Does the Eighth Amendment Require Air-Conditioned Prisons?

By Christopher Zoukis As summer temperatures rise beyond uncomfortable to approach dangerous, state prisons and local jails increasingly face court challenges which claim failure to protect inmates against temperature extremes amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. In Texas, state prisons are facing numerous lawsuits, including a large federal class-action […]

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President Obama’s Commutation Pen Stays Busy

By Christopher Zoukis Last week, President Obama issued his fourth batch this year of commutation orders for federal prisoners last week, releasing or reducing sentences for another 214 inmates. This booststotal commutations since he took office to 562. The White House also announced on Aug. 3 that Obama’s commutations now exceed the combined total for […]

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