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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

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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29 Aug 2015

Police Report Confirms Officers Killed Natasha McKenna With Her Hands Cuffed and Legs Shackled

Natasha McKenna was murdered by the police, plain and simple. There is really no other way to put it, or any other thing to call it when a woman is killed after being handcuffed and shackled. Any attempt at justifying the taking of someone’s life who has been restrained to

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27 Aug 2015

Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl

In all of the melee resulting from the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, the media has overlooked a number of other very important shootings of unarmed civilians by police officers. One of the most egregious offenses is that of Officer Joseph Weekley’s fatal shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana

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23 Aug 2015

James Holmes sentenced to life in prison

James Holmes sentenced to life in prison for Colorado movie theater murders. Centennial, Colorado (CNN)James Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing 12 people and wounding 70 more at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. A jury was unable Friday to reach a unanimous sentencing verdict,

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23 Aug 2015

John Legend launches campaign to end mass incarceration

By MESFIN FEKADU Apr. 13, 2015 12:31 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend has launched a campaign to end mass incarceration. The Grammy-winning singer announced the multiyear initiative, FREE AMERICA, on Monday. He will visit and perform at a correctional facility on Thursday in Austin, Texas, where he also

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23 Aug 2015

Quick thinking teen helps rescue kidnapped woman

Canadian teen Malyk Bonnet was headed home after finishing his shift as a cook at a restaurant, when he noticed a couple on the street involved in an altercation. The 17-year-old’s quick thinking after encountering the pair is now being praised as heroic by police, who credit him with helping

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23 Aug 2015

Who killed Sandra Bland

A black woman was arrested after a traffic stop in Texas. Days later, she died in a jail. At about 7 a.m. Monday, Sandra Bland got her breakfast in the Waller County Jail in Texas. The 28-year-old woman was being held there after a routine traffic stop the previous Friday led to

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15 Jan 2014

Florida woman wins new trial

No one was injured in the shooting but because Alexander fired a gun in the incident, Florida’s mandatory-minimum sentencing guidelines required the judge to sentence her to 20 years in prison. The case of Alexander, who is black, drew criticism from civil rights groups concerned about self-defense laws and mandatory

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