Alabama Fourth for Growth of Prisoners in 2009

Alabama had the fourth largest increase of state prisoners in the United States in 2009, according to a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

The number of state prisoners in Alabama increased 1,282 in 2009, according to a press release.

Read more: Alabama fourth for growth of prisoners in 2009 – Birmingham Business Journal



Sara Kruzan: Resentencing Hearing! Support her freedom!!

Sara was recently granted a Resentencing Hearing!!!!!!! Sara’s attorney’s are working very hard to bring our Precious Sara home and YOUR SIGNATURE’S & LETTER’S on PETITION’S are being noticed and read. YOUR VOICE is being heard. YOUR SPREADING THE WORD about Sara’s case has not gone unnoticed and we THANK YOU so very much!
Most of you may know by now that a few month’s ago Sara was denied a new trial, but this wonderful news confirms that we must ALWAYS keep HOPE alive. When one door closes another door opens.. We have to walk through this door and take this fight all the way to securing Sara’s freedom. No Stopping! Are you with me?
With that being said, WE CONTINUOUSLY NEED YOUR HELP! We are getting so close…

I am asking for your letters of support detailing the following:

Why you support Sara’s freedom
Why you feel that she is no longer a threat to society (perhaps this can be percieved by letters that you received from her or the video that you saw of her)
How you feel that Sara will be able to contribute to society
How Sara made an impact in your life, your children’s lives, etc..
Please email your letters in the BODY of an Email only. No attachments please!
Send letters to: by JUNE 30, 2010.
IMPORTANT: For those of you who would like to attend Sara’s court hearing, please let me know and I will provide more info as soon as possible. WE NEED YOU THERE!

Sare has blossomed into a beautiful soul who has so much to contribute to our children and the world in general.  A valuable lesson has been learned here as well as to be shared.  Sara is looking forward to forming her very own Not-for-Profit Organization that will contribute to the victims of Child Sex Trafficking and children who are victims of crimes all over the world.  With a little help so many lives can be saved.

Kim Deanne

Reminder: Wednesday Call-in Day

Tell Senate Leadership to Support the National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, is the National Call-in Day to Support Senate Passage of S. 714, The National Criminal Justice Commission Act

BACKGROUND INFO: In 2009, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and 15 bipartisan co-sponsors introduced the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, S. 714, legislation that would create a bipartisan Commission to review and identify effective criminal justice policies and make recommendations for reform. The Senate Judiciary Committee has reviewed and favorably passed the bill and it is now awaiting passage out of the Senate. We need your help urging Senate Leadership to prioritize and pass this important legislation.

ACTION NEEDED: On Wednesday, please call the following Senators to ask them to prioritize and support Senate passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act as soon as possible:

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), 202-224-5556

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 202-224-3135

• Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), 202-224-9447

MESSAGE TO SENATORS: Please support S. 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, because:

• Having a transparent and bipartisan Commission review and identify effective criminal justice policies would increase public safety.

• The increase in incarceration over the past twenty years has stretched the system beyond its limits. The high cost to taxpayers is unsustainable, especially during these times of economic downturn.

• The proposed commission would conduct a comprehensive national review and would issue recommendations for reform.

If you have any have any questions about the Wednesday, June 23rd National Call-In Day, please contact Kara Gotsch at Thank you in advance for your help.

U.S. Likely To Miss Deadline On Prison Rape Rules

Listen here.

From NPR:

Six years ago, Kimberly Yates was serving time for a drug offense in a Philadelphia prison. While she was there, she was raped.

Unlike many inmates in her situation, Yates was believed by the authorities when she reported what had happened. They prosecuted the guard responsible for the attack; he received a four-month sentence.

“To say that it was a traumatic experience is an understatement,” Yates says. “To be in a situation like that, and to be at the mercy of someone who is that sick, it’s horrible.”

Fellow inmates had complained about that guard before. But their pleas went unheard.

Now Yates is one of many former prisoners calling on the Justice Department to issue new standards that could help save other victims.

Congress first addressed the issue seven years ago. The legislation brought together an unusual coalition of lawmakers — including Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia.

The sometimes warring factions agreed on one central notion: that authorities could, and should, do more to deter rape in U.S. jails and prisons.

“Regardless of what crime someone may have committed, rape is not part of the penalty,” says Lovisa Stannow, who advocates for prisoners’ rights. “And when the government takes away someone’s freedom, it takes on an absolute responsibility to protect that person’s safety.”

The Justice Department’s own studies suggest that more than 60,000 prisoners report sexual assaults each year. Another study found that 12 percent of juveniles in custody fall victim to rape. Too often, guards are the ones committing the crimes.

And yet the Justice Department is likely to miss a deadline this month for issuing standards to help fix the problem.

The proposals on the table are nuts-and-bolts measures — steps like not letting male guards monitor women in the showers; keeping younger, smaller prisoners away from bullies; and providing better training for staff.

Attorney General Eric Holder explained his challenge to Congress this year.

“When I speak to wardens, when I speak to people who run local jails, when I speak to people who run state facilities, they look at me and say, ‘Eric, how are we supposed to do this? How are we supposed to segregate people and build new facilities and do training?’ That is what we are trying to work out.”

State and local prison officials say making the changes could cost more than $1 billion to start — and another $1 billion each year to keep the standards in place.

Jamie Fellner, a lawyer at Human Rights Watch, served on a panel that studied prison rapes. She says cost is a real problem — but there are other considerations, as well.

“People continue to be raped every day,” Fellner says. “There are stories of sexual abuse that are horrifying. And the standards still haven’t been passed.”

Activists plan to highlight the issues at hearings this week in Washington that focus on sexual abuse at juvenile facilities.

A Justice Department spokeswoman says officials are working diligently. “It’s unacceptable for anyone in the care of our country’s correctional facilities to be sexually assaulted,” she says.