Judge in Venezuela Convicts 6 U.S. Oil Executives of Corruption

The so-called Citgo 6, who had been lured to Venezuela three years ago for a business meeting, were immediately sentenced to prison.

#citgo-petroleum-corp, #decisions-and-verdicts, #houston-tex, #maduro-nicolas, #prisons-and-prisoners, #venezuela

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Here’s One Thing Republicans and Democrats Agree On: Criminal Justice Reform

Republicans up and down the ballot tried to link Democrats to lawlessness, but lawmakers in both parties are keeping criminal justice reform on the table.

#criminal-justice, #elections, #police-reform, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Unemployment Scam Using Inmates’ Names Costs California Hundreds of Millions

Investigators say the payment of benefits claimed with the names of prisoners, including many on death row, “appears to be the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history.”

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #prisons-and-prisoners, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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Small Social Gatherings Aren’t Driving the Virus Surge (So Far)

Yes, the coronavirus can be spread over cocktails and dinners. But these get-togethers do not account for the huge rise in cases seen now, the data show.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #bars-and-nightclubs, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #lamont-ned, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-homes, #parties-social, #prisons-and-prisoners, #restaurants, #scott-phil-1958, #united-states, #walz-tim, #weddings-and-engagements, #your-feed-science

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A Trans Woman, Back in Prison, Says Rape and Abuse Continues

Ashley Diamond became a voice for incarcerated transgender people when her lawsuit forced changes in Georgia policy. She says the state is again failing to protect her.

#corrections-department-ga, #diamond-ashley-1978, #georgia, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons

It’s both a moral failure and a public health one.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rural-areas, #san-quentin-prison, #united-states

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N.Y.P.D. Will No Longer Force Women to Remove Hijabs for Mug Shots

The Police Department agreed to change its policy and allow religious people to be photographed in head coverings so long as their faces were left unobstructed.

#discrimination, #muslim-veiling, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Tears, Hugs and Fresh Clothes: New Jersey Prisoners Rejoice at Release

More than 2,000 inmates were freed to reduce the spread of Covid in the state’s prison system.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-state-prison, #northern-state-prison, #prisons-and-prisoners

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2,258 N.J. Prisoners Will Be Released in a Single Day

By March, officials expect to have reduced the state’s prison population by about 35 percent since the start of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #disease-rates, #ex-convicts, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal

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This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

Here are the (other) races and issues our national correspondents are watching.

#brunswick-ga, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-mayors, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #henderson-county-nc, #houston-tex, #los-angeles-county-calif, #miami-dade-county-fla, #michigan, #mississippi, #oklahoma, #politics-and-government, #portland-ore, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #vermont, #wisconsin

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The Sunday Read: ‘Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me’

Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. For Reginald Dwayne Betts — an ex-convict and the son of a crime victim — it’s not that simple.

#harris-kamala-d, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait

Dozens of military contractors, most of them Black, have been jailed in the emirate — some on trumped-up drug charges. Why has the American government failed to help them?

#black-people, #defense-contracts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kuwait, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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In South Korea, Draft Resisters Still Go to Prison. But Now It’s a Job.

A court ruled that conscientious objectors must be allowed to serve their country in other ways. The government says they’ll still have to do so behind prison walls.

#conscientious-objectors, #decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-and-military-forces, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #jehovahs-witnesses, #labor-and-jobs, #prisons-and-prisoners, #south-korea, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Grateful for a Wedding in Prison

Chelsea Moore, a law student, married Christopher Blackwell, who is incarcerated for murder, at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington State. He will be released in 2045.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #marriages, #prisons-and-prisoners, #weddings-and-engagements

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Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me

Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #ex-convicts, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes

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A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #capital-punishment, #constitution-us, #criminal-justice, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #francis, #freedom-of-religion, #john-paul-ii, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #texas

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‘I Just Kind of Lost It’: As Coronavirus Cases Soar, One Montana Town Reels

In the Mountain West, an outbreak has revealed the danger that the virus poses to jails and rural communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #great-falls-mont, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rural-areas

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As N.Y.C. Jails Become More Violent, Solitary Confinement Persists

Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio has emptied out the city’s jails, the number of people who are placed in punitive segregation each year has remained about the same.

#brann-cynthia, #brooklyn-defender-services, #browder-kalief-1993-2015, #correction-board-nyc, #correction-department-nyc, #correction-officersbenevolent-assn-nyc, #correctional-health-services, #de-blasio-bill, #house-of-xtravaganza, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-city, #polanco-layleen, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #solitary-confinement, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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‘Time’ Review: What We Really Mean When We Say Mass Incarceration

In Garrett Bradley’s moving documentary, a woman fights for her family and justice as a husband and father’s absence reverberates.

#black-people, #bradley-garrett, #documentary-films-and-programs, #louisiana, #prisons-and-prisoners, #time-movie

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Jail Employees Face Charges After Using ‘Baby Shark’ Song to Punish Inmates

Inmates at an Oklahoma jail were handcuffed to a wall and forced to stand and listen to the ubiquitous children’s tune on repeat.

#baby-shark-song, #butler-gregory, #corporal-punishment, #hendershott-christopher, #miles-christian, #oklahoma, #prisons-and-prisoners

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A Filmmaker Who Sees Prison Life With Love and Complexity

Garrett Bradley has made a documentary, “Time,” that stubbornly resists all the easy ways of thinking about incarceration in America.

#art, #black-people, #bradley-garrett, #documentary-films-and-programs, #prisons-and-prisoners, #university-of-california-los-angeles

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They Came for My Father Nearly 30 Years Ago. It Still Haunts Me.

The recent antigovernment protests in Iraq remind me of Saddam Hussein’s regime of fear and of the rebels who, like my parents, opposed it at great risk.

#abu-ghraib-iraq, #baghdad-iraq, #bush-george, #hussein-saddam, #iraq, #kurds, #kuwait, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Federal Prisons Will Let Inmates Have Visitors During Pandemic

Some workers and families say they fear that the coronavirus will spread after the nation’s largest prison system allows visitors beginning on Saturday.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Making Art When ‘Lockdown’ Means Prison

The harshness of life behind bars is designed to crush inmates’ individuality. But a stirring exhibition at MoMA PS1 shows the prison-industrial complex can’t stifle the artistic impulse.

#art, #fleetwood-nicole, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #marking-time-art-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration-exhibit, #moma-ps1, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #sentences-criminal, #smith-sable-elyse, #solitary-confinement

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China Is Expanding Detention Sites in Muslim Region of Xinjiang

China said it was winding down its “re-education” camps for Uighurs and other minorities, but researchers found evidence that incarceration is on the rise.

#china, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #prisons-and-prisoners, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

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Killing of 2 Marines in 2011 Almost Derailed Afghan Peace Talks

Even as they pushed for the release of other Afghan prisoners as part of a deal with the Taliban, U.S. officials privately dug in over freeing a man who had killed Americans.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #prisons-and-prisoners, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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For-Profit Jail Is Accused of Abuse After Death of Woman With H.I.V.

Holly Barlow-Austin was kept in “deplorable and inhumane conditions,” deprived of water and denied medications, according to a lawsuit filed this week in federal court.

#deaths-fatalities, #holly-barlow-austin, #lasalle-management-co-llc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sabbie-michael

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For Prisoners in the West, the Virus and the Wildfires Are Colliding Threats

Prisoners are more vulnerable than ever to the twin crises of the pandemic and a historic wildfire season.

#california, #california-state-prison, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #newsom-gavin, #prisons-and-prisoners

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The Injustice Deep Within the Justice System

Brittany K. Barnett’s “A Knock at Midnight” reveals the discriminatory nature of the nation’s drug laws.

#a-knock-at-midnight-a-story-of-hope-justice-and-freedom-book, #barnett-brittany-k, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #criminal-justice, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #prisons-and-prisoners

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‘Or I Will Stab You Right Now’: A Family’s Prison Extortion Nightmare

While serving time, Ryan Rust was beaten, stabbed and threatened with hot oil if his relatives didn’t pay up. After disturbing calls and texts, they bought guns for protection.

#alabama, #cellular-telephones, #extortion-and-blackmail, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rust-ryan

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Afghan Peace Talks Set to Begin as Prisoner Swap Is Nearly Done

Afghan officials say that the last of thousands of Taliban prisoners are set to be freed, and that talks with the insurgents in Qatar will start soon.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #prisons-and-prisoners, #taliban

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Kashmir’s Moderates Are Targeted by India and Separatists Alike

Those who once preached harmony with New Delhi have not only been imprisoned, but continue to be targeted by militants, dampening hopes for a peaceful solution.

#defense-and-military-forces, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kashmir-valley-kashmir-and-jammu, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners

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The Sunday Read: ‘In the Line of Fire’

For less than $2 an hour, California’s female inmate firefighters undertake grueling physical work and sometimes risk their lives.

#california, #prisons-and-prisoners, #wildfires

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Trump Pardons Jon Ponder, a Convicted Bank Robber

The pardon appears to be an attempt to draw voters’ attention to criminal justice, a subject that the president has promoted as a signature initiative of his time in office.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bank-robberies, #criminal-justice, #nevada, #ponder-jon, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-national-convention, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Can Prosecutors Be Taught to Avoid Jail Sentences?

At least 60 district attorneys have come to see incarceration as destructive, racist, expensive and ineffective. But can they persuade their own staffs?

#baltimore-md, #chicago-ill, #columbus-ohio, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #domestic-violence, #ex-convicts, #florida, #foxx-kim, #jacksonville-fla, #legal-profession, #mosby-marilyn-j-1980, #police-department-nyc, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #st-louis-mo, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #trump-donald-j

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Covid Limits California’s Efforts to Fight Wildfires With Prison Labor

Early releases of prisoners to protect them from the virus have depleted the ranks of an inmate firefighting program that some say should be abolished anyway.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #prisons-and-prisoners, #wildfires

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21 Charged With Filing Fraudulent Unemployment Claims While in Jail

Twenty-one inmates in the San Mateo County, Calif., jail filed for pandemic unemployment assistance, resulting in payments of at least $250,000, according to the district attorney.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #prisons-and-prisoners, #san-mateo-calif, #san-mateo-county-calif, #unemployment-insurance

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In Prison, Learning Magic by Mail

A deck of cards cut from milk cartons. A wand made with medical tape. How a group of inmates learned “the magic of magic.”

#ex-convicts, #jay-joshua-1981, #magic-and-magicians, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Prison Inmate Hanged Himself With Coronavirus Mask, Officials Say

Daniel Ocasio was found inside his cell at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville, Conn., prison officials said.

#connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #masks, #prisons-and-prisoners, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines

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Violence at Rikers at an ‘All-Time High’ Despite City’s Promise to Curb It

A federal monitor found that the number of times guards at the jail complex used force against inmates rose 54 percent, even as its population shrank.

#correction-department-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #strauss-audrey-attorney, #swain-laura-taylor

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rules for California Jail Over Virus Measures

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said officials overseeing the jail had failed to safeguard the health of the people housed there.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #orange-county-calif, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #supreme-court-us

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Law to Reduce Crack Cocaine Sentences Leaves Some Imprisoned

Critics say the First Step Act is being applied too arbitrarily by judges who are taking a hard line when it comes to revisiting nonviolent drug sentences.

#black-people, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #criminal-justice, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-sentencing-commission, #wesleyan-university

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Should N.Y. Be Jailing Parolees for Minor Lapses During a Pandemic?

On probation since 2018, Earl Russell was sent to Rikers for sleeping in his own bed instead of in the shelter where he was mandated to stay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #vera-institute-of-justice

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4 Guards Charged in Inmate’s Beating at Alabama Prison

The charges, which include civil rights violations and obstruction of justice, stem from an assault at the Bibb Correctional Facility in 2018, prosecutors said.

#alabama, #barr-william-p, #bibb-correctional-facility, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #justice-department, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners

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About 20% of N.J. Prisoners Could Be Freed to Avoid Virus

Believed to be the first Covid-19 bill of its kind, the legislation could free more than 3,000 New Jersey prisoners who are within a year of release.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #law-and-legislation, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rory-price-jr, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures

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Routine Beatings of Inmates in Alabama Prisons Go Ignored, U.S. Says

A report released by the Justice Department found that corrections officers frequently used excessive force and violated prisoners’ constitutional rights.

#alabama, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #ivey-kay, #justice-department, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #southern-poverty-law-center

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Judge Orders Cohen Released, Citing ‘Retaliation’ Over Tell-All Book

A judge agreed that federal officials had returned Michael D. Cohen to prison because he wanted to publish a book this fall about President Trump.

#books-and-literature, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #prisons-and-prisoners, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j

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Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The denial came in response to a lawsuit filed by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, that said he was being punished for speaking out.

#barr-william-p, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #ex-convicts, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #otisville-ny, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Michael Cohen Claims in Suit He Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

President Trump’s former lawyer said in court papers that officials returned him to prison to prevent him from finishing a book that paints the president as a racist.

#cohen-michael-d-1966, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #prisons-and-prisoners, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j

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Where the Sick Get Sicker and the Sane Are Driven Mad: Behind Bars

In “Waiting for an Echo,” Christine Montross, a psychiatrist who works in prisons, catalogs the devastating effects of incarceration on the mentally ill.

#books-and-literature, #mental-health-and-disorders, #montross-christine, #prisons-and-prisoners, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #waiting-for-an-echo-the-madness-of-american-incarceration-book

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