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U.S. Supreme Court To Consider California Prison Crowding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) In a case pitting states rights against the power of the federal judiciary, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about a federal court order requiring California to release inmates from its overcrowded prisons. At issue during Tuesday's hearing is the medical and mental...

Immigrants Prove Big Business for Prison Companies

"The U.S. is locking up more [unauthorized] immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns. The cost to American...

Advocacy Groups Target Private Prisons for Immigrants

"The unnecessary prosecution of nonviolent [unauthorized] immigrants is sending ever larger numbers to poorly managed private prisons, a coalition of advocacy groups said in a report released Thursday, calling on Congress to reject the appropriation of $25,865,000 for 1,000 new private prison beds...

Privately Operated Federal Prisons for Immigrants: Expensive. Unsafe. Unnecessary

"Strolling around the sleepy town of Natchez, Mississippi (pop. 15,672) one may never discover that a flourishing business generating hundreds of millions of dollars in lucrative contracts lies just up the Richard Wright Memorial Highway. The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), is a U.S. company...

Immigration Detention, Inc.

"There are some government functions that simply should not be outsourced, and housing prisoners is one of them. A 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance study found higher rates of assaults on inmates in private jails. And evidence suggests that outsourcing jails doesn’t even save money. But the...

Curtailing Immigration Prison System Can Reduce Spending Without Hurting Public Safety

"Today, Roll Call published an op-ed we wrote on how curtailing immigration prisons is an easy way for Congress to begin to reduce the deficit, cut government spending, and reform our flawed immigration system. In addition, there are several steps the Obama Administration can and should take now...

Immigration Reform and Private Prison Cash

"As immigration reform picks up steam in Congress, conventional wisdom holds that a handful of key players are shaping the legislation. Labor unions. Big business. Advocacy groups for and against a path to citizenship for the undocumented. But little scrutiny has been directed at a multi-billion...

California Governor Brown Still Not Facing Reality With Prisons

STATE NET CAPITOL JOURNAL SPOTLIGHT After months of judicial wrangling and failed attempts to avoid it, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last week finally unveiled a much-anticipated plan to cull almost 10,000 inmates from the state's overcrowded prisons. But, as has often been the case throughout...

SNCJ Spotlight: Brown, Lawmakers Reach Prison Compromise

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached a deal with legislative leaders last week to ease overcrowding in the state's prison system by boosting spending on rehabilitative services intended to keep inmates from returning to prison after their release. Brown announced the deal in concert with Assembly...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Battle Over 'Stand Your Ground' Heats Up

BATTLE OVER 'STAND YOUR GROUND' HEATS UP: Gun-control advocates — spurred in part by the recent shooting death of a black teen in Florida — have launched what the Rev. Al Sharpton last week called a "spring and summer offensive" to generate support for gun control in general...

Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance's Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to the inquiry. CMS contractors are increasing the number of audits they are performing...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Nearly Half of States Made Criminal Sentencing Changes in 2014

Twenty-three states enacted 51 bills last year dealing with sentencing and criminal penalties, according to the State Sentencing and Corrections Legislation database provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project. At least...