How the Federal Bureau of Prisons Treats Female Correctional Officers

Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison: (“Makeup, earrings and perfume are off limits. So are smiles. * * * Even the swing of a ponytail can attract unwanted attention, so women slick their hair back into a style known as the ‘bureau bun’—as in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. * * * They wear oversized uniforms to hide the faint outlines of their undergarments, or cover themselves from neck to thigh with baggy black windbreakers known as ‘trash bags,’ even on hot summer days on the concrete yards. * * * For women who work in federal prisons, where they are vastly outnumbered by male colleagues and male inmates, concealing every trace of their femininity is both necessary and, ultimately, futile. ‘They never even see what you are wearing,’ said Octavia Brown, a supervisor in Victorville, Calif., of the inmates she oversees. ‘They see straight through it.'”

Prison Reform Bill: Good Initial Step or Cop Out?

Just How Much of an Overhaul is This Overhaul of the Nation’s Criminal Justice System? (“Some of those seeking to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system want to cut the prison population by more than a million inmates. An agreement in Washington this week, hailed as a landmark bipartisan moment, falls well short of that: about 7,000 people might get out early.”)

Divided Senate Confirms Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination: (“The Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court’s 114th justice on Saturday by one of the narrowest margins in the institution’s history, as police stood guard and protesters’ shouts of ‘shame, shame’ echoed through the Senate chamber. * * * The 50-to-48 vote capped off a brutal confirmation fight that underscored how deeply polarized the nation has become under President Trump, who has now successfully placed two justices on the nation’s highest court, cementing a conservative majority.”)

US Attorneys’ Manual Updated; Now “Justice Manual”

Department of Justice Announces the Rollout of an Updated United States Attorneys’ Manual: (“The Department of Justice announced the rollout of an updated United States Attorneys’ Manual, now titled the Justice Manual. It is the first comprehensive review and overhaul of the Manual in more than 20 years. The Department-wide effort involved the dedicated work of over 200 Department of Justice employees.”)

Congress Proposes No Charge for Court Records

Proposed Legislation Would Eliminate PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) Fees: (“A new bill before the U.S House of Representatives would prohibit the federal courts from charging for public documents.  The Electronic Court Records Reform Actwould require that documents downloaded from the PACER database be free. Currently, the repository for federal court documents charges up to 10 cents a page.”)