U.S. States Revive Debtors’ Prisons

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 11:02 am

More and more states have revived the debtors prison, albeit in a specific form, locking people up for failure to pay court costs and fees. Like so many other things in America, shortfalls in budgets are made up not by raising taxes (or heaven forbid, fiscal prudence) but by new arrays of costs and fees paid by people in the criminal justice system. We are not referring to fine or penalty (ex. speeding ticket=$250) here, but to that thing the judges say on TV– “Guilty, with a fine of $300 and court costs. Next case please.”

White Prison Guard in PA Rapes Inmate & Gets Probation

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 5:10 pm

A white Pennsylvania correctional officer & sexually violent predator, Edward Davis, was sentenced today in Luzerne County Court to 5 years probation and 15 years on the Sex Offender registry. He faces no fine or victim restitution payments for raping an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA, or for sneaking in a cellphone, so he can videotape himself doing the sexual act.

Visiting CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou in Federal Prison

By: Monday February 24, 2014 7:02 am

On Saturday,Jane and I went to the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, to visit former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Threatened with ‘Diesel Therapy,’ Suffers Shakedowns for Talking to Press

By: Monday February 17, 2014 1:22 pm

Firedoglake has been publishing Kiriakou’s “Letters from Loretto” since the summer of last year. In fact, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) considers copies of Kiriakou’s letters to be a danger to the Loretto prison: a threat to the “security, good order or discipline of the institution” or “to the protection of the public” or a document that “might facilitate criminal activity.”

In Kiriakou’s most recent letter from prison, written on February 10, he reports a threat allegedly made by a “senior prison official,” who told him months ago that officials have discussed putting him in “diesel therapy” for the rest of his sentence.

In Letter, Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says Nothing is ‘Corrected’ at Loretto Prison

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 9:02 am

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is serving a thirty-month jail sentence in the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written another letter. In this one, he writes, “The term ‘Federal Correctional Institution’ implies that the government is in some way ‘correcting’ the behavior of prisoners here. In truth, that’s just a bad joke. Nothing is ‘corrected’ at Loretto.”

“Reality” TV? Why We Like “Orange Is the New Black”

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 2:15 pm

There’s something fresh and edgy about this show that goes beyond its plotlines or diversity. Could it be that, as much as it offers viewers a fictionalized look at life in a women’s prison, with all the requisite fantasy, Orange manages to feel relevant? The writing, full of storytelling punch, also explores a series of issues that reflect the current interests of our society. Underneath the frothy TV drama there’s a lot to unpack.

Anarchist Black Cross Sounds Alarm on Prisoner Healthcare

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 7:14 pm

At a gathering of Anarchist Black Cross groups, prison support activists raised the alarm about mistreatment of America’s prisoners: a pattern of denial of necessary medical care and compassionate release amounts to state-sanctioned torture.

Chelsea Manning’s Lawyer Clarifies Her Statement on Peace Award

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 4:40 pm

Her lawyer David Coombs added in the posted clarification, “Chelsea has never claimed to be anti-war; indeed she joined the military to defend her country. However, she is a humanist and was motivated in her actions not only by her transparency beliefs, but also by deep concern for the value of human life.”

Lauryn Hill Released From Prison, Releases New Song

By: Friday October 4, 2013 3:05 pm

She’s seemingly emerged from her time on the inside with even more to say. In a newly released track called Consumerism – which appears to be from an album called “Part 1: Letters from Exile”- she addresses a host of “isms” ranging from hedonism to capitalism to skepticism.

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