Ricardo Cruciani, Who Sexually Assaulted Patients, Found Dead at Rikers

Ricardo Cruciani’s death, just weeks after his conviction, was a suspected suicide. He was the 12th person to die this year in custody or shortly after release.

#correction-department-nyc, #cruciani-ricardo, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #sex-crimes, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

As U.S. Seeks to Close Guantánamo, Saudi Center Could Be Option

The Biden administration is looking for places to safely send cleared Guantánamo detainees who cannot go home. Could a program in Saudi Arabia provide a solution?

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #prisons-and-prisoners, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #shutdowns-institutional, #terrorism, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

Palestinian Prisoners in Israel Use Hunger Strikes to Seek Freedom

For decades, Palestinians imprisoned by Israel have used these protests as a way to demand better living conditions and an end to indefinite detentions.

#hisham-abu-hawash, #hunger-strikes, #israel, #kayed-al-fasfos, #khader-adnan, #khalil-awawdeh, #palestinians, #prisons-and-prisoners, #west-bank

Guatemala’s Corrupt Officials Train Their Sights on the Press

José Rubén Zamora, an award-winning journalist and president of the elPeriódico newspaper, arrests marks an escalation of the government’s assault on democratic values.

#corruption-institutional, #freedom-of-the-press, #guatemala, #illegal-immigration, #international-commission-against-impunity-in-guatemala-cicig, #prisons-and-prisoners

Out of Prison, Taiwan Activist Urges Resistance to Beijing’s Threats

Li Ming-che and his wife, who met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan last week, have sought to inspire others not to be intimidated into silence by Beijing.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #international-relations, #prisons-and-prisoners, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan

The Sunday Read: ‘Why Was Joshua Held for More Than Two Years for Someone Else’s Crimes?’

Honolulu incarcerated the wrong man for more than two years — a miscarriage of justice that shows the cruel inadequacy of America’s approach to mental health.

#homeless-persons, #honolulu-hawaii, #kolker-robert, #mental-health-and-disorders, #prisons-and-prisoners

We Are Living in Richard Nixon’s America, and Trump Wants to Keep Us There

Remember when there was talk of Joe Biden as a transformational figure?

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Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

Ukraine said it was ready for Black Sea grain shipments to resume, while the top Russian and American diplomats talked about a prisoner swap involving the basketball star Brittney Griner.

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Brittney Griner and the Total Lopsidedness of Prisoner Swaps with Russia

American citizens should still know that if they are imprisoned in a country with a dubious legal system, the U.S. government will do all it can to get them back.

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U.S. Offers to Swap Russian Arms Dealer, Viktor Bout, for Griner and Whelan

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said he would speak to his Russian counterpart for the first time in months about a “substantial proposal” to free the Americans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bout-viktor, #griner-brittney, #international-relations, #moscow-russia, #prisons-and-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #whelan-paul-n

Looming Question for Putin Opponents: Can You Change Russia From Jail?

For opposition figures choosing to stay in Russia after President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, imprisonment looks like a matter of time. It’s also a subject for fierce debate.

#immigration-and-emigration, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yashin-ilya

Horrific Conditions, and a Cover-Up, at Federal Prison in Atlanta

The conditions at the prison, while extreme, reflect wider problems in the Bureau of Prisons’ sprawling network of 122 facilities housing about 158,000 inmates.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #georgia, #ossoff-jon, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate, #whistle-blowers

Why Was Joshua Held for More Than Two Years for Someone Else’s Crimes?

Honolulu incarcerated the wrong man for more than two years — a miscarriage of justice that shows the cruel inadequacy of America’s approach to mental health.

#hawaii, #homeless-persons, #mental-health-and-disorders, #prisons-and-prisoners, #schizophrenia

After Two Decades in Solitary, This Is His First Day Out

After nearly 33 years in prison — and over two decades in solitary confinement — Jack Powers embarks on the first day of his new life.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #prisons-and-prisoners, #solitary-confinement

Myanmar Military Executes Four Pro-Democracy Activists

They were the country’s first executions in more than 30 years. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted civilian leader who was detained during last year’s coup, remains in prison.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #capital-punishment, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #prisons-and-prisoners, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

U.S. Pays $4.2 Million to Victims of Jail Guard’s Long-Running Sex Abuse

Six women sued, saying they were abused by one guard at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a now-closed federal jail.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #metropolitan-correctional-center-manhattan-ny, #metropolitan-detention-center-brooklyn-ny, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes

For People Just Leaving Prison, a Novel Kind of Support: Cash

Joining a raft of initiatives aimed at helping the formerly incarcerated, a program gives money to defray expenses they face, including court fines and rent.

#black-people, #center-for-employment-opportunities-ceo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

Maxwell Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison as Epstein Case Nears Its End

Prosecutors said the harm inflicted by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-abuse scheme was “incalculable.” A victim said she was driven to attempt suicide. Ms. Maxwell did not apologize.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes

Moscow Court Brittney Griner Held in Jail for Another 18 Days

The American basketball star was arrested in February in a Russian airport amid tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and attempts to win her release have repeatedly failed.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #moscow-russia, #phoenix-mercury, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Brittney Griner’s Team Meets With U.S. State Department Over Her Detention

The Phoenix Mercury were encouraged to continue their public campaign for the W.N.B.A. star’s release from Russia, where the U.S. government has said she has been “wrongfully detained.”

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #phoenix-mercury, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #womens-national-basketball-assn

N.Y.C. Jail Officials Avert a Federal Takeover of Rikers Island

At a hearing, a federal judge granted the officials more time to address rampant violence and disorder inside the city jail system.

#deaths-fatalities, #molina-louis-a, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Rikers Island Faces Pressure to End Death and Disorder Crisis

Under orders to draw up a turnaround plan or face a federal takeover, the New York City jails system still has failed to provide detainees with basic care.

#correction-department-nyc, #deaths-fatalities, #molina-louis-a, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

At 14, He Fired a Fatal Shot. At 18, He Was Finally Sentenced.

Aaron Nathaniel Jr., who was only 14 when he killed Timi Oyebola, 16, was sentenced after delays that frustrated families on both sides.

#brooklyn-nyc, #brownsville-brooklyn-ny, #children-and-childhood, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

Escaped Alabama Inmate and Officer Are Caught After Crash, Officials Say

The authorities in Alabama had been searching since April 29 for the corrections officer and the inmate, who disappeared after the officer said she was escorting him to a courthouse appointment.

#alabama, #lauderdale-county-ala, #prison-escapes, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #white-casey-cole, #white-vicki-lauderdale-county-ala-corrections-officer

How Biden Can Bring Hope to Prisons Like Mine

We all deserve another chance.

#criminal-justice, #law-and-legislation, #pell-grants, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sing-sing-correctional-facility, #sullivan-correctional-facility

Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty in Myanmar Ahead of Biden Summit

The elected civilian leader, who was detained in a military coup last year, was sentenced to five years in prison in a corruption trial that was closed to the public.

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Biden to Use Clemency Powers for First Time

The president said he would commute the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders and issue three pardons, part of what aides described as a broader strategy to overhaul the criminal justice system.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j

How a Race-Based Medical Formula Is Keeping Some Black Men in Prison

The formula, which helps estimate kidney health, has been discarded by many hospitals. But some judges still use it to decide whether to release those potentially endangered by Covid-19.

#black-people, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #kidneys, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #transplants

How We Stopped Believing That People Can Change

When we see others as the sum of their past beliefs and actions, nothing added, subtracted or transformed, forgiveness and redemption become impossible.

#apologies, #cancel-culture, #christians-and-christianity, #jews-and-judaism, #prisons-and-prisoners

Justice Dept. Inquiry Finds ‘Systemic Failures’ at Mississippi Prison

A report singled out solitary confinement and enforced segregation as particularly harmful practices that contributed to the poor mental and physical health of prisoners.

#capital-punishment, #clarke-kristen-1974, #justice-department, #mississippi, #mississippi-state-penitentiary, #parchman-miss, #prisons-and-prisoners, #reeves-tate-1974, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Superpredator Myth Did a Lot of Damage. Courts Are Beginning to See the Light.

We don’t need to keep everyone in prison forever.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #connecticut, #criminal-justice, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal

Rikers Chaos Could Lead to Federal Court Control, U.S. Attorney Says

Damian Williams wrote that his office might have no choice but to seek “aggressive relief” for the serious problems at the jail.

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South Carolina Prisoner Chooses to Be Executed by Firing Squad

Richard B. Moore chose a firing squad over electrocution but said both methods were unconstitutional. His execution, set for this month, would be the country’s first by firing squad since 2010.

#capital-punishment, #moore-richard-b, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #south-carolina, #suits-and-litigation-civil

27 Years in Solitary Confinement

The Supreme Court is to decide whether to hear the case of a Texas prisoner who says his decades in isolation amount to “cruel and unusual” punishment.

#audio-neutral-informative, #hope-dennis-wayne, #prison-escapes, #prisons-and-prisoners, #solitary-confinement, #supreme-court-us, #texas

For a Ukrainian Journalist, War Evokes Scars From Captivity

Stanislav Aseyev, a 32-year-old journalist, had documented his abuse in a prison run by Russian-backed separatists. Now, the war reminds him of why Ukrainians are fighting for their lives.

#bucha-ukraine, #content-type-personal-profile, #donetsk, #donetsk-ukraine, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kyiv-ukraine, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stanislav-aseyev, #torture, #ukraine

Nurse Indicted in John Neville Case

The nurse was working at a North Carolina jail in 2019 when officers restrained John Neville on his stomach for more than 12 minutes after he fell from his bed, according to an autopsy report.

#black-people, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #neville-john-d-2019, #nursing-and-nurses, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #winston-salem-nc

Dominic Taddeo, Escaped Mob Hit Man, Is Recaptured in Florida

The apprehension of Dominic Taddeo, a notorious hit man from New York, came a week after he failed to return from a medical appointment to his halfway house in Florida.

#florida, #hialeah-fla, #organized-crime, #prison-escapes, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rochester-ny, #taddeo-dominic

Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

Most are held in deplorable conditions and face certain conviction at trial. Rights groups say the Southeast Asian nation now has the worst human rights conditions in the region.

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Biden to Ask Congress for 9,000 Fewer Immigration Detention Beds

The administration plans to seek funding for 25,000 beds, down from the 34,000 beds that are currently funded. It also severed a contract with a detention facility in Alabama.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #etowah-county-jail, #federal-budget-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-politics-and-government

Jackson’s Hearing Shows How Republicans and Democrats Are Diverging on Crime

This week’s Senate hearings underscored the fragility of a bipartisan alliance that seeks to reduce the impact of America’s vast prison complex.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #internal-sub-only-nl, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michigan Brothers 1995 Murder Conviction Is Overturned

Prosecutors said that Melvin and George DeJesus were falsely accused of killing a woman in 1995 in what the Michigan attorney general called “a total miscarriage of justice.”

#dejesus-george, #dejesus-melvin, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #gohagen-brandon, #michigan, #midkiff-margaret, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pontiac-mich, #prisons-and-prisoners

Julian Assange Marries Stella Moris in a British Prison

The wedding took place at Belmarsh Prison, where Mr. Assange has been held since 2019. Supporters of the couple were encouraged to attend a “solidarity vigil” outside the facility.

#assange-julian-p, #moris-stella, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #weddings-and-engagements

Ukraine’s Refugees Are Fleeing Brutality. Let Them In.

Readers urge actions to address the refugee and food crises caused by the Ukraine war. Also: Russian soldiers; essential workers; prison time; donating ties.

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Jussie Smollett Released From Jail On Order of Appellate Court

The appellate court ruled that he be released on bond pending his appeal of a judge’s sentence that he serve five months in jail.

#cook-county-jail-cook-county-ill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #illinois, #jussie-smollett, #prisons-and-prisoners

Jussie Smollett to Be Released From Jail On Appeal, Court Orders

The appellate court ruled that he be released on bond pending his appeal of a judge’s sentence that he serve five months in jail.

#cook-county-jail-cook-county-ill, #decisions-and-verdicts, #illinois, #jussie-smollett, #prisons-and-prisoners

Rikers Still ‘Unstable and Unsafe’ Under New Jails Chief, Watchdog Says

A federal monitor overseeing reforms at the troubled New York City jail complex said staffing problems and high rates of violence persist.

#assaults, #molina-louis-a, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

50 Years Ago, James Brown Took an Unlikely Stage: Rikers Island

The story of how the Godfather of Soul ended up performing at the New York jail involves a dogged Board of Correction employee who knitted her way to the musician’s attention.

#brown-james-1933-2006, #pop-and-rock-music, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Court Declares Isaiah Andrews Wrongfully Imprisoned for 45 Years

The official declaration this week means that Isaiah Andrews, 84, can seek damages from the State of Ohio for spending more than half his life in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his wife.

#cleveland-ohio, #cuyahoga-county-ohio, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ohio, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prisons-and-prisoners, #witnesses

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Is Released From Prison

Amnesty International welcomed news of the release of Raif Badawi, whose case became a lightening rod for rights campaigners and reflected Saudi Arabia’s lack of tolerance for dissent.

#amnesty-international, #badawi-raif, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haidar-ensaf, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #prisons-and-prisoners