Texas Will Put Air Conditioning in Hot Prison

To settle a lawsuit by inmates, the state of Texas will install air conditioning in a notoriously hot prison. The air conditioning will go into the housing areas of the Wallace Pack Unit, where temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees in the summer. Inmates argued that high temperatures amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Trump Signs Order Keeping Guantanamo Prison Open

It was a formal reversal of President Obama’s policy to close Guantanamo. The detention center, which President George W. Bush opened after Sept. 11, 2001, reached a maximum population of 680 in 2003. Bush transferred about 500 out before he left office. Obama transferred 197 detainees out, leaving 41, including five cleared for release.

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Justice Success Story: How Illinois Cut Its Prison Population

The sentencing overhaul championed by Gov. Bruce Rauner has already cut inmate numbers by 7,000. But reforms at the county level, influencing who goes to prison in the first place, have been a critical ingredient in the state’s success—and could be a model for jurisdictions elsewhere.


Top Officials Call for 50% Cut in Probation, Parole

Twenty leading parole and probation administrators say the nation’s community corrections system has become “too big to succeed.” They endorsed a report by the Columbia Justice Lab released Monday showing that nearly five million Americans are under some form of post-incarceration supervision with proportionally little support for rehabilitation programs.