Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Aging Inmates Strain Federal Prisons, Report Says

By Del Quentin Wilber, Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON — An aging population of inmates is straining a federal prison system that lacks the resources, staffing, and facilities to address its rapidly changing demographics, a U.S. government watchdog reported on Wednesday.

Inmates 50 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the prison population, increasing by more than 6,000, or 25 percent, from 2009 to 2013, while the number of younger inmates dropped by one percent, according to the report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Older inmates account for about 31,000 of the 164,600 inmates who were in the Bureau of Prisons’ custody as of September 2013.…

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Baltimore Mayor Seeks U.S. Probe Of Police; Governor Lifts Emergency

By Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted the state of emergency in Baltimore on Wednesday, shortly after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the city’s Police Department.

Hogan praised the National Guard and the police officers who “quickly brought calm and order back to the city.”

“We touched every corner of the city we could reach. We saw devastation and destruction, but we also saw incredible acts of kindness,” Hogan said during a televised news conference. “We saw neighbors helping neighbors. We saw a community that cares about each other.”

Rawlings-Blake, who also announced that Baltimore officers would have body cameras by the end of the year, told reporters that she aimed to ensure the department is not engaging in “a pattern of stops, searches, or arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment.”

“Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community,” she said.…

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Choose, And Clean, Your Water Bottle Carefully

By Gretel H. Schueller,

Recently, Concord, Mass., became the first U.S. town to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. There are plenty of reasons why more than 28 universities and other communities have enacted similar bans.

By switching to a tap-filled reusable bottle, you’ll drink water just as pure, help reduce the global glut of plastic bottles and save money: Americans spent $10.6 billion on bottled water in 2009 — paying up to 1,000 times the cost of tap water, according to Food and Water Watch.

Drink Up

According to the Institute of Medicine, women should get about 91 ounces of water each day and men about 125 ounces.…

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