US judge: Prison officials wrong to punish inmate for rude letter to governor

A prisoner was put in solitary for a month for writing a letter to former Gov. Quinn denouncing him in obscene terms over the prisoner’s cell conditions. A federal judge ruled that two prison officials violated the Constitution when they sent the inmate to solitary confinement for a month because they found him “insolent” for writing the letter.

NY court: State must help sex offenders find housing once sentence complete

The state cannot leave it up to prisoners convicted of sex crimes to find suitable housing before their release or remain in custody, a New York appellate court rules. At issue are laws in states across that U.S. that leave many convicted of sex crimes locked up after their prison sentences are complete because they cannot find housing because of restrictions on where they can live upon release.