Posts Tagged ‘prisons’

Court order means early release for California inmates

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Aug. 15, 2012 By Joseph Perkins California faces a Friday deadline to schedule the early release of hundreds, if not thousands, of state prison inmates. The deadline was imposed two weeks ago by a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined that the Golden State ...

Crime jumps as prisoners flood into county jails

Friday, July 13th, 2012

July 13, 2012 By Dave Roberts California’s experiment in incarcerating tens of thousands of criminals in local jails or their homes rather than in state prisons is 10 months old, so the verdict is not yet in on whether it’s been a success or failure. But if Kern County’s experience is any in...

More Inmates today in US Prisons than in Stalin’s Gulag

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

John Seiler: Incredible. America now has more people in its stuffed prisons, 6 million, than were stuck in Stalin's gulag prison system. Reports Fareed Zakaria on CNN.com: "Is this hyperbole? Here are the facts. The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. That’s not just many more than in m...

Your Tax Money Stays in Vegas

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Your Tax Money Stays in Vegas

The state is broke and cutting budgets sharply. Yet the prison guards are heading for a high time in Vegas -- at the taxpayers' expense. Reports the State Worker: The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has set aside about $350,000 to pay several hundred corrections officers while they a...

$700K State Salaries Bust Budget

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

JUNE 6, 2011 He’s not a Nobel Prize-winning physician. He’s not the founder of a life science company. He’s not even a Hollywood plastic surgeon. Yet he earned an enviable $777,423 last year. He’s a doctor at High Desert State Prison in Susanville -- a California public employee. And he’...

Does Prison Decision Violate States' Rights?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

MAY 25, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, effectively putting the federal courts in charge of California prisons, directly involved the question of states' rights. The decision, Brown vs. Plata, mandated that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released because overcrowd...

Court Decision Could Spur Prison Reform

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

MAY 23, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating California state prison reductions must lead to long-needed reforms. The decision upheld a lower court ruling that from 38,000 to 46,000 must be released due to overcrowding that violated the Eight Amendment's ban on "cruel ...

Lindsay Lohan Given Absurd Sentence

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

MAY 12, 2011 By JOHN SEILER One thing I'd like to know is how many millions of our tax dollars the government spent to convict beautiful actress Lindsay Lohan of petty theft. You know they spent that much because the government didn't want an O.J. Simpson situation in which they lose a high-profil...

Brown Ignores Will of Voters on Taxes

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

APRIL 14, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Apparently California Gov. Jerry Brown and his staff follow Calwatchdog.com, but not necessarily the will of the people of California. Gov. Brown issued a curious statement at a press conference held Wednesday in Sacramento to pitch his tax plan that the “ultima...

Guards Imprison Gov. Brown

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

APRIL 12, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Call me a bleeding heart, but I think prisoners should be treated humanely. In most American prisons, they're treated like animals -- actually, the ASPCA would get anyone who treated animals like that arrested for cruelty. But given that prisons are run by government...