Spending Mother’s Day in prison is pretty tough on both the incarcerated mom as well as the children on the outside. We urge you to visit the mom not only to help her keep her spirits up but also for the benefit of the children and to keep the family unit together as much as possible.
A U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that allowing an inmate to be “exposed to extreme temperatures can constitute a violation of the Eighth Amendment.” The case was remanded back to the district court for a new trial.
A lawsuit was filed by the Texas Civil Rights Project on behalf of 58 year old Larry Gene McColuum who died while suffering a seizure in the soaring 100 degree heat while incarcerated in a Texas prison. McCollum was taken to the hospital where his body temperature was measured at 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit. He fell into a coma and died six days later of what an autopsy concluded was hyperthermia "due to housing in a hot environment without air conditioning." Only 21 of Texas' 111 prisons are fully air conditioned. more »
The Council on State Governments Justice Center propose changes to Hawaii’s criminal justice system to speed the release of incarcerated offenders and reduce Hawaii’s jails and prisons population.