Posted in Common Dreams Human Rights ICE News

Lawmakers demand probe into ‘horrifying’ allegations of neglect, mass hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center

“These allegations are part of a larger pattern of reproductive injustices conducted by ICE officials.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 Democratic lawmakers Wednesday called for an “emergency investigation” into allegations of medical neglect…

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Posted in Labor News Prisons Racism

Disaster work is often carried out by prisoners – who get paid as little as 14 cents an hour despite dangers

Prison systems have long championed the work of incarcerated persons in emergencies and disasters as a demonstration of the value of prisons to local communities and the state. Prisoners clearing vegetation to prevent the spread of…

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Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and chronic health problems have helped exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 in U.S. prisons and jails. (Screen capture from photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails Prisons

108,000 US inmates infected with Covid-19

Among prisoners, the death rate from the potentially fatal virus is three times higher than average. Report: Only 7% of Inmates’ Loved Ones Say Prisoners Have Soap and Other Basic Necessities to Stop the Spread of…

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A firefighter (L) speaks to an inmate firefighter as they prepare to put out flames on the road leading to the Reagan Library during the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California on October 30, 2019.
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Prisons Wild Fire

California bill to help prisoner firefighters find work after release awaits Governor’s signature

As the Golden State burns amid a firefighter shortage, AB 2147 would expedite criminal record expungements so ex-inmates can apply for EMT licenses. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, August 31   As dozens of major…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Racism

Tens of thousands attend march in Washington on 57th anniversary of historic Civil Rights rally, today

‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ “We’ve been here before, but this time we know that it is necessary to redefine public safety in order to save black lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, August…

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Posted in News Podcast Pro Publica Racism Right Wing Militias

The founder of New Mexico’s new militia was a neo-Nazi skinhead

  By Stan Alcorn  August 21, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and…

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An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation in California in 2018. This year, as the state is engulfed in wildfire smoke and flames, Covid-19 has complicated the state's fire supression response as well as its practice of using prison labor to fight the blazes. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice News Prisons Wild Fire

Inmate families, advocates push for prisoner release as California wildfires engulf state

‘They Have Nowhere To Run’ “I’m furious at the incompetence and severe inhumanity of this,” one advocate said. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday, August 21 As wildfires rage in California, advocates are pushing for Gov….

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Posted in ICE Investigations Pro Publica

ICE guards “systematically” sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say

Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion….

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons

Saying ICE has ‘Lost the right to be trusted,’ Federal Judge orders mandatory testing at detention center hit by Covid-19

Court order follows an outbreak at the Mesa Verde Detention Center and evidence that officials opted not to test detainees for fear of positive test results. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, August 6 A federal…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Ethics Jails The Conversation

As the coronavirus rages in prisons, ethical issues of crime and punishment become more compelling

A 1970 image of prisoners in cell blocks at Rikers Island Prison.  Bettmann / Contributor/Bettmann via Getty Images by  Austin Sarat, Amherst College Thursday, August 6 Across the United States, prisons and jails have become hot…

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Participants behind a banner reading "COVID BEHIND BARS = DEATH" attend a rally at Rikers Island in New York. Rights advocates have urged state, local, and federal officials to release vulnerable inmates during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that prisons and jails are equipped with safety measures to prevent outbreaks. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons SCOTUS

Supreme Court rules jail does not have to provide basic protections to inmates

As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases “There is no legal principle justifying this stay. The only ‘principle’ animating it is the belief of the Republican appointees to the Court that prisoners are subhuman.”…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

New ACLU analysis of crime data shreds GOP’s argument against decarceration during pandemic

“With additional decarceral efforts, many further infections can be prevented in the… cities analyzed and many others.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 27 An ACLU report released Monday uses data from 29 locations across…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Justice Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Coerced work

by Wade Rathke Dallas   As Covid-19 sweeps through prisons creating hot spots all over the country because of the close and abysmal conditions, it’s a reminder of how many people are still incarcerated despite widespread claims…

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Posted in News Prisons The Conversation

People are dying in US prisons, and not just from COVID-19

According to investigations by the Miami Herald, corrections officers gassed Randall Jordan-Aparo as he begged for help, likely killed Latandra Ellington for speaking out about sexual abuse and scalded Darren Rainey to death in the shower….

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Protesters holding a banner reading, "U.S. Immigration Policy Is A Crime" at a silent protest in January 2020. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News

Cuban asylum seeker describes vicious pepper spray attack on hunger strikers at ICE detention facility

More than 2,000 migrants and refugees in U.S. detention facilities have contracted Covid-19 as advocates demand their release. by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, July 4 A Cuban asylum-seeker on Thursday described a “shocking” pepper spray…

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Posted in Coronavirus Jails News Pro Publica Public Health

The prison was built to hold 1,500 inmates. It had over 2,000 Coronavirus cases.

Prison overcrowding has been quietly tolerated for decades. But the pandemic is forcing a reckoning. by Dara Lind Thursday, June 18, 11 am. MST Jason Thompson lay awake in his dormitory bed in the Marion Correctional…

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Posted in Coronavirus Jails Justice News

Coronavirus in jails and prisons

Despite early warnings, jails and prisons have seen a rapid spread of the virus—a humanitarian disaster that puts all of our communities, and lives, at risk. Every day, The Appeal examines the scale of the crisis,…

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Posted in Art Audio Coronavirus ICE Immigration Podcast Reveal

‘If the virus makes it here, this place is a ticking time bomb’, a play and graphic short story

‘If the virus makes it here, this place is a ticking time bomb’ By Laura C. Morel, Thi Bui, Sarah Mirk and Amanda Pike / May 18, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from…

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Crystal Rattler, a registered nurse, and Jody Heryford, a technologist, collect patient specimens curbside at Marias Medical Center during a surge of COVID-19 cases in Toole County, Montana. (Courtesy of Marias Medical Center)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Under COVID cloud, prisons in rural America threaten to choke rural hospitals

by LJ Dawson Thursday, May 14, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic swept into Montana, it spread into the Marias Heritage Center assisted living facility, then flowed into the nearby 21-bed hospital. Toole County quickly became the…

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Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Coronavirus Justice News

COVID-19 outbreak grows at Arizona jail with largest concentration of U.S. Marshal detainees in nation

    by Jude Joffe-Block May 8, 2020 PHOENIX,  A private facility in Florence, Arizona that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting federal court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 where at least 20…

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Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. "I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity," the famous socialist leader once said. "The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own." (Photo: Wikipedia)
Posted in Op/Ed

Romance is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. by Danny Sjursen May 1, 2020 I was first exposed to Eugene Victor Debs…

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Prisoners at Parchment Prison
Posted in Columns Community organizing Courts/justice Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The issue at Parchman Prison is bad conditions not cellphones

Amsterdam      If Parchman Prison in the fertile Mississippi River delta of Sunflower County is in the news, it means there’s bad news, never good news.  Parchman is the only men’s state prison in Mississippi.  Parchman is…

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