PBUS News Update
May. 2, 2013

Reducing recidivism and curbing corrections costs through justice reinvestment
Corrections.com
Over the past 20 years, state spending on corrections has skyrocketed—from $12 billion in 1988 to more than $52 billion in 2011. Declining state revenues and other fiscal factors are putting a serious strain on many states' criminal justice systems, often putting concerns about the bottom line in competition with public safety. More

Albuquerque stabbing victim speaks from hospital bed
KOB-TV
Gerald Madrid is in a lot of pain, but is thankful to be alive. Madrid said he tried to protect his choir director who was being attacked by a young man during mass on Sunday. He is expected to leave the hospital today. More

Police release details of church attacker
KOB-TV
KOB Eyewitness News 4 got a first look at the 24-year-old man who, police said, stabbed several people at an Albuquerque church. Lawrence Capener is still in police custody at MDC. Capener is being charged with three counts of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.More

DOJ report urges prison reform for compassionate release
The Blog of Legal Times
A comprehensive review of the federal prison system's compassionate release program revealed a lack of standards for the evaluation of whether an inmate qualifies for a reduction in sentence, according to a U.S. Justice Department report published.More

Police: Bail bondsman hit by truck, driver sought
KOCO-TV
A bail bondsman attempting to serve a warrant was hit by a vehicle, according to Oklahoma City police. Officers say two bondsmen were tipped off about the whereabouts of a person they were trying to take into custody. When they arrived at the Bel Aire Motel in the 3300 block of Southwest 29th Street the bondsmen said they spotted the person they were looking for getting into a gray Chevy Silverado. More

Legislators spar over downsizing prisons
Austin American-Statesman
A group of fiscally conservative Republican House members is pushing to keep open two prisons the state might not need, and they want to buy another one for which there are no convicts. Leading the charge against the plan are Democratic legislators who are loudly complaining about pork-barrel spending. More

Race and America's prisons: It's complicated
NPR
After the post the other day about the surprising incarceration rates in Wisconsin — the state incarcerates more black men than any other in the country — we started thinking a bit about some other stories and studies we've seen recently that deal with race and incarceration. Taken together, they help some to explain who's ending up behind bars and what happens to them once they are.More

Prison inmates receive job training, internships
The Columbus Dispatch
Caprice Moore used to see the world as a closed door. The 29-year-old mother of three said she got straight A's in high school — when she went. But the South Linden resident got involved with the wrong crowd, she said, and made bad decisions.More

Ankle monitors help ease jail overcrowding
KESQ-TV
Governor Jerry Brown doesn't have long to come up with a plan to solve the ongoing issue of prison overcrowding in California. A federal oversight committee threatened Brown with contempt of court if he doesn't give them an answer. At the jail level, the Riverside County Sheriff's department has found a solution to ease some of their issues of being at full capacity. More

Can empty prisons be repurposed to help ex-cons reintegrate into society?
Gotham Gazette
As the state's prison population shrinks and former prisons in the city go empty, some advocates for exconvicts say they have a vision for what do with unused correctional buildings: Repurpose them for re-entry programs. One group is pushing to transform the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan into a center for job training, educational opportunities and housing for former prisoners. More

California drug criminals now half as likely to serve time in state prison
The Sacramento Bee
California has cut the number of prisoners in state facilities for drug convictions in half during the last two years, diverting thousands to local jails, new state figures show. It's been almost two years since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that mandated California reduce its prison population drastically due to overcrowding. The resulting realignment has largely focused on reducing the number of drug criminals in state prison through attrition and diversion. More

Science in the courtroom
Inside Criminal Justice
Can computer algorithms reduce America's prison population? Some of the country's top criminologists, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges gathered at New York University School of Law to examine new data-based tools and alternative programs aimed at helping judges with sentencing and pretrial decisions.More

13 killed, 65 injured in latest riot to rock Mexico prisons; gang of inmates blamed
NBC News
Thirteen people were killed and 65 injured in a prison riot in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, local officials said. A fight broke out before daybreak among prisoners in a cell block in the La Pila prison in the state capital of San Luis Potosi, and state police re-established control by the morning, officials said. More