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Human Rights Watch: Aging Prisoners…

Human Rights Watch just came out with a 104-pg report, “Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States.”

The corporate media focuses on health costs and –God forbid—the possibility that states might have to release inmates early. I have a somewhat different take…

For anyone who’s done time, we know what prisons are all about: retribution and punishment. Period. more…

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Sometimes, you just gotta be there…

During my federal trial back in ’90 for cocaine conspiracy (theirs, not mine…), I was sick at one point and the trial was adjourned for a couple of days.  Thru my court-appointed attorney, I complained of the lack of medical care.

Of the two side-by-side  jails in Detroit, the old one was especially rife with sickness.  In the summer, we sat around in our underwear, sweat just pouring down.  In the winter, freezing.

I recall at one point a deputy sheriff making his rounds recognized me.  As a criminal defense investigator in Detroit for 17 years, I used to have a jail security pass to visit clients, many of the guards knew me.

He motioned to the other end of the bullpen and asked, “What the f*** are you doing here, Mac?”

I answered, “Don’t you watch TV?  Read the papers?” more…

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Medical Marijuana & Prison…

The New York Times reports that the US Veterans Administration (VA) has now been instructed to “ease the rules for users of medical marijuana.”  The VA has basically been told to ignore the use by military veterans of prescribed marijuana in those states where it has been declared legal.  (Vets who are found using illicit drugs often lose their VA medical benefits.)

Vet-Grown Reefer

     This is the first time that the gov’t has given an inch since its participation in the creation of the drug laws.

While it’s only a small step, it will be interesting to witness how it plays out with the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). more…