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Iceland Sends Four Bank Bosses to the Slammer

The onetime CEO of Iceland’s Kaupthing Bank, one Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, is going to jail for five and a half years for his part in his firm’s downfall—which also helped his country’s economy bottom out in 2008. He’ll be in good company.

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AP/Seth Wenig

Feeding the Flame of Revolt

“Hactivist” Jeremy Hammond speaks out for his principles as a harsh sentence is imposed on him. His case exposes the deep fear the state now has of its own citizenry.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Hammond

In a statement made Friday just before he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for hacktivism, Jeremy Hammond confirmed his role as a living martyr for the human cause.

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Report Documents Abuse of Juveniles in Private Prisons

With some 40 percent of incarcerated youth held in private facilities, a Huffington Post investigation reveals abuse, neglect and other horrors visited upon American children in the name of profit.

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Herman Wallace, Free At Last

After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.

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Medical Records Reach the Age of the Computer

At last, patient documents are becoming paperless; the European Union and Israel are in the middle of a dispute over soldiers sent to stop diplomats from giving aid to Palestinians; meanwhile, Canada could give the U.S. a few tips on how to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Force-Feeding Is Not Just for Guantanamo

In response to the prison hunger strike that’s spread throughout California since the beginning of July, a federal judge ruled Monday that officials could force-feed the inmates. After seven grueling weeks, there are still 69 prisoners who are refusing to eat the facilities’ meals.

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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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The Business of Mass Incarceration

The poor, stripped of legal protection, have become fodder for a system of mass incarceration that serves corporate greed rather than justice. Debbie Bourne, a mother of two, is to the prison-industrial complex not a person but a commodity.

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AP/Craig Ruttle

Truthdigger of the Week: Shane Bauer

Prisoners are among the “least of us” in America. After spending two years learning what they go through, investigative reporter Shane Bauer is raising his voice in their defense.

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Journalist Shane Bauer on Inhumane Prisons From California to Iran

More than 12,000 prisoners in California have endured five days of hunger striking to end harsh punishment, redefine gang activity, improve food quality, increase access to health care and education services, and bring an end to solitary confinement, which they call “indefinite state-sanctioned torture.”

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AP/Rich Pedroncelli, File

30,000 California Inmates Begin Hunger Strike Protest

An estimated 30,000 prisoners in California began refusing meals Monday in what may be the largest incarceration strike in history.

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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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AP/Pat Sullivan

Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s Prison Sentence Reduced

As the former CEO of Enron, Skilling played a major role in what’s been called “one of the biggest corporate scandals ever.” But because of a deal reached with federal prosecutors Friday, he’ll get out of prison 10 years early.

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AP/Seth Wenig

Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Hammond

Had activism merely been a way of getting kicks, Jeremy Hammond would not have risked spending years in jail for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor.

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Our National Symbol

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Guantanamo Rubik

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AP/Danny Johnston, File

Murder Is Our National Sport

The decision to execute William Van Poyck, who in his writings from death row has chronicled our penal system’s depravity, is one more footnote to our perverted belief in the regeneration of society through violence.

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AP/Stephen Chernin

The Persecution of Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart, who as an attorney spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, is suffering from stage 4 cancer in a Texas prison. Her crime was to steadfastly fight for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Shame of America’s Gulag

U.S. prisons are the engines of a system of neo-slavery in which corporations feed on the bodies of people of color. Reform is unlikely in the face of enormous profits.

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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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Kiriakou Defenders Hope to Get Whistle-Blower’s Prison Sentence Commuted

John Kiriakou was charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, allegedly disclosing classified information to members of the news media after speaking out against waterboarding in 2007. He pleaded guilty in October as part of an agreement that would sentence him to 30 months in prison.

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The Unsilenced Voice of a ‘Long-Distance Revolutionary’

Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic revolutionaries, continues his fight for social justice after three decades in prison.

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Prison and Poverty for All: The Future We Live In

A new documentary about prison and the drug war makes the science fiction dystopias of “Looper” and “Dredd 3D” feel disturbingly plausible.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Steve Miller

What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us

A disturbing pattern of gross infringements on basic civil liberties, put in place in the name of national security, has poisoned our legal system.

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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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Go to Prison in Sane, Humane Norway

If you’re going to commit a jailable offense, do it in Norway, where officials at the high-security Halden prison believe that providing inmates with a “light and positive” environment will make them better people when they re-enter society.

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Californians Will Decide in November Whether to Abolish the Death Penalty

Californians headed to the polls to elect our next president will have another big decision to make: Should the state abolish capital punishment and commute all death sentences to life in prison?

Posted on Apr 23, 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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AP/Mel Evans

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.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Independent Thinkers Are Repugnant to Religious Zealots and Rick Santorum

There is nothing more feared by right-wing fundamentalists than people who can think critically and reflectively and are willing to invest in reason and freedom.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Fernando Antonio

Prison Fire Kills More Than 300 in Honduras

One inmate’s reported death wish led to the immolation of more than 300 people at a Honduran prison after the apparent instigator set fire to his mattress on Wednesday in the town of Comayagua, where some 356 others were still missing after the blaze, according to The Associated Press.

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AP / Brennan Linsley

A Decade of Guantanamo

The indefinite detention center that has undermined American justice since the first prisoners arrived from Afghanistan 10 years ago Wednesday is still open for business in Cuba. (more)

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE


Freed Egyptian Activist Speaks Out

“Democracy Now!” hears from Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian activist and blogger just released after 56 days in one of the country’s worst prisons on charges of inciting violence against the military. Fattah, who denies the charges, is optimistic about the revolution “completely renegotiating the order of power in Egypt and across the Arab world.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE



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The Gitmo Price Tag

The Obama administration puts the cost of holding each of Guantanamo’s 171 prisoners at about $800,000 per year, or a total of $136 million taken from taxpayers’ pockets annually. That’s more than 30 times what it costs to keep an individual captive on U.S. soil. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



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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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Dispatches From Cairo: Torture in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Essam Atta died Thursday at Qasr El-Eini hospital in Cairo after prison guards allegedly tortured him by sodomization.

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Incarceration—It’s Catching

Is the massive surge of imprisonment a contagious disease? Does the answer lie in the structure of our democracy? Two new books suggest so.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Prisons to Provide Treatment for Transgender Inmates

Federal prisons must now provide “current, accepted standards of care” for transgender inmates. “Care” could mean therapy, hormones and possibly even gender reassignment surgery. The change in policy was outlined in a May memo sent by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to 116 federal facilities. (more)

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hints at Prisoner Swap for 2 Hikers

After speculation that Iran might allow two imprisoned American hikers to return home in exchange for a steep bail, Iran’s foreign minister hinted Saturday that the timetable for their release could depend on the willingness of the U.S. to release Iranian prisoners. (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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Activist Spells Out Our Great Shame

Gus Speth, environmental lawyer, former Clinton adviser and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute, who was arrested Sunday at the White House while protesting a proposed oil pipeline, has some bad news for American optimists. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 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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Criminal Justice: ‘Normalizing’ Exploitation

After Georgia’s new immigration law chased away many of its farm laborers, the state launched a dubious plan to fill the void with probationers, who lack the experience needed to do harvesting work, especially in the current heat wave. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ng Han Guan

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Is Sprung From Jail

It took two months and not-so-subtle protests from within and beyond the art world, but on Wednesday the Chinese government freed 54-year-old artist Ai Weiwei from prison, hinting at tax issues and not artistic dissent as the reason behind his stint in lockup.

Posted on Jun 22, 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.

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