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Australia's "Abu Ghraib"-Like Torture of Jailed Children Captured in "Chilling" TV Footage
Footage from an ABC investigation revealed juvenile detention center guards in Australia's Northern Territory shackling, hooding, taunting, and teargassing detained children—as well as leaving them in solitary confinement for extended periods of time. Such abuse of children "may amount to torture...
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Turkish Leaders Plan Special Courts, Prisons, 'Graveyard for Traitors' After Coup
A day after Turkish leaders revoked licenses, fired, and arrested tens of thousands of teachers and civil servants allegedly linked to last week's failed coup , national authorities on Wednesday promised to establish "a special court for trying coup plotters" as well as "a special prison" for those...
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Keep Politics Out of Virginia Voting Rights Restoration
Today, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments in a suit challenging Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) April order that restored voting rights to 200,000 Virginians with past felony convictions. While the court proceedings will stick to legal arguments, the public debate has been needlessly...
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Beyond Panic and Punishment: Brock Turner and the Left Response to Sexual Violence
The Brock Turner case has reminded us of the bitter truth of the adage that in America it is better to be guilty and rich than to be innocent and poor. In early June, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner , a Stanford student who was convicted on three counts of sexual assault, to six-months in jail...
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End 'Operation Streamline': How One Human Rights Disaster is Driving Several More
The 10-year-old, controversial " Operation Streamline ," through which immigrants who cross the border are targeted for criminal prosecution, is wasting taxpayer dollars, tearing apart families, and driving mass incarceration, according to a new report. The analysis from nonprofit groups Justice...
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The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison.
In the early 2000s, the small but militant Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) launched union drives at Starbucks and Jimmy John’s. At the time, many in the mainstream labor movement scratched their heads. Traditionally, labor groups believed that the high turnover of fast food workers would make...
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Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror
Police officers carry out random acts of legalized murder against poor people of color not because they are racist, although they may be, or even because they are rogue cops, but because impoverished urban communities have evolved into miniature police states. Police can stop citizens at will,...
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Another Koch Criminal Justice Reform Trojan Horse: Reentry and Privatization
As Congress considers major criminal justice reforms to address the devastating impact of gross sentencing disparities that have devastated minority communities, the Koch machine is seeking changes to the law that would benefit Koch Industries and other corporations by limiting their criminal...
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Just 'Too Difficult': Obama Admits Defeat on Major '08 Campaign Promise
An anonymous source close to President Barack Obama revealed that he does not plan to issue an executive order to shutter the notorious detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, more than eight years after he first campaigned on a promise to close the military prison, Reuters reported Monday. "It...
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De-Incarceration, a Different Drum So Needed
Along with VCNV companions, I’m part of a 150 mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL , a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax. Prison laborers from U.S. minimum security prisons now labor to turn what...
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