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Supreme Court Texas Redistricting Decision Could be Blow for Latinos, Advocates Fear

Supreme Court Texas Redistricting Decision Could be Blow for Latinos, Advocates Fear | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked the use of the maps issued by the federal judges.
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Cyntoia Brown, Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison at 16, Challenges Life Sentence

Cyntoia Brown, Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison at 16, Challenges Life Sentence | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Cyntoia Brown, the woman who was backed by several celebrities after a filmmaker made a documentary about her controversial case, is challenging her life sentence in prison
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Bill would stop old 10-year-old felonies from being used in state's three-strike laws

A bill filed in the Mississippi Legislature would prevent felonies more than 10 years old from being used to sentence a person as habitual offender.

A rock of cocaine or stealing a pickup can get a person sentenced to life in prison as a habitual offender if one of the prior convictions was for a crime of violence. Bills filed in the state Senate could change that. They would prohibit using a felony more than 10 years old to sentence a person as a habitual ...

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In search of political prisoners: A dialogue with Padraic Kenney | OUPblog

In search of political prisoners: A dialogue with Padraic Kenney | OUPblog | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
States around the world imprison people for their beliefs or politically-motivated actions. Oppositional movements of all stripes celebrate their comrades behind bars. Yet they are more than symbols of repression and human rights. Padraic Kenney discusses his new book, Dance in Chains: Political Imprisonment in the Modern World, which seeks to find universal answers to questions about the meaning and purpose of imprisonment.
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Black Lives Movement Pioneer Has a Story to Tell

Black Lives Movement Pioneer Has a Story to Tell | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

Four questions for author and activist Patrisse Khan-Cullors.

Or when she was a high school freshman and her teenage brother Monte was arrested for a break-in and tortured, he claimed—starved, beaten, and placed in solitary confinement—by guards at the Los Angeles County Jail. Her new memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist, is a searing coming-of-age ...

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Teenagers held in isolated cells for more than 250 days in Western Australia

Teenagers held in isolated cells for more than 250 days in Western Australia | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Amnesty International calls for unit in youth detention centre to close, saying treatment may breach international law
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Upstate jails contain thousands of prisoners too poor to bail themselves out

Upstate jails contain thousands of prisoners too poor to bail themselves out | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

Gov. Cuomo moving to reform bail system.

Accused of stealing a backpack when he was 16 years old, Browder spent three years in Rikers Island jail — 400 days in solitary confinement — because he was unable to come up with $3,000 in bail money. He was 22 when he took his own life. “The blunt ugly reality is that, too often,

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Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions

Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, prisoners will stop all work to protest “slave labor,” price gouging, and unexplained deaths in custody.
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Pack the court for Mumia on Jan. 17!

Pack the court for Mumia on Jan. 17! | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
In a case that could lead to freedom for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker ordered the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office to present new …
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Immigration detention deaths reach the highest total since 2009

Immigration detention deaths reach the highest total since 2009 | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A Mexican immigrant's death near Houston after he was evacuated from the path of Hurricane Irma in September marked the end of the deadliest year for immigrants held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in nearly a decade. Felipe Almazan-Ruiz, 51, was taken to a hospital days after being booked into an immigration contract detention facility in Livingston, according to ICE. Almazan-Ruiz had initially been arrested by ICE in Miami in July, but ended up in Texas after hurricanes struck both states. He died Sept. 17 from cardiac arrest. Around the country, 12 immigrants died in detention in the 2017 fiscal year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the most since fiscal year 2009.
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Prisoners in Florida to strike on MLK Day

Prisoners in Florida to strike on MLK Day | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Most people don’t know there is one place in the U.S. where slavery is still legal — in prisons. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, passed in 1864, abolished slavery and involuntary…
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Reports of excessive force by Edmonton Remand Centre staff investigated after hunger strike ends

Reports of excessive force by Edmonton Remand Centre staff investigated after hunger strike ends | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Allegations of excessive force used by staff at the Edmonton Remand Centre are being looked into by Alberta Justice, according to a ministry spokesperson. They also confirmed a three-day hunger strike at the prison -- which at one point involved 55 inmates -- has ended.
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Update: Barberton Maximum Prison hunger strike continues | Mpumalanga News

Update: Barberton Maximum Prison hunger strike continues | Mpumalanga News | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A total of 96 offenders serving life sentence at Barberton Medium B, opted not to have breakfast yesterday. The prime issue was parole consideration of lifers, largely complaining about the backlog.
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As Erica Garner Is Mourned, Why Are Black Mothers in NYC Dying at 12 Times Rate of White Mothers?

Subscribed 351K Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe https://democracynow.org - In Harlem, hundreds of people attended the funeral Monday of anti-police brutality activist Erica Garner, who died at the age of 27 on December 30 after an asthma-induced heart attack, four months after giving birth to her second child. Erica’s father, Eric Garner, was killed when police officers in Staten Island wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold in 2014. Her funeral came as a new ProPublica investigation suggests Erica Garner’s postpartum death might be part of a wider national problem in which hospitals are failing African-American mothers, leading to disproportionately high maternal mortality rates. Every year in the United States, between 700 and 900 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. For every woman who dies, dozens more experience severe and sometimes life-threatening complications annually. We speak to Annie Waldman, a reporter at ProPublica. Her most recent article is titled “How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers.” The piece is part of a larger year-long ProPublica investigation called “Lost Mothers: Maternal Care and Preventable Deaths.” Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: https://democracynow.org Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: https://democracynow.org/donate
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Western Australia's Corrective Services Boss Denies Teens Were Subjected To Solitary Confinement

Western Australia's Corrective Services Boss Denies Teens Were Subjected To Solitary Confinement | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
"We actually don't torture people in corrections in this state," Western Australia's corrective services commissioner said.
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Florida prisoners launch strike against slave labor

Florida prisoners launch strike against slave labor | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Lake Butler Work Camp, Fla., Jan. 16 — There is one place in the U.S. where slavery is still constitutionally legal: in prisons. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, passed in 1864, a…
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A Just Cause - Fantasies & Lies takes Center-Stage on IRP6 Case - Part 3

A Just Cause - Fantasies & Lies takes Center-Stage on IRP6 Case - Part 3 | 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. Although the American system of justice is the most-respected worldwide, it is still a system designed, and operated, by humans, which means it's not perfect. Lamont, Cliff and Lisa will highlight ongoing struggles against "the system" and what happens when justice miscarries against our American citizens. A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO for a crime they didn't commit. Read full story: www.freetheirp6.org. 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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Opinion | Sent home to a deadly nightmare by Trump’s America

Opinion | Sent home to a deadly nightmare by Trump’s America | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Trump's America sent a transgender asylum seeker back to a deadly nightmare.
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Florida’s Prison Laborers Are Going On Strike

Florida’s Prison Laborers Are Going On Strike | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Demanding fair pay for their work and an end to brutal conditions, the inmates are putting pressure on the Florida prison system’s bottom line.
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Dept seeks amicable solution to Barberton prison hunger strike

Dept seeks amicable solution to Barberton prison hunger strike | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The prisoners, who are serving life sentences, are refusing to eat as part of their protest over parole.
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Walker Should Be Ashamed of His Inaction on Lincoln Hills

Walker Should Be Ashamed of His Inaction on Lincoln Hills | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Legislatively Speaking By Senator, Lena C. Taylor Lena C. Taylor I guess I should be jumping for joy, but I am not. My feet are firmly planted in my frustration at the announcement of Governor Scott Walker that he may finally do something about Lincoln Hills Juvenile Correctional facility. It's only taken about 6 years since a judge reached o
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Cuomo: Bail rules are keeping upstate jails overcrowded

Cuomo: Bail rules are keeping upstate jails overcrowded | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
ALBANY — Nearly 9,000 prisoners held in upstate county jails last month were pretrial detainees unable to muster enough money to be freed on bail.
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Chelsea Manning eyes U.S. Senate seat for Maryland

Chelsea Manning eyes U.S. Senate seat for Maryland | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data, is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Maryland, according to Federal election filings seen on Saturday.
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When Prosecutors Are 'Innocence Deniers' #DavontaeSanford 

When Prosecutors Are 'Innocence Deniers' #DavontaeSanford  | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Lara Bazelon writes in Slate that prosecutors who won't admit mistakes are 'innocence deniers." She tells NPR's Scott Simon why she thinks some prosecutors actively work against justice.
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Movement Against Prison Slavery Ramps Up With Operation PUSH In Florida

Movement Against Prison Slavery Ramps Up With Operation PUSH In Florida | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Organizers, including one incarcerated individual, outline plans for Operation PUSH, which will involve refusing to work in multiple prisons in Florida.
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A Just Cause - Fantasies & Lies takes Center-Stage on IRP6 Case - Part 2

A Just Cause - Fantasies & Lies takes Center-Stage on IRP6 Case - Part 2 | 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. Although the American system of justice is the most-respected worldwide, it is still a system designed, and operated, by humans, which means it's not perfect. Lamont, Cliff and Lisa will highlight ongoing struggles against "the system" and what happens when justice miscarries against our American citizens. A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO for a crime they didn't commit. Read full story: www.freetheirp6.org. 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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