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Kid CAT program at San Quentin State Prison

Kid CAT program at San Quentin State Prison | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Kid CAT is a group of 16 juvenile lifers at San Quentin State Prison who run a program to support one another and perform acts of service
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Remove ABSOLUTE JUDICIAL IMMUNITY - Hold the Judicial community responsible for their actions

Remove ABSOLUTE JUDICIAL IMMUNITY - Hold the Judicial community responsible for their actions | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
We are all helping each other with causes - Most of the Causes are personal and help our Cases - This Cause Helps all of us - and the Future us.
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US prosecutors revisiting nearly 5,000 convictions

US prosecutors revisiting nearly 5,000 convictions | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) â€" When three half brothers' decades-old murder convictions were thrown out last month, they became a dramatic example of an idea spreading among prosecutors nationwide: "integrity units" dedicated to double-checking convictions to determine whether justice was served. Over the last seven years, more than a dozen prosecutors' offices across the country have created such staff teams or expert panels to review wrongful-conviction claims. While reviewing convictions, "we also have to make sure we're respecting the integrity of the jury system," says Michael Nerheim, the state's attorney in suburban Lake County, Illinois. Appeals courts have been re-examining convictions for centuries, but prosecutors' reviews can unearth evidence from authorities' own files that never made it into the court record. DAs also have investigative tools that defense lawyers don't, such as the ability to grant witnesses immunity from prosecution. Lawyer Ron Kuby branded the Manhattan DA's effort a "wrongful conviction perpetuation unit" last month after prosecutors rebuffed a prisoner's innocence claim in a notorious 1990 tourist killing.
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Drug War Prisoners Helping America and Themselves: A Plan for Decarceration

Drug War Prisoners Helping America and Themselves: A Plan for Decarceration | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
By Nora Callahan
There is something new in the wind, with regards to the old and brutal drug war.
National leaders, including our President, have acknowledged that sentencing schemes of the last few decades brought us an era of mass incarceration. Admission of grave injustice is new and a welcome respite from the steady drum war beat.
But polices - our laws - still need ...
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Can the Justice System Be “Cured?”

Can the Justice System Be “Cured?” | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Rising national awareness of the damage that the nation’s criminal justice policies have inflicted on communities of color has made it a “propitious” moment to apply public health concepts to the challenge of system reform, a Columbia University conference was told yesterday.

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“Public health professionals need to play a more critical role in addressing the “epidemic” of mass incarceration—which is often exacerbated by the failure to address health issues of vulnerable families and youth. Public health, incarceration and justice issues are inextricably linked, in both the causes of the incarceration rate, and in the solutions needed to be put together. It is crucial for policymakers to support solutions that addresses individuals’ personal histories and family circumstances rather than just the offenses that has brought them into the system—beginning with flaws in early childhood education and health care. Ultimately practitioners will need to use the lens of public health to persuade “tough on crime” legislators that incarceration is harming the nation.”

 

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‘Happy Mother’s Day to all the crack hoes out there’: Florida prosecutor sparks outrage over rude Facebook rants

‘Happy Mother’s Day to all the crack hoes out there’: Florida prosecutor sparks outrage over rude Facebook rants | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
A Florida prosecutor said a controversial message he posted to his Facebook account wishing “all the crack hoes” a happy Mother’s Day was just his way of inspiring women to make better choices.
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Yet another Heartbreaking, and All Too Common, Story Out of Menard Prison

Yet another Heartbreaking, and All Too Common, Story Out of Menard Prison | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Alan, our Legal Director, spent today visiting prisoners at Menard Correctional Center. Menard, as usual, was profoundly disturbing. We will write a more comprehensive report later, but for now, we...
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Judge Assaults Public Defender, No Arrests

Judge Assaults Public Defender, No Arrests | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Bevard County, Florida Judge John Murphy assaulted assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock for refusing to waive his client's sixth amendment rights.
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Why Are Kids Being Tried in Kangaroo Courts?

Why Are Kids Being Tried in Kangaroo Courts? | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Juvenile courts across the country deny young defendants the constitutional right to an attorney
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Pardonable Offenses

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Fourteen of the luckiest people in the United States were gathered in one room Tuesday on Capitol Hill. TV cameras, reporters, and congressional staffers crowded into a small briefing room in the R
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Photos: Bad judgment? Judges who came into spotlight

Photos: Bad judgment? Judges who came into spotlight | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
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Is the ‘tough on crime’ movement on its way out?

Is the ‘tough on crime’ movement on its way out? | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
For decades, our criminal justice system has focused on punishment, not rehabilitation. But now, the reform movement is getting support from an unlikely ally.
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Life after Juvenile Detention

Life after Juvenile Detention | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Of all the birthdays Julie Kisaka remembers from her childhood, one clearly stands out among the rest. “There’s nothing worse than celebrating your 15th birthday in jail,” Kisaka said. On her birthday, Kisaka’s parents brought her a chocolate cake, and the three of them sat quietly in the detention center’s small cafeteria. Behind bars, Kisaka tasted bitterness.
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She’s still a mom, even behind bars | Al Jazeera America

She’s still a mom, even behind bars | Al Jazeera America | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Prison advocates want to foster better relationships between incarcerated mothers and their kids
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What's Two Levels Between Friends?

What's Two Levels Between Friends? | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Meet the United States Sentencing Guidelines Table: And now meet the Drug Quantity Table.  It occurs to me that some of you have yet to be introduced, and since this post is about the internecine b...
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TEDx for a prison crowd

TEDx for a prison crowd | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
The acronym TED conjures up big trading posts of ideas for the hip and the avant. Thought leaders with wide-eyed, arm-waving 15-minute talks before screens that give great graphics and music. But...
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Scott Budnick: Changing What It Means to Be in Prison at CA's Ironwood State

Scott Budnick: Changing What It Means to Be in Prison at CA's Ironwood State | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
The largest prison education program in California is thriving at Ironwood State Prison, where men are transcribing college textbooks into Braille, learning trade skills and where an astonishing 1200+ students have earned college degrees....
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Why Your Right To A Public Defender May Come With A Fee

Why Your Right To A Public Defender May Come With A Fee | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
In Louisiana, fees charged to people who come through the courts pay for about two-thirds the budget for public defenders statewide.
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Life behind bars at Menard Correctional Center : Gallery

Life behind bars at Menard Correctional Center : Gallery | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
A media tour of Menard Correctional Center gives a glimpse of life behind bars at the maximum-security prison in southern Illinois.
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Task force to aid NYC's mentally ill inmates

Task force to aid NYC's mentally ill inmates | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Associated Press NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the creation of a task force that seeks to reduce the number of mentally ill inmates in New York City's jails. The
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Feds Investigating Prison for Beating Innocent Visitors & Forcing Inmates to Fight, Gladiator-Style

Feds Investigating Prison for Beating Innocent Visitors & Forcing Inmates to Fight, Gladiator-Style | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
"The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justice case shows how some members of the Sheriff’s Department considered themselves to be above the law."  The Free Thought ProjectJohn VibesJune 2, 2014 Recently a disturbing story about prison conditions has surfaced in L.A. County's Twin Towers Correctional Facilities, in California.  According to the LA Times,…
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CBS 12 News Investigates prison abuse allegations - WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News - Top Stories

CBS 12 News Investigates prison abuse allegations - WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News - Top Stories | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Story by Peter Schaller CBS 12 NEWSWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Use of force, it's a decision every offi
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New York prosecutor to re-examine 90 convictions

New York prosecutor to re-examine 90 convictions | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Fueled by the freeing of a prison inmate who claimed a detective framed him in a 1990 murder, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has undertaken one of the nation’s most ambitious efforts to revisit cases of people put behind bars decades ago to determine whether they were wrongly convicted.
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Treating Prisoners With Dignity Can Reduce Crime

Treating Prisoners With Dignity Can Reduce Crime | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
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"Prisons are organized around the belief that, since virtually all prisoners will return to their communities, it is better to approach their incarceration with conditions as close to "normal" as possible--with the addition of treatment, behavioral interventions, skills training, and needed education—and to remove them from communities for the shortest possible time so that institutional life does not become their norm."

 

When someone commits a crime, taking away a person's freedom for a period of time is the way justice is served in society today. Taking away a person's dignity is NOT part of the equation. People do not lose their right to be treated with dignity as part of being sentenced to prison. Prison should above all be a rehabilitative environment.

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Easy Legal Forms & Contracts for Wills Leases and More ¦ LawDepot

Easy Legal Forms & Contracts for Wills Leases and More ¦ LawDepot | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
LawDepot is a leading publisher of do-it-yourself legal forms. Customize legal templates such as wills, prenups and more. Start your free trial today.
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The Untold Story Of What Happened At An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail After The Chemical Spill

The Untold Story Of What Happened At An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail After The Chemical Spill | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
Inmates say asking for clean water or medical attention could land them in solitary confinement.
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Death row activist Sister Helen Prejean at Elms College commencement 2014: Audio

Death row activist Sister Helen Prejean at Elms College commencement 2014: Audio | Stop Mass Incarceration and Wrongful Convictions | Scoop.it
In telling three "stories about passion" at Saturday's ceremony, Prejean described her early ministry on death row, and what she learned. (Audio)
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