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March 27, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Federal experts on Tuesday gave a potentially passing grade to the inmate medical care provided at a California prison in Tuolumne County, the third state prison to get such a review, despite lapses in care and the suspected carbon monoxide poisoning death of an inmate firefighter. The latest evaluation concludes the Sierra Conservation Center will be providing adequate medical care once planned building improvements are made. The prison was inspected by experts working for the U.S. District Court, which is monitoring inmate care statewide.
December 22, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced three prominent activists to three-year prison terms and heavy fines, state media reported, in what was seen by rights advocates as a worrying sign of the military-backed government's determination to suppress political dissent. The three -- Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma -- are best known for leading roles in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak as protests blazed across the Arab world. The unexpectedly harsh sentences provoked dismay among rights advocates, who have been feeling increasingly under siege at the hands of the interim government, despite its promises to return the country to democracy.
August 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
January 16, 1987
Your editorial states that "Everyone agrees that a prison belongs in Los Angeles County, which furnishes 38% of the state's male inmates but has no state facility within its border." Why does the number of prisoners that a county "furnishes" have anything to do with placing a prison in that county? Extend this kind of logic slightly and someone will decide that not only should there be a prison in Los Angeles County, but 38% of the state's male prisoners should be imprisoned in Los Angeles County.
February 22, 1999
Gary Bornman's desperate plea for help before he is released from Lompoc prison (Voices, Feb. 13) is echoed by thousands of inmates across the country who are not prepared to integrate into society when they are released. As a television writer/producer, I have interviewed many prisoners who have no idea how differently a free society operates from the isolated one behind bars. Life in prison has its own rules and codes of behavior. A simple gesture, such as an innocent glance, in the outside world could be a threatening challenge in prison.
March 2, 1994
Before we start building prisons (at a cost of some $100,000 per cell) to launch a new offensive in the "war on crime," let's consider the effectiveness of prisons. In fact, let's examine the whole concept of "crime and punishment." Why do we put people in prison when they violate the law? It seems to me that there are four main reasons: 1) "That'll teach 'em a lesson." The presumption here is that by putting a criminal in prison for a portion of his life, large or small, we give him an opportunity to reflect upon his behavior so that when he comes out, he'll be a decent, law-abiding citizen.
October 5, 2009 | Bernard E. Harcourt, Bernard E. Harcourt, a professor of law and of political science at the University of Chicago, is the author of "Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy."
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in two cases, Sullivan vs. Florida and Graham vs. Florida, that will decide whether it's cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 13-year-old or a 17-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The court should follow its prior reasoning in Roper vs. Simmons, a 2005 ruling that held the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional, and similarly draw a bright line at 18 years of age for imposing life sentences without parole.
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