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AP / California Department of Corrections

Cleaning Up California’s Cruel Prison System

Much as it did with the South regarding segregated schools and other public facilities in the Jim Crow days, the Supreme Court has ordered a recalcitrant California to obey the Constitution.

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE



Rob Shenk (CC-BY-SA)

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



Flickr / JTF Guantanamo

Another Suicide Reported at Guantanamo

A detainee accused of being an al-Qaida operative committed suicide in a Guantanamo Bay prison yard, U.S. officials say. His death brings the total number of Guantanamo “suicides” to six since the U.S. began sending foreign captives there in 2002. (more)

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


Immigrants for Sale

Brave New Films sent us this must-watch primer on the big business (to the tune of $5 billion annually) of immigrant imprisonment. Watch and connect the dots between shady right-wing lobbyists, state legislators and private dungeons.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / knowhimonline Some rights reserved

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.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



State Department

Dear Hillary Clinton, Our Human Rights Record Is ‘Deplorable’ Too

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells The Atlantic that China’s “deplorable human rights record” is “a fool’s errand” to “stop history.” That’s some tough talk from the global representative of a country that throws its enemies in an island gulag when it isn’t remotely executing them.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Three Strikes and Civil Rights

The racism within the police-court-prison system is one of America’s most neglected evils, as is the impact it has on the poor African-American and Latino communities that are home for so many released convicts.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



Truthdig / Peter Scheer

WikiLeaks Banker Fined by Swiss Court

A Swiss judge fined the former banker who gave confidential files to WikiLeaks roughly $6,250, but spared the whistle-blower a prison sentence. Rudolf Elmer was found guilty of violating Switzerland’s confidential banking laws, which have protected such people as tax-dodging Americans and the Nazis.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CC-BY-SA)

Illinois Is One Signature Away From Ending the Death Penalty

If Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, signs off on the legislation, Illinois will become the 16th state to eliminate the death penalty. The state has not executed anyone since 1999, after it was discovered that innocent convicts had been put to death.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Ludovic Bertron (CC-BY)

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP

WikiLeaks Suspect’s Health Declining

Pvt. Bradley Manning, who has been held in solitary confinement since June on suspicion of leaking documents to the WikiLeaks site, is reportedly ailing, according to his lawyer, with his health declining for the last four months.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karel Prinsloo

Assange Ordered Out of Jail on Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given a bit of a break on Tuesday when a British judge ordered that he be released from jail for the small bail fee of $310,000. However, this small measure of freedom comes with a few strings—and an electronic monitor—attached.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

Liu’s Peace Prize Goes to an Empty Chair

Liu Xiaobo’s empty chair spoke volumes at Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The Chinese dissident is serving out an 11-year prison term in his homeland, and no family members were permitted to travel to accept his award—the first peace laureate not formally represented in 75 years.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Marc Israel Sellem

Israel Moves to Corral Illegal Entrants

Amid rhetoric that could be coming straight out of Arizona, the Israeli Cabinet has voted to build a facility in the desert to hold detained illegal migrants, who arrive mostly from Africa.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


SB 1070 sign
Flickr / Arasmus Photo

Prison-Industrial Complex Helped Write and Pass SB 1070

An investigation by National Public Radio has found that prison companies that were set to make significant gains from the criminalization of immigrants helped write and pass Arizona’s controversial law SB 1070.

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Stevens v. Scalia

Now that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens no longer has to see his former colleague Justice Antonin Scalia in the lunchroom every day, he’s free to tell tales out of the top court, which he did earlier this month in a speech criticizing Scalia’s handling of a case from 1991.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE



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



Flickr / hobvias sudoneighm (CC-BY)

Glenn Greenwald Is on Collapsing Empire Watch

As the Salon scribe points out, it can be “quite difficult to really internalize” America’s superpower implosion, but the numbers don’t lie. Our life expectancy ranking is dropping like a rock, while we’re getting better and better at imprisoning, executing and selling guns to people. USA! USA!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


Onion report

Prison Economy Spirals as Cigarette Prices Spike

A small note of warning to our readers about the content of this video: It is definitely, as they say, NSFW. It’s a bit rude. But it’s also, like many things that come from the Onion News Network, good for a laugh. Happy Monday!

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dima Gavrysh

Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn

By the end of Howard Zinn’s 423-page FBI file one walks away with a profound respect for the historian and a deep distaste for the buffoonish goons in the FBI who followed and monitored him.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE


Yemeni Militants Kill 11, Free Prisoners

A group of heavily armed militants in military uniforms stormed a Yemeni intelligence headquarters Saturday, killing 11 and reportedly freeing several prisoners. The gunmen were suspected to be local al-Qaida members.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Laura Rauch

Profiting From Immigration Injustice

Business is booming in Arizona, thanks to a disturbing federal immigration program that transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to a private prison company, parasitic attorneys and other opportunists.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ahn Young-joon

Missionary Release

Robert Park, a 28-year-old Korean-American missionary and human rights activist, was arrested on Christmas Day after entering North Korea. Now the country’s state-controlled media is reporting that Park will be released.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


MLK and Malcolm X
AP / Henry Griffin

Turning King’s Dream Into a Nightmare

Martin Luther King Day has become a yearly ritual to turn a black radical into a red-white-and-blue icon. It has become a day to celebrate ourselves for “overcoming” racism and “fulfilling” King’s dream. It is a day filled with old sound bites about little black children and little white children that, given the state of America, would enrage King.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE


Guantanamo
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

Guantánamo Bay Prisoner Transfer Delayed

President Barack Obama made waves just after taking office when he announced his administration’s intent to close the infamous Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba by Jan. 22, 2010, but it looks as if he’s going to miss that deadline. Obama and his sidekicks in the federal Bureau of Prisons had been looking to ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


Thomson
AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Will This Prison Become ‘Gitmo North’?

The Obama administration may have hit upon a potential answer, if not a solution, to the still-pressing problem of what to do with Guantanamo Bay detainees once the Cuban prison is shuttered. According to The Washington Post, the government has picked the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois as a destination for “dozens of terrorism suspects”—but it’s not clear whether they’ll be prosecuted prior to their move.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Gitmo Prisoners’ New Digs?

A deal is being brokered that would probably make a state prison in rural Illinois the new home of detainees now held at the prison in Guantanamo Bay. Republicans have voiced outrage at the prospect of bringing the detainees Stateside, citing security threats.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE



flickr.com / babaghan

Spam ‘Godfather’ Sentenced

Encompassing an estimated 78 percent of e-mail, spam remains the bane of many Internet users. The man who has declared himself spam’s godfather, Alan Ralsky, has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in an e-mail stock scam.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE


R.E.M.
remhq.com

R.E.M. and Their Musical Friends Push to Shut Down Guantanamo Bay

The veteran alt-rockers of R.E.M. are joining forces with other musical acts such as Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Roseanne Cash in a bid to close Guantanamo Bay. Their group effort, the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, sprung in part from their joint outrage about their music reportedly being blared at high volumes to upset prisoners held at the detention center in Cuba.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ThisParticularGreg

A Cruel and Unusual Waste of Money

Executing people is expensive. A new report by the Death Penalty Information Center says California is spending more than 10 times as much on capital punishment—$137 million a year—as it would on an alternative life-without-parole system. New York and New Jersey repealed ...

Posted on Oct 21, 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


Al-Zeidi

Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journo to Be Released From Jail

Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s simple but powerful gesture of lobbing his shoes at then-President George W. Bush brought him international notoriety, praise, scorn and nine months in prison. Now it looks like the Iraqi journalist is nearing the end of his jail time.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


William Jefferson
Wikimedia Commons / house.gov

From the Freezer to the Cooler

Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, who memorably repurposed his freezer to accommodate an illicit stash of $90,000 in cash, was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday and could be looking at 20 years in the slammer.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


Kim Jong Il and Clinton
AP / Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service

Bill Clinton Reportedly Wins Freedom for 2 U.S. Journalists in N. Korea

Although his wife is usually the one making headlines about international relations these days, former President Bill Clinton put on his diplomat’s hat Tuesday, visiting North Korea in an attempt to negotiate the release of two American journalists jailed there. Updated

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Rennet Stowe

Guantanamo 2

President Obama has ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by January 2010. To meet that deadline, the administration may push for a new detention facility on U.S. soil. Such a compound, sources tell AP, would include space for the indefinite detention of prisoners deemed too dangerous to face trial.

Posted on Aug 3, 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


Welcome to the Next 150 Years

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Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Khampha Bouaphanh

America’s ICE Backwards Approach to Immigration

While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that has grown to more than 200,000 cases, thousands of new border agents have been hired and the number of government attorneys who argue for deportation has increased by 35 percent, pushing more cases onto an already overburdened system.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE


Drugs
welt.de

Drugs Are Sick

U.N. drug chief Antonio Maria Costa believes drug use should be treated as an illness and not criminalized. Costa says international law enforcement should shift focus to traffickers rather than users, an intriguing (look at the U.S. prison population) but problematic (look at Mexico’s drug war death toll) strategy.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
thebeatwithin.org

Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest. “If you want to stop crime—very simple. You look at a bunch of 5-year-old kids in the ghetto. Ask yourself: ‘Do I want them to be criminals or not in 10 years? What’s that going to do to the value of my home?’ ”

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
thebeatwithin.org

Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


Saberi
a.abcnews.com

Saberi’s Side of the Story

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi just got back to the States following six years in Iran, the last four of which she spent in prison under an allegation of spying—a charge she initially confessed to but later recanted. Saberi recounted her story on Thursday’s edition of “All Things Considered” on NPR, one of the outlets for which she reported while in Iran.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


book cover

Eve Pell on America’s Culture of Punishment

“Cruel and Unusual” by Anne-Marie Cusac reveals a startling reality: Since 1973, America’s imprisonment rate has jumped more than five times and is now the highest in the world. Why?

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE


book cover

Norman Birnbaum on Susan Sontag

The publication of Sontag’s early diaries provides a revelatory look at the self-inventions of the late writer.

Posted on Mar 6, 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


Jailing Kids for Cash

As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE


Mugabs and Tsvans
telegraph.co.uk

Tsvangirai to World: ‘Get Over’ Mugabe

Much like an unsympathetic friend counseling you after a breakup, recently installed Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is calling on the world to “get over” the wrongs of President Robert Mugabe.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE



abc.go.com

Protecting the Homeland From Homeland Security

As previously reported on Truthdig, there’s a lot going on in Homeland Security that doesn’t make it onto the reality show of the same name. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s G.W. Schulz continues to dig into the department’s unsavory bits, including an immigration officer who was arrested for allegedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl in Rio while there on official business.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Obama signs order

Obama Signs Order to Close Guantanamo

Making good on his pre-inaugural pledge, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year—and that was just one of three orders he inked Thursday, signaling a significant break from Bush-era “war on terror” policies.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


Should the Torturers Go on Trial?

The impending end of the Bush administration and the inauguration of Barack Obama pose the enormous and explosive question of what to do about those responsible for what are regarded by a significant part of the world as war crimes.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


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