetrators, as scapegoats. Isn't it time to tell them that they can't continue to fool some of the people all of the time for political advantage. Isn't it time to tell them that: "We're not that stupid, Stupid!!!"
Punishment, Politics and Culture — Other than war, punishment is the most dramatic manifestation of state power. Whom a society punishes and how it punishes are key political questions as well as indicators of its character. This course considers connections between punishment and politics in the contemporary United States. We will ask whether we punish too much and too severely, or too little and too leniently. We will consider the politicization and racialization punishment and examine particular modalities through which the state dispenses its penal power. Among the questions to be discussed are:Does punishment express our noblest aspirations for justice or our basest desires for vengeance? Can it ever be an adequate expression of, or response to, the pain of the victims of crime? When is it appropriate to forgive rather than punish? Throughout we will try to understand the meaning of punishment by examining the way it is represented in politics and popular culture.

THE HIGH COST OF AGING PRISONERS

Aging Prisoners Tax State with Health Costs — Louisiana May 20, 2001 SPRING RIDGE — Edward Vaughn turns 65 in July — entering what should be his golden years.But a deadly act committed in the heat of passion 10 years ago rewrote Vaughn's destiny, and he was sent to prison for life. Vaughn now has cancer. While his medical future is uncertain, he knows one thing: "I sure would like to get home for these last few years," said Vaughn, who is from Marshall, Texas, but is imprisoned for a killing in Benton.

PRISON MEDICAL CARE — A SCAM

Correctional Health Care — October 12, 2004 — This page covers the history, law and ethics required for prisoner health care.
Private Health Care in Jails Can Be a Death Sentence — NY TIMES — February 27, 2005 — Brian Tetrault was 44 when he was led into a dim county jail cell in upstate New York in 2001, charged with taking some skis and other items from his ex-wife's home. A former nuclear scientist who had struggled with Parkinson's disease, he began to die almost immediately, and state investigators would later discover why: The jail's medical director had cut off all but a few of the 32 pills he needed each day to quell his tremors.
Limestone HIV inmates settle health care lawsuit — May 24, 2004 — A settlement of the November 2002 lawsuit of several HIV-positive inmates over health care at Limestone Correctional Facility has been filed in the federal District Court in Birmingham, an official in the court clerk's office there confirmed Friday.
Alabama Prison at Center of Suit Over AIDS Policy — October 26, 2003
Limestone Prison — Alabama — September 1, 2003 — Grim report on HIV inmates is symptom of money woes. Alabama's prison spending ranks 50th in the nation. The state is also last in funding medical care for prisoners.
Limestone PrisonAlabama — August 29, 2003 — Human Rights Group Releases Report on Medical Treatment, Living Conditions of HIV-Positive Alabama Inmates. Tabet writes in the report that the unit's medical care system is "broken, severely distressed and often non-existent," according to the News (Birmingham News, 8/28).
Limestone PrisonAlabama — August 28, 2003 — `Medical failure' blamed in HIV inmate deaths. It's a place where sick men beg for food, then die from starvation, according to a doctor's report. Where pneumonia goes untreated and men drown in their own respiratory fluids. Where HIV-weakened patients stand in long lines in the middle of the night for pills they take on empty stomachs; then they vomit.
Limestone Prison — Alabama— August 27, 2003 — Dozens of HIV-infected inmates have died prematurely and miserably due to grossly negligent medical care at Limestone Correctional Facility, according to a medical report released today.
AIDS activist Tabet dies at 42 — July 13, 2004
Medical failure' blamed in HIV inmate deaths — August 28, 2003
First—Person Account of Life in a Super Max Hospice — January 27, 2003 — After some struggle, Pam was permitted to stay with Bill around the clock during the final 2 weeks of his life, as he died in the Indiana DOC's version of a "hospice". Pam kept notes which we have made into a web site titled Two Weeks in a Super Max Prison with My Dying Brother — My True Story.
Medical Malpractice and Negligence — Missouri — September 12, 2003 — In 1992 the State of Missouri contracted with Correctional Medical Services (CMS), the nation's largest prison HMO to provide 'quality healthcare' in Missouri's 21 prison facilities. However, since 1992 prison inmate deaths have risen and continue to rise due to medical malpractice, negligence, and deliberate indifference by the statewide healthcare provider contracted by the State of Missouri.
Health Care in Prison — March 3, 2004 — I have a friend serving time in the federal prison camp near Cumberland, Maryland, and I visit him whenever possible. (Like many other federal prisoners, he should not be incarcerated at all, but that is material for another story at another time.) During my last visit, we were discussing prison medical care, or the lack thereof.
National Commission on Correctional Health Care [NCCHC] — Our Mission The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections, NCCHC's leadership in setting standards for health services is widely recognized. Building on that foundation, our not-for-profit organization offers a broad array of resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high quality care.
Caring for Your Heart — Do You Have the Facts? — If you have a loved one in prison where stress is high and nutritian is low, you need to send this information to the warden who runs the facility where your loved one is living. A free brochure containing this information may be obtained by contacting the ACC at 800-253-4636, ext. 694.
Great News! — March 3, 2003 — Just wanted to let you all know that Dr. Francis Bud Henderson has been relieved of his duties at NaphCare, Inc.
Alabama Depatment of Corrections Ends Naphcare Contract — May 3, 2003 — Patrick Crusade members and its division, Family Members of Inmates, were instrumental in bringing Alabama's contract with NaphCare to an end. The contract, as written, was unenforceable by the State (compliments of former Alabama Governor, Don Siegleman). What we need to know now is: Where has the $26 Million gone? — Next, we will work on the prison telephone contract so stay tuned.
The Cost of Housing an Inmate — December 10, 2002 - 1998-1999 costs revealed here, per the Corrections Industry itself. Ain't this a crock????
Inmate Co-Pay Finds Support in the Courts — November 22, 2002 — The cost of providing medical care is constantly increasing and prisons and jails are by no means insulated from this problem. This fact, combined with the sometimes demanding nature of inmates, has prompted many state and county correctional facilities to institute policies requiring inmates to share in the cost of medical services. The goal of these co-pay policies is to instill inmate responsibility and to discourage abuse of the institution's sick-call system.
Limestone Prison – Alabama — August 28, 2003 — Report details alleged negligenthealth care at prison. A grim report, detailing the deaths of 38 HIVAIDS-infected inmates at a Huntsville-area prison, was released Wednesday by an Atlanta human rights group that has filed suit against the Alabama Department of Corrections over the treatment of those inmates.
Limestone Prison – Alabama — September 7, 2003 — Here are some photos of Limestone inmates whose lack of medical care was the subject of a lawsuit.
National Commission on Correctional Health Care [NCCHC] — Our Mission: The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections, NCCHC's leadership in setting standards for health services is widely recognized. Building on that foundation, our not-for-profit organization offers a broad array of resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high quality care.
Death, Sickness Raise Flags About Inmates' Medical Care — January 21, 2002 — VIRGINIA BEACH — On an April morning in 2001, Kathy S. Kearns died lonely and afraid in her city jail cell. Fellow inmates said her belly was so swollen that she appeared to be pregnant with twins. Instead, she was bloated with more than 80 pounds of excess water weight, 2.6 gallons of it in her abdomen, as her body struggled with liver cancer, hepatitis C and cirrhosis.
Reference Manual "Correctional Health Care: Guidelines for the Management of an Adequate Delivery System, 2001 Edition" - "Correctional Health Care: Guidelines for the Management of an Adequate Delivery System, 2001 Edition" (594 pp.) is a comprehensive reference manual for jail and prison administrators and correctional health professionals that provides guidance in the provision of health services, focuses attention on correctional health issues, and identifies directions for future efforts.
Public Health and Health Care in Prisons — April 18, 2004 — The Health Status of Soon-to-be-Released Inmates: A Report to Congress (This is an excellent review of the problems of communicable diseases in prisons.)
Prevention and Control of Infections with Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings — Persons incarcerated in correctional systems comprise approximately 0.7% of the U.S. population and have a disproportionately greater burden of infectious diseases, including infections with hepatitis viruses and other infections of public health importance (e.g., human immunodeficiency virus [HIV], sexually transmitted disease [STD], and tuberculosis [TB] infections). In 2000, More than 8 million inmates of prisons and jails were released and returned to the community (A. Beck, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics, personal communication, 2002). Recent estimates indicate 12-39% of all Americans with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections were releasees during the previous year.
Andrew A. Skolnick — Science and Medical Journalist
Articles Available on the Web, such as:

"Physicians with troubled pasts have found work behind bars"

"Prisoner, doctor who treated him, both had drug arrests"

"Two key posts in Alabama were filled by doctors with checkered histories"

Correctional Health Care
CHCC is the one to contact for all health care and correctional related services. From providing health care to inmates, to introducing products and services to the corrections market, CHCC gets the job done for you.
"Helping you build a corrections base today, for a brighter financial future tomorrow..."
Unpublished CDC response to CCWF complaints — May 27, 2004 — Letter to Senator Vasconcellos concering prisoner medical care complaints
Texas: Sick in Secret: The hidden world of prison health care
Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis C information from the CDC
  • Hepatitis C related articles
  • Hepatitis C related health forms
  • Hepatitis C related links
  • Links to Major Health Related Organizations
Medical Problems with Inmates 1997
Presents survey data on State and Federal offenders in prison who reported a medical problem since admission or a physical impairment or mental condition. The prevalence of specific medical problems and medical conditions is also included. The report examines medical problems and other conditions by gender, age, and time served since admission. Findings are based on self-reported data from the 1997 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities.
New firm picked to provide prison health care at higher cost
— October 18, 2003 — State Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell on Friday selected Prison Health Services of Brentwood, Tenn., to provide comprehensive medical coverage for state inmates. The company is getting a three-year contract worth $142.7 million and will have two one-year options. The contracts become effective November 3, 2003.
Prevention and Control of Infections with Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings
— January 24, 2003 — The material in this report originated in the National Center for Infectious Diseases, James M. Hughes, M.D., Director, and the Division of Viral Hepatitis, Harold S. Margolis, M.D., Director.

SARS EPIDEMIC WARNINGS 2003

SARS The Microbial Menace — March 21, 2003 — Last week's announcement of a mysterious deadly disease resurrected Hot Zone-like fears of a killer bug assaulting the human race. Dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome," SARS has so far spread to more than a dozen countries and hospitalized more than 300 people, killing at least 10. SARS did not drop from the sky:
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) — March 28, 2003 — Report of Suspected Cases Under Investigation in the United States. This information in this table will be updated Monday through Friday. These data were reported to the World Health Organization on March 28, 2003.
SARS Epidemic, not if but when will it hit prisons? — March 22, 2003
Doctor Who Identified SARS Killed By It — March 28, 2003 — A World Health Organisation (WHO) official who identified the outbreak of a killer respiratory illness, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, has died of the disease.

HIGH COST OF INMATE COLLECT CALLS — A SCAM

Alabama's Families Paying Too Much! — October 8, 2002 Mobile Register — WHEN A person is incarcerated in a jail or prison, part of the punishment shouldn't be forcing his family members to pay outrageous phone charges to talk to him. But that's what happens in Alabama and many other states. In fact, Alabama county jails and state prisons have come to depend on the extra income from the inflated phone charges — essentially balancing their budgets on the pocketbooks of inmates' families, who often are the least able to afford the higher phone bills.
T-NETIX, INC. — May 2002, The newest inmate calling company for Alabama State prisons. CEO of T-Netix is Tom Larkin tom.larkin@t-netix.com — Corporate office address: 1548 Valwood Parkway, Suite 200, Carrollton, TX 75006. "Customer Care" office address: P.O. Box 815749, Dallas, TX 75381. Note: Telephone number for telephone trouble 888-610-7079... Telephone number for direct billing 888-221-5671. Office hours: M-F 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST. Be prepared to be placed on hold from between 25 minutes to 45 minutes before anyone answers.
Update 05—03-2003 - T-Netix continues to be a problem for customers. "Customer Care" is a joke. T-Netix Service continues to be terrible: disconnects are frequent. According to the Attorney General's office, the state of Alabama gets 50% of the rates. The Public Service Commission sets the rates. There are new bids for telephone service every 3-5 years. T-Netix contract with Alabama began in February 2002.

(The following is per John Hamm at Alabama DOC on 7-29-02: "Doug Dillard of PSC is handling the T-Netix problem." Doug is a utility engineering technician for the PSC). Once again DOC passes the buck because (1) they don't care, (2) they don't know 'cause dey don't wanna know, and (3) they enjoy watching citizens getting the run-around. To file complaints, you should contact:
Public Service Commission http://www.psc.state.al.us/ Attn: Cathy Cook or Doug Dillard Phone: 334-242-2891
and
Attorney General's Office http://www.ago.state.al.us/consumer_complaint.cfm Attn: Dana Billingsley Phone: 334-353-8810
Lodge A Complaint to the FCC — FORM 475 — General Telephone-Related Issues For general telephone complaints including billing disputes, cramming, taxes on phone bill, telephone company advertising practices, telephone information services, unsolicited telephone marketing calls and faxes, and accessibility by persons with disabilities to telecommunications equipment and services. There are other forms on this page for consumers to use regarding telephone issues. If you think the high cost of prison telephone systems is gouging you, go to this page and report the issue. FCC is never going to look at these things unless there are multiple complaints on the same issue.
High Cost of Prison Phone Calls Devastates Small Oklahoma Town — October 14,2003 Nearly 1,000 criminals were hauled away from here this summer, all of them incarcerated convicts, never to return. It pained nearly everyone to see them go
Beating the High Cost of Inmate Collect Phone Calls Patrick Crusade Member, Rick Jackson, reports to the San Francisco Chronicle. He writes, "The following article is too important to be held proprietary. Anyone wishing to do so may copy this page for their web site, or reproduce it in any print medium. All I request is that a link be provided to this site, or that the URL be printed for the reader."
Indiana's sharp drop in collect long—distance charges gives families of prisoners a break.
"WHY" can't Texas Prisoners Do This Also?
Criminal Calls: A Review of the Bureau of Prisons' Management of Inmate Telephone Privileges
Outside Connection Phone Service — April 23, 2003 — Here is an advertisement on a new service that claims to help families and friends regarding the cost of collect calls from your loved ones who are in prison.
Prison Phone Rip-Off Article — Added May 29, 2009 - "Stop the prison rip off: Inmates pay too much to phone their families, which costs all of us in the long run," by Ronald Fraser, which appeared on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

NATIONAL STATISTICS

Bureau of Justice Statistics
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STATISTICS
On December 31, 2001, 1,962,220 prisoners were held in Federal or State prisons or in local jails — the total increased 1.3% from yearend 2000, less than the average annual growth of 3.6% since yearend 1995. There were an estimated 470 prison inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents — up from 292 at yearend 1990. The number of women under the jurisdiction of State or Federal prison authorities decreased —0.2% from December 31, 2000 to December 31, 2001, reaching 93,031. The number of men rose 1.2%, totaling 1,313,000 at yearend.

CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS

Audits of Federal Prisons Available from BOP
Correctional Officers Association Web Page This page has links to all Department Of Corrections nationwide.
HARVEY R. COX, M.S. CORRECTIONS CONSULTANT — Many prison inmates and their families need guidance and assistance in understanding the policies and procedures of correctional agencies. Additionally, appropriate contact with the prison or agency may result in the resolution of any problem the inmate may encounter during his incarceration. Based on my 27 years experience in corrections, from the level of Case Manager to Warden and Headquarters Administrator, I can provide expert advice and assistance in the areas listed below.
Drug Dealing Guards The prisons tell the public over and over again that drugs get inside the prisons and that's true, but the drugs don't get inside without the help of the prison guards themselves.
The Coalition For The Abolition of Prisons — Is This the Best We Can Do?
Good Correctional Officer — Bad Correctional Officer — A report that's well written by a former correctional officer.
Not With Our Money Campaign! On March 28, 1998, the French multinational Sodexho Alliance (SA) took over the North American operations of Marriott Management Services from the Marriott Group. The merger made the new corporation, Sodexho Marriott Services (SMS), the largest institutional provider of food services in North America, with $4.5 billion in annual revenues. Unfortunately, it has also made students unwitting accomplices to the biggest corporate crime of the last decade: the incarceration of people for the sake of profit.
Prisons.com offers a wide variety of services to Corrections Administration officials as well as staff members. The best product source on the web

VISITATION RULES & ETC.

Kilby Prison Visitation Rules — Alabama
California — "Alert" YOUR VISITS ARE GOING TO BE CHANGED!
Visiting Information — Texas prisons June 13, 2001
Policy Analysis
PRISON BLUES: HOW AMERICA'S FOOLISH SENTENCING POLICIES ENDANGER PUBLIC SAFETY 1994 Written by David B. Kopel is research director of the Independence Institute in Golden, Colorado, and an associate policy analyst of the Cato Institute. A former assistant attorney general for the state of Colorado. Executive Summary: The amount of money that American taxpayers spend on prisons has never been greater, and the fraction of the American population held in prison has tripled during the last 15 years, as has national prison capacity. Yet the expected punishment of violent criminals has declined, and violent crime flourishes at intolerably high levels. The seeming paradox of more prisons and less punishment for violent criminals, which means less public safety, is explained by the war on drugs. That war has gravely undermined the ability of America's penal institutions to protect the public. As prisons are filled beyond capacity with nonviolent "drug criminals" (many of them first offenders), violent repeat offenders are pushed out the prison doors early, or never imprisoned in the first place.
Clergy Desiring Contact Visiting Privileges in the Hamilton County Jails— OHIO Some basic guidelines:
This program applies only to ordained clergy. ID badges must be worn to receive contact visiting. Clergy may undergo security checks/searches in order to receive contact visits.
Clergy must complete a basic information sheet requesting:
Their name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and Social Security number; The name, address and telephone number of their church, synagogue, etc; and the name, address and telephone number of a person in their religious body to whom they are accountable. (i.e. Chairperson of the Deacon Bd., District Superintendent, etc.) Texas — TDCJ's Open Records Requests New parole division director named Texas Department of Criminal Justice executive director Gary Johnson has announced the appointment of Bryan Collier to director of the agency's parole division, overseeing 78,000 parolees. Collier, 36, rose through the ranks from field parole officer to head the executive administration section of the parole division. He replaces Victor Rodriguez, who resigned to become McAllen police chief. "I'm confident Bryan Collier can lead the parole division and work toward ensuring the highest quality possible in managing our parolees," Johnson said. Collier will administer an annual budget of approximately $170 million and he will oversee nearly 2,700 employees. Collier's appointment to the $84,452 a year job is effective Jan.1
Texas Visiting Rules — Visitation Hours: Visits are normally conducted on Saturdays or Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The names of all visitors, except children under the age of sixteen and the offender's attorney, must be on the approved visitors' list, which is limited to ten persons.
Prison Guards Tell Their Stories of Illegal Procedures
Parole board critical of release guidelines TEXAS
Texas already has strict DWI laws on the books, and they are looking to put even tougher laws into effect. Undoubtedly there will be more DWI offenders filling the jails, leading to overcrowding problems. Sentences for a 3rd DWI conviction come with a sentence of no less than two years and up to ten years no matter how good of a Dallas DWI lawyer you can hire.

HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

PA - SCI Dallas: Mailing, Press Release, Plan of Action - Added September 15, 2009 - FYI. Unfortunately, the severe issues are still be reported according to the prison, instead of getting the word out that this prison, Fayette, Camp Hill, Smithfield, Huntingdon, Albion and Somerset prisons are also torturing/abusing and depriving. I will say there is an improvement if the information being spread to a broader population of media and advocates, than before. I still hold PA State Reps responsible for the major deaths and abuses. Some individuals may protect them, but they know who they are and they have to live with it.
PA & OTHERS - TEENAGE ACTIVISTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - Added June 13, 2009 - Some adults do not remember what it was like when they were young and impressionable and are quick to condemn but those condemnations come from ignorance. Here is a listing of Youth Organizations who may be able to assist in opening the eyes of those who have fallen asleep.
PA SCI-FOREST PRISON RESTRAINT CHAIRS & RULE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING - Added June 13, 2009 - Recently, we heard from a man confined in the Restricted Housing Unit at Pennsylvania's SCI-Forest prison. Bryan Perez-Rivera reported that on the night of Jan 24-25 2009, after a confrontation with staff, he was held for 8 hours in a restraint chair, refused bathroom breaks or adequate exercise, taunted and threatened by prison staff.
PA Prison Human Rights Violations — Added May 06, 2009 - Here is a record of human rights violations in PA prisons 2007
PA Prison Human Rights Violations — Added May 10, 2009 - Here is a continuing record of human rights violations in PA prisons 2006 to 2009
PA Prison Human Rights Violations — Added May 10, 2009 - Here is the letter that went out to all PA legislators and were delivered by hand with the abuse packets when our group lobbied the Capitol on April 22, 2009. Each packet contained 100 pages of abuse logs.
PA PRISON ABUSE - WHAT HRC TOLD PA CONGRESS ABOUT ABUSE — Added May 10, 2009 - Here is a record of "Human Rights Coalition Goes to Harrisburg April 22, 2009."
PA FRIENDS AND FAMILIES EMERGENCY RESPONSE NETWORK — Added May 10, 2009 - a network of family and friends of prisoners organizing against prison abuse! Here is a telephone listing of PA prisons and jails.
PA INMATE NELSON'S LIFE THREATENED — Added May 10, 2009 - Attached is a letter from Neilson Gonzalez, Ana Santiago's son who was seriously beaten on April 21st,. 2009. Ana sent me a copy of the letter and we learned that Neilson had written a letter previously to FIght for Lifers, PA Prison Society, Tammy Resnick and to his mother who never received the letter. Ana wanted to ask why, she was never told about the letter sent to anyone, except by Tammy Resnick. Ana also stated that she was going to bring up Neilson's situation, Friday at the teleconference call scheduled, although she had taken down the incorrect phone number. Ana is planning on making another attempt to see her son in two weeks and she is planning on going by herself. I don't think this is a good idea, as the treatment by the prison officials, may prove to be more devastating. Neilson stated in the letter that he is going to defend himself, in anyway he can, since no one has tried to prevent this atrocity. Please contact the media and Ana Santiago, as soon as possible, before another death occurs. This is outrageous and not to be tolerated in this country. If they continue to do this and no one is going to stop it, then there is going to be much bloodshed and it's going to fall on everyone. Peace, Leonna
PA PRISON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS — Added May 11, 2009 - Michael Edwards Cover letter May 01, 2009 with Inmate Grievance Reports dated April 30, 2008; Aril 09, 2008; November 27, 2007; December 16, 2005; November 25, 2005.
PA Human Rights Violations - Added May 26, 2009 - Torture coalition demands investigation into death of PA detainee. Death of PA detainee raises suspicions of torture.
PA Human Rights Violations - Added May 26, 2009 - ACLU and Prison Legal News sue PA DOC over "Right to Know" law.
PA Department of Corrections suppresses documents on prisoner abuse - Added May 26, 2009 - How much money have Pennsylvania taxpayers paid out to inmates abused in our prisons? How many times has the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) been successfully sued in the past 9 years?



Alabama Prisons — Treatment of Women Prisoners — July 27, 2004 — We not only were treated like animals, we were herded like animals. We did not eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, we were called for "feeding." The food was barely edible.
Life Behind Bars — May 21, 2004 — Peter Bacanovic's sentence put the spotlight on gay prisoners
Establish Department of Correction Public Accountability — February 25, 2004 — Recommend passage of H.4457 to create a Correction Citizen Review Board to provide an ongoing independent overview of the state prisons. Investigate ... recent suspicious inmate deaths.
St. Clair Prison Prison Guard Abuse — We present here affidavits of prisoners from St. Clair Prison citing the misconduct of one Captain Simmons. This abuse has been filed to the Alabama Ethics Commission and others. We urge all newspaper reporters to implement a serious investigation into the misconduct of Captain Simmons.
Critical Resistance Organization
VICTORY! Critical Resistance won a major victory in a lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections. A Kern County Superior Court Judge barred the state from proceeding with plans to build a $335 million, 5,160 bed maximum-security prison slated for Delano, California.
Click here for more details.
Know Your Rights: Mail in Prison — It is important to remember that any "arbitrary opening and reading of . . . mail [with] no justification—other than harassment" may violate the First Amendment.[2] Prison officials' ability to inspect and censor mail depends on whether the mail is non-privileged (commercial mail), "privileged" (attorney-client mail), or "general" correspondence (letters from family members, friends, and businesses).
Prison Life — Behind American Bars
My mission is to educate you, the public about the travesties that are taking place every day behind America's bars. I must admit that I really never paid much attention to the American judicial system. I once felt the same as many Americans still feel today, and that is if someone is locked up then they must have committed the crime, so they must pay by serving the time. Then unfortunately I experienced an eye opening experience when a loved one of mine was imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit. Now I realize that everything is not what it seems to be.
Prison News Network
Our purpose is to educate people about current conditions in jails and prisons throughout the United States of America
Prison Professionals Speak out for Justice This site contains first-hand accounts of daily prison life from the perspective of the people who staff America's prisons. Some are former and some are current prison personnel from across America. Whether they are Correctional Officers or Chaplains, Secretaries or Food Service Workers, each of them has elected to sit down and share with you their perspectives of the institutions in which America incarcerates more than two million of our fellow human beings.
PrisonSucks.com— Research on the Prison Industrial Complex — May 25, 2001
One of the purposes of this website is to publish useful, verifiable statistics about the crime control industry. Too often prison activists use statistics that are out of date, provided without citation or simply wrong. One of these days the public will start listening to prison activists, so let's be prepared to win without being sidetracked by arguments over defective statistics. In some cases, the numbers we need don't exist. In others, the facts exist but activists don't know where to find them. Now you do. Start at prisonsucks.com. Explore the links above (especially research) and send the webmaster your feedback on how to improve the site. In the coming months, we'll also be posting original research and analysis like the statistics below...
 

MENTAL ILLNESS IN PRISON

Frontline — The New Asylum — May 17, 2005 — America's severely mentally ill, who once would have been in state psychiatric hosptals, are now in state prisons. Why is this happenin? And what is mental health care like behind bars? FRONTLINE goes deep insie Ohio's prison system to examine a troubling and growing issue.

PRIVATE PRISONS

CCA — CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA — June 6, 2004 — Privately owned prisons. Here you can see which prisons are owned by them and their board of directors.
PRIVATIZING HELL! Prisons, Profits & Politics — January 23, 2003 — Welcome to the new slavery. Privatized prisons in the United States run by for-profit corporations. And Federal or State-run prisons that allow — often invite — private enterprises to use that labour. Quality control made easy.Unions non-existent. And workers don't get more disciplined than this. Even if the prisons are not private, the State can hold down prison labour for private gain and its own benefit.
PRIVATE PRISONS: PROFITS OF CRIME — January 24, 2003 — Private prisons are a symptom, a response by private capital to the "opportunities" created by society's temper tantrum approach to the problem of criminality.
PRIVATE PRISONS — January 23, 2002 — The other day I stumbled across a site I know many of you will find invaluable. It contains a world of information about private prisons and prison labor as it applies to U.S corporations. The site is called The Catbird Seat, and The Catbird, whomever he or she may be has REALLY done their homework.
Private Prisons in the South — By Edwin Bender
MAKING CRIME PAY — March 8, 2003 — add further weight to ongoing concerns about the legitimacy of the private prison industry.
NEW ALABAMA COMMISSIONER PUSHES PRIVATE PRISONS — January 23, 2003 — The new commissioner Donal Campbell, from Tennessee, is considering private prisons as the solution to the over crowding in AL. But take a look first at privatizing prisons for profits and politics before you decide.
PRISON PRIVATIZATION AND THE CORRECTIONAL WORKFORCE — By Chuck Davis INTRODUCTION — This essay examines the phenomenon of prison privatization from the vantage point of the correctional workforce. The discussion is framed within three major headings: cost efficiency and quality; toward an understanding of performance and quality; and potential effects of privatization. Within each major heading, analysis is directed by the integration of correctional workforce into the targeted subject. Assessing the role and significance of workforce issues is essential for a comprehensive understanding of prison privatization. The objective is to enlighten and provide additional guidance with regard to the topic.
PRIVATE PRISONS — "It shows you how perverse the incentives are within this industry: crime is up is good for us, recessions are good for us, the worse things are the better business gets..." — Excerpt by Judy Greene, from LOCKDOWNS UP
Hidden Costs Boost Corporate Profits —But Increase Taxpayers' Costs — Should crime pay? Those studies are just a few of the analyses available that prove that private prisons do not save taxpayers money. However, the Florida analysis is the only one that incorporated considerations for the hidden costs of prison privatization. When these costs are included, prison privatization is, by far, more costly to taxpayers. For instance, escapes from poorly secured facilities require a jurisdiction's enforcement officials to conduct expensive searches, at taxpayers' expense. Similarly, when prisoners riot or cause damage to a private facility due to substandard conditions, the jurisdiction must assist in restoring control to the private firm. Here are examples of some of the private business practices that foster these hidden costs:

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