FDL Movie Night: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

By: 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.

 

Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis –An interview with Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International France

By: 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).

John Oliver Takes on the U.S. Prison System With Puppets

By: 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.

Schwarzenegger Says He’s Not Responsible for Exposing Prisoners to Valley Fever

By: 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.”

The Real “Orange is the New Black”: Women are the Fastest Growing Prison Population

By: 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.

To Prison for Poverty

By: 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.

What Are Your Chances of Going to Prison?

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:20 pm

If you follow Brave New Films you already know that the United States locks up more people than any other country on Earth. And you know that the 40-year-old War on Drugs has done nothing to decrease drug addiction.

But did you know your race determines your chances of going to prison? That the incarceration of women is on the rise? Or that there’s a pipeline that sucks kids in from school and deposits them behind bars at alarming rates?

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.

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