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21 Jul 2017

Parole board votes to release O.J. Simpson from prison in October

With the ruling, the 70-year-old Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence. When the final vote

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20 Oct 2016

Prison Guard Brutality In New York

Reports Of Prison Guard Brutality In New York Draw A Harsh Spotlight. The scene: A half-dozen white corrections officers at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., are confronting an African-American inmate named Leonard Strickland. It’s video of a closed world, invisible to most of us. “Stay on the wall, do

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20 Oct 2016

Jail Suicide Suit for $1.6 Million

Almost two years after a prisoner committed suicide at the Los Angeles County Jail, the county settled a lawsuit brought by his parents for $1.6 million. [See: PLN, March 2016, p.1]. Austin Losorelli hung himself at the jail despite the fact that both he and his father, Los Angeles Police

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20 Oct 2016

Fault with Privatized Federal Prisons

U.S. Department of Justice Finds Fault with Privatized Federal Prisons Loaded on OCT. 3, 2016 by Christopher Zoukis published in Prison Legal News October, 2016, page 22 Filed under: Private Prisons, Corrections Corporation of America, Wackenhut/Geo Group, Management and Training Corporation, Prison Reform, Statistics/Trends, Cost of Prison Systems, ACA. Location:

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12 Oct 2016

YOUTH IN PRISON BILLS PASS HOUSE AND MOVE TO SENATE!

Apr 28, 2016: MI House passed all “Youth in Prison” bills, HB 4947 – 4966! The bill package moves on to the Senate and are expected to be introduced into the Senate Judiciary Committee.   Following the recommendations from MCCD’s recent ‘Youth Behind Bars report, a sweeping package of 21 bipartisan bills, HB 4947

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12 Oct 2016

After teaching himself the law, Flint prisoner may go free

  Omar Pouncy of Flint seemed to have luck on his side when, after teaching himself the law while serving what amounted to a life sentence,  he was released after spending a decade in prison. As recounted in a Free Press report, his release in March seemed almost miraculous: A

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08 Oct 2016

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Home

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29 Aug 2015

St. Louis Cops Kill Another Teen, Massive Protests Sweep The Streets

Right after it seemed things were cooling off in St. Louis and Ferguson, the police have killed another teenage African American. Now, with militarized police storming the streets, many are saying law enforcement showing up in riot gear has “incited a riot.” The teen has been identified as Mansur Ball-Bey,

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23 Aug 2015

It's Time to End Mass Incarceration

The United States is home to less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its prisoners. More than half a million people will go to sleep in a prison cell tonight in the U.S. for nothing more than a drug law violation. We must reduce

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