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.”
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.
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.
PLO Attorney to Receive Award for Contributions to Youth Justice
Lynn Wu, has been nominated by Chief Jill Silva of the Stanislaus County Probation Department to receive the Tim Fitzharris Award.
The Tim Fitzharris Award is awarded annually to a non-probation employee who has made a significant contribution to the criminal justice system. Ms. Wu’s nomination is a result of her contributions she has made in improving services for justice-involved youth over the last few years..