4 thoughts on “Prisons aren’t supposed to be concentration camps

  1. Confined to Quarters says:

    As Texas entered another summer, state lawmakers once again killed a bill to require air conditioning in prisons (Dallas Morning News May 29, 2021) reported https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/05/29/as-texas-enters-peak-summer-months-bills-to-cool-state-prisons-fail-yet-again/
    On Monday, when soaring temperatures drove electricity demand in Texas to a June record, state regulators asked citizens to use less power or face a repeat of the deadly failures in February that left 69 percent of Texans without electricity and half without water. (NYTJune 15, 2021) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/15/climate/texas-heat-wave-electricity.html
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicted a peak demand load on its system of 73,000 megawatts, far above the June record of 69,123 megawatts set between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on June 27, 2018. However, as of 2:30 p.m., Monday, 12,178 megawatts of the grid’s 86,862 megawatts of generating capacity was offline, ERCOT said, leaving a razor-thin margin of reserve capacity of about 2,000 megawatts. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ercot-texas-power-grid-asks-users-to-conserve-during-blistering-heat-wave/

  2. p/s says:

    A former inmate is suing the New Mexico Corrections Department and some of its employees for negligence that allegedly endangered his life. https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/06/27/former-inmate-sues-corrections-department-for-negligence/
    One of the shocking aspects of the case is that just a few months before another former inmate won a $2 million lawsuit against the state Corrections Department for a similar incident. See “$2 Million Awarded to New Mexico Prisoner Left in Hot Transport Van” https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2019/aug/6/2-million-awarded-new-mexico-prisoner-left-hot-transport-van/

  3. Meanwhile says:

    Federal Prisons’ Switch to Scanning Mail Is a Surveillance Nightmare : The Bureau of Prisons has piloted a program that can give authorities “huge secret intelligence into the public sender of postal mail” (Sept 26, 2021) https://theintercept.com/2021/09/26/surveillance-privacy-prisons-mail-scan/
    Advocates for incarcerated people warn that MailGuard, which is also being used in county jails and state prisons, is chilling communications between incarcerated people and their loved ones. “It’s surveillance on a scale that we haven’t really seen before in prisons,” said Quinn Cozzens, an attorney with the Abolitionist Law Center, which sued the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections over its use of the service for legal mail.
    New Mexico: State prisons outsource personal mail to inmates to Florida firm, causing concern for some (Jan 6, 2022) https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2022/01/07/state-prisons-outsource-personal-mail-to-inmates-causing-concern-for-some/

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