April 21, 1989
More Americans are employed by government than ever before, a growth helped by a boom in jobs at prisons and jails, a Census Bureau report showed. "Corrections is the fastest-growing segment" of government employment, said Meredith De Hart, a social science analyst at the Census Bureau. Employment of federal, state and local governments totaled a record 17.3 million people as of October, 1987, the most recent period for which statistics are available, the bureau reported. But while that represented an increase of 2.1% from 1986, employment in corrections jumped 9.5% to 425,000, the report said.
October 10, 2012 |
Young people are being held for long periods of time in solitary confinement in prisons and jails, a practice that should be eliminated, two advocacy groups said Wednesday. A report released by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch found that those younger than 18 are being held in solitary confinement for weeks or months at a time, especially teenagers who are lodged in adult facilities. The isolation “causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers,” the report found.
August 23, 2012
Re "Prison inmate caught in legal limbo," Aug. 21 After more than 30 years working as an attorney and a judge, I believed that nothing that occurred in the various court systems could shock me. However, I was both shocked and outraged to read of Daniel Larsen's continued incarceration two years after he had been found, by a court of competent jurisdiction, to have been wrongly convicted of a crime. Larsen remains in prison because California Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harrishas determined that Larsen's violation of a procedural rule is more important than this innocent man's freedom.
August 1, 2005 |
The U.S. Department of Justice released its first statistical report on prison rape and abuse Sunday, but acknowledged that much sexual violence in prisons was probably never reported. In a report required by the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Justice Department's statistical arm measured sexual violence reported to prison authorities last year. The report said there were an estimated 8,210 incidents in the nation's prisons and jails, which hold about 2.1 million inmates.
May 23, 2007
Re "L.A. gang members go union," May 21 Thank you for your article about former gang members finding solid employment and positive direction in their lives through work in construction. I believe that the vast majority of gang-associated youth would take advantage of the opportunity to learn job skills and work for a decent wage if that opportunity existed. Instead of creating those opportunities, we throw vast sums of money at suppression and incarceration, while our prisons and jails are breeding grounds for more gang violence.
July 7, 2002
Re "O.C. Jail Officials Accused of Abuses," June 27: I must disagree with attorney Richard Herman. I have been a Newport Beach reserve police officer for 29 years. One of my duties is to deliver prisoners from the Newport Beach City Jail to Orange County Jail. During this time, I have seen Orange County Jail develop into a thoroughly modern facility, reflecting the directives of state and federal overseers of prisons and jails, concerned about the well-being of its inmates, and, above all, the safety of its deputies and inmates.