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A Harvard Law grad and former L.A. prosecutor explains why mistaken eyewitness identification leads to so many wrongful convictions of innocent people. More info at http://www.shouselaw.com/mistaken-id....
At long last, the practice of housing teenagers with adult offenders at New York City's notorious Rikers Island prison appears to be coming to an end. On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced that 16 and 17 year old offenders in the reputedly violent prison will be relocated to a youth facility in the Bronx. The move comes after a 2014 federal investigation, which concluded that “there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the constitutional rights of adolescent inmates” from both prison staff and other inmates. According to Fusion, 95% of the teenagers housed at Rikers are there simply awaiting trial dates. The Associated Press reports that there are nearly two-hundred 16 and 17-year olds currently behind bars in the prison. That's a significant decrease from the 337 there in 2013. http://fusion.net/story/328470/new-yo... http://www.wochit.com
TAKE ACTION: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involv... The Olympic organisers are getting ready for this year’s Games in Rio. But the Games’ security plans risk plunging thousands of Rio’s most vulnerable into a summer of violence and fear. It’s been 7 years since Rio was awarded the Games, promising a safe city for all. And yet, in those same 7 years, police have killed over 2,651 people in the city. The majority: young black men. Amidst the Olympic glitter and fanfare, will anyone remember them?
PHILADELPHIA – A time out, protective custody and segregation are all terms used to describe solitary confinement – a practice experienced by hundreds of youth in juvenile detention facilities in the U.S. And solitary confinement is coming into the spotlight as the Democratic National Convention comes to Philadelphia. Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel for the Juvenile Law Center, says a multi-site exhibition of photos, audio recordings of detained youth and a replica of a solitary cell will show convention goers what solitary confinement really looks like.
Minnesota cops were offended by basketball players honoring victims of police shootings. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. “Lynx captains Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen held a news conference before Saturday’s game against Dallas in a show of support for the victims and families of the high-profile shootings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas in the last week. The four players took seats on the dais in the Target Center media room wearing T-shirts that read “Change Starts With Us, Justice and Accountability” on the front and the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the logo for the Dallas Police Department and Black Lives Matter on back. The team wore the T-shirts during pregame warmups. Brunson and Moore read prepared statements, while Whalen and Augustus flanked the duo but did not speak. They did not take questions from the media. “I’ve got four captains that understand what we do is more than sports,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve told team radio voice John Focke on the team pregame show. “They understand they have a voice, have a platform, which they feel very fortunate to have.” Read more here: http://www.startribune.com/lynx-playe... Hosts: Cenk Uygur Cast: Cenk Uygur
A 70-year-old inmate has died of an apparent stroke in a District of Columbia jail. The facility’s poor ventilation resulted in extreme heat, and now, advocacy groups are saying the sweltering building may have contributed to the prisoner’s death. Scott Michelman, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union is skeptical of the measures the DC Department of Corrections is taking to keep inmates cool. RT America’s Anya Parampil has the report.
I first became aware of Skid Robot from a story in the LA Times [http://lat.ms/1RWHEfx]. Having lived and worked in Echo Park for many years, I was always intrigued by "Birdman", a homeless man who befriended all the pigeons in the area. It blew me away to learn that after many years of homelessness, Birdman asked for help to get off the streets simply because Skid Robot's living art provided much-needed dignity. My last visit Skid Robot and I tried to connect, but it just didn't happen. This trip, not only did we connect, Skid introduced me to his friend Paul, who goes around giving people the gift of music. Learn more about Pauly's Project here http://www.paulysproject.org and you can kind find out more about Skid Robot here http://skid-robot.com.
MANHATTAN (CN) — An environmental activist thrown into solitary confinement for a Huffington Post article urged the Second Circuit to reconsider its ruling that threatens to chip away at First Amendment protections prisoners have earned over decades.
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