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Prisoners are 5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than the overall population. A 69-year old prisoner is trying to change that one livestream at a time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is tearing through US prisons, with inmates 5.5 times more likely to catch the disease than the overall population. One prisoner under home confinement, 69-year-old Rufus Rochelle, is calling for the release of prisoners in daily Facebook Live streams. Correctional facilities are desperately lacking PPE and other health resources, and can hardly enforce social distancing measures. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On the evening that Rufus Rochelle saw th...
Tags: Facebook, Video, New York, News, Prison, Congress, California, Washington, US, Trends, Chicago, Criminal Justice System, United States, Williams, Aclu, Connecticut


Notable OLC opinion on "Home Confinement of Federal Prisoners After the COVID-19 Emergency"

In this post from this past October, I wondered "Will some (most? all?) federal prisoners transferred to home confinement be returned to prison after the pandemic ends?".  That post was prompted by this Walter Palvo piece at Forbes reporting on a US Attorney suggesting that persons who BOP placed on home confinement in response to COVID would be returned to prison after the pandemic ended for any remaining time.  Though the end of the pandemic still seems depressingly far away, the outgoing Trum...
Tags: Law, Congress, US, Forbes, Bureau, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of Legal Counsel, Bop, OLC, The Bureau, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, Trump Justice Department, Biden Justice Department, Walter Palvo, Prez Biden


Reversing several lower courts, justices allow execution of Lisa Montgomery

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night cleared the way for the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 68 years. Montgomery was convicted in 2008 of strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a Missouri woman who was eight months pregnant, and extracting the premature baby to pass off as her own child. In a series of brief, unsigned orders, the Supreme Court reversed a pair of rulings from federal appeals courts that had put Montgomery’s execution on hold, and i...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Joe Biden, Indiana, Missouri, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Montgomery, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons, D C Circuit, U S Court of Appeals, Elena Kagan, Kagan, 7th Circuit


DC Circuit panel upholds January 12 execution date for only woman on federal death row

Just before Christmas, as noted in this post, a federal district judge vacated an order from the director of the Bureau of Prisons that had set Lisa Montgomery’s execution date for January 12.  But, on New Year's Day, a DC Circuit panel issued this order putting the execution back on track.  This CNN article about the ruling provides some context: Montgomery's execution had been scheduled for December 8, but a judge postponed it after her attorneys said they were diagnosed with Covid-19 after f...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, US, Cnn, United States, Missouri, Montgomery, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Ethel Rosenberg, Lisa Montgomery, Terre Haute Indiana, Federal Correctional Complex, Bureau of Prisons, DC Circuit


Lori Loughlin Released From Prison After Serving Two Months for College Admissions Scandal

Lori Loughlin is being released from prison Monday after serving nearly two months for the college admissions scandal. Meanwhile, her husband Mossimo Giannulli will continue to serve his five-month sentence. On October 30, Loughlin surrendered to federal authorities and began her sentence at a prison in Dublin, Calif. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons […]
Tags: News, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Loughlin, Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli, DUBLIN Calif


A federal judge delayed the execution of the only woman on death row, said the DOJ rescheduling it was unlawful

A no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File A federal judge said the Justice Department delayed the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on death row, Politico reported. US District Court Judge Randolph Moss said the DOJ acted unlawfully when it rescheduled the execution of Montgomery.  Montgomery was initially set to be executed on December 8, but her execution was rescheduled to January 12 after her ...
Tags: Politics, News, Politico, Court, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Death Row, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, US District Court, Executions, Doj, Justice Department


An inmate whose scheduled to be executed just 5 days before Biden takes office tested positive for COVID-19

A no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File An inmate scheduled to be executed on January 15, has caught COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. Dustin John Higgs is the last of five inmates scheduled during President Donald Trump's lame-duck period.  The federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Higgs is being held has over 300 confirmed novel coronavirus cases among inmates.  Visit Business Insider's ho...
Tags: Politics, Science, Prison, Maryland, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Death Penalty, Death Row, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons


An inmate who is scheduled to be executed just 5 days before Biden takes office tested positive for COVID-19

A no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File An inmate scheduled to be executed on January 15, has caught COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. Dustin John Higgs is the last of five inmates scheduled during President Donald Trump's lame-duck period.  The federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Higgs is being held has over 300 confirmed novel coronavirus cases among inmates.  Visit Business Insider's ho...
Tags: Politics, Science, Prison, Maryland, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Death Penalty, Death Row, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons


BJS seeking comment on data collection regarding state and federal prison responses to COVID

A helpful reader suggested helpfully that I note this new Federal Register notice from DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics which seeks to "encourage comments for 60 days until February 8, 2021, on a new data collection: National Prisoner Statistics program: Coronavirus Pandemic Supplement (NPS-CPan)."  The email I received linking to the notice describes the request this way: The Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages comments for 60 days until February 8, 2021, on a new data collection: Nation...
Tags: Law, Bureau Of Justice Statistics, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of Management and Budget, Douglas A Berman, COVID, DOJ s Bureau of Justice Statistics


$740 billion defense bill bans federal law enforcement and troops from hiding their identities while responding to protests

Federal Bureau of Prisons officers and other law enforcement block 16th Street, NW during protests over the death of George Floyd, in Washington, DC, June 3, 2020. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images A provision of the final version of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act bars federal law-enforcement personnel and members of the armed forces from hiding their identities while responding to civil disturbances. The practice caused concern as some unmarked federal law e...
Tags: Politics, Minneapolis, Washington, Senate, Russia, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Washington Dc, House, Crimea, Portland Oregon, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Defense Budget, Identification


House Judiciary subcommittee to hold oversight hearing on federal Bureau of Prisons

As detailed at this link, the US House of Representative's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (of the Committee on the Judiciary) has scheduled for the morning of December 2, 2020 on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service." The witness list, available at this link, shows Directors of the Bureau of Prisons and of the United States Marshals Service, as the only witnesses.  I believe the hearing can be watched started at 9am on Dec 2 at this l...
Tags: Law, US, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U S Marshals Service, House Judiciary Subcommittee, United States Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, RDAP, Homeland Security of the Committee, Michael Carvajal, Federal Prison Industries FPI


The Trump administration is aiming to bring back firing squads and electrocutions for some federal executions

Anti-death penalty protesters ring a bell at the scheduled execution time as they gather across the street from the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. AP Photo/Michael Conroy The Trump administration is rushing to make a number of federal regulatory changes before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, ProPublica reported on Wednesday. One of those changes, proposed by the Department of Justice, would allow some federal death-row inmates t...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Supreme Court, Gross, Trends, Joe Biden, Arkansas, Tennessee, Death Penalty, Department Of Justice, Biden, Donald Trump, Doj, Montgomery, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons


US Department of Justice sets three more execution dates, including for the only woman on federal death row

In this July post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My main point in that post was that, after the completion of an initial three federal executions that month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, it seemed that AG Barr would likely be able to have completed as many executions he decided to set.  For anyone who might have thought AG Barr would be content with ten executions in 2020 (eight already comp...
Tags: Law, Bourgeois, Johnson, Doj, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Higgs, Cory Johnson, AG Barr, Douglas A Berman, William P Barr, William Barr, Alfred Bourgeois, Federal Correctional Complex Terre Haute Indiana, Curtis Thorne, Dustin John Higgs


US Department of Justice sets three more execution dates

In this July post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My main point in that post was that, after the completion of an initial three federal executions that month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, it seemed that AG Barr would likely be able to have completed as many executions he decided to set.  For anyone who might have thought AG Barr would be content with ten executions in 2020 (eight already comp...
Tags: Law, Bourgeois, Johnson, Doj, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Higgs, Cory Johnson, AG Barr, Douglas A Berman, William P Barr, William Barr, Alfred Bourgeois, Federal Correctional Complex Terre Haute Indiana, Curtis Thorne, Dustin John Higgs


James 'Whitey' Bulger's family sues US prison staff, claiming mobster was 'deliberately sent to his death'

The family of notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has filed a lawsuit accusing 30 Federal Bureau of Prisons employees of "intentional or deliberately indifferent" actions leading to his violent death at the hands of another inmate.
Tags: US, Cnn, Federal Bureau of Prisons, James Whitey Bulger


Whitey Bulger’s family: Prison system did not protect him

Family members of Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger Jr. have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and 30 unnamed employees of the prison system for failing to protect Bulger, who was beaten to death at a West Virginia prison. The family filed the lawsuit against the prison system last week, two years after Bulger, 89, was killed at United States Penitentiary, Hazelton, a federal prison in West Virginia's Preston County.
Tags: News, Boston, West Virginia, United States, Whitey Bulger, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Bulger, James `` Whitey, Penitentiary Hazelton, Bulger Jr


Jeffrey Epstein Spent His Final Days Whining About Bullying

On the afternoon of July 6, 2019, a force of NYPD officers and FBI agents were, appropriately enough, in a holding pattern at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.The high that Saturday was a sweltering 88 degrees. Skies were overcast and the humidity made the tarmac feel even hotter. A few of the federal agents and New York City detectives were wearing suits and ties; others perspired in their navy blue windbreakers, known as raid jackets, stamped with the yellow letters FBI. As the airport’s ground...
Tags: Florida, New York, News, France, New York City, Fbi, United States, Maine, New Jersey, Paris, Roman Polanski, Bob, William, Customs, Random House, Black


US Department of Justice sets two more execution dates, including for the only woman on federal death row

In this July post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My main point in that post was that, after the completion of an initial three federal executions that month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, it seemed to me that AG Barr would likely be able to have completed how ever many executions he decides to set.  Thereafter, the US Justice Department set two more execution dates for August and two more for...
Tags: Law, US, United States, Missouri, Kansas, Jesus, Doj, Justice Department, Montgomery, Todd, U S District Court, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Bernard, Fort Hood, Stacie


Kodak Black sues Federal Bureau of Prisons for alleged torture

Rapper Kodak Black and his legal team are suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons, alleging that the treatment he’s receiving in a Kentucky prison amounts to torture. The 23-year-old rap star, born Dieuson Octave but who legally changed his name to Bill Kapri, was sentenced to 46 months on federal gun charges in December 2019, according to the New York Times. TMZ reports that The “Dying to Live” artist has been in the Big Sandy federal prison in Kentucky since Oct. 2019, when he was transferred th...
Tags: News, Kentucky, Kodak Black, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Miami Florida, Big Sandy, Dieuson Octave, Bill Kapri, New York Times TMZ, Kodak Black sues Federal Bureau of Prisons


CCJ releases new "Impact Reports" on "COVID-19 and Prisons" and "COVID-19 and Jails"

Earlier today I was praising the work of the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) for launching an important and impressive new commission to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the criminal justice system (basic details here).  Not more than a few minutes later, I received an email about two new important reports from the commission.  Here is the heart of the email with links to the reports: New research released today by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice found wide dispariti...
Tags: New York, Texas, Law, California, White House, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Commission, Ohio, Criminal Justice, Delaware, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Five States, National Commission, Douglas A Berman, Anna Harvey


Ghislaine Maxwell loses bid to be moved into general population at US jail

A US judge rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's request to be moved into the general population at the Brooklyn jail where she is awaiting trial on charges she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls. Maxwell had objected to being treated worse than other pretrial inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center, citing "onerous" conditions including round-the-clock surveillance, numerous body scans, and being isolated in her cell most of the time. But in an order on Tuesday...
Tags: News, US, Brooklyn, Maxwell, Manhattan, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Nathan, Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Metropolitan Detention Center, Alison Nathan


Making sure not to look past or become numb to persistently ugly pandemic realities in incarceration nations

It has now been a couple of weeks since I did a round-up of prison-COVID press pieces. To their credit, the press and commentators keeping reporting and discussing the discouraging tales that keep emerging from our prisons and jails.  But I cannot help but find, as we enter the sixth month of this pandemic, that it has become disconcertingly easier to become numb to these persistently depressing stories.  Eager not to look past these still critical realities, here is a round-up of just a few hea...
Tags: Florida, Law, Washington Post, Cnn, Arizona, Ohio, Orlando, Chicago Tribune, Marion, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Cincinnati Enquirer COVID, Forbes As Bureau, Parties Drive Connecticut


US Department of Justice sets two execution dates for late September

As I have mentioned before, in this recent post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My central point in that post was that, after the completion of three federal executions earlier this month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, there is every reason to believe that AG Barr will be able to complete however many executions he decides to set in the near future. Thereafter, as reported in this post, DOJ se...
Tags: Law, Doj, Justice Department, Todd, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fort Hood Texas, Killeen Texas, AG Barr, Douglas A Berman, William P Barr, William Barr, Lecroy, Daniel Lewis Lee, Lezmond Mitchell, William Emmett LeCroy


U.S. Backs Down, Allowing Michael Cohen to Write Trump Tell-All Book

Mr. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, had been returned to prison in a dispute over the book, then released after a judge intervened.
Tags: News, Trump, Cohen, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael Cohen, Hellerstein, Books and Literature, Donald J, Decisions and Verdicts, Michael D (1966-, Alvin K


US Department of Justice sets another execution date for last week of August

In this recent post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My main point in that post was that, after the completion of three federal executions earlier this month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, it would now seem that AG Barr is likely to be able to complete how ever many executions he decides to set. Yesterday, via this press release, we learned that AG Barr wants to see at least one more execution ...
Tags: Law, Ford, Arizona, Justice Department, Mitchell, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Arizona Republic, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Barr, AG Barr, U S District Court for the District of Arizona, U S Penitentiary, Terre Haute Indiana, Douglas A Berman


Oakland Protesters Set Fire To Courthouse As Demonstrations Spread

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A protest in Oakland, California, in support of racial justice and police reform turned violent when a small group of demonstrators wearing helmets and goggles and carrying large signs that doubled as shields set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers, authorities said. About 700 demonstrators participated in what started as a peaceful march Saturday night but then some broke from the larger group and smashed windows, spray-painted...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Protests, Watson, Police Brutality, Portland Oregon, Oakland, Donald Trump, Trump, Oakland California, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Oakland Calif, Oakland Police Department, Schaaf


Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The denial came in response to a lawsuit filed by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, that said he was being punished for speaking out.
Tags: News, New York City, Justice Department, Trump, Cohen, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael Cohen, Barr, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Ex-convicts, Prisons and Prisoners, Washington (DC, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Presidential Election of 2020, Michael D (1966-


Government Executes Wesley Ira Purkey, Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

Wesley Ira Purkey was killed by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for killing a teenage girl more than two decades ago.
Tags: News, Capital punishment, Justice Department, Murders, Lee, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Barr, Daniel Lewis, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Decisions and Verdicts, Supreme Court (US, William P, Wesley Ira Purkey, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Terre Haute Ind


Government Executes Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

Wesley Ira Purkey was killed by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for killing a teenage girl more than two decades ago.
Tags: News, Capital punishment, Justice Department, Murders, Lee, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Barr, Daniel Lewis, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Decisions and Verdicts, Supreme Court (US, William P, Wesley Ira Purkey, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Terre Haute Ind


Daniel Lewis Lee Executed: Government Carries Out First in 17 Years

Hours after a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court, Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Ind., for his role in the 1996 murder of a family of three.
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Capital punishment, Lee, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Daniel Lewis, Supreme Court (US, Daniel Lewis Lee