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Idaho Inmates Settle Prison Lawsuit: Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press reports a potential class-action lawsuit against Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America over allegations of violence at the Idaho Correctional Center has been settled in federal court. The inmates, represented by the ACLU, sued last year on behalf of everyone incarcerated at the state prison. CCA is the largest private prison company in the nation. In the agreement, CCA doesn't acknowledge the allegations but agrees to make sweeping changes. The ACLU and CCA prepared a joint statement in which both sides agreed they would rather work towards improving future conditions at the prison than try to litigate allegations of past problems. Federal oversight of the settlement will last for two years.

Surviving Victim Testifies in Connecticut Home Invasion Trial: Dr. William Petit Jr. testified today in the triple murder case against Joshua Komisarjevsky, accused of killing Petit's wife and two daughters in a brutal 2007 home invasion. Petit also testified during the trial of Steven Hayes, who was convicted of 16 counts and sentenced to death last year for the crimes. One of Komisarjevsky's defense attorneys conceded yesterday during his opening statement that his client planned the break-in, targeted the Petit home, and beat Petit with a baseball bat after entering the home, but claimed "he never intended to kill anyone." Randall Beach has this report in the New Haven Register. 

Pilot Program for California Parolees Tested in Sacramento: Karen Massie of News 10/KXTV Sacramento reports about 100 parolees in Sacramento are taking part in Project Hope, a pilot program that hopes to reduce recidivism rates among parolees. According to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation researcher Brenda Grealish, parolees call in to their parole officer every day instead of once a month. Parolees are called in at random and have to report that day, where they undergo a drug test. "If they test dirty, we send them to jail immediately," Grealish said. Parolees face seven to ten days in county jail for the violation instead of four months in state prison. According to Grealish, preliminary results show the constant fear of going to jail is working. Sacramento Sheriff Chief Deputy Jamie Lewis says he worries about increasing the county's burden. State officials say the program will save the state money by focusing on parolees who can't stay drug-free and away from crime.

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The Cheshire Home invasion in Connecticut was a sad event. Connecticut prisons were inhumane and overcrowded when I was sentenced to a year in prison for resisting being mugged on my own rental properties ending the knife wielder's attack of me after he jumped me in my dark driveway. Instead of the Connecticut State Police and those who rig courts in Connecticut going after the real, dangerous criminals who kill, rape, rob, sodomize, and are parasites on humanity, authorities are bent on ruining the self-employed, small business, breaking up families for profit, and running as many people with money and assets through the system, even to prison, as possible. If you all knew what was really going on, you'd be more disgusted to pay taxes to these organized criminals. Write comments like these be put on an arrest on sight, secret police enemies list: http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2010/01/target-on-enemies-list.html
-Steven G. Erickson

The commenter above is, of course, not to be confused with our mental issues blogger Steven Erickson.

When I was a kid, having an unusual name was a curse. Lately I have come to see it as a blessing. Funny how things work out.

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