Top news stories from last week in the justice world. Hit the ground running and well informed every Monday.
Federal female inmates asked for release and were denied before dying of covid; Senate launches investigation into BOP; nearly half of unemployed U.S. men have a criminal conviction by age 35
After the uncovering of widespread corruption and abuse in prisons, the U.S. Senate is launching a bipartisan working group of lawmakers to address the issue. The group will be developing policies to better oversee the federal prison system, improve transparency, and protect human rights inside federal prisons. PBS (Feb. 17, 2022)
In the midst of numerous COVID outbreaks, BOP is accused of manipulating related statistics to cover poor healthcare and inadequate response to the pandemic behind bars. Yet the ones who asked for compassionate release before dying of COVID were still denied. KHN (Feb. 18, 2022)
When a Tennessee woman 'requested a jury trial’ for her case, she was sentenced to six years in prison. After illegally registering to vote on her probation, Pamela Moses refused the plea deal and requested a jury trial. She exercised her constitutional right, yet the DA claimed this was the reason for the sentencing. Reason (Feb. 17, 2022)
A Los Angeles based CA senator is introducing legislation to increase the funds that people released from state prisons are given from $200 to nearly $2,600. This would be the first attempt to increase the funds in nearly 50 years. “This is really about making sure that when people get out, we are not perpetuating a cycle of economic violence.” The Guardian (Feb. 18, 2022)
A young pregnant woman ended up in jail after her family called 911 for mental health help. Her condition deteriorated and her newborn died a week after she gave birth alone in her cell months into her being held without trial. Prism (Feb. 16, 2022)
BOP ignored emails/calls 2 facilitate reentry. His "scheduled itinerary required him 2 change buses twice,...a task that they did not think he could mentally or physically manage"...his "release papers listed a home address that was 27 years outdated." https://t.co/EKSIPEMOLW— National CURE (@CURENational) February 15, 2022
A new study reveals that nearly half of unemployed U.S. men have a criminal conviction by age 35, which creates further restriction in finding a job. This shows that unemployment is in fact an issue of mass criminalization, when one in three adults in the US has been arrested at least once.
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Could they make the audience for this PR stunt any more obvious? THREAD pic.twitter.com/StVNMmZp86