CJJ | The Coalition for Juvenile Justice Journalist Sues New York Police Over Brutal Arrest at Occupy Anniversary NYPD arresting Occupy protesters on October 1st, 2011.Photo Credit: Adrian Kinloch/Flickr January 2, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. A journalist known for his coverage of the Occupy movement is now suing the New York police for beating him and warning him to stop reporting. Christopher Faraone, a news and features editor at the Boston-based Dig, is suing the New York Police Department. “Despite holding my pad and camera in clear view at the time — and loudly announcing myself as a reporter — I was tackled, zip-tied, and hauled off to jail,” he wrote in September. While in prison, Faraone says he was denied his right to speak to an attorney. Faraone is the author of the book 99 Nights With the 99 Percent.
caát This World Map Shows The Enormity Of America's Prison Problem About 2.4 million people live behind bars in America — the highest number in the world. That’s a little more than .7% of the population and more than 700 for every 100,000 people. This world map illustrates how disconcerting that is. The size of each country corresponds to the size of its total prison population (as of 2010), and a darker colour indicates a higher incarceration rate. Compare that map this one, which uses data from the International Centre for Prison Studies to show the number of prisoners per 100,000 citizens (as of October 2012). Here the problem becomes even more clear: Not even Russia, a post-Soviet country known for locking people up and throwing away the key, is in the same league as the U.S. when it comes to incarceration rate. Some people blame the for-profit system for the growing number of incarcerations. More generally, the “War on Drugs” is on the hook. The result: Minor drug offenses put blacks behind bars at disproportionately higher rates than whites.
davidgraeber : @nzmrmn police violence during... LA Man Cleared of Murder After 34 Years in Prison <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy A Los Angeles man who spent the last 34 years in jail for murder has finally walked free after the sisters of the case's sole witness said their sibling lied in court. Kash Delano Register, 53, emerged from Twin Towers downtown jail on Friday afternoon, smiling and clasping his mother's hand. He said he couldn't be bitter, even after spending decades behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. "I'm just in a numb feeling right now," Register told reporters outside the jail. Register has always maintained he did not kill Jack Sasson, 78, in the carport of Sasson's West Los Angeles home in April 1979. Register was finally exculpated on Thursday after Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader ruled that prosecutors tried to hide evidence that could have proven Register's innocence and used false witness testimony.
New York State in Deal to Limit Solitary Confinement New York State has agreed to sweeping reforms intended to curtail the widespread use of solitary confinement, including prohibiting its use in disciplining prisoners under 18. In doing so, New York becomes the largest prison system in the United States to prohibit the use of disciplinary confinement for minors, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which represented the three prisoners who se lawsuit led to the agreement cited in court papers filed on Wednesday.
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