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Soldier: Leaks Meant to Enlighten on US Policy

Pfc. Bradley Manning entered guilty pleas to some charges Thursday, saying he sent the material to WikiLeaks to enlighten the public about American foreign a...
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SocialAction2014 is important and plays a key role by equipping our communities with the knowledge of the mishaps and social injustices in the country (USA) and around the world. By providing this exclusive complimentary service to communities everywhere, our mission is to keep our people connected by encouraging the discussion of these topics.
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Davontae Sanford - National Registry of Exonerations #Exonerate #WrongfullyConvicted

Davontae Sanford - National Registry of Exonerations #Exonerate #WrongfullyConvicted | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
We welcome new information from any source about the exonerations that are already on our list and about new cases that might be exonerations. And we will be… LAW.UMICH.EDU
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Former D.A.: Why misidentification leads to wrongful convictions

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....
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Court Vacates Purvi Patel’s Feticide Conviction, Lands a Blow Against “Personhood” Laws

Court Vacates Purvi Patel’s Feticide Conviction, Lands a Blow Against “Personhood” Laws | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the February 2015 conviction of Purvi Patel, an Indiana woman sentenced to 30 years in prison with 10 years
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Wayne County Seeks to Resentence 81 Juvenile Lifers

Wayne County Seeks to Resentence 81 Juvenile Lifers | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The prosecutor's office, reating to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, moves to reconsider punishments for some killers sentenced to life terms as teens.
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NYC Finally Accepts It's Unconstitutional To House Teens at Rikers Island Prison

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
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The police are breaking records in Rio

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?
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Teen inmates to be moved off Rikers amid push for age-appropriate policies

Teen inmates to be moved off Rikers amid push for age-appropriate policies | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
New York City will move 16- and 17-year-olds incarcerated on Rikers Island prison to a youth facility in the Bronx, where they can receive more age-appropriate programing.
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A View from Solitary During the DNC

A View from Solitary During the DNC | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
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.
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Judge rips lawyers in case of wrongfully convicted Detroit man

Wayne County Circuit Judge Brian Sullivan said Davontae Sanford case is "thick with speculation, conjecture, confusion and unanswered questions."
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Father of deceased inmate calls attention to solitary confinement and mental health as inquest nears conclusion

Father of deceased inmate calls attention to solitary confinement and mental health as inquest nears conclusion | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Today a jury in Burnaby will hear details concerning the June 2015 death of in inmate who was found to have hung himself at a federal prison in Abbotsford.
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Charges against Davontae Sanford officially dismissed

Charges against Davontae Sanford officially dismissed | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A judge dismissed charges Tuesday and closed a murder case against a young Detroit man who went to prison as a teen for four slayings that were eventually linked to a hit man.
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Cops Abandon Post After Athletes Honor Victims

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
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On Contact: Scale of known exonerations in the US

RT Correspondent Anya Parampil measures the scale of known exonerations in the US in this week’s episode of On Contact w/ Chris Hedges. Find RT America i
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Death of inmate possibly connected to heatwave

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.
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Get Juveniles Out of Rikers Island

Get Juveniles Out of Rikers Island | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A plan to move young prisoners out of a notorious New York City jail could help end the inhumane treatment they have received.
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Judge tosses Davontae Sanford murder charges, but urges probe for truth

A judge dismissed murder charges against Davontae Sanford, but says "significant confusion" about original probe requires a new, unbiased examination.
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Hanging in Skid Row with Skid Robot and Pauly's Project.

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.
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CNS - Green Activist Challenges Free-Speech Setback

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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Auburn teen sues over solitary confinement at the Cayuga County Jail

Auburn teen sues over solitary confinement at the Cayuga County Jail | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
AUBURN — An Auburn teen has filed a lawsuit after allegedly being held in solitary confinement at the Cayuga County Jail while he awaits trial.
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The Letter That 'Shattered Everything' For A Convicted Killer

The Letter That 'Shattered Everything' For A Convicted Killer | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Shaka Senghor was in solitary confinement when a note from his son led to a life-changing epiphany.
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DAVONTAE SANFORD FORMALLY FREED; TIME FOR CHARGES VS. KYM WORTHY, COPS IN FRAME-UP

DAVONTAE SANFORD FORMALLY FREED; TIME FOR CHARGES VS. KYM WORTHY, COPS IN FRAME-UP | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
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Murder case dismissed against Detroit man

Murder case dismissed against Detroit man | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
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Drug house murder case dismissed against Detroit man

Wayne County prosecutor: Davontae Sanford's guilty pleas in four drug house slayings were spoiled by Detroit police misconduct.
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Murder case dismissed against Davontae Sanford after prosecutors throw out conviction

Murder case dismissed against Davontae Sanford after prosecutors throw out conviction | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A judge has dismissed charges against a Detroit man who went to prison as a teen and spent eight years behind bars for four murders that were eventually linked to a hit man.  
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