department of corrections http://ripr.org en DOJ Files Lawsuit Over Hiring Practice at RI Dept. Of Corrections http://ripr.org/post/doj-files-lawsuit-over-hiring-practice-ri-dept-corrections <p>The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state and the state corrections department, claiming employment discrimination. The Justice Department claims employment practices for hiring entry-level corrections officers violate the Civil Rights Act.</p><p></p><p>The lawsuit challenges the hiring practice at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections requiring applicants to take a written and video exam. The Justice Department claims that those exams do not help identify qualified candidates, but instead disproportionately screen out black and Hispanic candidates.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:54:53 +0000 Catherine Welch 28982 at http://ripr.org DOJ Files Lawsuit Over Hiring Practice at RI Dept. Of Corrections TheEC: Prison Radio http://ripr.org/post/theec-prison-radio <p>A recent article in the <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/01/the-ipod-of-prison-sony-radio.html">New Yorker about radio in prison</a> piqued my interest. &nbsp;Besides providing a window into a world that many of us know little or nothing about, it caught my eye that these <a href="http://www.prototype.pw/SONY-SRF-39-FP-Clear-AMFM-Radio-or-equivalent_p_30.html">Sony SRF-39FP</a> ("FP" for "Federal Prison") radios are actually remarkably good receivers. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:08:07 +0000 Aaron Read 28583 at http://ripr.org TheEC: Prison Radio The Silver Boom: Should We Let Elderly Prisoners Go? http://ripr.org/post/silver-boom-should-we-let-elderly-prisoners-go <p>Rhode Island's prison population is aging. Should we release old and frail prisoners? Should we keep them in special nursing homes for prisoners? Let us know what you think and why in the comments section below.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11564 at http://ripr.org