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20 Oct 2016

FCC wants to stop prisoners from making cell phone calls

Prisoners aren’t allowed to have cell phones, but the gadgets keep making their way behind bars — often with disastrous consequences. Contraband cell phones are a real problem. They have allowed prisoners to surreptitiously deal drugs, run illegal businesses and even organize murders, right under the noses of guards and

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20 Oct 2016

These students took a knee to protest violence against Black youth. Now they’re being punished.

After young 11 and 12-year-boys of the Beaumont Bulls football knelt during the anthem to protest police violence against Black youth, their local executive board canceled their entire football season, suspended the coaching staff, and threatened to arrest their parents if they attended any future games, practices or events. For

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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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