Council of Europe: New website / web-platform on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons, launched

Council of Europe: New website / web-platform on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons, launched. “The website is open to all visitors and offers a wide array of useful information including an overview of the main tools and documents on radicalisation in prisons and disengagement from violence, produced by the action, as well as reference to relevant legal instruments, CoE publications and links to other institutions and organisations.”

Whistleblowers: Software Bug Keeping Hundreds Of Inmates In Arizona Prisons Beyond Release Dates (KJZZ)

This is a little outside my lane, but I’m sharing it because y’all, it’s horrifying. This isn’t justice. KJZZ: Whistleblowers: Software Bug Keeping Hundreds Of Inmates In Arizona Prisons Beyond Release Dates. “According to Arizona Department of Corrections whistleblowers, hundreds of incarcerated people who should be eligible for release are being held in prison because the inmate management software cannot interpret current sentencing laws. KJZZ is not naming the whistleblowers because they fear retaliation. The employees said they have been raising the issue internally for more than a year, but prison administrators have not acted to fix the software bug. The sources said Chief Information Officer Holly Greene and Deputy Director Joe Profiri have been aware of the problem since 2019.”

Vietnam+: Over 60,000 documents of Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum go digital

Vietnam+: Over 60,000 documents of Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum go digital. “Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which has been registered as a UNESCO Memory of the World since 2009, has launched a digital database to access the largest archive of the Khmer Rouge regime’s prison system records. The general public will be able to access the digital database and website for additional information about the victims’ family members and researchers.” When I went to visit this site Sunday, I got a browser warning because its security certificate had expired. Hopefully it’ll be fixed soon — it just expired on Friday.

KTLA: New app to help California family, friends schedule video visits with inmates at 4 state prisons

KTLA: New app to help California family, friends schedule video visits with inmates at 4 state prisons. “The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has announced a new tool to help friends and family visit inmates. The Visitation Scheduling Application app can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and computers and allows approved visitors to easily schedule their own video visits and receive instant confirmation. The CDCR said the app will first be used to schedule video visits at four state prisons: San Quentin State Prison, Valley State Prison, the California Institution for Men and the Central California Women’s Facility.”

HuffPost: This Is How Trump’s Executions Are Spreading The Coronavirus

HuffPost: This Is How Trump’s Executions Are Spreading The Coronavirus. “In late November, as health officials urged the public to avoid travel amid a new wave of coronavirus cases, dozens of people traveled to a federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the execution of Orlando Hall. At the time, around 75 incarcerated people and staff at the complex had active cases of COVID-19. A few days later, Hall’s spiritual adviser Yusuf Ahmed Nur, who performed last rites for Hall while next to two unmasked executioners, tested positive.”

WBTV: N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike

WBTV: N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike. “Three state prisons have been closed, with hundreds of inmates being transferred to other facilities across the state, as COVID-19 continues to spike within the prison system. Inmates at Randolph Correctional Center in Randolph County, the minimum custody unit at Southern Correctional Institution in Montgomery County and the minimum custody unit at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Rowan County have been moved.”

New York Times: Prisons Are Covid-19 Hotbeds. When Should Inmates Get the Vaccine?

New York Times: Prisons Are Covid-19 Hotbeds. When Should Inmates Get the Vaccine?. “They live in crowded conditions, sharing bathrooms and eating facilities where social distancing is impossible. They have high rates of asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Many struggle with mental illness. A disproportionate number are Black and Hispanic, members of minority communities that have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. So should prisoners and other detainees be given priority access to one of the new Covid-19 vaccines?”

Jamaica flight: Prisoner tests positive for Covid-19 (BBC)

BBC: Jamaica flight: Prisoner tests positive for Covid-19. “One of the 13 prisoners deported from the UK to Jamaica on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19, the Jamaican government has told the BBC. The man is being held in isolation at a hospital in the capital, Kingston. The Home Office said he was on the flight, but has not made a statement in relation to the test.”

WBTV: N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike

WBTV: N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike. “Three state prisons have been closed, with hundreds of inmates being transferred to other facilities across the state, as COVID-19 continues to spike within the prison system. Inmates at Randolph Correctional Center in Randolph County, the minimum custody unit at Southern Correctional Institution in Montgomery County and the minimum custody unit at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Rowan County have been moved.”

AP: Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

AP: Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine. “The federal prison system will be among the first government agencies to receive the coronavirus vaccine, though initial allotments of the vaccine will be given to staff and not to inmates, even though sickened prisoners vastly outnumber sickened staff, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.”

New York Times: America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons

New York Times: America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons. “Like the nation overall, U.S. correctional facilities are experiencing record spikes in coronavirus infections this fall. During the week of Nov. 17, there were 13,657 new coronavirus infections reported across the state and federal prison systems, according to the Marshall Project, which has been tracking these numbers since March. The previous week saw 13,676 new cases. These are by far the highest weekly tolls reported since the pandemic began. With winter descending, the situation threatens to grow bleaker still.”

The Nevada Independent: More than 80 percent of inmates at Carson City prison test positive for COVID-19

The Nevada Independent: More than 80 percent of inmates at Carson City prison test positive for COVID-19. “Prison officials say 81 percent of the inmates at Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the worst outbreak to date in the state’s prison system. The Nevada Department of Corrections announced on Friday that 424 inmates have tested positive out of the 525 inmates in the facility. Twenty-five staff members have also tested positive.”

Washington Post: Prisons and jails have become a ‘public health threat’ during the pandemic, advocates say

Washington Post: Prisons and jails have become a ‘public health threat’ during the pandemic, advocates say. “Nobody knows how the ­novel coronavirus sneaked through the barbed wire and imposing gates of Ohio’s Pickaway Correctional Institution, where visitors and volunteers were barred from entering in March. But the first case showed up April 4. Within a week, 23 inmates and 17 staff members were found to be infected. One inmate, Charles Viney Jr., a 66-year-old with a collapsed lung, died hours after testing positive. Within a month, more than three-quarters of Pickaway’s roughly 2,000 inmates were confirmed positive. By the end of May, 35 were dead.”