JPI News Digest 6/26/12
DC: D.C. Inmates in Federal Prison File Suit Alleging Lack of Mental Health Care (Washington Post)
Four D.C. inmates suffering from serious mental illnesses allege that they have been denied adequate mental health services and held improperly at the nation’s most secure “supermax” penitentiary, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court.
NY: Growing Old Behind Bars: Aging Prison Population Strains System (Observer-Dispatch)
Joseph Henry, 70, expects to die in prison. Incarcerated at age 49, Henry won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 89. He’s serving 40 years to life for criminal possession of a controlled substance, his sentence made tougher under the state’s persistent felony offender law.
CA: Yolo County Criminal Justice Agencies Work to Reduce Recidivism
Even though there have been nearly nine months of "prison realignment," officials say it may be too soon to tell how the release of inmates is affecting crime in Woodland and throughout Yolo County. Prison realignment, or AB 109, was implemented in October as part of California's plan to reduce the prison population.
FL: Prison Stays Need Curbing (Sun Sentinel)
Florida has the dubious distinction of being No. 1 in keeping inmates behind bars. In the past two decades, the time spent in a state prison by an inmate has increased by a whopping 166 percent, the nation's highest state prison spike, according to a recent Pew Center on the States study.
PA: As Jail Population Grows , PA Nears Reform Program (Times Leader)
The state Senate on Monday night gave final approval to a bill that will reshape the correction system to give a second chance to more nonviolent offenders and reserve state prisons for the most dangerous criminals.
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