Broken promises and lost funding: how Mississippi prison reform failed

It was a model on which the Trump administration based its criminal justice reform efforts. But it isnt working Last November, as he rallied support for federal prison reform, Donald Trump signed the First Step Act, which aims to reduce the federal prison population and better prepare offenders for life outside bars. Yet the implementation of Mississippis reforms has been marked by broken promises and a lack of funding, according to interviews, data and documents reviewed by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica. The Mississippi law promised to send offenders to drug courts for treatment rather than to prison; provide ID cards to all offenders leaving prison to help them secure housing and jobs; offer training for offenders …

Four prisoners dead in six weeks: the crisis unfolding in San Diego county jails

When someone dies by suicide in a systems highest level of care, there is enormous cause for concern, says an attorney from Disability Rights California On 18 March, Maria Palacios Escalera got a call from a doctor at the UC San Diego hospital in southern California. Her son, Ivan Ortiz, an inmate at San Diegos Central jail, had tried to kill himself, he said. Doctors had been able to revive him, but he had a weak pulse and his brain had been deprived of oxygen. She should make her way over to the hospital as soon as possible. Escalera and her daughter Priscilla rushed to the hospital, but when they got there, a deputy with the San Diego sheriffs department …