Tag: Prisons

The Long and Short of Prison Beards

Arkansas prisons limit the length of inmates’ beards to a quarter inch. One of those inmates, a Muslim whose faith requires a full beard, tried to compromise by only growing his beard to a half inch but that was still

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Release Valve Opened on Prison Overcrowding

The Supreme Court today upheld the release of over 30,000 prisoners in California as one remedy for overcrowding.  Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion in the bitterly divided, 5-4, case : Brown v. Plata  ( formerly Schwarzenegger  v. Plata when argued

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Court Opens the Door a Crack on DNA Testing for Prisoners

A sketch of Justice Ginsburg reading her opinion in Skinner v. Switzer : WaPo story here.

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Rhetoric, or Just the Facts, M’am?

It was a lively debate as the Justices considered whether a District Court in California can compel the release of inmates from overcrowded prisons. As the lawyer for California began his arguments by raising the specter of “between 36,000 and

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