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SocialAction2015 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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'I'm Free Now': How Eric Glisson Proved His Innocence From Behind Bars - NBC News

'I'm Free Now': How Eric Glisson Proved His Innocence From Behind Bars  - NBC News | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
While Eric Glisson languished in New York's Sing Sing prison for a murder he didn’t commit, the years ticked by and the world moved on: Cell phones emerged a...
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uprisingradio.org » Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter On Life, Activism, Prison, and Freedom

uprisingradio.org » Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter On Life, Activism, Prison, and Freedom | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
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​'Snooper’s charter': UK govt pushes for access to social media

​'Snooper’s charter': UK govt pushes for access to social media | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Britain’s Home Secretary is pushing for new spying powers to access social media and email accounts. Theresa May argues that it’s a “matter of life and death,” and has dismissed claims the government wants to spy on citizens.
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Alone -

.Capping a year of reporting about teens held in solitary confinement, The Center for Investigative Reporting is releasing our documentary "Alone," which can now be seen on our YouTube channel, The I Files.

This follows stories we've done in print, for broadcast on the PBS NewsHour, as part of CIR's new "Reveal" radio show, and in an animation ("The Box") and graphic novel.

With the publication or broadcast of each version of our reporting, we have seen the issue of teenage solitary confinement become part of a growing national debate.

In May, after more than a year of lobbying by youth advocates, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on states to end the excessive use of solitary confinement on juvenile inmates.

CIR began investigating the solitary confinement of teenagers in prisons, jails and juvenile halls across the U.S. in March 2013. Juvenile justice experts had been pressing the Department of Justice to flex its muscle on behalf of young inmates, to no avail. Holder's shop declined all interview requests by CIR.

Our reporting quickly zeroed in on Rikers Island, the massive jail complex in New York City, where last year about a quarter of juvenile inmates were held in isolation for 23 hours a day. We spent almost a year requesting to see Rikers' teen solitary units, but the city's Department of Correction denied them, as did officials at Cook County jail in Chicago and five county jails in Florida. We figured out quickly that juvenile solitary was an often secretive practice, largely unregulated and rampant in most states.

Our investigation early on pointed to thousands of American teenagers held in solitary every day. We wanted to show what that looked like and how it affected kids. We talked to criminal justice experts in California who said virtually every juvenile hall in the state used some form of prolonged isolation.

That's when we remembered Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall. Covering juvenile justice over the years, Trey Bundy had heard again and again that officials in Santa Cruz had created a model that had reduced the use of isolation so much that corrections officials around the country routinely traveled to California's Central Coast to see how they did it.

Santa Cruz Chief Probation Officer Fernando Giraldo, and Sara Ryan, the hall's superintendent, allowed us to film inside their facility for five days, unescorted, and talk to anyone we wanted. Our resulting documentary, "Alone," toggles between New York City and Santa Cruz, where young people tell their own stories of isolation and how the justice system can do better.

Now that Holder has said he wants to end excessive solitary for youth, we'll keep watching for changes. In the meantime, watch "Alone" and see for yourself what it's like for kids in isolation and how one facility is trying to keep them out.


"Alone" was produced Daffodil Altan. It was reported by Altan and Trey Bundy, edited by David Ritsher and Andrew Gersh, and filmed by Marco Villalobos. The senior producer was Stephen Talbot. The executive producer was Susanne Reber...
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Thousands of kids still facing life without parole

Thousands of kids still facing life without parole | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
The 2012 Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to spell the end of mandatory life sentences without parole for children hasn’t led to a sea change in the criminal justice system.
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Why have we allowed the british government to Break up communities and families where are you

Why have we allowed the british government to Break up communities and families where are you | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Why have we allowed the british government to Break up communities and families where are you
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19 Reasons Latin Americans Come To The U.S. That Have Nothing To Do With The American Dream

19 Reasons Latin Americans Come To The U.S. That Have Nothing To Do With The American Dream | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom says that most Latin American migrants who come to the United States are looking for a better life, inspired by the "American Dream." And it's hard to deny that there's a lot of truth in that.

But there's another...
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Watchdog Update: Judge tosses convictions of 2 who spent 15 years in prison

Watchdog Update: Judge tosses convictions of 2 who spent 15 years in prison | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Two men who spent close to 15 years in prison for their alleged roles as lookouts in a double murder on Chicago's North Side had their convictions thrown out on Tuesday, bringing to a close a controversial case that hinged on a series of confessions that turned out to be false.
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Job applications put ex-offenders in tight box | Al Jazeera America

Job applications put ex-offenders in tight box | Al Jazeera America | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
States and cities are enacting laws to ban prior-conviction questions from initial employment screening
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Why The U.S. Is Still The Only Country Where Youth Are Sentenced To Die In Prison

Why The U.S. Is Still The Only Country Where Youth Are Sentenced To Die In Prison | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered states to stop sending youth offenders to prison for the the rest of their lives without the possibility of parole. Until then, the U.S. held the distinction of being the only country in the world where p...
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Activists Beg UN For Help After Detroit Shuts Off Water For Thousands

Activists Beg UN For Help After Detroit Shuts Off Water For Thousands | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
After Detroit turned off water for thousands of residents, activists are calling on the United Nations for help in what they've called a "massive human rights atrocity."

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department said in March that they w...
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Hundreds of Thousands Of Households Staring Homelessness in The Face

Hundreds of Thousands Of Households Staring Homelessness in The Face | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of households, many of them with children, are staring homelessness in the face as a direct result of Iain Duncan Smith's bungled welfare reforms. Recently released figures sh...
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Man freed after wrongful conviction says he never lost faith

Man freed after wrongful conviction says he never lost faith | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
A man who spent 17 years of a 25-year prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit spoke to the press for the first time Wednesday as a free man.
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Man Dies Minutes After Being Sentenced To Jail

Man Dies Minutes After Being Sentenced To Jail | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in Cleveland say a man collapsed and died outside a courtroom minutes after a judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail for trying to restrain and kiss a 14-year-old girl.

The coroner's office was expected to determin...
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Lawyer in $40 million Dixmoor 5 case: False confessions 'An epidemic'

Lawyer in $40 million Dixmoor 5 case: False confessions 'An epidemic' | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
As attorneys on Wednesday hailed a record settlement for the so-called Dixmoor Five, one of the wrongfully convicted men was checking out a brick house on a spacious lot in one of Chicago’s southernmost suburbs.
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The homelessness crisis in England: a perfect storm

The homelessness crisis in England: a perfect storm | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Jon Henley: Last year, 112,070 people declared themselves homeless in England – a 26% increase in four years. At the same time, the number of people sleeping rough in London grew by 75%. Why?
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Some useful information in relation to the Magdalen laundries but disappointing for those who were in An Grianan. However, this will be pursued.

Some useful information in relation to the Magdalen laundries but disappointing for those who were in An Grianan. However, this will be pursued. | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
The Minister answered part of the question. I sought statistics regarding those who have accepted compensation under the Magdalen fund and those who have applications pending. 
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Police Confiscate Healthy Baby Because It Was Born At Home | Off The Grid News

Police Confiscate Healthy Baby Because It Was Born At Home | Off The Grid News | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
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McGuinness called on for investigation into mother and baby homes

McGuinness called on for investigation into mother and baby homes | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Martin McGuinness has been called on to establish a cross-border investigation into mother and baby homes.
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Texas Judge Sentences Man To Death For Marijuana Possession

Texas Judge Sentences Man To Death For Marijuana Possession | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
AUSTIN, Texas -  An Austin Superior Court judge sentenced 34 year old Joseph Goldsmith to death row yesterday, after Goldsmith was picked up on his third offense for marijuana possession. Judge Mar...
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No Birthright: a study of the unmarried mother and her child

No Birthright: a study of the unmarried mother and her child | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Michael Viney’s groundbreaking Irish Times series in 1964 documented the plight of women who gave birth outside of wedlock
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Brooklyn's new District Attorney leads the way with 8 inmate exonerations so far this year

Brooklyn's new District Attorney leads the way with 8 inmate exonerations so far this year | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Eleven New York inmates have been exonerated so far this year — as many as in any other full year — and Brooklyn leads the way, a new study reveals.
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States Cling to Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders

States Cling to Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Less than half of the 28 states affected by a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juvenile murd...
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If Every American State Was a Country, Which Would Have the World's Highest Incarceration Rate? - Hit & Run : Reason.com

If Every American State Was a Country, Which Would Have the World's Highest Incarceration Rate? - Hit & Run : Reason.com | SocialAction2015 | Scoop.it
Mass incarceration, nation by nation.
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