Florida Man Encases Arms in Concrete in Protest of Prison-Pandemic Conditions

A man in Florida encased his arms in barrels full of concrete outside the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee on Friday in protest of the state’s continuing to hold prisoners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tallahassee police arrested Jordan Mazurek, 28, around 10:30 a.m. after they cut him out of two 55-gallon drums of concrete that wereContinue reading “Florida Man Encases Arms in Concrete in Protest of Prison-Pandemic Conditions”

Why prison should be abolished

Nebraska legislators have advanced a bill (LB841) that aims to address the state’s prison overcrowding problem. Nebraska prisons house approximately 5,300 inmates, when they were designed to hold just over 3,400 — 155-percent of capacity. Provisions of the bill include requiring the Department of Correctional Services to implement an accelerated release plan for inmates ifContinue reading “Why prison should be abolished”

Bills to reduce Nebraska prison overcrowding pulled from debate after filibuster threat

One word nearly derailed the Nebraska Legislature’s attempt to pass a bill aimed at reducing the state’s prison population, as reported in the Lincoln Journal-Star. An attempt to change one word — the word “shall” to the word “may” — nearly scuttled a package of legislative bills aimed at reducing prison crowding Tuesday.  It did prompt JudiciaryContinue reading “Bills to reduce Nebraska prison overcrowding pulled from debate after filibuster threat”