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Prison USA

Deputies Do Nothing as Young Mother Dies in Jail Begging for Help
Free Thought Project - Tue Nov 15, 2016
Macomb County, MI – A local news company"s investigation into a young mother"s tragic in-custody death has uncovered disturbing details and exposes, at best, criminal negligence, and, at worst, deliberate torture. More»

Photo: Guards Offer Snack Bounty To Beat Up 13-Year-Old Boy In Detention Guards Offer Snack Bounty To Beat Up 13-Year-Old Boy In Detention
Think Progress - Wed Jul 20, 2016
A juvenile detention center in Fort Lauderdale is under fire for offering food as a reward for beating up a teenager in its custody. More»

Photo: Poor offenders pay price when probation turns on profit Poor offenders pay price when probation turns on profit
The Tennesseean - Mon Apr 18, 2016
MURFREESBORO - Outside the $200-a-week motel room that Steven Gibbs and his family call home, the afternoon sun sparkles. More»

Photo: Costly prison fees are putting inmates deep in debt Costly prison fees are putting inmates deep in debt
CNN - Sat Apr 2, 2016
Jeremy Barrett remembers very little of the assault that would change his life. More»

Nevada Prisoner Forced To Smash His Own Teeth Out
Think Progress - Sat Apr 2, 2016
A Nevada inmate languished in solitary confinement for eight months while prison staff ignored pleas for medical help. More»

Photo: Bernie Sanders Just Promised To End The For-Profit Prison Industry Bernie Sanders Just Promised To End The For-Profit Prison Industry
Counter Current - Thu Aug 20, 2015
At a Nevada rally for Bernie Sanders last night, the Democratic hopeful focused on issues of police brutality and civil rights. More»

Oklahoma adopts nitrogen as possible execution method
Associated Press - Sat Apr 18, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma may use nitrogen gas as an alternative execution method if the US Supreme Court finds the state's lethal injection process unconstitutional or drugs are unavailable, under a bill Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on Friday. More»

Corporation Literally Served Inmates Trash
Think Progress - Tue Mar 31, 2015
Two weeks ago Progress Michigan uncovered emails revealing that a prison food provider served cakes nibbled on by rats to inmates. More»

Man serves 900 days in jail, though he didn't commit a crime
AP - Fri Mar 13, 2015
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man waiting to testify in an Oregon murder case has been held in jail as a material witness for nearly 900 days, though he has committed no crime. More»

Photo: The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
The Guardian - Tue Feb 24, 2015
The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. More»

Guard Arrested After Rikers Island Inmate "Bakes to Death" in Hot Cell
NBC - Mon Dec 8, 2014
A jail guard has been arrested in connection with the February death of a homeless ex-Marine inside a 101-degree Fahrenheit jail cell in a special Rikers Island unit for mentally ill inmates, prosecutors said Monday. More»

Photo: Georgia's Top Court Reins In Private Probation Firms For Illegally Extending Sentences Georgia's Top Court Reins In Private Probation Firms For Illegally Extending Sentences
Think Progress - Tue Dec 2, 2014
While all eyes were on Ferguson last week, the Georgia Supreme Court issued an important ruling on another element of the criminal justice system. More»

Alabama Jailers Let Prisoners Die From Easily Treatable Illnesses to Save Money
AlterNet - Mon Oct 20, 2014
Three lawsuits recently filed in federal court accuse the state of Alabama of denying prisoners with easily treatable illnesses or injuries proper medical care resulting in the prisoner's death. More»

Photo: Incarcerated To Death: How The Mentally Ill Are Abused, Neglected, And Humiliated In South Carolina's Prisons Incarcerated To Death: How The Mentally Ill Are Abused, Neglected, And Humiliated In South Carolina's Prisons
Think Progress - Tue Jan 14, 2014
Jerome Laudman, a schizophrenic, intellectually disabled inmate in South Carolina, was placed in solitary confinement, although he was neither aggressive nor threatening. More»

Texas experimenting with secret execution drugs
Reuters - Thu Oct 3, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Three Texas death row inmates claim the state plans to execute them by experimenting with new drugs, never used for such a purpose, that were obtained under false pretenses, attorneys told Reuters on Wednesday. More»

California Bans Indefinite Detentions
Huffington Post - Thu Oct 3, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a statewide ban on indefinite detentions into law Tuesday, prohibiting compliance with provisions of federal law. More»

Making mentally ill defendants ready for trial
Associated Press - Sun May 19, 2013
KERRVILLE, Texas - The judge ascended the bench. More»

Photo: US drone strikes being used as alternative to Guantánamo, lawyer says US drone strikes being used as alternative to Guantánamo, lawyer says
The Guardian, UK - Thu May 2, 2013
The lawyer who first drew up White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of overusing them because of its reluctance to capture prisoners that would otherwise have to be sent to Guantánamo Bay. More»

Former Guantanamo chief prosecutor petitions Obama to close prison camp
The Raw Story - Thu May 2, 2013
A former chief prosecutor for the controversial American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay has called for the prison to be closed, launching an online petition that has gathered some 60,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. More»

US knew Guantanamo detainees were innocent: WikiLeaks
AFP - Sun Apr 24, 2011
WASHINGTON - The United States held hundreds of inmates who were either totally innocent or low-risk for years and released dozens of high-risk Guantanamo inmates, according to leaked classified files. More»

Photo: Guantanamo Detainee dies after exercising Guantanamo Detainee dies after exercising
The Daily Mail - Sat Feb 5, 2011
A suspected Taliban commander collapsed and died at Guantanamo Bay prison after working out on an exercise machine, it emerged today. More»

Photo: Records show US medical staff experimented on terror suspects Records show US medical staff experimented on terror suspects
AFP - Sun Jun 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - Medical personnel apparently experimented on terror detainees during CIA-led torture after the September 11 attacks, aiming to improve interrogation techniques, a human rights group said Monday. More»

Italian judge convicts 23 in CIA kidnap case
Associated Press - Tue Nov 3, 2009
MILAN - An Italian judge on Wednesday convicted 23 Americans in absentia of the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric from a Milan street, in a landmark case involving the CIA's extraordinary rendition program in the war on terrorism. More»

US bands blast use of music in Guantanamo interrogations
AFP - Thu Oct 22, 2009
WASHINGTON - A group of top US acts including REM and Pearl Jam on Thursday expressed outrage that loud music was being blasted at Guantanamo detainees as part of "terror" interrogations. More»

'Inhumane' CIA terror tactics spur criminal probe
Associated Press - Sun Aug 23, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration launched a criminal investigation Monday into harsh questioning of detainees during President George W Bush's war on terrorism, revealing CIA interrogators' threats to kill one suspect's children and to force another to watch his mother sexually assaulted. More»

Photo: Caught on camera: 40 prison guards kick and punch juvenile inmates... already handcuffed Caught on camera: 40 prison guards kick and punch juvenile inmates... already handcuffed
Daily Mail, UK - Wed Jul 15, 2009
In shocking CCTV footage of a prison riot, guards kicked and punched young inmates who were already in handcuffs. More»

One of every 13 Georgia adults are in prison or on probation
Associated Press - Mon Mar 2, 2009
The number of people on parole and probation across the United States has surged past 5 million, and Georgia leads the way, according to a new report. More»

Photo: Federal Judge threatens to jail Atlanta commissioners Federal Judge threatens to jail Atlanta commissioners
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Jan 26, 2009
A federal judge on Tuesday threatened Fulton County commissioners with fines or incarceration if they don't provide adequate funding for the county jail. More»

Photo: Obama administration moves to suspend Gitmo trials Obama administration moves to suspend Gitmo trials
Associated Press - Tue Jan 20, 2009
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Military judges will consider Wednesday whether to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials after President Barack Obama ordered prosecutors to request a 120-day suspension during a review of the system used to try suspected terrorists. More»

Photo: Sheriff jailed for pocketing money meant for inmate meals Sheriff jailed for pocketing money meant for inmate meals
CNN - Thu Jan 8, 2009
ALABAMA - A federal judge ordered a north Alabama sheriff jailed this week, saying the lawman intentionally served jail inmates "woefully insufficient" meals in order to pocket more than $200,000. More»