The huge increase in female incarceration in recent decades has overwhelmed American prisons in their health care of pregnant women. A new study takes stock of the numbers of pregnancies, births, and more in an attempt to standardize the quality of maternal health.
The sponsor of a bill that would install air conditioning in the 75 Texas prisons that still lack it says the state is playing a numbers game by claiming the legislation would cost $1.2 billion upfront and $140 million per year thereafter.
A legislative study of the prison conditions that women experience in Texas has led to 13 bills addressing issues including trauma history, feminine hygiene, vocational and educational programs, parents in the justice system and the treatment of pregnant women who are incarcerated.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons rarely granted releases of seriously ill inmates under a 1984 law. The new prison reform statute allows inmates to go to federal court to obtain releases, as a Louisiana prisoner did last week.
A Massachusetts woman recovering from heroin addiction sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons over its prohibition on methadone treatment, which she wants to continue when she starts a year-long sentence next month.
Nate Cain and his wife Bandy were accused of spending thousands of dollars meant for the Avoyelles Correctional Center’s operations on personal purchases ranging from flat screen TVs to construction supplies.
The small industry of advising incoming federal inmates is “totally the Wild West,” says a former federal prisons employee. Some consultants advise convicts to fake substance abuse problems so they can take part in a program granting them early release.
In 2018, there were more reported custodial deaths in Texas than since at least 2005, according to a new report by the Texas Justice Initiative. Some 769 individuals died while in the custody of Texas law enforcement, up from 545 deaths in 2005.