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Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions.

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For-Profit Probation Companies Target the Poor

By Donald Kaufman

Here’s a look into the dysfunctionality of for-profit probation companies and the story of Thomas Barrett.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Lee Baca to Step Down From L.A. County Sheriff Post

After 48 years in the department, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is hanging up his hat at the end of January as federal probes continue into allegations of prisoner abuse in local jails and racial discrimination in an area over which his office presides.

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AP/Steve Miller

America’s Disappeared

The poor routinely vanish from city streets after encounters with police. They are swallowed up by jails and prisons for weeks, months or years for offenses often trivial or invented. These disruptions of lives have destroyed cohesion in urban communities, which live in heightened states of fear and troubling unrest.

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Bowl Phone Sex

Prisoners in a New Jersey jail, like prisoners across the country, have built a subterranean system of communication to defy the harsh conditions of incarceration and keep themselves connected.

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The Return of Debtors’ Prisons (Video)

A review of reports published over the last few years shows poor and lower-income Americans are increasingly being jailed for being unable to pay debts and fines “more than two decades after the Supreme Court prohibited imprisoning those who are too poor to pay their legal debts,” as the ACLU notes.

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Albert Woodfox’s 40 Years of Solitary Confinement

Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 40 years, most of that time locked up in the notorious maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary known as “Angola.”

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Jailbreak Your Smartphone, Go to Jail

As though we don’t have enough absurd laws in the U.S., a new one has passed criminalizing the unlocking of mobile devices; the U.S. is spending $400,000 a day to keep innocent people incarcerated in Guantanamo; and this Sunday is the Super Bowl, when we watch men cause one another brain trauma. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Misha Japaridze

Russian Punk Rockers Sit It Out in Jail

A Moscow judge on Friday ordered three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to remain in jail awaiting trial for an anti-Putin performance in Moscow’s major church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in February.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Locking Down an American Workforce

Prisoners, whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate economy has found no use, make up a virtual brigade within the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned along with the U.S. incarceration rate.

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From the Classroom to the Courtroom

In Texas, some students who show up late for class too many times, or just plain don’t show up, are being sent to courtrooms instead of principals’ offices, while other youngsters face heftier charges and fines for offenses that used to be handled by schools’ internal disciplinary officers and structures.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Gerald Herbert

Former Police Officers Get Jail Time for Post-Katrina Shootings

Five ex-officers from the New Orleans Police Department found themselves on the other side of the law Wednesday, as they were sentenced to jail for their respective roles in the shootings of six unarmed civilians in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.

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SCOTUS Up the Wazoo

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SCOTUS Broadens Jailhouse Strip-Search Rule

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that U.S. Supreme Court justices voted along party lines when approving, on a 5-4 vote, the expansion of strip-searching guidelines to include anyone who’s been arrested for any offense and is en route to jail.

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Chris Hedges on His Lawsuit Against the President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs. jailhouse abuse; S&P’s downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges discusses his lawsuit against the president.

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Chris Hedges on His Lawsuit Against the President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs. jailhouse abuse; S&P’s downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges discusses his lawsuit against the president.

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California County to Charge Prisoners for Jail Stay

In one part of Southern California, if you do the crime, there’s a chance you’ll pay both the time and the price of imprisonment. Due to a measure passed Tuesday by Riverside County’s board of supervisors, county jail inmates deemed able will be forced to pay $142.42 per day during their stay in the clink. (more)

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ACLU Cites Abuses, Demands L.A. County Sheriff Step Down

The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates. (more)

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Cornel West Recalls the Attica Prison Rebellion

Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Riverside Church in New York City on Friday during an evening of remembrance for another sort of 9/11. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Hikers in Iran Sentenced to 8 Years

Iranian authorities have sentenced two American hikers to eight years in prison for espionage, according to an unnamed source on Iran state television. (more)

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 READ MORE



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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt.

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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Orders California to Lose as Many as 46,000 Prisoners

California’s overcrowded prisons have “fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements,” causing “needless suffering and death,” according to a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court. The state, which imposes draconian sentences on repeat offenders, must now find a way to reduce its prison population by at least 38,000 inmates.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Nothing but the Bible for These South Carolina Inmates, ACLU Says

A South Carolina jail is denying its inmates access to any reading material other than the Bible, the ACLU says, quoting an email from a jail staffer.

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Manning’s Treatment Assailed

“Ridiculous ... counterproductive ... stupid.” Those are the words chosen by U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley to describe the country’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaker being held in solitary confinement in a military jail.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now’: Matt Taibbi’s Still on Wall Street’s Case

Good thing for that, too, as the middle and lower classes are clearly still feeling the fallout from Wall Street bandits’ fraudulent scheming. Here, Taibbi names some names and tells Amy Goodman how the architects of our current economic catastrophe got away with their crime ... so far.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Vincent Yu

China Pre-Empts ‘Jasmine’ Protest

Jittery Chinese officials, mindful of the political upheaval in Egypt and elsewhere, moved quickly on Sunday, detaining more than 100 activists after a call went out on an overseas website for a “jasmine revolution” in the world’s most populous country. 

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rodridgo Abd

Guatemalan Ex-President Gets His Day in Court

Justice is coming to Guatemala, as former President Alfonso Portillo has gone on trial in Guatemala City, accused of embezzling a cool $15 million.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



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DeLay Gets Three-Year Jail Sentence

Despite drumming up support in the form of testimony from former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, onetime U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his legal team have failed to ward off a jail sentence ...

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE


Madoff
AP / Louis Lanzano

Billions More for Madoff Victims

The cash pot available to compensate victims of Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme has grown by $7.2 billion after a settlement was reached with the estate of a Palm Beach client of the Wall Street shyster.

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AP / Mark A. Stahl

Heroes for the Beaten, Foreclosed on, Imprisoned Masses

Staughton Lynd and his wife, Alice, also a lawyer, are soldiering on in the economic and social ruins of Youngstown, Ohio, where the only growth industry is locking people away.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Ex-Editor of Playboy Indonesia Jailed

The former editor of Playboy Indonesia has begun a two-year prison stint for publishing images of scantily clad women. Playboy Indonesia began circulation in 2006, but Islamic hard-liners found issue with the magazine’s ethos and started legal proceedings against its editor.

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AP / Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

L.A. Jails to Get Ray-Gun Technology

Los Angeles jails may become the new frontier for science-fiction weaponry after the Sheriff’s Department unveiled plans to use heat-beam ray guns in one county jail, zapping unruly inmates with a beam that “makes them feel as though they are burning.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Environmentalist Faces 3 Years for Hanging Banners

For the outrageous crime of hanging two banners in the Senate’s Hart Office Building, environmentalist Ted Glick could get up to three years in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office has asked for triple the normal maximum penalty, because Glick has made a habit of speaking his mind and, apparently, that’s just criminal. (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Former Chavez Amigo Jailed

A onetime comrade, and current critic, of Venezuelan jefe Hugo Chavez has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of abuse of power, misappropriation of funds and violation of the military code while an officer in the army.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Drug Kingpin Sentenced

The head of the Gulf Cartel, the leading drug cartel in northern Mexico and southern Texas, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after cooperating with the U.S. federal government and pleading guilty to five counts that included attempted murder and money laundering.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


Irish Abortion Law Is Targeted

Human rights organizations are on the offensive as groups mobilize pressure against Ireland’s ban on abortion, accusing the government of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and exposing women to undue risk by forcing them to travel abroad for abortions.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


Gay Marriage Prompts Arrest in Malawi

Two Malawian men could spend the next 14 years in jail after taking part in an unofficial marriage ceremony in the southeast African country. Under the guise of the law, the couple have been subjected to beatings, they say, as well as other indignities, such as the threat of a medical examination to determine whether they’ve had sex.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Chinese Activist Sentenced to 11 Years

In one of the most improper of Christmas presents, Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights activist, was sentenced to an unusually harsh 11 years in prison for charges of “subversion.” The decision was ostensibly made on Christmas Day to minimize international attention.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 READ MORE


Democracy Now
democracynow.org

Going to Jail for Health Care

Dissent is alive and well in Los Angeles, with actions like sit-ins against health insurance companies showing a growing disapproval of the sorry state of the health care debate. Some activists are choosing to stay in jail in protest of insurers’ denial-of-coverage policies and in support of universal health care.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE



City of Hardin

Private Prison Swindle Bleeds Desperate Towns Dry

TPMMuckraker investigates the sad story of Hardin, Mont., a town so desperate for jobs it fell for a private prison scheme that left it with a big empty jail and a load of debt. You know you’re in trouble when you have to beg the state to send you sex offenders.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


Peru
journalperu.com

Fujimori Is Found Guilty, Again

While serving time in a Peruvian clink, Ex-President Alberto Fujimori found time in his schedule to be convicted of corruption. The sentence handed down in his fourth and final trial on charges of illegal activity in office calls for extending his jail stay by six years.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Amy Sancetta

The Crooks Get Cash While the Poor Get Screwed

If you have defrauded banks and customers and investment firms of billions of dollars, as AIG or Citibank has, you get taxpayer money. If you are moral scum in America we take care of you. But if you are poor, if you are, say, Tearyan Brown of Trenton, N.J., you are in trouble.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
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Madoff’s Victims Speak Out

Some of them have only their homes, while others have no remaining assets and no means to earn income, but all of the former clients of Bernard Madoff (above) whose statements were made public by the government on Friday described in nightmarish terms their experiences since Madoff’s fraudulent investment empire crumbled.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
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Madoff Wants Out of Jail ... for Now

Citing such sketchy precedents as rulings in the cases of Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Bernard Madoff’s legal team filed an appeal at a New York federal court on Friday requesting that their client be released on bail until he is sentenced on June 16.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


Crimmigration?
pewhispanic.org

The Age of ‘Crimmigration’

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center reports that Latinos now constitute the largest single ethnic group in the U.S. federal prison system. The rising arrest and detention levels are driven largely by changes in immigration law that criminalize undocumented immigration, with nearly half of all Latino offenders jailed on immigration-related “crimes.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


Ashley Todd
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Faux Attack ‘Victim’ Ordered to Undergo Counseling

Ashley Todd, the 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer who admitted that she had made up her story about being mugged by a 6’ 4” black man who carved a “B” into her face on Oct. 22, has been released from jail under the condition that she undergo psychiatric treatment.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Send Rove to Jail

The ‘Send Karl Rove to Jail’ Campaign

The busy folks at Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films outfit have kicked off a Web-based campaign to send Karl Rove to the clinker for refusing to honor the subpoena sent by the House Judiciary Committee calling him to testify about his alleged involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Taser OC-Style
flickr.com / Willie Stark

‘Nonlethal’ Stun Gun Claims Another Life

In what seems to be an all too common occurrence across the U.S., an inmate has died in California after being shocked with a taser by sheriff’s deputies. Jason Jesus Gomez is the latest casualty at the hands of the infamous Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


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