Florida County’s Controversial Program Makes Inmates Monitor Other Inmates

By Christopher Zoukis In Florida’s Volusia County, the local jail has an unusual, and in the opinion of some observers, ill-advised program for monitoring inmates thought to be at risk of suicide or going through drug detoxification. Its inmate observation program (informally known as the “INOB”) assigns other inmates to the duty of monitoring those […]

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Federal Prison Occupies Site of 1980 Winter Olympic Village in New York

By Christopher Zoukis Almost as soon as the closing ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics Games finished in the new 35,000-seat Olympic stadium in PyeongChang, South Korea, traces of the massive international games began to disappear. Rather than try to preserve the huge (although roofless and unheated) main stadium– which would take nearly all of […]

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BOP Shares Its (Very Low) Numbers on “Compassionate Release”

By Christopher Zoukis Midway through the second Obama term, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and some other government agencies began to show greater interest in “compassionate release” — systematically reducing sentences of federal inmates with “extraordinary and compelling” reasons, such as advanced age, debilitating or terminal illness — for […]

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Do More Deaths at Virginia Women’s Prison Show Inadequate Care Persists?

By Christopher Zoukis Located northwest of Richmond, the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) is Virginia’s largest prison for women, with a large on-site medical facility. There’s been a long-running controversy about the quality of health care inmates receive there. In July 2012, five Fluvanna inmates filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Virginia Department […]

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