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On July 14, 2016, AJC reported in a press release that Associate Warden Johns allegedly threatened to throw inmates into solitary confinement if they simply greeted a loved one or a friend that was not on the inmates visiting list. "When AJC contacted Director Kane's office as well as the Regional office, we were told that putting an inmate into solitary confinement for greeting someone is a violation of BOP policy and stated they would look into it," says Banks. "AJC was told that Johns denied making the threat even though numerous sources confirm he did so in the presence of over 200 people," adds Banks.
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the death of 18 year old Mzee Mohammed in Mersyside police custody. Co-Chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, National BME Officer for the Respect Partyand former Director of Policing & Equalities for Mayor of London Lee Jasper criticises the IPCC, Theresa May’s speech & dismissed allegations that the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and his old boss Ken Livingstone are anti-Semitic.
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?
A little-known Afghan prisoner has been refused clearance to leave Guantánamo Bay, despite an apparent case of mistaken identity by the U.S. government. Guantánamo's Periodic Review Board (PRB) ruled this week that Haroon Gul, 33, must continue to be detained indefinitely without charge or trial because his plan for what he would do post-release was insufficient. The Board also seemed unimpressed by Mr. Gul's insistence that the government's allegations against him are false.
Monday 25 July 2016 - Australia's Shame It almost defies belief but right here in Australia there is a prison system that locks up 10 year olds and places children as young as thirteen in solitary confinement.
Campaign in solidarity with activists arrested in protests against the 8 April Red Sea islands deal starts with an event held by The Egyptian Social Democratic Party in solidarity with rights lawyer Malek Adly
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.
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