Category Archives: Criminal Justice Activism & News

Prisoners With Serious Mental Illnesses Held In Isolation For Up To Six Years. Where? In Federal Prisons. – Pete Earley

(10-16-17) Public outrage about how Americans with mental illnesses were treated inside state mental hospitals helped spark de-institutionalization. So where is that anger and fury now when it comes to abuses of Americans with mental illnesses currently being warehoused in our jails and prisons? This week, the Chicago Sun Times newspaper reported: “Thousands of  (IllinoisClick to continue…

Source: Prisoners With Serious Mental Illnesses Held In Isolation For Up To Six Years. Where? In Federal Prisons. – Pete Earley

New Sentencing Reform Initiative Before Senate · High Times

Mandatory minimums would be reserved for violent offenders.

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation this week that would reduce prison terms for non-violent drug offenders, Reuters reports. Under the proposed reform, mandatory minimum sentences would be reserved strictly for those convicted of violent crimes.

The bill’s lead sponsors are Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and senior Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein. The pair have teamed up before to push through hardline anti-drug legislation, which will perhaps give them credit with conservatives to promote this reform.

Source: New Sentencing Reform Initiative Before Senate · High Times

Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way For Medicaid, Prisons To Expand Treatment

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Valerie Green is still waiting to be cured.

The Delaware resident was diagnosed with hepatitis C more than two years ago, but she doesn’t qualify yet for the Medicaid program’s criteria for treatment with a new class of highly effective but pricey drugs. The recent approval of a less expensive drug that generally cures hepatitis C in just eight weeks may make it easier for more insurers and correctional facilities to expand treatment.

The drug, Mavyret, is the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration that can cure all six genetic types of hepatitis C in about two months in patients who haven’t previously been treated. Other approved drugs generally require 12 weeks to treat the disease and often aren’t effective for all types of hepatitis C. Continue reading Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way For Medicaid, Prisons To Expand Treatment

Condemning A Child, Punishing A Mentally Ill Son. Again, Where Is The Justice? – Pete Earley

(9-25-17) I posted a blog yesterday describing the plight of Christopher Sharikas who has spent nearly twenty years in prison for a violent carjacking committed after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Washington Post Reporter Rachel Weiner tells his story in today’s edition. What frustrates me is Judge Paul F. Sheridan’s claim that a sixteen year oldClick to continue…

Source: Condemning A Child, Punishing A Mentally Ill Son. Again, Where Is The Justice? – Pete Earley

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