MS Reviewing Inmate's Release Eligibility:
Earned Release Supervision program, which lets inmates earn time off of their sentences by completing education courses,
exercising good behavior, and participating in other programs, has
allowed one inmate, sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter, to
gain eligibility for release. The AP reports
that participation in
the program depends upon behavior and work ethic, and once granted
release, inmates remain under control of Corrections and are not permitted
to leave the state. In response to objections by family
members of the inmate's murder victim,
prosecutors are looking to amend the law
to require that 85 percent of inmates' sentences are served.
State Defends its Treatment of Mentally Ill Inmates:
California launched its defense on Tuesday over its methods of
handling mentally ill inmates, which included testimony of a
California State Prison psychiatrist that stated prolonged restraint
of prisoners and the use of pepper spray is sometimes necessary to
save inmates' lives. Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton of The Sacramento
that earlier this month, the inmates' lawyers played a
graphic video in court of the cell extraction of a particular
inmate, hoping that the shocking footage would persuade the judge to
impose limits on the staff's use of force. However, the state
continues to argue that the scenes displayed are not representative
of the efforts made by staff members to prevent injury to patients
and preserve life.
Advocates Seek Restoration of Felon Voting Rights:
are pushing Kentucky lawmakers to restore
voting rights to most non-violent
felons once their sentences have been completed. Mike Wynn
of the Courier-Journal reports
that Kentucky is only one of four
states that permanently bars felons from voting,
inadvertently impacting the disproportionately high number of
African American ex-convicts. Studies show that voting rights are
related to reduced recidivism.
Tougher Gang Laws Sought in South Carolina:
State lawmakers are moving legislation to reform state laws on gang violence and repeat
offenders, in the wake of a recent shooting that left an 18-year-old
college student paralyzed. Zachary Treu of Greenville Online
that the reforms include updating language regarding gang member
recruitment, sentencing enhancements for gang-related
crimes, and minimum bond requirements for gang-related crimes.
Senate Bill 19 and House Bill 3051, are currently making their way through the state legislature. Legislators also announced that they will look at the records of judges up for
reappointment and oppose those with a history of
releasing individuals from jail who should remain incarcerated.
Arizona Scheduled to Execute 2nd Inmate this Month:
Glen Jones Jr., convicted of the 1996 murders of six people in two
armed robberies, is scheduled to be executed today in Arizona.
Walter Berry of the Associated Press reports
that Jones was out on
parole at the time of the crimes, after serving time for burglary
and grand theft. He will become the 36th inmate executed in Arizona
since 1992 and the second inmate in the state to be put to death by
lethal injection in the past two weeks. Update
: The execution began at 10:35 a.m. MST, and Jones was pronounced dead at 10:52, Hipolito Corella reports
in the Arizona Daily Star.
Missouri Switches to New Execution Drug
: Missouri is the latest state to switch over to a new lethal injection drug after the governor announced nearly two weeks ago that he was halting executions until a new drug could be found. Jim Salter of the Associated Press reports
that Missouri will join a list of 13 other states by utilizing the sedative pentobarbital in future executions. The state is also using a compounding pharmacy to produce the drug in order to alleviate supply problems. Missouri's first execution using the new drug is scheduled for November 20, 2013.