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QUESTION: Medication Access for Prisoners

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Are there studies of how often prisoners are denied access to medications while incarcerated? I am putting together a workshop on disability issues for environmental activists. One of the topics I will be addressing is activism by disabled people and the decision to risk arrest. This is also an important question for trans activists who take hormones. There are a lot of individual news items and cases out there, but I am looking for something more systematic and comprehensive.

Answer: QUESTION: how to find documentation about AZ women prisoners' rebellion from 1980s?

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Another librarian searched several newspapers from the period via ProQuest as well as Google News Archive. She found mentions of the prison, but nothing about resistance by prisoners.

I searched Arizona's legal cases via LexisNexis using the terms < (woman OR women) AND prison! AND buren > between 1980 and 1990. None of the three results was about a woman prisoner.

So I'm afraid there's not much out there that's via web searches. I suggest contacting the Arizona Historical Society, Arizona universities, or Arizona prison activist groups as a next step. I assume you've already done the last.

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Here's a start with Osiris's ownership chart for CCA

Pershing Square is a "Mutual and pension fund/Nominee/Trust/Trustee."
Wellington is a financial company.
Bill Ackman (of Pershing Square) is "the investing world's version of Elvis."

We're going to need a business librarian or someone with more business research expertise to take this question further.

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Answer: QUESTION: Federal Funding for Solitary Confinement

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Hi,

Four of us have now tried and failed to find evidence of federal funding for solitary confinement/restricted housing units in Pennsylvania prisons.

I did find an article about federal funding for a study attempting to debunk the idea that solitary confinement is bad for prison inmates.

Questioning study that showed inmates in solitary get better
By Susan Greene
November 7, 2010.

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QUESTION: Federal Funding for Solitary Confinement

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I'm looking into the Pennyslvania Dept. of Corrections use of 'restricted housing units.' I am particularly interested in founding out where funding for them comes from, and if this includes founding from the Federal government. Publicly-available information doesn't seem to disaggregated founding sources, and there is less public-available specifics on the Dept. of Corrections Budget. So far most of my research has been from the 'state-side'

So, my questions is if there is a precedent for federal funding for 'restricted housing units' or solitary confinement coming from the Federal Government?

prevalence of AIDS in prison as opposed to prevalence on the outside?

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Dept of Health and Human Services>
CDC>Correctional Health

http://www.cdc.gov/correctionalhealth/ID_HIV.htm

Features "HIV in Prisons, 2004" report

Reports the number of female and male prisoners who were HIV positive or AIDS active, the number of AIDS-related deaths in State and Federal prisons, a profile of those inmates who died, and a comparison of AIDS rates for the general and prisoner populations.

I think that should do it or at least get you on your way.

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finding documentation of "disturbances" at women's prison in Milledgeville, GA, between 1969 and 1973

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Hi, thanks for your question! I recommend contacting the Special Collections Department at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. The contact form is here.

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QUESTION: where to find prison populations in 1970, 1971, 1972, or 1973

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Where would I find statistics for the state and federal prison populations (both total and broken down by gender)for 1970, 1971, 1972 or 1973? I checked the Bureau of Justice Statistics site, but its reports only go back to 1977.

ANSWER: prison population statistics and health care costs

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Also, double check this Radical Reference site itself - we have had many questions on prison statistics - though I don't recall finding sources that would answer this specific question, for those that I helped answer. In our search box at upper right, try: prisons and statistics (6 hits); prisoners and statistics gets 11 hits besides the first answer to this question.

Pubmed.gov gets 278 hits for the search: prison inmates and health and age; 47 hits even if you click on the "Limits" tab just to lower left of the search box, and click on "Links to free full text". I get 2 full text ones for: prison and health care and costs and age (out of 6 total); the same 2 full text (out of 8) for: prison and health care and cost and age; 20 free fulltext (of 89) for prison and cost and age groups; and 14 (58) for: prison and costs and age groups. As you probably have guessed by these examples, Pubmed does not allow truncation; and I might add that Google gets inconsistent results using the asterisk to truncate words.

Jim Miller
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QUESTION: Presidential Candidates stance on Crack Cocaine sentencing

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Did Hilary Clinton vote against enforcing Crack Cocaine sentencing changes retroactively.

Has Obama voted on the Crack Cocaine sentencing disparity and made public statements about it. and if so where are those public statements?

Thanks!

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