News & Events

  • Mother Jones Reports on PLO’s European Prison Project

    Can Norway-Style Prisons work in America?  That’s what North Dakota is trying to figure out.


    More European Prison Project Info

  • Phoenix News: People Housed In Tents Endure Suffocating Heat At Florence Prison Complex

    June 30, 2017 – “It was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen inside a prison, and I’ve been doing this for a while. I’ve never been to refugee camps in Africa, but I imagine this is what it’s like.”

  • PLO Co-Sponsored Bill SB-1157 Vetoed by Gov. Brown – In-Person Visits in CA Jails Remain at Risk

    PRESS RELEASE – Office of Senator Holly J. Mitchell

    Sacramento, CA – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1157, which would have protected in-person visitation in California’s county jails, saying in his veto message that although he was concerned about eliminating in-person visitation, the bill didn’t offer enough flexibility.




  • Proposition 47 Passes!

    California voters have passed Proposition 47, which takes effect immediately. Under Proposition 47, thousands of people can petition to have their California theft or drug possession felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors.


  • Arizona And ADOC Could Be Fined Thousands For Consistently Failing to Provide Court Ordered Levels Of Medical Care

    June 26, 2017 –   Because of the Arizona Department of Corrections’ continuing failure to meet standards for physical and mental healthcare for prisoners, a federal judge recently ruled that the state faces a $1,000 fine for each prisoner who does not receive care that meets certain benchmarks at some prisons.

    “I have just had enough,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan in a June 14, 2017, hearing where he proclaimed the potential for fines.