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For-Profit Prison Accused of Subjecting Juveniles to 'Disgraceful' Conditions
A for-profit British private security firm whose human rights abuses have been documented around the world, from Israel to South Africa to the United Kingdom , stands accused by a grand jury of operating a horrific juvenile detention center in Florida where conditions are so poor, and hygiene so...
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Ending Mass Incarceration: The Ongoing Call to Faith Communities
The crisis of incarceration this nation now faces demands people of faith act with swift and fierce moral authority to transform, not just reform, an irreparably broken system. It demands that all of us—clergy, seminarians, teachers, and people in pews, mosques and temples— provoke a revolution of...
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Guess Who Else Is Fundraising for Clinton: Private Prison Lobbyists
In addition to Wall Street and the fossil fuel industry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is turning to lobbyists for the two biggest private prison companies in the country, Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group, to raise money for her 2016 presidential candidacy. Lee Fang...
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UN Remains Barred from Visiting US Prisons Amid Abuse Charges
UNITED NATIONS - When U.S. President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma last week to check on living conditions of prisoners incarcerated there, no one in authority could prevent him from visiting the prison. Obama, the first sitting president to visit a federal...
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Criminal Justice Reform Shouldn't End With Release
Last Monday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders. While doing so, he highlighted what he believed to be the harsh sentencing guidelines that kept these men and women in prison. These commutations, President Obama's recent speech at the NAACP Convention in...
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What President Obama Didn’t Hear or Smell at El Reno
From several years of touring prisons, I’ve learned they all have a distinctive and oddly similar smell: sweat, human misery, and grime — sometimes overlain, but never hidden, by the acrid odors of chlorine and other cleaning products. The sounds give you a sense of the different parts of the...
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FBI Joins Investigation Into 'Unfathomable' Death of Sandra Bland
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday announced it was joining the probe into the disturbing death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who died in police custody in Texas on Monday. An investigation was launched on Wednesday by the Texas Rangers, a branch of the state's...
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In NAACP Speech, Obama Calls for Sweeping—and Unprecedented—Prison Reform
In a speech to the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama made the case for criminal justice reform that, at its most noteworthy points, candidly addressed the effects of overpolicing, the scourge of mass incarceration, and the impact of institutional...
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When the President Goes to Prison
When President Barack Obama goes to Oklahoma Thursday and enters the medium-security federal prison FCI-El Reno he will be entering the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Prisons, part of the Justice Department, a bureaucratic fiefdom that is nearly as sprawling as the Department of Defense and in many...
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Obama Grants Clemency to 46 Drug Offenders, But Thousands Turned Away
President Barack Obama announced Monday that he is commuting the sentences of 46 people incarcerated for federal drug convictions, prompting a lukewarm response from rights campaigners, who say the small act of clemency is vital for the people impacted—but a far cry from the deep change needed. The...
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