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Prison Family Bill of Rights

A coalition of prison family members and representatives of secular and faith based organizations serving prison
families from across the United States in attendance at the 2012 National Prisoner’s Family Conference affirmed the following:

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Should A Mentally Ill Murderer Receive the Death Penalty?

Should A Mentally Ill Murderer Receive the Death Penalty? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Mental health is no laughing matter, and the following is yet another example of just how: 1) the fastest growing prison population is made up of women, and 2) how prisons are filled with mentally ill individuals who would have been better served with the access to proper and affordable care prior to incarceration.

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Family Interrupted | Mural Arts Program

Family Interrupted | Mural Arts Program | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Mural Arts’ latest multidisciplinary project, Family Interrupted, sparks a dialogue around the impact of incarceration on families and the community at large through the mural-making process. We will transform a wall on Dauphin Street in North Philadelphia, creating a new work designed by muralist Eric Okdeh, with input from inmates, probationers, and ex-inmates, including the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, Philadelphia Prison System, adjudicated youth, and community and family members.

 


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7 Rules for Recording Police

7 Rules for Recording Police | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Slowly but surely the courts are recognizing that recording on-duty police is a protected First Amendment activity. But in the meantime, police around the country continue to intimidate and arrest citizens for doing just that. So if you’re an aspiring cop watcher you must be uniquely prepared to deal with hostile cops.

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Kindness in the Courtroom

Kindness in the Courtroom | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

It’s important that we keep in mind that many status youth come to us angry – that’s why they make us mad — and detention is another traumatic event on top of another. We risk making the problem worse as well as the child when placed in the best delinquency training school in America — the detention center.

 


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The Role of White People in Ending Racism

The Role of White People in Ending Racism | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

 Racism greatly damages the lives of people targeted by it. Racism also hurts those of us who are white. (This is true of any group that acts out oppression at another group.) This is far from the damage inflicted on the targets of racism, but it corrupts our humanity and compounds the ways we already feel bad about ourselves. Not standing up against racism erodes our integrity and undermines our sense of goodness and self-worth.


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'Complete Lawlessness' at Orleans Parish Prison | Mother Jones

'Complete Lawlessness' at Orleans Parish Prison | Mother Jones | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

This week, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of OPP's inmates. The 38-page complaint—which names as defendants Sheriff Marlin Gusman, along with the jail’s wardens and medical directors—describes a facility where prisoners "are at imminent risk of serious harm." About 44 percent of the inmates are there awaiting trial, and haven't been convicted of the crimes they were charged with. But pretrial detention at OPP, the suit contends, is in itself a brutal punishment that can expose people to physical and sexual abuse, and even death.

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Do Hoodies and Sagging Pants Deserve Justice?

Do Hoodies and Sagging Pants Deserve Justice? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

I stand with the masses who think the association between clothing and behavior is wrongheaded at best and dangerous at worst. Yet, I wonder if Trayvon was identified as being "suspicious" because he was sagging his pants would people start, “Sagging for Trayvon”?  

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The US prisoners in solitary for 40 years

The US prisoners in solitary for 40 years | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox have spent nearly 40 years in solitary confinement - Radio 4's Crossing Continents asks what is the psychological impact of being isolated for so long? [via @UsaSlumdog]

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Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America

Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

 While there is plenty of moral outrage to go around, a recognition that racism is alive and well in America, and that justice has been hijacked by those who can afford it, the broader and more fundamental questions and analyses are not being raised. Complex issues get lost when spectacular events are taken over by a media frenzy that feeds on sound bites and simplified answers.

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The Elusiveness of Police Accountability

The Elusiveness of Police Accountability | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
If Trayvon Martin had been shot by an officer, his killing wouldn't have sparked a national outcry. Why it's so hard to hold officers accountable for excessive force.
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A Letter to the Relatives of 68-Year-Old Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.

A Letter to the Relatives of 68-Year-Old Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
As I watched my heart broke into a thousand pieces and my soul felt your hurt and your pain. To see you explaining the circumstances that surround what happened that morning, bravely providing details just broke my heart completely.
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Killed at Home: White Plains, NY Police Called Out on Medical Alert Shoot Dead Black Veteran, 68

Killed at Home: White Plains, NY Police Called Out on Medical Alert Shoot Dead Black Veteran, 68 | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
As the Trayvon Martin case draws national attention, we look at another fatal shooting of an African-American male that has received far less scrutiny.

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Justice for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. http://signon.org/s/ajm9lg #signon
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Justice for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. http://www.facebook.com/groups/100441393414106/
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RIP Brother - Semper Fi!
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In gated communities, such as where Trayvon Martin died, a dangerous mind-set

In gated communities, such as where Trayvon Martin died, a dangerous mind-set | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Gates convey to those living behind them that their “home” extends all the way to the walls surrounding the compound. Because streets and parks are accessible only to those living within the community, they begin to feel more like private living rooms and are defended fiercely against intruders. When gates blur public and private spaces in this way, these communities can become dangerous for the people inside and outside them — and dangerous for the nation’s ideal of equality among its people. [via @UsaSlumdog]

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Call for Stories from Children of Incarcerated Parents

Call for Stories from Children of Incarcerated Parents | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Denise Johnston of the Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents and Megan Sullivan of Columbia University are putting together a book of stories written by adults who experienced the incarceration of a parent when they were children.

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Former Death Row Inmate Begins Court Fight for DNA Exoneration, by Brandi Grissom

Former Death Row Inmate Begins Court Fight for DNA Exoneration, by Brandi Grissom | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Kerry Max Cook is waging a legal battle to clear his name of the 1977 murder of Linda Jo Edwards. But he says he won't get a fair shot if he has to fight in Smith County, where he was convicted and sent to death row at the age of 22.
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Unarmed Black Men Shot by Police: 17 Sad Stories

Unarmed Black Men Shot by Police: 17 Sad Stories | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
These 17 sad stories prove that it's nothing new for a black man without a weapon to be killed.
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Incarceration vs. Education: Reproducing Racism and Poverty in America | Urban Habitat

Incarceration vs. Education: Reproducing Racism and Poverty in America | Urban Habitat | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
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DEAR WHITE FOLKS:You Don't Know How Easy You Have It

DEAR WHITE FOLKS:You Don't Know How Easy You Have It | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

It is time to stop denying racism and defending White privilege, distracting and deflecting with “what ifs” and excuses. It is time to demand justice for the Trayvons and the Rekias, not because it could have been one of our sons and daughters--it couldn't--but because it is simply the right thing to do.

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29 Black People Have Been Killed by Police/Security Since Jan 2012: 16 Since Trayvon

29 Black People Have Been Killed by Police/Security Since Jan 2012: 16 Since Trayvon | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

The list below are just noting the deaths at hands of the police, its not highlighting the enormous amounts of brutality and outright disrespect many in the Black community have to endure on a daily basis.. The report below is to say the least disturbing and underscores a low wage war going on in our communities… [via @mrdaveyd @jelani9]

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Five Ex-Cops Sentenced in Katrina Killings Case

Five Ex-Cops Sentenced in Katrina Killings Case | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for their roles in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

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Police Tracking of Cellphones Raises Privacy Fears

Police Tracking of Cellphones Raises Privacy Fears | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Law enforcement tracking of cellphones is a convenient surveillance tool in many situations, but it is unclear if using such technology without a warrant violates the Constitution. [via @UsaSlumdog]

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Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense

Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that people arrested for any offense, however minor, may be forced to strip before being jailed even if no reasonable suspicion of contraband exists.
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How prison undoes family values

How prison undoes family values | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

In the last 30 years or so, the rush to lock people up for ridiculously long sentences even for minor crimes has led to an explosion of the prison population. And as the majority of prisoners are also parents, the population of children with a father or mother in prison has also exploded.

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Legislating Teen Sex: What's (Terribly) Wrong With Our Age of Consent Laws

Legislating Teen Sex: What's (Terribly) Wrong With Our Age of Consent Laws | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"The truth is that these laws cannot make such distinctions but lawmakers seem to have attempted to account for variations in relationships. The laws are certainly more nuanced than I had expected, though above anything else, these laws are complicated. Each state has its own law and decides a number of factors for itself, including age of consent, minimum age of “victim,” age differential, and minimum age of “perpetrator” in order to prosecute."

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