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Thomas Paine

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Monday, October 15, 2012

15 October - a responsibility to represent all

Federal timeline US prisoners
Federal timeline US prisoners (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
THE HAGUE: Prison Gate
THE HAGUE: Prison Gate (Photo credit: Akbar Simonse)
United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg
United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A visual representation of states in ...
English: A visual representation of states in the United States by number of imprisoned persons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
List of U.S. states by incarceration rate
List of U.S. states by incarceration rate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IAPA survey: Press freedom in Venezuela is at risk

US reminds Chávez that he has a responsibility to represent all

"You have to realize that more than six million Venezuelans voted for another option. Hopefully, they will be taken into account," said Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of State, Mike Hammer

Argentinean journalist: Capriles, inner circle targeted by espionage

A document dated October 3 says Andrea Radonski, Capriles' aunt, was followed, informed Jorge Lanata on Sunday evening through his TV show "Journalism for everyone"

Argentinean journalist Jorge Lanata has revealed that the Venezuelan intelligence service spied on opposition ex-presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, his inner circle, entrepreneurs, and journalists, before the presidential election held on October 7.

PressTV - US prison population tops 2.4 million

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US prison population tops 2.4 million. Tue Aug 9, 2011 3:27PM ... Beginning in the 1980s, rapid prison population growth attracted private investment.


Private Prisons: A Reliable American Growth Industry - Seeking Alpha

21 Aug 2009 – Total US Prison and Jail Population 1980-2007 ... for whatever reason, the growth of private prisons does not deviate from its current trajectory, ...

The Causes of Growth in Prison Admissions and Populations - SSRN

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Prison populations hinder budget cuts - USATODAY.com - USA Today

20 Oct 2011 – In California, the country's largest prison system with 164,000 inmates, the number of prisoners serving life terms has been steadily increasing, ...

Massive Rise in Prison Population May Have Serious - LiveScience

22 Feb 2012 – Currently, the roughly 2.4 million people in prison or on parole account for about 1 percent of the U.S. voting age population, while 2.4 percent ...

U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations - The New York ...

23 Apr 2008 – The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. Indeed, the United ...


Incarceration in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

70% of prisoners in the United States are non-whites. In recent decades the U.S. has experienced a surge in its prison population, quadrupling since 1980, ...


Statistics of incarcerated African-American males

Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 40.1% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009). Census data for 2000 of the number and race of all individuals incarcerated in the United States revealed a wide racial disproportion of the incarcerated population in each state: the proportion of blacks in prison populations exceeded the proportion among state residents in twenty states; the percent of blacks incarcerated was five times greater than the resident population.

Half of the world's prison population of about nine million is held in the US, China or Russia.
Prison rates in the US are the world's highest, at 724 people per 100,000. In Russia the rate is 581.

Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment and/or rehabilitation for the commission of felony and other offenses. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world.

Torture in the US Prison System: The Endless Punishment of - Truthout

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today’s show with a look at solitary confinement. On any given day, tens of thousands of prisoners in the United States are held in prolonged isolation for up to 23 hours a day. Many are kept in cells no larger than seven feet by 10 feet and have their only human contact when guards slide through meals in a slot in their cell door.
These conditions were the subject of a historic congressional hearing Tuesday called by Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. This is how Senator Durbin began the hearing.
SEN. DICK DURBIN: The United States holds far more prisoners in segregation or solitary confinement than any other democratic nation on earth. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that, in 2005, U.S. prisons held 81,622 people in some type of restricted housing. In my home state of Illinois, 56 percent of the prison population has spent time in segregation.
If I had one request to my colleagues on this judiciary committee, it is to visit a prison. Do it frequently. See what it’s like. I’ve done it, most recently in Pekin at the federal facility. But I’ve been to Tamms, which is our maximum confinement facility in the state of Illinois. It is an eye opener to understand what it means when you start talking about the sentencing aspects of Americans’ criminal justice system.

  My name is Anthony Graves, and I am death row exoneree number 138. I was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Texas back in 1992.

Like all death row inmates, I was kept in solitary confinement, under some of the worst conditions imaginable, with the filth, the food, the total disrespect of human dignity. I lived under the rules of a system that is literally driving men out of their minds. I survived the torture. But I—but those 18 years was no way to live.
I lived in a small eight-by-12-foot cage. I had a steel bunk bed, with very thin plastic mattress and pillow that you could only trade out once a year. I have back problems as a result. I had a steel toilet and sink that were connected together, and it was positioned in the sight of male and female officers—degrading.
I had a small shelf that I was able to use as a desk to write on and eat on. There was a small—a very small window up at the top of the back wall. In order to see the sky, you would have to roll your plastic mattress up to stand on. I had concrete walls that were always peeling with old paint.
I lived behind a steel door that had two small slits in it, the space replaced with iron mesh wire, which was dirty and filthy. Those slits were cut out to communicate with the officers that were right outside your door. There was a slot that’s called a pan hole, and that’s how you would receive your food. I had to sit on my steel bunk like a trained dog while the officers would place the trays in my slot. This is no different from the way we train our pets.
The food lacks the proper nutrition, because it’s either dehydrated when served to your or perhaps you’ll find things like rat feces or a small piece of broken glass. When I was escorted to the infirmary one day, I was walking past where they fix the food, and I watched a guy fix his food and was sweating in it. That was the food they was going to bring me.
There is no real medical care. I had no television, no telephone, and most importantly, I had no physical contact with another human being for 10 of the 18 years I was incarcerated. Today I have a hard time being around a group of people for long periods of time without feeling too crowded. No one can begin to imagine the psychological effects isolation has on another human being.
13 Aug 2011 – Leonard Peltier, a great-grandfather, artist, writer, and indigenous rights activist, is a citizen of the Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Nations and ...

How the American Prison Population Grew

18 Apr 2011 – The expansion of the American prison population to budget-busting ... correlated with increased levels of juvenile delinquency and crime.

Has the U.S. Prison Boom Changed the Age Distribution of the ...

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By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions. Despite unemployment levels that remain high, and the anxiety caused by people living paycheck to paycheck, many workers in the United States are taking matters into their own hands, demanding better working conditions and better pay. These are the workers who are left unmentioned in the presidential debates, who remain uninvited into the corporate news networks’ gilded studios. These are the workers at Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States. These are the tomato pickers from Florida. With scant resources, armed with their courage and the knowledge that they deserve better, they are organizing and getting results.

Why are so many Americans in prison? - Inside Story Americas - Al ...

www.aljazeera.com/.../01/20121318318540671.html31 Jan 2012
The US has the highest prison population in the world - some of whom have been subjected to lengthy ...

The Sentencing Project News - Incarceration

The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the ... Opposing view: Reduce prison populations (USA Today) ...

US Jail Population Falls Again


Robert Longley
1 May 2012 – The inmate population of U.S. local jails dropped for the third straight year, reaching its lowest level since 2002, according to the Justice ...

US: Number of Aging Prisoners Soaring | Human Rights Watch

27 Jan 2012 – “Yet US corrections officials now operate old age homes behind bars.” Long sentences ... The total prison population increased by 0.7 percent.

Drug Sentencing Reforms Halt Decades Of Prison Population Growth

28 Oct 2011 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dbrett480/prison-growth-drug-law- ... A quarter of the world's prison population is housed in US prisons, ...

U.s. prison populations - trends and implications - Prison Policy ...

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American prisons and jails has exceeded 2 million for the first time. ... the state prison population increased 0.9%, while the federal system grew by 5.8%. An ...

Senate Hearing Explores the Exorbitant Costs of Incarceration

1 Aug 2012 – The cost to maintain the federal prison population has grown by 1700 ... is an increase of $278 million over the FY 2012 enacted budget for the Bureau. ... take a closer look the rising costs of incarceration in the United States.

Florida Prisoners Serving 194 Percent More Time For Drugs Than In ...

6 Jun 2012 – Lengthening prison stays contributed to a record increase in the U.S. prison population, which rose more than 700 percent between 1970 and ...

National Prison Population Growth: A BJS Report | Alaska Justice Forum

justice.uaa.alaska.edu › ... › Alaska Justice Forum12(4), Winter 1996
9 Mar 2012 – A review of Bureau of Justice Statistics figures for correctional populations nationally as of June 1995.

Georgia prison guards 'captured on video torturing prisoner' | World ...

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19 Sep 2012 – Georgians attend a rally to protest against alleged prison torture. ... have long criticised Georgia's prison system for mistreatment of prisoners.

Georgia: Investigate Sexual Abuse in Prison | Human Rights Watch

19 Sep 2012 – ... sexual and other abuse of inmates in a notorious prison in Georgia, ... Report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and ...

Georgia's Abu Ghraib: The horrific stories of prisoner abuse ...

20 Sep 2012 – Many Georgians are drawing a comparison that is as apt as it is obvious: the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2004. In both ...

Prison Abuse and Torture in U.S. Prisons - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=datvPqLiqnQ5 Apr 2011 - 5 min - Uploaded by ewernig1
Describes the violation of human rights in United States prisons.

Prison Abuse and Torture in U.S. Prisons - YouTube

5 Apr 2011 – Describes the violation of human rights in United States prisons.

Bagram torture and prisoner abuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In 2005, The New York Times obtained a 2,000-page United States Army report concerning the homicides of two unarmed civilian Afghan prisoners by U.S. ...

Iranian Women Prisoners Detail Torture: 'Death Was Like a Desire ...

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Since 2003, the ACLU filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records relating to the abuse and torture of prisoners in U.S. detention centers ...

Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse: Latest News, Videos, Photos ...

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See Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse Latest News, Photos, Biography, Videos and Wallpapers. Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse profile on Times of ...

Report details abuse, torture of prisoners by US forces in Afghanistan

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27 Jan 2012 – Canada condemns Libya amid reports of prisoner abuse ... and Tripoli over reports of systemic torture by the country's new interim government.
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