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Chris Hedges and Eugene Jarecki: The Failed War on Drugs

Chris Hedges, who has written much about prison and also teaches in one, speaks with Eugene Jarecki about his amazing film, “The House I Live In,” the failed war on drugs and the life of human beings behind bars.

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After 24 Years in Prison, an Innocent Man Goes Free

Jonathan Fleming was sentenced to life in prison even though authorities knew he was in another state at the time of the murder. After 24 years, he has been released.

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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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Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life.

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44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

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Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

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Pussy Rioters Arrested Yet Again, This Time in Sochi Before Planned Protest Performance

Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, among a dozen others, were detained Tuesday in the locale of the 2014 Winter Olympics for their alleged involvement in a theft at the Hotel Adler.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



Race Inequality in America by Graph, From Crime Sentencing to Income

Most death sentences are handed out for killing white people, even though African-Americans make up 50 percent of murder victims (they are only 12 percent of the population).

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE


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


Lynne Stewart Tells Chris Hedges ‘Every Little Bit Heals’

The recently freed civil rights attorney sits down with the Truthdig columnist to discuss prison, freedom and the issues raised by her detention.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

Because of the racial disparities in our penal system, African-American and Latino men are vastly disproportionately denied the right to vote.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Lynne Stewart

Early in the Bush administration, six months after the attacks of Sept. 11, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced he would prosecute attorney Lynne Stewart on the grounds that she had materially aided a terrorist organization.

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Pussy Riot Breaks With Liberated Duo

This may be a case of overstatement, but six members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot have let it be known that Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two band members recently released from Russian prison, are no longer part of their collective.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Ohio Prisoner Experiences ‘Air Hunger’ While Being Put to Death, Attorney Contends

Condemned inmate Dennis McGuire had to undergo “air hunger” before being put to death Thursday, his family and attorney allege.

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Why 15-Year-Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for a Crime in Which No One Was Hurt

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as one of his last acts in office, reduced the sentence of a 23-year-old African-American inmate named Travion Blount to 40 years in prison, making him eligible for release at age 55.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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William Stuntz: Crime and Punishment and the Fight Against Racial Injustice

William Stuntz was a socially conservative evangelical Christian whose fight for race allied him across all political systems.

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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

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Why Has It Taken the Justice Department 10 Years to Act on Rape in Juvenile Hall?

Last week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Posted on Jan 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.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

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Idaho to Take Over Privately Run Prison

Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter announced Friday that the state’s corrections department would assume operation of the largest privately run prison there after more than a decade of mismanagement and other problems.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE


New Year Brings New Obamacare Benefits

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The best parts of the ACA finally kick in. Lynne Stewart is free—is Edward Snowden next? And why The Advocate made the pope person of the year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE


New Year Brings New Obamacare Benefits

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The best parts of the ACA finally kick in. Lynne Stewart is free—is Edward Snowden next? And why The Advocate made the pope person of the year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE


Emotional Video Shows Lynne Stewart Returning Home

Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart, who was sentenced to prison for 10 years, has been compassionately released because of terminal breast cancer. She was greeted on her arrival home by a throng.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE


Should Employers Be Allowed to Discriminate Based on Criminal Records?

If we want individuals to form part of society after they’ve been released from prison, the question on job applications about convictions should be prohibited, some people believe. In certain places, the process of “banning the box” has already begun.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Food Behind Bars Isn’t Fit for Your Dog

Privatization has led to hunger and food poisoning among inmates in jails and prisons. Corporations such as Aramark, which gets away with serving skimpy or disgusting meals, have turned mass incarceration and misery into a lucrative business.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Play’s the Thing

Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song. And now it is my job to make that song heard.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Herman Wallace, Free At Last

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

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE


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.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on May 12, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE


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