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  • Here Are 53 Political Prisoners Cuba Has Released

    01/12/2015 1:34:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    abc ^ | 1/12/15 | ABC NEWS
    The Obama administration has confirmed reports that Cuba has released all 53 political prisoners that it promised to free as part of the deal to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States. “The Cuban Government has notified us that they have completed the release of the 53 political prisoners that they had committed to free. We welcome this very positive development and are pleased that the Cuban government followed through on this commitment,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “Our Interests Section in Havana was able to verify these releases. These political prisoners were individuals who...
  • U.S. denies Cuba resisting release of several prisoners on list

    01/07/2015 1:58:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/7/15 | Patricia Zengerle & Matt Spetalnick
    Washington - A White House official on Wednesday denied that the Cuban government was resisting freeing some of the 53 people listed for release as part of a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations on the grounds they had been linked to violence. The denial followed a report on Wednesday by Reuters citing a congressional aide who said that "we´ve been told that the Cuban government has agreed to release all but several of the political prisoners on the list." "This is not true, we have not heard any such thing from the Cubans, we fully expect all 53 to be released,"...
  • State Dept.: Yeah, we don’t know if Cuba has released the 53 prisoners we required they release

    01/06/2015 7:00:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Behold, the superior negotiating powers of President Barack Obama: State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki repeatedly refused to answer questions this afternoon about the 53 political detainees Cuba promised to release as part of a deal with President Obama to normalize relations with the United States.When asked about a lack of transparency in the prisoner exchange process, Psaki said, “Well, we know who’s on there. And the Cuban government knows who’s on there.” …After Psaki stated that she had no updates to provide, a befuddled Matt Lee asked, “Hold on — hold on a second. Can we — I mean,...
  • Jim Hagedorn says Rep. Tim Walz(D-Mn) wants to move Al Qaeda prisoners to Rochester(Mn)

    10/24/2014 9:47:20 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Stephen Rydberg
    Representative Tim Walz's republican challenger, Jim Hagedorn, is accusing Walz of wanting to move Al Qaeda prisoners to Rochester. Hagedorn talked to the media outside Federal Medical Center in Rochester on Thursday. He said Representative Walz voted to close the Guantanamo Bay Prison and supports transferring what Hagedorn calls the worst Islamic terrorists on the planet into the US. Hagedorn goes on to say that Walz is open to bringing some of those prisoners to FMC in Rochester. "The people of Southeast Minnesota, the people of Rochester, are protected by the Islamic terrorists in Guantanamo bay by 1,875 miles, an...
  • Sheriff Joe is At It Again

    08/08/2014 7:48:23 AM PDT · by GilGil · 21 replies ^ | 08/07/2014 | Al Korlein
    Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay. The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of...
  • Political Prisoners Threaten Large-Scale Hunger Strike

    06/10/2014 3:20:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/14
    Jawad Boulos, head of the legal department at the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, said that the prisoners have threatened that all political prisoners will join together in a large-scale hunger strike if Israel does not change its position on the newly passed ‘Life without Parole’ bill. At the end of his visit in the “Gilboa” Detention Center, Boulos said that the political prisoners, some of whom are already on a hunger strike, have said the strike would go on without limitations. ...
  • Obama releasing 'reformed' Guantanamo prisoners for reasons including having taken up yoga

    06/08/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 52 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 13:22 EST, 8 June 2014 | By Alex Greig and Associated Press
    President Barack Obama is moving ahead with his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison despite the uproar over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for a captured American soldier, an administration official said Thursday. The Periodic Review Board has determined that more former 'forever prisoners,' including one who says he has been reformed by practicing yoga and another who was a bodyguard for Bin Laden but now wants to start a 'milk and honey farm' are fit for release to their homelands or repatriation. Ghaleb Nasser al Bihani, 35, told a parole board in April that he had read...

    06/02/2014 10:01:40 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 97 replies
    Original Content | June 2, 2014 | By Laz A. Mataz
    This weekend, Obama swapped five dangerous Taliban commanders for one questionable American soldier. The five Taliban commanders are: Mullah Mohammad Fazl (Taliban army chief of staff), Mullah Norullah Noori (senior Taliban military commander), Abdul Haq Wasiq (Taliban deputy minister of intelligence), Khairullah Khairkhwa (Taliban governor of the Herat province and former interior minister), and Mohammed Nabi (senior Taliban figure and security official). In return, we got one America soldier who, his peers write, abandoned his post to join the Taliban, and who's Islamic-beard-adorned father has worked tirelessly to release more terrorists. Immediately after this, we have Hagel and Rice 'gaslighting'...
  • Should Prisoners Receive Better Health Care Than the General Population?

    05/22/2014 7:47:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2014 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    I remember the written response of the senior doctor in the prison in which I worked to an editorial in the British Medical Journal lamenting the difference between health care in prison and health care in the “community.” Yes, he replied, where else in the country but in prison could everyone get to see a doctor within an hour of complaining of something?I thought of this as I read an article recently in the New England Journal of Medicine about Hepatitis C infection and the American correctional system.About 3 million Americans are infected with the Hepatitis C virus, mainly because...
  • Prisoners Should Get Free Education to Reduce Recidivism, Newt Gingrich Says

    05/21/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/21/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    WASHINGTON — Prisoners should be provided free education in order to reduce crime and recidivism, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich declared at a gathering of conservative advocates of prison reform. Right on Crime, a Texas-based coalition of conservative public figures and elected officials, had a two day Leadership Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Tuesday and Wednesday. Newt Gingrich gave remarks at the Wednesday morning session, describing some of the needs he believed had to be met for meaningful prison reform. While still supportive of the early 1990's "war on crime" measures championed by...
  • Pro-Russian Activists Attack Police Station in Odessa, Prisoners Freed

    05/04/2014 9:46:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05-04-2014 | Alexey Furman
    ODESSA, Ukraine — Hundreds of pro-Russian activists attacked a police station in this southern port city, forcing open its gate and breaking windows. The prison is holding dozens of those arrested after the unrest here on Friday. Hundreds of activists surrounded the building and called for the release of their detained comrades. "Russians won't abandon their own!" the militants chanted as they smashed windows and broke down the gate at the compound. Others shouted "Russia! Russia!" and "we will not forgive!" About 20 to 30 people were allowed to leave the prison, NBC News confirmed, although local reports said nearly...
  • Inmates compete in Angola prison rodeo that this year turns 50

    04/26/2014 10:58:01 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04-26-2014 | Associated Press
    ANGOLA, La. – They're often thrown like rag dolls or risk being gored by bucking bulls and broncos. But in those few seconds in the spotlight of the rodeo, they are part of the world again. Some of Louisiana's most violent criminals are the stars of the Angola Prison Rodeo, the nation's longest-running prison rodeo that this year celebrates 50 years. The event has grown from a small "fun" event for prisoners into big business, with proceeds going into the Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Welfare Fund for inmate education and recreational supplies.
  • Inmates getting coverage under ObamaCare, as states shift cost to feds

    04/04/2014 6:56:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration often touts that people with pre-existing conditions and countless others can now get covered under ObamaCare. But there's another group that's starting to benefit from the law -- prison inmates. Cash-strapped state and local prisons increasingly are using the Affordable Care Act to pay for their inmates' medical costs, taking advantage of a little-known provision that lets them shift some of those expenses to the federal government. Ohio, Illinois and Iowa are among the states trying to offload the rising costs of health care – which include mental health programs – by enrolling inmates into...
  • Obama administration ´to offer Taliban 5 Gitmo prisoners in exchange for last Afghanistan POW

    02/18/2014 1:14:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/18/14 | James Nye
    The Obama administration will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The move is an attempt to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl before the majority of US forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the report in the Washington Post said, citing current and former officials. The swap would trade Bergdahl for five Taliban members who would be released from Guantanamo Bay into protective custody in Qatar, the Post reported.
  • Released Terrorists Reveal No Regret, Fun in Jail PMW exposes released prisoners and their

    12/05/2013 2:56:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 12/5/13 | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has recently translated interviews with released terrorists and their families broadcasted on official Palestinian Authority (PA) TV. The interviews reveal that the terrorists have no regrets, lived a life of ease in jail, and had easy access for familial visits. The televised testimony contrasts sharply with PA libel claiming prisoners suffer harsh conditions and their families have a hard time seeing them. In 2010, PA government supervisor of prisoners Issa Keraka called for an international investigation of Israeli "violations" against PA prisoners. The interviews came after the second batch of 26 terrorists was released on October...
  • Abbas: No Peace Until All Prisoners Are Released

    10/29/2013 10:41:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/13 | Elad Benari
    Peace is not possible so long as there is even one terrorist prisoner still in an Israeli prison, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared on Tuesday night. According to Kol Yisrael radio, Abbas made the comments in a welcoming ceremony for 21 Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists who had been released from Israeli jails as a gesture to Abbas. Abbas added, the report said, that the PA would continue its efforts to ensure that all terrorists serving time in Israeli jails are freed. "All 104 prisoners [that Israel has agreed to release] will be released, but the real joy will only...
  • Government okays release of second group of 26 Palestinian prisoners for peace talks

    10/27/2013 11:27:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies ^ | 10/27/13 | Tovah Lazaroff, jpost staff
    A ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday approved the list of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released in the second stage of Israel's commitment to the Palestinian Authority to resume peace negotiations. The names of the pre-Oslo prisoners were expected to be published later Sunday night. Earlier Sunday, a bill sponsored by the Bayit Yehudi Party to ban future Palestinian prisoners release failed to pass the Legislative Ministerial Committee by an eight-to-five vote, as a separate panel prepares this evening to approve such a release.
  • Shutdown keeps prison guards from getting paid … but prisoners still making bank

    10/14/2013 12:39:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, October 11, 2013, 1:55 PM | Leslie Larson
    Employees at federal prisons aren’t able to collect a paycheck during the government shutdown, even though the inmates they are overseeing are being paid. A group of 100 guards at a federal prison camp in Yankton, S.D., still have to work in order to “protect human life and property,” but will have to trust the government to make good on their promise to retroactively pay them. In a cruel twist, the criminals locked up in the facility are still receiving their money for services rendered while they are in custody because there is a different funding tier for the prisoners’...
  • Iran releases eight political prisoners in overture to Obama

    09/18/2013 10:32:45 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies ^ | 9/18/13 | Julian Pecquet
    Iran released eight political prisoners on Wednesday in a diplomatic move that could pave the way for a face-to-face meeting with Obama administration officials. The White House has said there are “currently no plans” for President Obama to meet his Iranian counterpart at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Other top officials might run into each other, however, which would mark the resumption of direct U.S.-Iranian contacts for the first time since diplomatic relations were cut in 1980.
  • Gaza Terrorists Fire Two Rockets at Israel

    08/13/2013 4:48:22 PM PDT · by Lera · 12 replies
    Israel national news ^ | 8/14/2013 | Elad Benari
    Terrorists from Gaza “thanked” Israel for releasing 26 terrorists by firing two rockets. One rocket exploded within Gaza. Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza “thanked” Israel for releasing 26 terrorist murderers by firing two rockets at the southern part of the country on Tuesday night. One rocket exploded in an open area near the city of Sderot. There were no physical injuries or damages. Kol Yisrael radio reported that a second rocket exploded within Gaza.
  • U.S. Senate committee OKs Thomson, IL prison funding

    07/19/2013 3:36:38 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    Daily ^ | July 19, 2013
    U.S. Senate committee OKs Thomson prison funding By A U.S. Senate committee has approved funding to re-open the prison in Thomson as a federal facility. Sen. Dick Durbin is a member of the Appropriations Committee that approved $166 million Thursday to reactivate Thomson and two other prisons, buy 1,000 prison beds from private contractors and expand a program to reduce recidivism. The state opened the prison in northwestern Illinois in 2001 but never fully opened it because of budget problems. The federal government bought it for $165 million last fall. Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos (BOO’-stohs) — both Illinois Democrats...
  • Taliban offers to swap US soldier for Gitmo prisoners

    06/20/2013 8:01:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The Associated Press reported as an “exclusive” earlier this morning that the Taliban have offered to release an American held for almost four years in a swap for Taliban members at Guantanamo Bay. The offer comes as the US tries to salvage the peace talks after pushback from Kabul: The Afghan Taliban say they are ready to hand over a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.A Taliban spokesman, Shaheen Suhail, says U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “is as far as I know in good condition.”...
  • "Jehovah's Witnesses' Untold Story of Resistance to Nazis"

    04/25/2013 2:16:56 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 119 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 19961-10-6 | Joel P. Engardio,
    "Unlike Jews and others targeted by the Nazis, the Witnesses were prisoners of conscience. They could have bought freedom by signing a declaration card that renounced their faith and pledged allegiance to Hitler. Few took the offer. Most stayed, and many died. Why Hitler bothered to single out such a minor group - and the tenacity with which the Witnesses resisted him - is what makes their story significant, says Michael Berenbaum, director of the Research Institute at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington. "The Jehovah's Witnesses were literally the only martyrs of the Holocaust," Mr. Berenbaum says."
  • Prisoners rake in millions from tax fraud

    03/03/2013 8:46:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/30/13 | Blake Ellis
    Just because they're already behind bars doesn't mean they aren't making out like bandits. Prisoner tax fraud has ballooned in recent years. In 2010, more than 91,000 inmate returns claimed $758 million in fraudulent refunds, a new audit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration finds. That's more than double the previous year. While the IRS stopped the vast majority of fraudulent refunds from actually getting into the hands of prisoners, $35 million still slipped through the cracks.
  • One in Four Terrorist Prisoners Studies in Hamas University

    02/28/2013 1:05:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    ne-fourth of terrorists from Gaza, Judea and Samaria serving time in Israeli prisons are getting an education through Hamas, according to a report by the Hamas government in Gaza that was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). A Hamas project titled Jamat el-Ahrar (Sons of Freedom) allows prisoners to continue their studies in prison via Hamas. Terrorists in Israel’s prisons were previously eligible for free studies in Israeli schools. In 2010, the number of inmates enrolled in the Open University stood at 270, of which 210 were classified as “security prisoners” jailed for terror-related offenses. The practice...
  • Obamacare exempts millions -- prisoners, illegals, welfare recipients

    10/31/2012 10:42:30 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 31, 2012 | Paul Bedard (Washington Secrets)
    In just 14 months, Americans will be required to prove that they have federally "qualified" health insurance or face an Obamacare tax of $695 to $2,085. That is unless you are in prison, below the poverty line, or are an undocumented immigrant, according to the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform. When added together, those three groups total up to one-sixth of the nation's population of 314 million: 218,929 are in federal prisons, 12 million are illegals and 42 million are below the poverty line and eligible for welfare, though some fit into all three categories, according to federal reports....
  • Gaza Salafists Accuse Hamas of Torturing Members

    10/01/2012 10:32:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/10/12
    The Gaza-based Salafist group Jaysh al-Umma accused the ruling Hamas movement on Monday of arresting and torturing six of its members, including its leader. In a statement obtained by AFP, the group said it was breaking the "media blackout" over the arrest of its leader Sheikh Ismail Hamid, also known as Abu Hafs al-Maqdisi. He is "languishing in the dark cells of the Hamas government, subjected to harsh interrogation," the group said, adding that five other members were also being held ...
  • BOMBSHELL: US in talks to swap jihad terror Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman & 49 others for 19

    02/29/2012 7:25:03 AM PST · by combat_boots · 22 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/29/2012 | Pam Geller, Robt Spencer, et all
    (title continued) Americans held in Egypt Shocking. This would be the nadir of Obama's craven foreign policy of surrender, releasing the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand. Treason. Al-Arabiya: US in talks to swap jihad terror Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman & 49 others for 19 Americans held in Egypt thanks to Robert Spencer
  • The Region: Egypt kicks sand in Obama’s face (and Islamist Morsy says his son could be POTUS!)

    09/03/2012 9:43:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 2, 2012 | BARRY RUBIN
    Indeed, at the precise moment Panetta was meeting Morsy, the new president was releasing Islamist terrorists from Egyptian prisons. These include terrorists from Islamic Jihad, which is part of the al-Qaida coalition! How do you square that one, secretary Panetta? And finally, Morsy pointed out to Panetta that his own son was born in California, when the future Egyptian president was studying there. His son, Morsy pointed out, could be the president of the United States one day. This is all you need to know: The US government asked its good buddy Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy to inspect an Iranian...
  • Op-Ed: Obama: Free the Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to Get Peace

    08/19/2012 2:22:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/8/12 | Ron Torrosian
    The Western World is waiting for what’s coming next regarding Iran, so perhaps now is the time for President Obama to show his leadership. We know the president has been outspoken against Israel striking Iran, and he’s removed troops from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere – so there’s no “American imperialism” taking place. Maybe it’s time for America to make some unique moves in the interest of peace, as is so often demanded of Israel. Maybe America should free all the Taliban prisoners it holds around the world, or open the doors of Guantanamo Bay, in exchange for Iran stopping any...
  • Florida leads nation in excluding ex-felons from the polls

    07/12/2012 5:56:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 12, 2012 | William E. Gibson
    One in ten Florida adults -- and nearly one in four African Americans – cannot vote because of a felony conviction, by far the highest rate in the nation, a report released on Thursday indicated. The report by The Sentencing Project, an advocate for voting rights, found that more than 1.5 million felons were disenfranchised in Florida in 2010, including 1.3 million who were longer behind bars. Florida, a big swing state known for close elections and snafus at the polls, sends an extraordinary number of its residents to prison and has imposed some of the nation's toughest requirements for...
  • Reuters Report Erroneously Claims That 'Most' Prisoners in the U.S. Are Black

    On Tuesday, Tom Brown at Reuters (HT aka "Republican Party Animals") wrote about the case of Quartavious Davis, a 20 year-old sentenced to life (and then some) after being "convicted of participating in a string of armed robberies in the Miami area in 2010." In the process, Brown, whose column title was inadvertently humorous ("Insight: Florida man sees 'cruel' face of U.S. justice"), demonstrated his lack of knowledge and failure to confirm through research by asserting that "United States ... prisons house fully one-quarter of all the prisoners in the world, most of them black." As David Stein at...
  • Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison (Summer-Camp-Like Island Prison in Southern Norway)

    05/25/2012 9:07:16 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    ABC 7 News Denver ^ | May 24, 2012 | John D. Sutter CNN
    Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison BASTOY, Norway (CNN) -- Jan Petter Vala, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has hands the size of dinner plates and shoulders like those of an ox. In an alcoholic rage, he used his brutish strength to strangle his girlfriend to death a few years ago. On a recent Thursday, however, at this summer-camp-like island prison in southern Norway, where convicts hold keys to their rooms and there are no armed guards or fences, Vala used those same enormous hands to help bring life into the world. The 42-year-old murderer stood watch...
  • Deal Ends PA Prisoners' Hunger Strike

    05/14/2012 11:50:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/5/12 | Chana Yaar
    A Palestinian Authority lawmaker says a deal has been reached with Israel to end a hunger strike by Arab prison inmates. The announcement confirmed a statement made earlier in the day by the Hamas terrorist organization that an agreement was in the process of being formulated. Hundreds of prisoners agreed Monday to end their strike after concessions were agreed to by the two sides, according to PA Minister for Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe, who spoke with reporters. The agreement, brokered by Egyptian mediators, was reached at a prison in Ashkelon, with representatives of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and...
  • Hamas, Fatah Plan Mass Terrorist Release

    12/24/2011 1:33:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Hamas and Fatah are preparing to release the lion's share of their respective 'political prisoners' by the end of the year. “By the end of the year, all political detainees will be released except those who wish to remain in custody for special reasons related to their security both in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip,” the PA-affiliated Ma'an News Agency quoted PA negotiator Munib al-Masri on Saturday. The move comes on the heels of reconciliation talks between the rival factions in Cairo on Thursday that resulted in an announcement that Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terror factions...
  • Perv lags getting paid to do rehab (UK pedophiles paid wages in prison to attend treatment classes)

    11/26/2011 5:46:31 AM PST · by Stoat · 6 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 26, 2011 | John Kay
    EXCLUSIVE    Perv lags getting paid to do rehab Fury at paedo jail ‘bribes’   Courses ... inmates can even pick up the cash by not attending the sessions   JAILED paedophiles are being PAID to take courses inside to stop them offending. Under prison rules, sick inmates who attend "offender behaviour programmes" get wages the same as if they have a job in jail. They can even pick up the cash by NOT attending the sessions — if they show they were willing to go but there were no spaces available. Last night Lyn Costello, of campaigning group Mothers Against...
  • EU wants to ban its own film on Afghan women in prison

    11/16/2011 8:17:57 AM PST · by Cardhu · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 16th 2011 | AP/Sara Ghasemilee
    Two female Afghan prisoners want to tell their stories. One is serving 12 years in jail for being raped; the other is in prison for running away from an abusive husband. With the help of the European Union, a London-based filmmaker made a documentary in late 2010 that exposed the plight of abused women in Afghanistan but the EU has now backtracked on the project. It wants to block the release of the film “In-Justice: The Story of Afghan Women in Jail” as it might upset “relations with the justice institutions.” Clementine Malpas, who was given financial aid for making...
  • Abbas greets newly released Palestinian prisoners: You are freedom fighters

    10/19/2011 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 10/19/11 | Staff
    The Gaza Strip and West Bank gave a jubilant welcome on Tuesday to hundreds of Palestinians freed from Israeli prisons in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held for five years by the enclave's Islamist rulers, Hamas. Fire-crackers, klaxons and cheering carloads of flag-waving young men raised the noise level steadily in Gaza city as thousands converged on a central square for a mass rally with speeches scheduled by Hamas leaders and well-known militants just liberated in the swap mediated by Egypt. (Snip) But violence erupted when the Israelis announced over loud speakers that the prisoners
  • Amnesty International are lying sons-of-bitches

    10/18/2011 3:38:10 PM PDT · by tedbel · 5 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Oct 18/11 | Ted Belman
    Amnesty International issued a press release today. Israel-Hamas prisoner swap casts harsh light on detention practices of all sidesGilad Shalit was held captive for five years by Palestinian armed groups The prisoner exchange involving Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 477 Palestinian prisoners highlights the need for the humane treatment of all detainees in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today. Obviously it wants to show equivalence. God forbid it should criticize only Hamas. It was not a "prisoner exchange". It was an outrageous ransom paid for a hostage. It only mentions the 477 terrorists that were...
  • California Begins Moving Prisoners

    10/08/2011 2:56:18 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct. 8, 2011 | Jennifer Medina
    LOS ANGELES — Facing an unprecedented order from the Supreme Court to decrease its inmate population by 11,000 over the next three months and by 34,000 over the next two years, California prisons last week began to shift inmates to county jails and probation officers, starting what many believe will be a fundamental and far-reaching change in the nation’s largest corrections system. Last spring, the Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding and poor conditions in state prisons violated inmates’ constitutional rights and, in a first, ordered a state to rapidly decrease its inmate population. Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature approved...
  • Utah inmates sick after drinking homemade alcohol

    10/05/2011 7:04:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | JENNIFER DOBNER
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A dozen inmates were sickened, including three in critical condition, in a suspected botulism outbreak after they drank alcohol brewed inside a prison cell, Utah health officials said Wednesday. Eight male prisoners who were hospitalized had exhibited botulism symptoms and preliminary tests were positive for the disease in two of the men, said Dr. Dagmar Vitek, the medical director of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.
  • New TLC show Prison Diaries reveals shocking reality of life awaiting execution

    09/20/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:03 AM on 21st September 2011 | Daisy Dumas
    A chilling look inside the minds of female prisoners unfolds on Thursday with the premičre of the new TLC show, Prison Diaries. The first episode of the series focuses on Emilia Carr, one of just 63 women on death row in the U.S. Carr is seen in ankle chains and handcuffs, led by a burly, fully-armed female guard as she leaves her cell. She wears bright orange overalls and trainers, her long, dark hair allowed to fall around her hunched shoulders.
  • Florida jail ends free underwear for inmates to cut costs

    07/15/2011 12:04:37 PM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2011 | Colleen Jenkins
    Sheriff Grady Judd said the end of free underwear will save an estimated $45,000 a year in operation costs. Judd in a statement said, "$45,000 is one person's job we're saving. If inmates want to wear underwear in jail, they can buy it, just like hard-working Polk County citizens do." This isn't the first time the sheriff has invoked creative cost cuts. He eliminated peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cornbread, coffee, juice and fresh milk from the jail menu a few years ago, saying if inmates wanted to eat those things they should stop breaking the law.
  • Hamas prisoners to go on hunger strike after Israel places top officials in isolation

    06/26/2011 9:03:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 6/26/11 | Avi Issacharoff & Jack Khoury
    Hamas announced Sunday that all its members currently sitting in Israeli prisons will launch a hunger strike on Monday, after Israel transferred senior Hamas officials to solitary confinement. A Hamas spokesman said Sunday that the purpose of the hunger strike was to demand the release of Yihyeh Sanwar, who is considered the most senior Hamas official in prison, and his brother Mohammad, who was among those responsible for the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. According to the Hamas spokesman, Sanwar suffers from serious health problems.
  • How the Serbs treat their prisoners of war

    06/04/2011 10:08:49 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 14 replies ^ | June 4, 2011 | R. A. Reiss / Aleksandra Rebic
    Dr. Archibald Rudolph Reiss Aleksandra's Note: Three proverbs capture the essential nature of how things work in the Balkans. They are: "History repeats itself", "The first casualty of war is truth", and "What's old is new again". The more one researches the history of the Balkans the more one becomes struck with just how relevant the past is to today's events. The unfortunate thing about this phenomenon is that those in power and the policymakers and the historians and journalists who evaluate what is going on presently never seem to pay attention to the fact that the same lies keep...
  • Ruling buoys killer’s quest for sex change

    05/31/2011 5:59:51 AM PDT · by massmike · 40 replies ^ | 05/31/2011 | Laurel J. Sweet
    An appellate ruling that correction officials have acted with “deliberate indifference” by denying female hormone therapy to a transgendered child rapist is giving new hope to a convicted killer suing for a state-funded sex-change operation. A lawyer for inmate Michelle Lynne Kosilek filed a plea Thursday in his decade-old case before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf, saying a May 20 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston for inmate Sandy Jo Battista supports Kosilek’s similar claims of cruel and unusual punishment by the Department of Correction. The ruling states DOC can no longer use inmate...
  • Chinese Prisoners Forced to Play World of Warcraft, Detainee Says

    05/26/2011 2:15:37 PM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies
    News Corp Australian Papers/Fox News ^ | May 26, 2011 | News Corp Australian Papers via Fox News
    A former prisoner of a Chinese labor camp claims guards are forcing detainees to play online games as part of a huge money-making scam. Liu Dali told The Guardian website that guards traded the credits inmates built up playing games such as World of Warcraft for money. "Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labor," he said. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5000-6000rmb a day. "We didn't see any of the money....
  • Remembering Those in Chains

    05/09/2011 8:11:05 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-09-11 | Zazu
    Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl of Sun Valley, Idaho went missing on June 30, 2009 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. He is currently being held in an unknown location, possibly moved to Ghazni Province or smuggled across the border to Pakistan making the logistics of rescue even more difficult. The Taliban has released several videos where Bergdahl is reading forced statements in violation of international law. In exchange for his release, they are demanding $1 million dollars, the release of 21 Afghan prisoners most of whom are held in Guantanamo Bay, as well as the freeing Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani terrorist...
  • Stalinist Hell: North Korean Political Prisons Starving 200,000 in Dachau-like Conditions

    05/04/2011 3:55:52 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 4, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Did you catch any of this over there, Jimmeh? Based on new satellite imagery and personal interviews of former inmates and guards, Amnesty International describes conditions in the Nork's political prison camps as "horrific". And as the world's only heriditary communist dictatorship prepares for a transfer of power -and a potential period of instability- the Gulag-type camps appear to be growing in size... Amnesty International believes the camps have been in operation since the 1950s, yet only three people are ever known to have escaped Total Control Zones and managed to leave North Korea. About 30 are known to...
  • America's Prisoners: Should We Shoot Them With a Giant Ray Gun?

    02/08/2011 2:14:56 AM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 3, 2011 | Adam Hadhazy
    Prison guards might soon test an invisible laserlike beam that triggers a painful burning sensation as a new way to break up fights between inmates. The project does not yet have the green light from its federal sponsor. But should it go forward, officials plan to set up the beam-emitting machine, known as Assault Intervention Device (AID) in a dormitory at the North County Correctional Facility at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, Calif. "This device allows us to stop a fight or lessen the severity of it without inflicting injury," said Cmdr. Bob Osborne of the Los Angeles County...