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Prison Labor in America: How Is It Legal? Crops stretch to the horizon.

Prison Labor in America: How Is It Legal?

Black bodies pepper the landscape, hunched over as they work the fields. Officers on horseback, armed, oversee the workers. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation. Chapter 1: "Inmates Run This Bitch" Have you ever had a riot?

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation

" I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). "The last riot we had was two years ago," he says over the phone. "Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans! " says a woman's voice, cutting in. Sledge freed after 37 years in prison. WHITEVILLE, N.C. — A man who spent nearly four decades behind bars was freed from prison Friday after a three-judge panel found him innocent in the 1976 stabbing deaths of a Bladen County mother and her adult daughter.

Sledge freed after 37 years in prison

Last month, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission recommended the case of Joseph Sledge for judicial review after newly discovered evidence cast doubt on whether he had anything to do with the killings of Josephine Davis, 74, and Ailene Davis, 53, in their Elizabethtown home. NYC teen spends 3 years in solitary confinement after being falsely accused of stealing backpack. According to a report on Democracy Now, a 16-year-old New York teen spent nearly 800 days in solitary confinement after being accused — but never even tried, much less convicted — of stealing a backpack.

NYC teen spends 3 years in solitary confinement after being falsely accused of stealing backpack

On May 15, 2010, Kalief Browder was returning home from a party in the Bronx with a friend. He was stopped by police, who were working on a tip that he had robbed someone earlier that night. In the backseat of the police car, the man who provided that tip pointed at Browder and said he had stolen something from him. “I didn’t do it,” Browder responded. “I didn’t steal anything. The police went back to the car to consult with the man in the backseat, who then changed his story, and said that the robbery had occurred a few weeks earlier. The Wal-Mart Model: Not Just for Retail, Now It’s for Private Prisons Too! The Innocence Project - Home.

Death row inmate Glenn Ford released 30 years after wrongful conviction. Glenn Ford has been freed from the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana having lived under the shadow of the death sentence for 30 years.

Death row inmate Glenn Ford released 30 years after wrongful conviction

He becomes one of the longest-serving death row inmates in US history to be exonerated. After a Murder in the Bronx, a Sentence to Wait. Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row - Andrew Cohen. A case involving a black man convicted by an all-white jury in Louisiana decades ago may be reopened.

Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row - Andrew Cohen

A 1984 photograph of Louisiana death row inmate Glenn Ford, who may soon be exonerated (James R. McClure/Caddo Parish Indigent Defender Office) UPDATE: Glenn Ford was indeed released from prison late Tuesday afternoon local time. About the Exoneration Registry. America's Worst Prison Closed 51 Years Ago. Except It Didn't. —Ben Dreyfuss on Fri.

America's Worst Prison Closed 51 Years Ago. Except It Didn't.

March 21, 2014 2:32 PM PDT Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was conceived as a place to put the worst of the worst. The prisoners that kept starting problems at the other prisons. Put them all together, the thinking went. Amazon. States subjecting death row inmates to longer deaths amid scramble for drugs. US death penalty states face a deepening crisis in their struggle to procure medical drugs for use in lethal injections, with new evidence that the increasingly random methods being used are subjecting condemned prisoners to prolonged and possibly excruciating deaths.

States subjecting death row inmates to longer deaths amid scramble for drugs

A Guardian survey of death sentences carried out over the past three years by Texas – the most prolific of all execution states – has found that the procedure now takes on average twice as long as under previous protocols. A study of Texas department of criminal justice records and eyewitness media reports mainly from the Associated Press shows a notable lengthening of the death process following the switch in July 2012 from the conventional three-drug cocktail to a single drug, pentobarbital. Crime Control as Industry Book Review. Crime Control as Industry By Nils Christie (2000) Review by Peter Wagner Originally submitted to Prison Legal News on May 9, 2002 The heavily revised third edition (2000) of Crime Control As Industry: Towards Gulags, Western Style is an essential guide to understanding the incarceration boom and considering how we can turn it around.

Crime Control as Industry Book Review

The first book of Norwegian criminologist Nils Christie, Limits to Pain, argued that the criminal justice system is in fact a pain delivery system, with the size of the system controlled not by the number of committed acts labeled as crimes but by the amount of pain that a society is willing to impose on its citizens. Crime Control as Industry expands upon that theme, and tracks how an industry has arisen to manage crime. 'Verwend kutkind'-syndroom. Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC) Import - The Central Park Five 1. De Nederlandse Publieke Omroep maakt gebruik van cookies.

Import - The Central Park Five 1

We maken een onderscheid tussen functionele cookies en cookies voor het beheer van webstatistieken, advertenties en social media. De cookies bevatten geen persoonsgegevens en zijn dus niet tot een individu te herleiden. Met de cookies voor advertenties en social media worden mogelijk door derden gegevens verzameld buiten de websites van de Nederlandse Publieke Omroep. What Americans Don't Understand About the Death Penalty - Andrew Cohen. 'De straf is vrijheidsbeneming, wij voegen geen leed toe' Op water en brood. Concentratiekamp. Kamp Duindorp - Beeld en Geluid wiki. Beschrijving De wijk Duindorp werd door de Duitsers tijdens de bezetting ontruimd voor de aanleg van de ‘Atlantikwall’. Na de bevrijding werd de wijk omheind en werden er mensen opgesloten die verdacht werden van collaboratie met de Duitsers. Aan de hand van archiefbeelden, foto's en interviews wordt een beeld geschetst van de locaties en de mensen die erbij betrokken waren.

De oude filmbeelden variëren van opnamen van bevrijdingsfeesten tot het tuchtigen en opbrengen van collaborateurs. The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.

There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country. The Shame of America’s Gulag - Chris Hedges' Columns. The Shame of America’s Gulag Posted on Mar 17, 2013 By Chris Hedges If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappear behind prison walls you become prey.

Bonnie Kerness and Ojore Lutalo, both of whom I met in Newark, N.J., a few days ago at the office of American Friends Service Committee Prison Watch, have fought longer and harder than perhaps any others in the country against the expanding abuse of prisoners, especially the use of solitary confinement. 'Geen besparing private gevangenis' Bekijk Ontsnapte gevangene pleegde moord ANP Toegevoegd: vrijdag 2 dec 2011, 18:45 Update: vrijdag 2 dec 2011, 23:21. Prisoner_population_rate_world_2012_map.png (1350×625) Mass Appeal to Governors: Don't Privatize Prisons. The private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America has made states an offer they can—and should—refuse. That's the message that went out to state governors on Thursday in letters signed by 60 policy and religious groups. The letters urged the governors of all 50 states not to take up a blanket deal CCA has put forth to buy and privatize their state prisons in return for a promise to keep those prisons filled.

Two weeks ago, the Huffington Post revealed that CCA was reaching out to states, offering to buy their prisons as a way to deal with their "challenging corrections budgets. " The company is proposing that it receive, in exchange for the cash, a 20-year management contract that would require the states to keep their prisons at least 90 percent full for the duration.

This power play by the private prison firm may indicate some anxiety in what has historically been a growth industry. Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America. A prison is a trap for catching time. Arizona's Private Prisons: A Bad Bargain. Prisoners in 2011. E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., William J.