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Man locked up in jail for one month despite having video evidence of innocence

Man locked up in jail for one month despite having video evidence of innocence | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania security guard spent a month in jail for a crime he didn’t commit after local police ignored evidence proving he was innocent.
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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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Introduce a Rent Cap in London

Introduce a Rent Cap in London | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
To reduce the housing benefit bill drastically
So families don't have to choose between food or rent
So people can afford to live in the city with the most jobs in the UK
So there is less incentive to become a buy to let landlord, thus allowing first time buyers more opportunities to buy properties

Most young people who work in London know that they will have to move far out of London if they want to have a family as rents for family size properties are so high e.g. £350 a week fo
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Rasmea Odeh’s prosecutors deny the horror of torture; Judge Drain accepts their argument

Rasmea Odeh, a survivor of vicious torture at the hands of the Israeli military, will be compelled to undergo hours of psychological evaluation by a government forensic examiner, according to a ruling by Federal Judge Gershwin Drain. Drain cancelled a September 22 hearing on the matter in Detroit, where supporters from across the Midwest had planned to join Rasmea.
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The Poison in our Walls - Fault Lines

At least half a million children in the United States have been poisoned by lead. And although it is totally preventable American children are still poisoned each day. Lead in household paint - once marketed as durable and safe - became recognised as toxic, especially to children. It was banned in 1978, but lead paints still exist in tens of millions of older US homes. Once it starts to flake, the paint chips and dust put lead into the air, soil and our bodies. Children are the most susceptible to being poisoned because their bodies absorb the toxic metal at higher rates than adults. Studies have shown that lead, especially at higher levels, can cause irreversible brain damage in children. Children who have suffered from lead poisoning are more likely to have lower IQs, long-term health problems, be diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and exhibit aggressive behaviour. "These are kids who are not going to do well in school, who may drop out of school, may end up committing crimes, who then may end up going to prison," says Rachel Dissell, a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer. When lead was found in the water in the US city of Flint, Michigan, there was outrage from the public as well as federal officials. But at the time, according to some estimates, the city of Cleveland had almost three times the number of children suffering from lead poisoning. "When you're holding a glass of water in Flint and you can see it's an odd colour and it smells bad. This just shouts 'we need to pay attention'. Lead in Cleveland and in most other cities is invisible. The problem is invisible and it always has been," says Brie Zeltner, a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Federal dollars for lead poisoning prevention across the country have been severely cut in the past several years. Cleveland, which almost exclusively relied on that money, has had little else in place to prevent poisoning. The city requires no lead testing before home sales and it doesn't offer any public record of lead safe homes. So what is being done to prevent lead poisoning? And why are American policymakers and communities not doing more to protect America's children? Fault Lines travels to Cleveland, Ohio, to investigate the high levels of lead poisoning in children in the inner cities of America and ask how and why hundreds of children are still being poisoned by lead each year in the US.
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Florida State Attorney Who Oversaw Trayvon Martin & Marissa Alexander Cases Is Defeated in Primary

http://democracynow.org - In Florida, State Attorney Angela Corey has been defeated in her re-election bid. Corey had faced widespread criticism for her handling of several prominent cases, including the killing of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin by white neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman and the case of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she maintains was a warning shot at her abusive husband. For more, we speak with freelance journalist Victoria Law. Her recent piece for The Nation is "Why Is Marissa Alexander Still Being Punished for Fighting Back.
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New Emmett Till bill would open files

Sixty-one years after Emmett Till was killed, a push is underway to pass legislation that bears his name.
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She's 17 and in jail. Now, her lawyers are challenging ‘solitary confinement’

She's 17 and in jail. Now, her lawyers are challenging ‘solitary confinement’ | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with attempted murder but Miami-Dade’s corrections system has no separate unit to hold underage girls.
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Steep rise in gun violence in Chicago

CNN's Amara Walker discusses gun violence and issues plaguing Chicago with Liz Dozier, Managing Director of Chicago Beyond.
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Please help support the campaign to free Rick Wershe

Please help support the campaign to free Rick Wershe | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Please help support the campaign to free Rick Wershe by liking the Free Richard Wershe Jr page and inviting others to do the same. Rick Wershe has already spent more than 28 years in prison for a non-violent drug offense he was arrested for at the age of 17. Please circulate the page link widely and share on your wall, in groups, forums and all across the internet. Thanks in advance! Free Richard Wershe Jr. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FreeRickWersheJr/
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Russ - Invisible People

The night before, Russ and his wife were ticketed in Santa Monica for sleeping on the sidewalk. Criminalization of people experiencing homelessness is growing. It’s the fastest way to get homeless people out of sight, …
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Tory welfare reforms, Britain's secret penal system.

Tory welfare reforms, Britain's secret penal system. | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,537 Monday 29 August 2016. Tory welfare reforms, Britain's secret penal system. Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to use it and alter it for your own needs for your own letter. Website updated daily, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit. Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona. http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/ The letters with links are also available at 'Fear and loathing in Great Britain' https://creatorsnotconsumers.wordpress.com/ Dear Mrs May, It is a sad fact that so many are misled by the idea that their disability or sickness has any relevance in the Work Capability Assessments (WCA). As the DWP recently pointed out to The Oxford Times, "decisions were not based on the condition of claimants, but on what they can do." People think they are going for a WCA to have their 'condition(s)' assessed by medics employed by the DWP at vast public expense. In reality they are being assessed on whether they are capable of doing something, anything, no matter how tenuous that might be. The fact that they might be dying or that every moment of their life is lived in a torment of pain or their every waking thought is suicidal, is irrelevant. When I was called in for a WCA I was refused a home visit on the grounds that my doctor had informed the test centre that I was able to get to hospital for cancer treatment. As someone who suffers from acute social phobia that was so Orwellian that I felt positively 'normal' in having such difficulties in going out. If that is what passes for rationality the human race is clearly doomed. It's an admission that we are living in the age of stupid and there doesn't seem to be any hope of recovery. When Iain Duncan Smith invoked the words written over the gates of Auschwitz, 'arbeit macht frei' (work makes you free), he wasn't kidding around, he even appeared on BBC Breakfast television saying, "Look, work actually helps free people." The liberation granted people in the death camps of Germany is not something that any sane person would hold up as a working model for the Department for Work and Pensions. People need to understand that when they attend a Work Capability Assessment they enter a twisted Tory dystopian environment based on the principles of fascism. It comes as no surprise that a WCA whistle blower said, "Almost every day one of my clients mentioned feelings of suicide to me," or that the DWP has issued written suicide guidance to frontline staff, apparently printed on laminated pink card. Ken Loach's film, 'I, Daniel Blake', on the failings (or success from a government perspective) of the UK's benefit system, apparently reduced film critics in Cannes to tears and led friend and fellow activist Charlotte Hughes to write, "Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake needs to inspire us all to act against the political and moral debasement of the Tory government." Britain's dirty little secret is that Tory welfare reforms saw the launch of a penal system of brutal cruelty denying people the means of survival. http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/14699246.Cancer_sufferer___39_put_through_hell__39__after_told_he_was_fit_for_work_by_government_assessors/?ref=fbshr https://www.theguardian.com/society/2010/jun/16/lawrence-mead-tough-us-welfare-unemployed http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8707652.stm https://purplepersuasion.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/what-rabbit-hole-have-we-fallen-down-my-experiences-of-atos-work-capability-assessment/ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/05/work-programme-adviser-box-ticking-sanctioning-sick-people https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/death-britains-benefits-system-fit-for-work-safety-net http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13620988._Suicide_guidance__given_to_benefits_staff_preparing_for_desperate_calls_on_welfare_reform/ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/08/starve-benefit-sanctions-unemployed-hungry-government http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ken-loach-film-i-daniel-blake-wins-cannes-award-director-slams-austerity_uk_57420d66e4b0ffced8625a4f https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e9ce-DWP-inhumanity-needs-to-be-challenged-urgently#.V8KoyTWzzc4
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Court: Michigan stiffed deserving people out of food aid

Court: Michigan stiffed deserving people out of food aid | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Over and over again, the computer rejected their names — and automatically cut off their food stamps.
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Prosecutor Says Might Be OK With Release of 'White Boy Rick'

Prosecutor Says Might Be OK With Release of 'White Boy Rick'

The Wayne County prosecutor might reverse her opposition to the release of a Detroit-area drug dealer nicknamed "White Boy Rick," who has been in prison for 28 years for crimes when he was a teen. Kym Worthy says her office is reviewing the case of Richard Wershe (WER'-she), who is serving a life sentence with occasional opportunities for parole. The state parole board so far has declined to release him, but his chances could improve if the prosecutor has no objection.

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Arkansas: Woman Spends 35 Days in Jail for Bouncing $29 Check

Arkansas: Woman Spends 35 Days in Jail for Bouncing $29 Check | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
In Arkansas, a mother has been released after spending 35 days in a county jail after she accidentally bounced a $29 check five years ago. Nikki Petree was sentenced to jail last month by a judge accused of running a debtors’ prison. Petree had already been arrested at least seven times over the bounced check, and paid at least $600 in court fines—more than 20 times more than the original debt. Petree said, "Every time I go to jail, they’d let me out immediately for $100. They’d turn around and add $600 or $700 more to my bond. I couldn’t afford to pay. They cornered me, and there was no way out from underneath it. I felt overwhelmed and hopeless."
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Informant America: Vince Wade’s sworn affidavit regarding Richard J. Wershe, Jr., aka White Boy Rick

Informant America: Vince Wade’s sworn affidavit regarding Richard J. Wershe, Jr., aka White Boy Rick | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
This is a “special edition” of the Informant America blog. This week I submitted a sworn affidavit to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio regarding my detailed investigation into errors, distortions and outright lies in front of the Michigan Parole Board in Rick Wershe’s one and only parole hearing in 2003. I am working on a book about Rick Wershe and the “War on Drugs” and I have reviewed the court record in the Wershe case.
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A Just Cause - Injustice of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

A Just Cause - Injustice of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Lamont Banks, Cliff Stewart, and Lisa Stewart of the Colorado exoneration firm A Just Cause, discuss what happens when the wheels of justice trample unbridled over the rights of innocent Americans. Tonight's Guests are Greg Newburn, Director of State Policy for Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and Alton Mills, who at 25 received a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for conspiracy to traffic drugs with intent to distribute. President Obama commuted Alton's sentence on December 18, 2015, and he was released in 2016. A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's been wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO. For more information about A Just Cause and to Donate to the IRP6 legal defense fund, visit www.a-justcause.com. Follow us on Twitter: @AJCRadio, @A_JustCause, @FreeTheeIRP6, @FreeeTheIRP6 and Like our Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCoast2Coast, and https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCO, https://www.facebook.com/FreetheIRP6 Thank you for your support!
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'Cruelest Prosecutor In America' Voted Out

Establishment candidates cruised to victory across Florida, but one upset came in the Republican primary race in Florida’s 4th circuit. The circuit encompasses Duval County and the city of Jacksonville. Running for her third term as a tough, law-and-order prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey has been called by the Nation this year “the cruelest prosecutor in America." She found herself suddenly out of step with voters’ changing attitudes about crime and punishment. Local outlets called the race in favor of her opponent, Melissa Nelson, a former assistant district attorney, shortly after the polls closed.
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Jeffrey Deskovic makes us proud: Editorial

Exoneree's enrollment in Pace Law School in White Plains is the next chapter in an amazing journey from victim of injustice to fighter for justice.
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Ekklesia | UK government refuses to declassify Bangladesh prison report

Ekklesia | UK government refuses to declassify Bangladesh prison report | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Mr Rehman's health deteriorated rapidly after he spent the first month in solitary confinement sleeping on the floor. He has an arterial and was taken to ...
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Steep rise in gun violence in Chicago

CNN's Amara Walker discusses gun violence and issues plaguing Chicago with Liz Dozier, Managing Director of Chicago Beyond.
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August most violent month in Chicago in 20 years

August most violent month in Chicago in 20 years | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
August is going down as the most violent month in Chicago in 20 years, as weekend shootings raised homicides this year to just shy of all of last year.
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Free Speech Society emergency bulletin

Free Speech Society emergency bulletin | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
It is no secret that CDCr’s counterintelligence units have been plotting revenge on the class members of Ashker v. Brown to have us returned to indefinite solitary confinement. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that it wasn’t a matter of coincidence, as we embark upon the first anniversary of Brotha Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell's assassination, that the media began leaking fraudulent reports to the public generated by IGI, ISU, OCS and the FBI about the BGF plotting to avenge the death of Hugo Pinell.
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Inmate at one of Scotland's biggest jails kept in solitary confinement for years

Inmate at one of Scotland's biggest jails kept in solitary confinement for years | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
THE inmate, who the Scottish Prison Service aren't naming, was only just released back into the prison population in July, after two years in 'segregation'.
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US: Chicago’s sharp racial divide

Downtown Chicago is prospering. Property values are rising, Summer concerts and festivals have brought in more people and helped the economy. But there is another side to the city - where there's poverty, despair and danger from gangs and, residents say, from police. And that's the part of town where most of Chicago's black residents live. Just on Saturday night alone, three people were killed and over a dozen wounded in drive by shootings.
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Informant America: Prosecutor Kym Worthy blinked—sorta—on parole for Rick Wershe

Informant America: Prosecutor Kym Worthy blinked—sorta—on parole for Rick Wershe | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
i Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has decided, at long last, that maybe, perhaps, she should take a second look at parole for Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe, Jr. who is serving a life prison term for a non-violent drug conviction when he was a teenager. Wershe is no ordinary doper. He was a secret teen informant for the FBI, and he told on some very politically connected people who were profiting from the Detroit drug trade. Worthy has fought ferociously to keep Wershe in prison even though opinions among many in law enforcement and the general public, have changed about Wershe. What did she say about parole for Wershe and what’s next?on
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The poor must pay down the debt - sanctioned man loses his leg.

The poor must pay down the debt - sanctioned man loses his leg. | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,536 Sunday 28 August 2016. The poor must pay down the debt - sanctioned man loses his leg. Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to use it and alter it for your own needs for your own letter. Website updated daily, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit. Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona. http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/ The letters with links are also available at 'Fear and loathing in Great Britain' https://creatorsnotconsumers.wordpress.com/ Dear Mrs May, Salford’s Unemployed & Community Resource Centre reports that David (no surname given) was repeatedly sanctioned, "This resulted in him being unable to control his diabetes because he had no money for food. This caused diabetic ulcers which became infected and he had to have a leg amputated. All his sanctions were eventually overturned, but it was too late." Depriving people of the means of survival has serious and deadly consequences. I and others have repeatedly warned that people's lives are being put at risk, many are already dead, through a draconian punitive policy that no court in the land would consider for a moment. The DWP's secret penal system is a travesty. The Guardian reported that the DWP has had to issue a 'new policy for all DWP businesses to help them manage suicide and self-harm declarations from customers'. This descent into barbarism has no place in a supposedly civilised nation. Although we were given no choice in the matter, we, the people, bailed out the banks and since then we've been told again and again that we are also responsible for paying down the debt left by the bank bail out. That's a nice double whammy for the vast majority of people who had no part in the failure and greed of the banks which led to the banking crisis. When George Osborne proposed cuts to working Tax Credits he said in his Summer Budget 2015 speech, "So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit, let alone run a surplus and pay down debt." Attacking low paid workers to pay down the debt is the most obscene travesty of justice, as are the tens of £billions in cuts imposed on the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain. David has lost his leg as the price for a tissue of lies that we were in any way responsible for the criminal activities of the banks. What part did ordinary people play in the fall of Lehman Brothers which triggered the banking crisis? The clue is in the description and the answer is - None! The banks aggressively sold junk mortgage securities which were given AAA ratings and which, unsurprisingly, blew up in their faces. Yet the banks have been allowed to carry on with business as usual. Osborne even tried, post crash, to protect bankers bonuses in Europe using public money. You couldn't make it up! http://salfordonline.com/31135-outrage-disabled-man-salford-benefits-sanction-camapign.html https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/benefit-sanctions-are-britains-secret-penal-system/ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/death-britains-benefits-system-fit-for-work-safety-net https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/may/08/jobcentre-staff-guidelines-suicide-threats https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-george-osbornes-summer-budget-2015-speech http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1cdpnz_the-fall-of-lehman-brothers-finance-money-economy-documentary_tv https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-22/lending-to-poor-people-didn-t-cause-the-financial-crisis http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/06/osborne-20k-banker-bonuscap_n_4735825.html
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