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Free Davontae Sanford Time For Change Bring Me Home Enough Is Enough !
The police know it. The prosecutors know it. The courts know it. Anybody who reads the court records and police reports knows it. This could have been any one of us, or any one of our children who was falsely arrested, railroaded, and imprisioned. If we let this stand, who will be next? Demand that the prosecutors stop covering up their frame-up of this innocent child and come clean. Demand that Davontae be freed to come home You Can Write Him At Davontae Sanford-684070 ionia maxmium correctional fac. `1576 w.bluewater highway ionia,mi 48846
Lawyers for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden say that he’s ready to come back to the US, but the whistleblower is only willing to return if he is afforded a fair trial. RT’s Ameera David reports on the complicated and heated back and forth between America’s Justice Department and Snowden’s lawyers in Moscow.
The Ferguson Police Department has been accused of disproportionately targeting African Americans in the city, according to a new Department of Justice report. The profiling included discriminatory ticketing and the arrest of black citizens in the city. RT Ben Swann speaks with retired DC Metro police officer Ronald E. Hampton on racial profiling in Ferguson and the larger implications between the police and black community.
After surviving a decade on the fetid, garbage-strewn streets of skid row, Otis Williams can barely contain his anger when he eyes a passing LAPD cruiser and its italicized motto: " To protect and to serve ."
For a prosecutor with a heavy caseload who already works long hours, it is asking a lot to expect her to keep a critical eye on the workings of the criminal justice system, to never accept the status quo, and to seek to improve the system whenever an...
OverCriminalized profiles three promising and less expensive alternatives to incarceration that may actually change the course of people’s lives. It’s time to roll back mass criminalization and focus on what works. SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... SIGN THE PETITION: http://www.bravenewfilms.org/endhomel... HOST A FREE SCREENING: http://bravenewfilms.org/screenings
It seems that for almost every social problem that pops up, we turn to the criminal justice system. Suffering from mental illness? Here’s a cell. Struggling with drug dependency? Let’s throw you in handcuffs. Sleeping on the street? Here’s an arrest record.
And if you are a person of color, the criminal justice crackdown can be even worse.
How could it possibly make sense to saddle police officers and prison wardens with sole responsibility for helping people get a roof over their head? Or to task lawyers and judges with treating mental illness or helping people get sober? Simply making problems into “crimes” is just making things worse.
It’s 2015. We know better. Not only is all of this inhumane, it’s expensive. When our tax dollars are picking up the tab, it makes sense to put funds where they will make the biggest impact. Housing programs help solve homelessness. Treatment helps stabilize mental illness and end drug dependency. Arrests and jail cells just waste time and money.
It’s simple. Diversion programs work better than incarceration – for everyone. In cities like Seattle, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City, we see that successful solutions are a viable option to help end serious social problems. These services alter the course of people’s lives in a positive way and save taxpayers huge amounts of money. We cannot continue to isolate and imprison people who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, or homelessness. We must treat them with compassion and care to better serve our communities and our pocketbooks.
It's time we got serious about pulling our money out of incarceration and putting it into systems that foster healthy communities. Hundreds of thousands of people are locked up not because of any dangerous behavior, but because of problems like mental illness, substance use disorders, and homelessness, which should be dealt with outside the criminal justice system. Services like drug treatment and affordable housing cost less and can have a better record of success.
This summer, news stories from around the nation provided the American people with a litany of issues about how police officers respond to community members. By highlighting programs like Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), and Housing First, OverCriminalized explores the possibility of ending incarceration for millions of Americans who, through successful intervention programs, can put their lives back on track.
OverCriminalized focuses on the people who find themselves being trafficked through this nation’s criminal justice system with little regard for their humanity and zero prospects for actual justice. They are victims of unwillingness to invest in solving major social problems, and the consequent handling off of that responsibility to the police, the courts, and the prisons. They are the mentally ill, the homeless, and the drug addicted. Sometimes they are all three.
• Approximately 20 % of state prisoners and 21 % of local jail detainees have a “recent history” of a mental health condition.
• Approximately 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
• In 2012, it was estimated that 23.1 million Americans needed treatment for problems that related to drugs or alcohol.
• Pew Research finds that 67% of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Just 26% think the government’s focus should be on prosecuting users of such hard drugs.
ABOUT BRAVE NEW FILMS Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are at the forefront of the fight to create a just America. Using new media and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges corporate media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. Brave New Films’ investigative films have scrutinized the impact of U.S. drone strikes; the war on whistleblowers; and Wal Mart’s corporate practices. The company’s films have received more than 56 million views online.
In response to reports that the Department of Justice will release its findings from a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department, Amnesty International USA executive director Steven W. Hawkins issued the following statement:
“The Justice Department should be commended for using the tools at its disposal to investigate the Ferguson Police Department. Michael Brown’s death touched off a long-overdue and much-needed conversation about race and policing that must continue. The U.S. still has a long way to go before it has truly accountable policing. This country’s long history of racial profiling and other police abuses is only matched by its equally long history of inadequate accountability for those responsible. President Obama should support the creation of a National Crime and Justice Task Force to review and evaluate all components of the criminal justice system and make recommendations on comprehensive criminal justice reform.
As more information emerges about the homeless man, known as ‘Africa,’ who was gunned down by police on March 1, protesters have been making their voices heard in front of the Los Angeles Police Department offices. As RT’s Lindsay France reports, the protests are not only in response to police brutality, but also economic conditions in the city, mental illness and the region are growing inequalities.
Two members of the Bali Nine drug trafficking ring, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran departed from Kerobokan prison in Bali, Tuesday. They were transferred in armoured Barracuda vehicles to a plane that has departed from Denpasar Airport, taking them to the port of Cilicap in Java. They will then be taken to the island of Nusakambangan, known as 'Indonesia's Alcatraz' by helicopter.
Focus Ireland estimates that there are up to 5,000 people at any one time who are homeless in Ireland. The homeless crisis in Ireland is getting worse with one family losing their home in the capital every single day. There are over 90,000 households on the social housing waiting list a figure that is growing rapidly. In the budget 2015 an increase of €10 million was allocated directly to provide accommodation and services to the homeless and a further investment of €1.5 billion from Exchequer funds for social housing from 2015 to 2017. This is expected to deliver 2,500 social housing units in 2015 and 6,700 units by 2017. An additional 2000 units could be provided by 2018 through a further €400 million assigned to approved housing bodies via an off-balance sheet finance vehicle. Although this news is welcomed Peter McVenna from The Irish Times believes: ‘It will be 2051 before the last person on the current housing waiting list is offered accommodation’. In my opinion providing this funding is only going to deal with half the problem. The biggest problem is now. Rent prices have increased so much over the last 18 months and the Rent Allowance Maximum Limits are too low for people to rent the properties. Even if the limit meets the rent cost it has become increasingly hard to find a landlord that will accept rent allowance tenants. This housing shortage coupled with rent increases is forcing people even families into homelessness. Something needs to be done now to prevent people in this situation from being at risk of homelessness, by 2017 is just not good enough and even by then it will only provide 10000 households. With the housing list figure at 90000 I can agree with Peter. It will take a long time before housing is provided to these people. A more realistic temporary solution must be provided because if it is not I hate to see the figures next year. We want homeslessness to be stopped for good not just part time we want ACTION now!! please share this petition we need so many people thank you March for the homeless 2015 main facebook page join the march?? https://www.facebook.com/pages/March-for-the-Homeless-2015/766626843416968?ref=hl
DALLAS 6* UPDATE Just in!: Why solitary confinement is a form of torture - fantastic illustrated op ed video by Molly Crabapple mentioning Dallas 6 on fusion.net - CLICK BELOW http://fusion.net/video/40537/why-solitary-confinement-is-a-form-of-modern-day-torture/ * * * * * * * * Next court date: Friday, March 6 at 1:30pm – pack the court! Luzerne County Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre, PA, hearing on motions to dismiss the charges. The start of the trial, should it go forward, has been scheduled for August 24, 2015.
* The Dallas 6 are six African-American prisoners in solitary confinement in the SCI Dallas Pennsylvania prison who blew the whistle on and peacefully protested against abuse and violence by prison guards in 2010. They were charged with “rioting” and have been on trial ever since in “kids for cash” Luzerne County.
Feb 19th court summary. Testimony on the motions to dismiss the charges will now be heard on Friday March 6, as the February 19 session was spent instead on negotiating a favorable plea agreement for Carrington Keys and Anthony Locke which was upended at the last minute by Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis, drawing more attention to Dallas 6 claims of retaliation, personal vendetta and corruption. DA Salavantis has personal ties to SCI Dallas prison. Plea agreement for Derrick Stanley proceeds. Over 40 supporters packed the court.
Press coverage breakthrough. The Luzerne County-based Times Leader finally covered the hearing, after family members went over to the office to present information. This article was published on Monday, Feb 23: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/151996993/ Please leave a comment on the story at the link to show your support for the Dallas 6. A letter to the editor is being drafted to correct the inaccuracy that Carrington Keys and Derrick Stanley pled guilty.
Community Support Nearly forty Dallas 6 supporters from across Pennsylvania, including a growing contingent from Luzerne County, waited patiently outside the courtroom on Thursday morning as defense lawyers Michael Wiseman, Ernie Preate and the prisoners negotiated the terms of a plea deal with the prosecution. The plea deal, which was open to any of the men, would have dropped all felony charges, including extra felony charges on Carrington Keys; the misdemeanor charges would result in no new jail time for any of the prisoners and no probation, including Derrick Stanley who is already out of prison; and the plea would not be legally considered an admission of guilt. The Dallas 6 discussed and decided that Carrington Keys and Derrick Stanley would accept the deal, while Duane Peters and Andre Jacobs would take the case to trial. The fact that the Dallas 6 were offered such a deal indicates the weakness of the prosecution’s case and the reluctance of the Assistant District Attorney to try the case. Attorney Wiseman’s arguments exposed weaknesses at the last hearing, in particular that the men could not have been “rioting” when isolated in cells and in submissive positions. Additionally, for over 4 years the prosecution has tampered with and withheld evidence that would exonerate the men, such as video of the cell extractions. The defense motions to dismiss the charges still must be heard before proceeding to trial. Harassment of supporters Supporters were finally let into the courtroom over an hour late and then in single file after having their bags rifled through and bodies searched – a ridiculous amount of security not seen in previous hearings. This, the half dozen police officers assigned to each hearing, and the whole case itself spanning now almost five years are a terrible waste of police time and taxpayers’ money. Supporters, who filled all of one side of the court and spilled over to the other side, vow to return in even greater numbers March 6. The next hearing date is set for March 6 at 1:30pm. The start of the trial has been scheduled for August 24, 2015. Please contact us if you can help pack the court March 6! Sign up for court attendance here. Duane Peters’ family presents information to Times Leader reporter Ed Lewis at the newspapers’ office.
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Justice for the Dallas 6 Support Campaign: Abolitionist Law Center; Every Mother is a Working Mother Network; Fight for Lifers West; Germantown Friends Meeting Mass Incarceration Working Group; Global Women’s Strike & Women of Color@GWS – US; Human Rights Coalition – Fed Up; Human Rights Coalition – Philadelphia; Marcellus Shale Earth First; Mishkan Shalom New Jim Crow Study-Action Group; Payday men’s network; Peacehome Campaigns; Shalefield Organizing Committee.
Endorsements: Art for Justice; Brandywine Peace Community; California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC); The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC); Decarcerate PA; Defending Dissent Foundation; Global Women’s Strike & Women of Color@GWS – UK; Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP); Human Rights Defense Center – Lake Worth, Florida; Jewish Voice For Peace - Philadelphia; People’s Opposition to War Imperialism and Racism (POWIR) – Hollywood, Florida; Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice; Sin Barras – Without (Prison) Bars – Santa Cruz; T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; WHAT’S UP?! Pittsburgh; Welfare Warriors; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Philadelphia.
Individual Endorsements: Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Patrice Armstead, Building People’s Power and Coalition Demanding Reinstatement of Dr. Monteiro; Malik Aziz, Founder, Men United for a Better Philadelphia and Chairman, National Exhoodus Council; Pastor Antoinette Johnson, King Solomon Baptist Church; Dr. Anthony Monteiro; Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action (for id purposes only); Margaret Prescod, host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio; Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of African American Studies & History, Temple University; Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University; Dr. Carla Willard, Africana Studies Program, Franklin & Marshall College. Partnering with: AFSC Prison Watch.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging t...
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