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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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For LAPD Cop Working Skid Row, 'There's Always Hope'

For LAPD Cop Working Skid Row, 'There's Always Hope' | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Los Angeles police officer Deon Joseph has a reputation on Skid Row as someone who cares. He has pushed for changes in policing and sounded the alarm about the neighborhood's mental health crisis.
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Story of Kirk Bloodsworth, First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence, Bolstered by Crowd Funding - Press Release - Digital Journal

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3rd World Solidarity: Global Revolution And The Question Of African Political Integrity (10.13.2014)

3rd World Solidarity: Global Revolution And The Question Of African Political Integrity (10.13.2014) | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Summary: The international struggle for human justice is the subject. #Ferguson, Missouri and the Occupied Territories of the Gaza have many similarities as well as many differences. Why are commit...
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Police agreed with Catholic Church not to encourage child sex abuse victims to come forward, inquiry hears

Police agreed with Catholic Church not to encourage child sex abuse victims to come forward, inquiry hears | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The NSW Police Force had an informal agreement with the Catholic Church not to encourage victims of child sexual abuse to come forward, particularly if they were reluctant to make a formal police statement, the Police Integrity Commission has heard.
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From the frying pan into the fire — death row inmates struggle to cope in the real world

From the frying pan into the fire — death row inmates struggle to cope in the real world | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA, Oct 13 — Sabrina Butler can lay claim to a dubious honour — she is the only female death row prisoner in the United States to be exonerated.

But while she may finally be free, the stain on her character has proven far harder to
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Trial starting in Jeffrey Deskovic suit against Putnam County

Trial starting in Jeffrey Deskovic suit against Putnam County | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Deskovic wants former sheriff's Investigator Daniel Stephens, the man he blames for his wrongful conviction and imprisonment, questioned under oath. His federal trial against Stephens and Putnam County opens Tuesday.
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The killings and kidnappings rocking Mexico

The killings and kidnappings rocking Mexico | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands protested in Mexico after the killing of six student teachers by police and the disappearance of 43 more.
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U.S. Government Tells UN Committee on Torture: “There Is No Systematic Use of Solitary Confinement in the United States”

U.S. Government Tells UN Committee on Torture: “There Is No Systematic Use of Solitary Confinement in the United States” | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Today, dozens advocates will travel from around the country to Washington, DC, to take part in what are called “Civil Society Consultations” with representatives of the U.S. government on the subje...
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Prison staff shortages approaching tipping point, says top governor

Prison staff shortages approaching tipping point, says top governor | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Record inmate numbers and rising violence driving prisons towards instability, says president of governors association
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Ten Facts About Homelessness

Ten Facts About Homelessness | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Renee Delisle was one of over 3500 homeless people in Santa Cruz when she found out she was pregnant. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported she was turned away from a shelter because they did not have space for her. While other homeless people slept in ...
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Tania Clarence in court

13 October - The South African mother, Tania Clarence, accused of murdering her three children has already admitted to killing the toddlers, all of whom repo...
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Mark Duggan inquest challenge fails

Mark Duggan inquest challenge fails | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The mother of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked nationwide riots after he was shot by a police marksman, loses a High Court bid to overturn a lawful killing verdict.
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South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence

South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
“We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.”
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Parsons v. Ryan

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The ACLU, the ACLU of Arizona, the Prison Law Office, and co-counsel today filed a settlement agreement in their class-action suit on behalf of more than 33,000 prisoners in Arizona’s state prisons. Under the settlement, the Arizona Department of Corrections must fix a broken health ca...
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Nowhere To Go But Jail? • OverCriminalized #3: Homelessness • BRAVE NEW FILMS: JUSTICE

It is time to stop treating the homeless like criminals. Police have alternatives to incarceration that actually help people -and save money for taxpayers. WATCH MORE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSbFb...
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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.

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Quick facts on over criminalization:

• 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. 

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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. 

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Boy Remains In Custody, Charged With Homicide

Boy Remains In Custody, Charged With Homicide | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP -- A 10-year-old boy is being charged as an adult with criminal homicide in the death of a 90-year-old woman in Wayne County. The 10-year-old boy remains behind bars Tuesday morni...
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In Their Own Words, Inmates Discuss the Riddle of Juvenile Justice

In Their Own Words, Inmates Discuss the Riddle of Juvenile Justice | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The John Howard Association of Illinois, an independent prison watchdog and justice reform advocate, recently published a report introducing ways to reform the criminal justice system for youth prosecuted for serious offenses.

This report takes a unique approach in asking the population in question about their experiences in the judicial system. Their responses were taken as a new framework in determining the fairness and effectiveness of the current system for youth prosecuted for serious crimes.
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Northampton family of sick boy, 5, with leukaemia left without home

Northampton family of sick boy, 5, with leukaemia left without home | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The parents of a five-year-old boy with leukaemia are set to become homeless by January because, despite having paid taxes for most of their adult lives, they are not entitled to a penny of housing support.
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Cuba-U.S.: A secret history to rebuild its bridges

Cuba-U.S.: A secret history to rebuild its bridges | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

By David Vázquez Abella, Rosa Miriam Elizaldeed 
Source:  Cubadebate

October 13, 2014

Preceded by book reviews in major U.S. and European media, and by notes that two weeks ago filtered their inexhaustible research, the book Back Channel to Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), by William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh, was presented today at 4:00 pm, in the Villena room of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) in Havana. here to edit the title

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Duggan family vows to fight on - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Duggan family vows to fight on - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The family of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by a police marksman sparked nationwide riots, is planning further legal action after losing a High Court battle over an inquest finding
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Child abuse inquiry to examine claims John Major’s government failed to act

Child abuse inquiry to examine claims John Major’s government failed to act | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Information about abuse at children’s home frequented by Cyril Smith was allegedly received but not acted upon
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Fighting for children without lawyer

Fighting for children without lawyer | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
As figures show more parents are representing themselves in civil courts, parents speak about fighting - without a lawyer - to see their children.
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‘We Can Do Better': Russell Brand Tells David Letterman Why He Wants A Revolution

‘We Can Do Better': Russell Brand Tells David Letterman Why He Wants A Revolution | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Russell Brand was a guest on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' on Monday night - and he was plugging his new book, 'Revolution'.

When asked by Letterman to explain what 'the revolution' is about, Brand compared the state of his hometown of Gray...
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malek's comment, October 14, 2014 9:03 AM
A good comedian