DOJ IG’s Report: BOP Fails to Meet Needs of Female Inmates

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By Christopher Zoukis A report issued September 18 by the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) identifies shortcomings in how the leaders of DOJ’s Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the correctional facilities it runs fail to meet the needs of its female inmates. Women are about 7%…

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Ohio Supreme Court Declares Relative Not Suitable to Adopt Nephew, in Part Due to Financial State

By Christopher Zoukis The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that an imprisoned mother’s sister was not a suitable placement for the mother’s sheltered child because she was poor. Brittany J. gave birth to A.J. in July 2014 while imprisoned on a five year sentence for robbery.…

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Bill to Improve Conditions for Female Inmates

By Christopher Zoukis Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and three co-sponsors have introduced S. 1524, the “Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act,” meant to improve the treatment of female federal inmates who are the primary caretakers of children. The bill, proposed July 11, would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to…

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Suicide Epidemic in CA Women’s Prison

By Christopher Zoukis Suicides at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino have surged to alarming levels. Six prisoners have killed themselves within the past three years, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili, spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). In the same period, she added, there were…

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