Oklahoma Sells Bonds to Expand Prison System

The state, the world’s leader in incarceration, operates prisons at 113 percent of capacity, even with three private prisons. “If the state doesn’t take a proactive attitude on this, the feds are going to come in and make it happen,” said Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh, who called the situation “shameful.”

U.S. Prison Agency Wasted $1.7M in Construction, IG Says

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons spent more than $1.7 million to construct an entry building at the Danbury federal prison in Connecticut that was no longer necessary, the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General says. The watchdog unit said the spending was part of a $28 million contract to Sealaska Constructors LLC for construction at Danbury.

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Bureau of Prisons Neglects Female Inmates’ Needs: DOJ Watchdog

A report released by the Justice Department cites the Bureau of Prisons for not adequately addressing the needs of female inmates when it comes to trauma treatment, pregnancy programming, and hygiene; noting that oversight of policies, including those regarding strip searches, are conducted remotely– with no on-site visits to ensure compliance.

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Solitary Used More Often for Inmates with Mental Illness: Study

The odds that mentally troubled prisoners will be sent to solitary confinement for misconduct are 36 percent higher than for those without mental illness, according to a University of Massachusetts study of data from a 2004 national survey.

PA Limits Inmate Books Amid ‘Growing Drug Crisis’

The state instituted new book, mail, and visitation policies to combat a “growing drug crisis” and protect employees — as well as incarcerated persons — from synthetic substances that are entering prisons via “paper products.” The fallout for inmates may involve privacy issues and alienation from their legal representatives.