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Vickroy: Just try to find help for mentally ill child - Joliet Herald News

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Vickroy: Just try to find help for mentally ill childJoliet Herald NewsLauzen-Collins, whose expertise is in social and health psychology, not clinical, said, “I didn't know what the psychiatric world had in store for him.” Still, she did what so...
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Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee

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In a high-stakes bid to wrest control of California's prison system from federal oversight, opposing lawyers for the state and for 33,000 inmates sparred Wednesday over whether the state violated legal ethics by interviewing mentally ill prisoners...
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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.


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The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.

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Gov. Brown: Sign SB 227 -We need transparency in officer-involved shootings

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Be careful what you wish for.  While Grand Juries are secret, the prosecutor has broad powers to subpoena and "force" testimony.  Open court does not have the same powers.

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They are stealing your organs. No Seriously!! - YouTube

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Private Prison Lobbyists Are Raising Cash for Hillary Clinton

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Lobbyists for two major prison companies, whose fortunes could turn if there are fewer people to lock up in the future, are serving as top fundraisers for Hillary Clinton.
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Obama's sister: 'My brother has carried our name' - CNNPolitics.com

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Auma Obama is fiercely protective of her half-brother -- the President of the United States.
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Conoce el cuero 'hecho con hojas de piña'

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¿Si pudiéramos conseguir un material duradero y hermoso como el cuero, pero sin sacrificar animales?
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¿ If we could get a lasting and beautiful materials like leather, but without sacrificing animals?

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Rise of the Warrior Cop — Ignore This Book at Your Own Peril | Declare War on Police Brutality

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Israel Approves 20 Year Prison Terms For Stone Throwers | World Truth.TV

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The Israeli Knesset has overwhelmingly passed a new law that radically toughens punishments for people who throw stones – a tactic that is predominantly used by Palestinian protesters. Sixty-nine deputies voted for the bill, which was approved in the second and third reading, following hours of heated debate on Monday night, with 17 parliamentarians opposing it, the majority of whom were Muslim. “Tolerance toward terrorists ends today. A stone-thrower is a terrorist and only a fitting punishment can serve as a deterrent and just punishment,” said the architect of the new legislation, Israel's Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is a member of the ultra-Zionist and religious Jewish Home party.   Ayelet Shaked The law prescribes a sentence of 10 years if prosecutors are unable to prove harmful intent from the stone thrower, and 20 years, if it is clear that the attacker desired to cause bodily harm. Additionally, jail terms of up to five years will be handed down to those who
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​Call for the Chinese Authorities to Abide by the Law and Observe Due Process and Call for the International Community to Continue its Concern on the Deployment against Lawyers and Citizens in Chin...

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China Human Rights Lawyers Concern GroupChina Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG) is a non-profit organisation based in
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WorkComp BRAIN INJURY Self-Procured Care, Hotel Vouchers, Mediation, Status and Updates

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Cop Goes Undercover in a Wheelchair to Catch Criminals, But the Plan Backfires in the Best Way

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This cop went undercover to seek out the vilest of criminals, but he found something far greater than anyone expected.
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Radiation found in Greene County stream near water supply

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Action News Investigates has learned high levels of radiation -- up to 60 times higher than the maximum allowed in drinking water -- have been found in a stream that feeds into a water treatment plant.
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Obama Is Reinstating Pell Grants for Prisoners

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But will politics eventually trump cost and data?
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The Obama administration is set to announce on Friday that it will reinstate Pell grants to a limited number of prisoners seeking college degrees. It would be the first time that those behind bars could have access to Pell grants since Congress expressly excluded prisoners from the program in 1994.

Established in 1972 as the Basic Educational Opportunity Grants, the Pell program provides modest grants to college students according to financial need. (For the upcoming year, the maximum grant is $5,775; the average grant in 2012-2013, the last year for which numbers are available, was $3,579.)

Prisoners were part of the program from its inception. “Diplomas are crime stoppers,” said Senator Claiborne Pell — the Pell program’s champion and namesake — on the Senate floor in 1994. “It costs much less to educate a prisoner than it does to keep one behind bars.” Pell was speaking in response to the crime bill then under consideration in Congress; it ultimately cut prisoners from the Pell program.

Studies have found a wide variety of benefits to post-secondary education in prison, including fewer disciplinary infractions, higher rates of post-release employment, and improved self-image. In one notable study, a sociologist argued that college’s positive benefits stem from reduced “prisonization” — the classroom makes inmates feel less like inmates and more like everyday people.

This was the experience of Vincent Greco, who used Pell grants to help pay for his bachelor’s degree from Coppin College (now Coppin State University) while he was serving a life sentence in Maryland for a 1981 murder. “It gave you the intellectual freedom to evaluate the emotional and other things that were going on that led to what I did,” Greco told the Marshall Project. “It really gave a sense of self-worth, that you’re able to obtain a college degree.”

Researchers have focused largely on the effect of college on recidivism and its ancillary outcome, cost savings. It seems pretty clear that a college education for prisoners results in a win on both counts, though these outcomes are trickier to pin down than one might think.

Advocates point to two seminal studies: the 2001 Three State Recidivism Study and a 2014 RAND Corporation Study.

Conducted by the Department of Education, the Three State Recidivism Study looked at the impact of correctional education on recidivism, post-release employment, and other factors in Maryland, Minnesota, and Ohio in 1997 and 1998. The results were dramatic: those who had participated in education programs were 29 percent less likely to return to prison within three years than those who hadn’t. They were also significantly less likely to be re-arrested and re-convicted. Wages among those who had had a prison education were also higher than among those who had not.

More recently, RAND did a meta-analysis of dozens of smaller studies of local correctional education programs over the last 30 years. It found that prisoners who had taken classes in prison had a 13 percent lower rate of re-incarceration than those who had not. They also-found higher rates of post-release employment among those who had participated in education in prison. These outcomes resulted in major cost savings to the state, the authors concluded: for every dollar spent on correctional education, the state got $5 back in reduced spending on corrections.

(It should be noted that neither study was limited to college; they both included vocational classes, GED programs, and other types of education.)

The major limitation of studies like these is selection bias: to what degree do the findings reflect the fact that inmates who enroll in prison education programs do so because they already have the motivation to turn their lives around? Both studies aimed to control for this in various ways, but the only way to know for sure is to randomly assign inmates to receive education, or not — a study design that would be unethical.

“The students sell this to their fellow prisoners: ‘You are capable of going to college.’ No one’s ever told them that before,” says Joshua Miller, Executive Director of the JCI Scholars program, which sends Baltimore-area professors into the Jessup Correctional Institute to teach classes. JCI Scholars professors volunteer their time, and the classes are not for credit. “They keep on showing up, even though they get nothing for it,” he says of both teachers and students. “If you’re used to teaching classes where the students would rather be sleeping off their hangovers, these guys are desperate to sit in the room and talk with you about big ideas.” Miller hopes that with Pell funding, the program could recruit more professors and offer some credit-bearing classes.

In the years since Pell grants were eliminated, participation in correctional college programs has been limited. The biggest and most noteworthy programs, like the Bard Prison Initiativein New York or the Goucher Prison Education Partnership in Maryland (where Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to make their Friday announcement), are privately funded. Since 1998, federal funding has been available for “youthful offenders” (those 25 and younger). The rest of the programs are a patchwork of state funding and inmates paying out of pocket.

One of these is Jackie McKubbin, who had an eighth-grade education when he entered federal prison to serve a life sentence for selling crack. But he hoped one day that he would get out, and decided that if he did, “I don’t want to return back to the things I used to do. I want to educate myself. I want to be employable,” he says. After completing his GED, he signed up for a 16-credit correspondence course in business management through Ashworth College in Norcross, Ga.. McKubbin’s wife, a personal care assistant for an elderly woman, was already struggling to make ends meet, but she worked out a payment plan: It took three years to pay the $3,000 for the course. McKubbin’s sentence was reduced in 2007 as a result of a change in federal sentencing guidelines; his new release date is 2021. If Congress reinstates Pell grants he hopes to earn a degree in business administration so he can start a small business when he gets home.

A GAO report prepared in 1994, when Congress was considering the crime bill, concluded that less than 1 percent of Pell recipients were incarcerated, and their grants accounted for only 6 cents out of every 10 Pell program dollars. “It would have a negligible impact on the program and the cost of the program,” says Donald Heller, Dean of the Michigan State University College of Education. Pell grants are an entitlement, which means that any student at a qualifying college program who meets the threshold for financial need is entitled to the money. This means it’s not “zero sum”—additional participants would not limit the number of students who qualify, nor lower their grant amount. “The reality is that it’s going to become a political issue rather than a fiscal issue,” Heller said.

The politics can be searing. In February of last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced a plan to make associate- and bachelor-degree programs available in 10 state prisons. “Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more,” he said. Almost immediately, Republicans in Albany pounced, launching a “Hell No to Attica University” petition; three of New York’s Representatives in Washington introduced the Kids Before Cons Act, which would have prohibited federal money from funding college programs in prison. “The whole notion of rewarding bad behavior is completely backwards,” said State Senator George Maziarz. “It is simply beyond belief to give criminals a competitive edge in the job market over law-abiding New Yorkers who forgo college because of the high cost.” Just six weeks after his announcement, Cuomo retreated, acknowledging the program was too politically controversial.

Under the Obama administration initiative, the Education Department will put out a call for proposals from colleges and universities seeking funding to provide correctional education; though it would be up to Congress to fully reinstate the program, the Higher Education Act gives the president the authority to create pilot programs.

Secretary Duncan hinted at the coming announcement during an unrelated speech Monday at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County. Education Department officials, speaking on background, confirmed the plan and say Duncan will release more details Friday — including how many pilot sites the program will fund.

Reaction from hard-liners in Congress was swift. Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, on Wednesday introduced a bill “to prohibit the awarding of Federal Pell Grants to incarcerated individuals, and for other purposes.” (Collins was also a co-sponsor of last year’s “Kids Before Cons” Act.)

In May, Maryland House Democrat Donna Edwardsintroduced the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act. A spokesman for Edwards says the Congresswoman hopes Obama’s action might provide some momentum for the bill — but its co-sponsors are all Democrats and currently has no sponsor in the Senate.

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Texas Cops Brutally Beat Teen Girl On the Side of the Road

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It seems the news of police corruption and abuse coming out of Texas has been nonstop lately. Now, there is a new video that records Houston, Texas officers
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California Judicial Council Blamed for Court Corruption Epidemic

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San Francisco: A string of court corruption scandals in California - including a ticket fixing scheme uncovered by the FBI in Orange County and an alleged racketeering organization in Sacramento Count...
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Bernie Sanders: 'Our Criminal Justice System Is Out Of Control' (VIDEO)

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Bernie Sanders tells MSNBC's Ed Schultz that what happened to Sandra Bland 'happens all over this country, and it especially happens to people of color.'
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Watch the US drop 2.5 million tons of bombs in 60 seconds

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Picturing the deadly legacy of America's secret war in Laos.
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Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.

The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country—more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth.

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Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods - YouTube

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Video Catches Security Officer Beat Disabled Student in Wheelchair | Filming Cops

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Cop Gets Slap on the Wrist for Raping Infants, Citizen Gets Life in Prison for Marijuana | Filming Cops

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Family Offered $1 Million Settlement After Cop Beats Son With Down Syndrome | Filming Cops

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How Mass Incarceration Is Damaging Kids

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In his push for criminal justice reform, President Obama acknowledged the relationship between poverty and incarceration.
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Judge Thelton Henderson, 9th Circuit Federal Court: Please do not return control of Calif Prison Medical and Mental Health to the State of California. Please grant full media access to prisoners so...

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Dear Judge Henderson: We understand that at 81 years of age, you more than deserve the right to retire. No one made more of a difference in the pursuit of liberty and justice than you have in bringing the California Prison system under Federal Receivership. You have been heroic beyond words. Sadly, the money has been spent but the attitudes of State Prison employees have not changed. The riots, preventable deaths and multi-million dollar taxpayer lawsuit pay-outs continue to mount unnecessarily. Now they want to build more prisons instead of changing harsh sentencing laws, all so that CCPOA can have job security. 
Retaliation against prisoners who file a complaint exposing abuse, neglect , psychological torment, deliberate indifference or a wrongful death has intensified. There is a problem with judicial integrity and separate campaigns have been launched because prisoners are mostly being denied due process.
For example, the Men's Advisory Committee (MAC) members at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown, CA have resigned due to abuse of inmate paralegal Eric K'napp for filing complaints on every prisoner's behalf of rogue guards. It is very clear that any MAC member who does an honest job of representing inmates will be harassed, degraded, lied about and given "Deisel therapy." K'napp was sent out of SCC without a medical hearing to a Level 3 facility when he is Level 2 and his doctor was over-ruled and disregarded. The MAC group appeal of visiting problems was seized by the out-of-control prison guards with blatant violations of ADA laws. The Warden Heidi Lackner is retiring in October and she has lost control of the guards. There is falsification of records and statements which is still business as usual at SCC and at most of the State Prisons.
Also at SCC in Dec. 2013, inmate Andrew Tisnado was left unsupervised in a dorm and attacked. It took more than three hours to transport him to a hospital, he was alive and combative but too much time went by and he died. This is supposedly the best prison, but the truth is that it is the best prison at covering up. I don't know how they met criteria to be certified by ACA except by lying.
The media has been so severely restricted since 1996 and the prisoners and families so intimidated about reporting abuses and deaths that you might not be seeing all that is actually taking place, which is opposite of your judicial orders. Couldn't you order full media access to inmates to be returned to the media to stop the cover up?
There is no real place for prisoners to go in a life and death emergency for help. While some public servants are well-intended, the lawmakers especially seem to have no power over the bullies who run the prisons. I'm not saying that Receiver Clark Kelso was ever very helpful to the fathers, mothers and other family members in this photo taken in 2008 outside your courthouse in San Francisco after ten years of attending hearings trying to clean up the mess. It was taken on the day that you appointed the first Federal Receiver, Robert Sillen, also basically callous to the families. There are thousands of cases of daily abuse and neglect, intentional careless double celling by guards and prison administrators, and many wrongful and preventable deaths. The psychological abuse is indescribable, certainly not on a par with Norway where people are treated as human beings and return to their communities as much better citizens. Surely there is a way that you can retire without putting this mafia-like, profit-driven, law enforcement labor union gang back in charge of the prison medical care where they operate with impunity.
There is still a high death toll and all Governor Brown ever did was play musical chairs and transfer people around between facilities. He took millions of dollars in donations from the Prison Guard's Union in his campaigns to protect their interests and actual reform is now and has always been, very low on his list of priorities.
Most of the people in this photograph are still together hoping for relief. Most did not receive help for their loved one. It will put all of our work and yours back to square one if you return oversight to the irresponsible and mean-spirited State bureaucrats. Please, please find a way to maintain some semblance of a federal receivership rather than lose precious ground because the problems are far from being over. Everything is done at most prisons to discourage visitors in order to cover up inmate medical and mental health mistreatment. Custody over-rules medical which is not what you intended. They are treated worse than livestock and even when a prisoner is near death, their family members are rarely notified. This punisher crowd has no manners and little humanity and do not deserve to have control of the prisons medical and mental health care. The cost to the taxpayers is outrageous but the human toll is immeasurable. Surely there is someone who can continue to hold the State accountable so that you can retire and reforms can continue to be made, we really hope so.
B. Cayenne Bird, MLSt
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Jail Guard Beats Inmate to Death (Graphic) - YouTube

Raleigh, NC - A Wake County detention officer charged with causing an inmate's death said in court Wednesday he felt the prisoner was a threat and needed to ...
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Pitbull says he won't go to Trump hotels anymore

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been taking heat for his comments about Mexican immigrants.
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