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Pentagon Releases Almost 200 Photos of Bush-Era Military Abuse

After a decade-long legal battle, the Department of Defense releases 198 photos of detainee abuse at two dozen U.S. military sites across Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



An Assault on Justice

About a year ago, I finished a 23-month stay in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I couldn’t believe some of the things I saw there.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



‘An Affront to Our Humanity’: Obama Bans Solitary for Children

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the president outlined new measures to curb the use of isolation in federal prisons.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s Put Prison Sentences on Probation

Judges share the blame for America’s burgeoning imprisoned population. They seem to have missed the movement against mass incarceration.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Incarcerated Population, Bigger Than Any Other Nation’s, Grew Even More Last Year

The Intercept reports that the federal government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that “about 1 in 36 adults in the United States was under some form of correctional supervision at yearend 2014.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The 2015 SCOTUS Awards: A Look Back at the Highs, Lows and Yearly Shenanigans of the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia earned his stripes as the court’s loosest cannon for his remarks on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, while Justice Clarence Thomas was honored for making it through his ninth year without asking a single question during oral arguments.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Shows No Signs of Giving Up on a Political Revolution

The presidential candidate is continuing to prove he’s taking his role as an insurgent seriously; a writer ponders whether there is a difference between Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal; meanwhile, some people are in jail based on inaccurate crime lab results—a problem that is getting worse. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Exploiting Prison Labor

Watch Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ rousing speech on the effects of police violence and mass incarceration on families. Hedges spoke at Saturday’s Rise Up October rally in New York.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team and Its Supporters

Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1995, Eastern New York Correctional Facility has had one of the few U.S. programs granting college degrees to prisoners. Recently, it produced an underdog story that made headlines.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Prominence and Plight of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Girls, many of whom have suffered a range of traumas at home, make up a growing share of children arrested and detained across the country.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Dares Politicians to Actually Do Something About Mental Health

“If we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control,” comedian John Oliver said angrily on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” “then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan.”

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE



Is Oklahoma About to Murder an Innocent Man?

On Wednesday, Richard Glossip will face execution by the state of Oklahoma despite mounting evidence pointing to his innocence.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



Richard Glossip Execution Halted by Oklahoma Court

An Oklahoma appeals court has granted a reprieve for death row inmate Richard Glossip just hours before his scheduled execution. As Truthdig’s Bill Blum recently explained, “His case is the kind that should keep people of good conscience awake at night.”

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Eddie Conway and Ojore Lutalo on the Dehumanization of American Prisoners

“I think their goal was to dehumanize every prisoner because if you have a dehumanized prisoner, you can control him and the environment,” former Black Panther Conway says.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



Young Black Man Jailed Since April for Alleged $5 Theft Is Found Dead in Cell

A young black man who reportedly had mental health problems was found dead in jail in Portsmouth, Va., after spending almost four months behind bars without bail on suspicion of stealing groceries worth $5.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 READ MORE



Israel Passes Law Allowing Force-Feeding of Prisoners on Hunger Strikes

Palestinians held in Israeli jails have used hunger strikes as a method of nonviolent resistance to protest the policy of detention without charge or trial.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Federal Judge Reveals the Shocking Truth About Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Alex Kozinski, a Reagan-appointed California judge, explains why Americans need to open their eyes and realize that the U.S. justice system is far from just.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Are a Relic of Reagan-Era Drug Paranoia

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the compelling case for not only getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses, but for passing legislation that would allow existing prisoners to apply to have their sentences reduced retroactively.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



An Oklahoma Man Awaits a ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Richard Glossip can be executed in September, despite the strong evidence of his innocence and the intense pain that Oklahoma’s injection cocktail is known to cause.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



How Whole Foods Exploits Prison Labor

It has been revealed that in addition to allegedly overcharging and mislabeling its products, the company is using prison labor at a base pay of just 60 cents per day.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch the Moment of ‘El Chapo’s’ Prison Break

Footage has surfaced of the moment Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug lord known as “El Chapo,” escaped from his cell in Mexico’s Altiplano prison.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, fresh off the news of a successful nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama turned his attention to another fraught issue, this one on the domestic front.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Reduces Sentences of 46 Prisoners in Largest Clemency Grant Since the 1960s

President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, most of whom were serving sentences of at least 20 years.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



We Are All Greeks Now

What is happening in Greece in the name of austerity has already happened to the poor and the working class in the United States. If the global financial elites continue in power, the misery of the Greeks will become our own.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Teaching in Prison and Learning ‘What It Means to Resist’

In this clip from his June 7 talk in Los Angeles, Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges tells the very personal story of how teaching a class in a maximum security prison gave him deeper insights into what it means to stand up against injustice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Columbia Becomes the First Major University to Divest From For-Profit Prison Companies

Though it’s questionable why Columbia University decided to buy more than 230,000 shares of the biggest private prison company in the U.S. in the first place, on Monday it announced it not only gave up those shares but that it will no longer invest in such businesses.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Across the Nation, States Charge Inmates for Prison Costs

The fees incurred aren’t just for the major expenses, but also for clothing, blankets, toilet paper and towels. One study found that many former inmates ended up dealing with collections agencies or even back in lockup for failure to pay the debts.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies

Private corporations have crafted a business model based on the imprisonment of families seeking asylum. Is that the real reason the U.S. has reverted to an inhumane policy?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Khalida Jarrar

The lawmaker, feminist and human rights activist was recently seized by Israeli forces for her leading role in Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons

The companies that cruelly exploit prisoners will get the message only if it is delivered in the form of a sustained, nationwide economic action.

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 READ MORE



Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



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Oregon’s Disgraced Governor Could Save 34 Lives on His Way Out

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is resigning from office amid scandal, has an opportunity to put a positive spin (for some) on his exit.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Your Home Is Your Prison

On January 27th, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida’s Duval County jail—but she won’t be free.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Prison State of America

The incarcerated poor have become the nation’s most exploited workers. They are the prototype drones for the corporate totalitarian state.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Alcatraz: A Prison as Disneyland

The Alcatraz tourism site is the equivalent of using one of Stalin’s gulags as a prison-themed amusement park. It is a vehicle for peddling delusional myths about mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



Locking Kids Up, Letting Them Down

At-risk youth in the United States are being locked up without a key.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



On the Run

The result of six years of intensive fieldwork, “On the Run” examines the precarious lives of men who are in and out of prison, and the devastating effects on already impoverished urban communities.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE


Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s murder and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE


Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s beheading and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Justice Department Says Rikers Island Jailers Routinely Abused Teen Inmates

An extensive report by the Justice Department has found that New York’s primary jail is an absolute hell for underage inmates.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



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What ‘War on Whites’?

If there really were a “war on whites,” as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn’t be going very well for the anti-white side.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Federal Judge Throws Out California’s Death Penalty

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, an appointee of George W. Bush, ruled Wednesday that the state’s capital punishment system is unconstitutional because long delays create uncertainty.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gunplay, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gun play, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


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