On the Failure of Prisons to Combat COVID-19

Dear Brandon, I noticed the newsletter article about the Seagoville COVID-19 outbreak, and would like to weigh in on a few facts: 1) When COVID-19 first started breaking out in the U.S., I informed our Warden Zook that if her staff continued to remove their masks around inmates this would break quarantine. There was no…

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Anthony Accurso’s Thoughts on Life in Lockdown

An article appeared in the Dallas Morning News for July 2, 2020 entitled “Prison Starts Mass Testing.”  It details some of the conditions we’re dealing with here, and talks about the efforts of a local South Dallas woman, whose husband is currently incarcerated here, to get the warden to release inmates to home confinement using the…

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Profits from Prison Labor: Aid Versus Exploitation

The Peruvian Model INPE, the national penitentiary institute, states that more than half of Peru’s incarcerated women are actively employed. The Peruvian penitentiary system currently houses nearly 5,000 women. Of that 5,000, nearly 85% are mothers, with families they must support at home. Some earn as much as $300 dollars a month – roughly the…

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Kelly Jones Describes the State of Quarantine in U.S. Federal Prisons

On April 1, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Prisons played the biggest April Fool’s joke ever.  However, the bad part for inmates was, it wasn’t a joke.  That was the day the BOP instituted their nationwide lockdown for all federal prisons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. federal prisons are divided into four security levels:  high, medium, low,…

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BOP Plans To Digitize Incoming Prisoner Mail

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The Bureau of Prisons wants to digitize incoming prisoner mail. According to a recent request for information, the Bureau of Prisons hopes “to eliminate synthetic drug contraband secreted in the physical mail by using a turnkey offsite postal mail scanning service that will reduce costs, streamline BOP operations, eliminate contraband and provide a whole new…

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