‘Disorder and Chaos’ in N.Y.C. Jails as Pandemic Recedes

Six incarcerated people have died, a man accused of murder was accidentally released and a captain was charged with criminally negligent homicide, while the future of Rikers Island remains unclear.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-defender-services, #correction-department-nyc, #correctional-health-services, #hillman-rebecca, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-city, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #schiraldi-vincent-n, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #wilson-ryan-d-2020, #working-hours

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Why Life Without Parole Isn’t Making Us Any Safer

Excessive prison sentences waste taxpayers’ money and harm families.

#louisiana-state-penitentiary, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #time-movie

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William vanden Heuvel, Diplomat and a Kennedy Confidant, Dies at 91

A lawyer, he was an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy, led Jimmy Carter’s New York campaign and targeted jail conditions as head of New York City’s corrections board.

#carter-jimmy, #correction-board-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #justice-department, #kennedy-robert-francis, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vanden-heuvel-william-j

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Reality Winner Released From Prison

Ms. Winner’s more than five-year sentence was shortened because of good behavior, but the government will continue to restrict her public comments.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #prisons-and-prisoners, #winner-reality-leigh

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Women’s Prison Plagued by Sexual Violence to Close, Governor Says

Gov. Philip D. Murphy said that he would shut down Edna Mahan, New Jersey’s only women’s prison, because of a “long history of abusive incidents.”

#american-friends-service-committee, #edna-mahan-correctional-facility-for-women-clinton-nj, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #prisons-and-prisoners, #shutdowns-institutional, #women-and-girls

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In a New York Prison, Covid Became a Death Sentence

My parishioner was not sentenced to death, but a death sentence is what he received.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corrections-department-nys, #deaths-fatalities, #fishkill-correctional-facility-beacon-ny, #prisons-and-prisoners, #religion-and-belief

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Former Penn State President Will Serve 2 Months in Jail in Child Abuse Scandal

Graham B. Spanier, who was found guilty in 2017 of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, must report to prison on July 9.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #paterno-joe, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-state-university, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sandusky-jerry, #sentences-criminal, #sex-crimes, #spanier-graham-b

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How Covid Vaccine Hesitancy Spread in My Prison

We can finally get the vaccine in prison. That doesn’t mean everyone will take it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnsonjohnson, #marshall-project-the, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sullivan-correctional-facility, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Jail Guards Charged in Epstein Suicide Could Avoid Prosecution

Two jail guards accused of browsing the internet and napping while Jeffrey Epstein killed himself reached a deal with prosecutors.

#deferred-prosecution-agreements, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-correctional-center-manhattan-ny, #noel-tova, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #thomas-michael-manhattan-ny-corrections-officer

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Three Inmates Killed in Less Than a Week in Alabama Prisons

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state last year, charging that its Department of Corrections did not provide adequate protections for inmates.

#alabama, #corrections-department-ala, #deaths-fatalities, #justice-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners

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On Parole, Staying Free Means Staying Clean and Sober

A program called Swift, Certain and Fair — a set of principles for both supporting parolees and holding them accountable — can help reduce recidivism.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

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Cameroon Sentences Transgender Women to 5 Years in Prison

Human rights groups and lawyers said the sentences are the latest examples of a crackdown on homosexual and transgender people in Cameroon.

#cameroon, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #prisons-and-prisoners, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Quintin Jones Is About to Be Executed. He Shouldn’t Be.

Quintin Phillippe Jones is scheduled to be executed on May 19. Today I tell the story of our friendship in the hope that it will save his life.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quintin-phillippe-jones, #texas, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker, Is Sent Back to Prison

Just two days after being furloughed, the once-powerful Democrat was headed back to prison to continue serving his sentence on corruption charges.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-state, #otisville-correctional-facility-otisville-ny, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #silver-sheldon

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Three Months After Coup, Myanmar Returns to the ‘Bad Old Days’

Police are now stopping random people on the streets. A group of secret informers has reappeared. The killings continue, but so does the resistance.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #censorship, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #desertion-military, #elections, #interrogations, #kachin-independence-army, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #telenor-communications-sa, #united-nations

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Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker, Is Furloughed From Prison

The longtime Democratic leader was released to home confinement after less than a year of a six-and-a-half year sentence on corruption charges.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #manhattan-nyc, #otisville-correctional-facility-otisville-ny, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #silver-sheldon

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In N.Y.C. Jail System, Guards Often Lie About Excessive Force

More than half of the roughly 270 correction officers disciplined over a 20-month period lied to investigators or filed incomplete or inaccurate reports.

#correction-department-nyc, #department-of-investigation-nyc, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #manhattan-detention-complex, #new-york-city, #new-york-civil-liberties-union, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

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Aleksei Navalny, Putin’s Nemesis, Ends Hunger Strike

The imprisoned opposition leader said he was responding to calls from his doctors and a belief that he had accomplished at least some of his goals.

#hunger-strikes, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia

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Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader, Ends Hunger Strike

The imprisoned opposition leader said he was responding to calls from his doctors and a belief that he had accomplished at least some of his goals.

#hunger-strikes, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia

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Supreme Court Rejects Limits on Life Terms for Youths

The court, which has for years been cutting back on harsh punishments for juvenile offenders, changed course in a 6-to-3 decision.

#eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #juvenile-delinquency, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #kennedy-anthony-m, #mandatory-sentencing, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

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In Vermont, Isolating Inmates Kept Covid at Bay, but at a Price

The state prison system is the only one in the nation where no one has died of Covid-19. But the strict lockdowns and quarantines that slowed the virus created their own problems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mental-health-and-disorders, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #solitary-confinement, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #vermont

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Aleksei Navalny Should Be in Intensive Care, His Doctors Say

Doctors said recent blood tests indicated that the Russian opposition leader, who is nearly three weeks into a hunger strike, was at risk of heart failure and “could die at any moment.”

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #hunger-strikes, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia

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He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?

Since 9/11, U.S. authorities have used informants to convict hundreds of people of crimes related to international terrorism. Did the informants help create plots where none had existed?

#bay-ridge-brooklyn-ny, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #herald-square-manhattan-ny, #informers, #james-elshafay, #muslims-and-islam, #osama-eldawoody, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #september-11-2001, #siraj-shahawar-matin, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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You’ve Heard About Gerrymandering. What Happens When It Involves Prisons?

Counting people where they’re imprisoned takes political power away from cities and transfers it to rural areas.

#census, #prisons-and-prisoners, #redistricting-and-reapportionment

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As Navalny’s Health Declines, Doctors Are Arrested in Russia

Aleksei A. Navalny, the jailed Russian opposition leader who is nearly a week into a hunger strike at a penal colony, showed signs of respiratory illness, prison doctors said.

#navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia

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When the Pandemic Came to Sullivan Prison

As one blockmate after another fell ill, we tried to stay safe and care for one another. It wasn’t always enough.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #marshall-project-the, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Hazards of American Justice

Three new books analyze the shortcomings of the nation’s criminal justice system.

#books-and-literature, #criminal-justice, #ex-convicts, #greene-jamal-1977, #halfway-home-race-punishment-and-the-afterlife-of-mass-incarceration-book, #how-rights-went-wrong-why-our-obsession-with-rights-is-tearing-america-apart-book, #miller-reuben-jonathan, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rakoff-jed-s, #united-states, #why-the-innocent-plead-guilty-and-the-guilty-go-free-book

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A Major Change to Life in New York’s Prisons and Jails

A ban on long-term solitary confinement follows concerns about its effect on Black people and minors, and links to mental health problems.

#books-and-literature, #browder-kalief-1993-2015, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #shutdowns-institutional, #solitary-confinement

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7 Texas Officers Are Fired in Death of Black Man Restrained in Jail

A 26-year-old man detained at the Collin County Jail on a misdemeanor marijuana charge died after being pepper-sprayed and placed in a spit hood.

#allen-tex, #black-people, #deaths-fatalities, #marvin-d-scott, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sheriffs

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New York Will End Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Prisons and Jails

Isolation for more than 15 consecutive days will be barred in prisons and jails starting next March after years of efforts to restrict the practice.

#correction-board-nyc, #correction-officersbenevolent-assn-nyc, #cuomo-andrew-m, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-state, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #solitary-confinement

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New York Must Offer Vaccine to All Prisoners Immediately, Judge Rules

A judge in the Bronx ruled that people incarcerated in the state’s prisons and jails had been arbitrarily excluded from the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-department-nyc, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Too Many People Are Locked Up for Small Thefts

An estimated 45,000 Americans are behind bars for thefts of less than $10,000. The punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

#crime-and-criminals, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Inmate Is Killed in Hostage Standoff at Oklahoma Jail

A correction officer who had been taken hostage was rescued, officials said. The officer was injured and taken to a hospital.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma-city-okla, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Governor Cuomo, End Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Inmates can spend 23 hours a day in a tiny space cut off from most human contact. That’s cruel.

#law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners, #solitary-confinement

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I Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement

The harrowing injustice I suffered as a boy should never happen to another child in this country.

#browder-kalief-1993-2015, #children-and-childhood, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #equal-justice-initiative, #florida, #juvenile-delinquency, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #prisons-and-prisoners, #solitary-confinement, #state-legislatures, #stevenson-bryan-a-1959, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Access, Influence and Pardons: How a Set of Allies Shaped Trump’s Choices

A loose collection of well-connected groups and individuals led by a pair of Orthodox Jewish organizations had striking success in winning clemency for white-collar criminals during the Trump presidency.

#aleph-institute, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #chabad-lubavitch, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #friedler-ariel, #jews-and-judaism, #justice-department, #kushner-charles, #kushner-jared, #lipskar-sholom-d, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #orthodox-judaism, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rubashkin-sholom, #schneerson-menachem-mendel, #sentences-criminal, #silver-sheldon, #tolman-brett, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weinstein-eliyahu

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Covid Outbreaks Devastated Prisons, but State Inmates’ Access to the Vaccine Varies Widely

A state-by-state patchwork of vaccine rules has left prison inmates with different outlooks even as the C.D.C. has recommended prioritizing them.

#american-medical-assn, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #prisons-and-prisoners, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Storytime Lets Fathers Form Bonds From Behind Bars

Across the country, inmates are distance reading bedtime stories to their kids and finding their own paths to redemption.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ex-convicts, #parenting, #prisons-and-prisoners, #reading-and-writing-skills-education

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What the Coronavirus Taught Me About Nostalgia

Yearning for the Before Times as a mythic era risks obscuring the ways in which the Before was really many different kinds of before.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #boym-svetlana-1959-2015, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Coronavirus Made the Radical Possible

The past year has seen progressive pipe dreams become reality. But can we hold on to what we’ve learned?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #prisons-and-prisoners, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #telemedicine

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Crowded N.Y.C. Jails Stoke Covid Fears: ‘It’s a Ticking Time Bomb’

New York City released hundreds of people as the pandemic raged. Now jails are full again, and an increase in infections could spread the virus beyond their walls.

#bail, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #correction-board-nyc, #correction-department-nyc, #correctional-health-services, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rikers-island-prison-complex

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Of Nazis, Crimes and Punishment

Some offenses are so hideous that even the distance of history offers no shield. But that doesn’t make justice easy.

#berger-friedrich-karl, #capital-punishment, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #juvenile-delinquency, #prisons-and-prisoners, #tennessee

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A Farm-to-Table Reprieve From the Punishment of Prison Food

In Maine, inmates are growing vegetables and making meals from scratch to replace the deadly diets they have long been served.

#agriculture-and-farming, #diet-and-nutrition, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages

At a federal compound in Connecticut, inmates in precarious health “are like sitting ducks,” one lawyer said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #danbury-conn, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #long-justin, #prison-policy-initiative, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #your-feed-science

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The Presumption of Freedom

How Merrick Garland can bring bail reform to the federal justice system.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bail, #criminal-justice, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #senate

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Blood Bath at Ecuador Prisons as Drug Gangs Battle for Control

More than 60 prisoners were killed in gruesome violence, some of it videotaped and posted online, that the authorities tied to the drug trade.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecuador, #organized-crime, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Dungeons & Dragons Is the Pandemic Distraction My Family Needs

A game of fantasy offers a way out of isolation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dungeonsdragons-game, #folsom-state-prison, #prisons-and-prisoners

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The New Debt Prisons

Entrapping debtors betrays the American idea. It must end.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #credit-and-debt, #criminal-justice, #debt-collection, #ex-convicts, #fines-penalties, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

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Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-orleans-la, #poverty, #prisons-and-prisoners, #southern-states-us

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In Prison, JPay Offers Tablets and Collects Fees

For incarcerated people like me, access to communications comes at a steep price.

#jpay-inc, #nonprofit-organizations, #prisons-and-prisoners, #securus-technologies-inc, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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