The Pennsylvania Prison Society was part of a grassroots effort to address the poor conditions endured by prisoners in Dauphin County. The Patriot News covered the related town meeting that took place yesterday. Unfortunately, the comments posted on the page where the article appears are very hostile to prisoners. Several of the commenters say they are friends with people who work at the prison. If their comments reflect the views of their correctional-employee friends, is it any wonder the environment is problematic?
This piece is posted on the page of YouTuber soulssurvivor, but the interviewer/journalist is Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, from a PBS series he did. For part two of the series on black men and crime, go here.
Fifty-three minutes into the process, the article says, prison staff alerted the press that it was taking longer than expected. I'm guessing the press got that message earlier--maybe when the man who was supposed to be executed was given a bathroom break!
Correctional officers in Trinidad and Tobago are protesting what they call deplorable conditions by going on strike. They say their level of pay, the understaffing and overcrowding all contribute to a dangerous environment for both guards and inmates. Meanwhile, recruits have been brought in as on-the-job trainees.
Residents of a New Jersey neighborhood are up in arms over a plan to turn a prison into a facility strictly for sex offenders. Republicans and Democratic lawmakers put partisan politics aside and led rousing speeches to a crowd of people who say they don't want these criminals in their communities. South Woods State Prison, New Jersey's largest prison, would house 358 sex offenders who have served their sentences, but are being detained because of a perceived risk of recidivism. They are currently housed in North Jersey facilities. Residents said they would consider moving out of the neighborhood or even out of state to protect their children, though apparently they didn't entertain the same consideration before now, when just murderers were their next-door neighbors.