Florida inmates convicted of non-violent drug crimes spent 194 percent more time behind bars in 2009 than they did in 1990, costing the state billions of dollars but providing little public safety benefit, a new study found. The study, by the Pew Center on the States, examined trends in 35 states that provided data on incarceration for inmates convicted of violent crimes, property crimes and drug offenses. It found that nationally, state inmates across all categories of offenses served an average of nine additional months in custody, a rise of 36 percent since 1990.Read more »
Americans make up just 5 percent of the world's population but account for 25 percent of the population behind bars. Why? Because prisons are a big business and the WAR on Drugs, CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria says. The total number of Americans under correctional supervision (prison, parole, etc.) is 7.1 million, more than the entire state of Massachusetts. Prisons are a big business. Most are privately run, have powerful lobbyists and have bought most state politicians.Read more »
A Brooklyn man whose assault charges were dismissed remains in prison after already serving five years. ABC7 reports that Oswind David was sentenced to 23 years in Sing Sing because a jury was not aware that a judge has tossed out David's indictments due to a prosecutorial error.Read more »
"Trenton State Prison, which is the hell hole of New Jersey" -Rubin Hurricane Carter
When's the last time any concert has happened in a prison?? Damn how times have changed. How can we get music back to the inmates?Read more »
Federal Prisoner has three serious illnesses -- cancer, hepatitis and HIV and receives no medical treatment. Dies
Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote
By RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press Writer
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
I'd like to hear the hosts & callers ponder the best actions to take, were you to become the President of these united States for day (full executive branch control & then some, not so constitutional powers: signing statements, etc.)
You have time to plan ahead, but you'll only have a day (24hrs) to execute you plan.
Lasting advancement of liberty is your goal, not personal enrichment or your future safety.
Some of my ideas (it would have to be done with little or no warning prior to the day):
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