Oklahoma leads the nation in female incarceration – at a rate more than twice the national average. On Wednesday, legislators, activists and academics will explore how to reduce the rate in a livestreamed conference hosted by The Atlantic magazine in collaboration with Reveal, of California’s Center for Investigative Reporting.
Prisoners in the state have had legally mandated access to sexually explicit reading materials in designated rooms since 1988. Officials are now considering a 2018 legislative proposal to ban the use of state funds for such purposes.
As extreme weather events like killer heat waves and hurricanes become more common, all levels of governments must develop common sense plans to protect those they lock up, say commentators Van Jones and Jessica Jackson Sloan.
President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is holding a roundtable Thursday at the White House to gather recommendations for improving mentoring and job training in federal prisons.
After inmates were stranded or released abruptly when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, there won’t be any excuse going forward for coastal jails and prison units to have anything but fully operational disaster plans, says the Grits for Breakfast blog.
After a parolee from the gang called 211 Crew killed Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements in 2013, officials began banishing leaders of the white supremacist gang to prisons across the U.S. through an inmate-swapping system in which high-risk prisoners are traded from one state to the next.
Ten months after California voters approved allowing thousands of prison inmates to apply for early release, a debate continues over who ought to be freed. A public comment period has yielded 8,500 replies from victims, inmates, prosecutors and others.