No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday December 11, 2014 9:00 am|
|By: David Swanson Thursday November 13, 2014 7:00 pm|
The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. This is one of three books everyone should read right away. The others are The New Jim Crow and Burning Down the House, the former with a focus on racism in incarceration, the latter with a focus on the incarceration of youth. Schenwar’s is an overview of incarceration in all its absurd and unfathomable evil — as well as being a spotlight leading away from this brutal institution.
Locked Down, Locked Out is both an incomparably put together report incorporating statistics and studies with individual quotations and anecdotes, and a personal story of how incarceration has impacted the author’s own family and how the author has thought through the complex issues.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 30, 2014 6:40 am|
An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate.
|By: Connor Gibson Saturday August 30, 2014 12:58 pm|
If you’re John Stossel and you want to host a segment to rail against the US Environmental Protection Agency, who ought you to call?
It turns out, a convicted man who was sentenced to six months in prison for defrauding the EPA!
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday August 4, 2014 4:59 pm|
Tonight’s documentary, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story is a hard look at the juvenile “justice” system in America and prison rehabilitation. The United States is the only nation that condemns juveniles to life without chance of parole (LWOP). Kenneth’s case is especially disturbing: At 14 he was convinced by an older man, his mom’s drug dealer, to participate in a series of armed robberies.
|By: Angola 3 News Sunday July 27, 2014 6:00 pm|
Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole. The book’s co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as “la tragique histoire des Trois d’Angola” (the tragic story of the Angola 3).
|By: Zach Tomanelli Monday July 21, 2014 3:17 pm|
If you haven’t been watching HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver you’re really missing out. Oliver takes advantage of the weekly format to devote long segments to topics that don’t often get a hearing from other late night comedians, let alone the corporate news media — often with hilarious results.
Last night’s episode provided a perfect example as Oliver spent 17 minutes eviscerating the national disgrace that is the U.S. prison system.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday July 14, 2014 7:49 am|
In March 22 prisoners held at Pleasant Valley Prison in California sued ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for keeping them in a prison where Valley Fever was running rampant. Schwarzenegger just filed documents saying, in essence, “not my problem.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday June 9, 2014 1:00 pm|
I haven’t had time to binge watch the new season of Orange is the New Black, but the Sentencing Project has compiled some interesting statistics regarding the real subject of women in prison. Unsurprisingly, the US imprisons more women than any other place in the world, most of whom are low-level non-violent offenders, and many are there on drug related charges.
|By: Jordan Melograna Wednesday June 4, 2014 5:43 pm|
Many people think that debtor’s prisons disappeared from American society just as surely as horse-based transportation. But in fact, people who are too poor to pay fines are still being threatened with incarceration today, but with an all too familiar twist: private companies are making money off people who can’t pay.