Buzz Westfall Justice Center, the St. Louis County Jail | Photo by Dave Herholz
09 Oct 2015

St. Louis County to Privatize Healthcare at Jail, Documents Show

If St. Louis chooses to privatize healthcare at the Buzz Westfall Detention Center and Family Court Juvenile Justice Center, the county could end up announcing a deal with a contractor any day now. According to documents obtained by Shadowproof, St. Louis “anticipates selection of an apparent successful proposer at the beginning of October

The exterior of Advanced Correctional Health headquarters in Peoria, IL. (Screenshot of Google Maps)
07 Oct 2015

Tennessee County Seeks New Jail Medical Contract After Inmate Deaths

About one month after two inmates died in one week at the Henderson County Jail in Tennessee, the county issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) [PDF] for a new jail medical contract. Henderson County Jail had a contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH) at the time of the deaths—a company which has

CPD officer and Cortland City Schools Resource Officer, Rob Reyngoudt (via Philip LaConte on Flickr)
06 Oct 2015

School Officers’ Pepper Spray Policy Declared Unconstitutional In Alabama

High school public safety officers employed by the Birmingham Police Department (BPD) in Alabama violated the constitutional rights of students by using pepper spray against them “unnecessarily” and then failing to adequately decontaminate the children, according to a decision by US District Court Judge Abdul K. Kallon. The ruling in the class action lawsuit brought by eight Birmingham City School

File: A statue of "blind justice" holds a pair of scales, on the exterior of the Albert V Bryan Federal District Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.
05 Oct 2015

Long-Awaited Criminal Justice Reform Introduced In Senate

A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill introduced in the Senate last week includes changes to mandatory minimum sentences for low level drug offenses.

The exterior of St. Louis' Buzz Westfall Justice Center, which includes the county jail. (Screenshot: Google Streetview)
01 Oct 2015

St. Louis Considers Privatizing Jail Medical Care

With St. Louis jails disproportionately filled with blacks and other populations underserved by health care, the move could prove disastrous for inmates.

File: Colorful mailboxes against a rough textured background. (Flickr / tanakawho)
29 Sep 2015

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Seen from behind, three residents of Cook County Juvenile Detention Center sit, arms over each others' shoulders, wearing their jail uniforms while watching a performance on May 2, 2013. (Flickr / WBEZ)
29 Sep 2015

Attitudes Toward Treatment Limit Chicago’s Former Youth Inmates’ Access To Health Care

Only 15.4% of detainees with mental health disorders receive treatment. 31% of former youth prisoners were not sure where to go for treatment.

A pregnant prisoner in a bare cell with a simple bed. The inmate's head is turned away from the camera, so only her hair is visible. (National Crittenton Foundation)
28 Sep 2015

Juvenile Justice Reform Will Fail Without Specific Focus On Young Women

Black girls were about three times as likely as white girls to be referred to juvenile court, and 20% more likely to be detained than white girls. American Indian/Alaska Native girls were 50% more likely to be locked-up.

Judge's Gavel and Sound Block created and folded by Glenn Sapaden out of two dollar bills (Glenn Sapaden on Flickr)
25 Sep 2015

More Reports Of Debtors Prisons Surface In Louisiana And New Hampshire

A federal lawsuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a report by the ACLU of New Hampshire, document the practice of jailing people unable to pay their court debts, violating the due process rights of the poor by failing to provide them with legal counsel and ability-to-pay hearings.

Protesters gather outside of GEO Group's immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado (Justin Valas on Flickr)
24 Sep 2015

Grijalva Rails Against Contracts Permitted In His Own Prison Reform Bill

Progressive Arizona congressman Raúl Grijalva expressed dismay that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed an $11 million contract with GEO Care because its parent company, GEO Group, profits off detaining women and children in horrific conditions. Yet, remarkably, Grijalva is the sponsor of a bill, which contains specific exemptions allowing companies