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  • In Gov't Shutdown: Prisoners Will Be Paid, Guards Will Not. (Pennsylvania)

    06/25/2009 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 307+ views
    Capital Ideas ^ | 6/24/09 | John L. Micek
    Tens Of Thousands Pennsylvania Prison Inmates ... ... will still be paid for the jobs they do at state correctional institutions even as the people who guard them and see to their welfare run the risk of going unpaid in the event of a budget impasse this summer, The Morning Call has learned. Concerns about public safety helped drive the decision to continue paying the 31,175 inmates who do everything from serve meals to sweep cell-blocks at the state’s 27 correctional institutions. They’re paid 19 cents to 42 cents an hour for their labors, spokespeople for Gov. Ed Rendell and...
  • Abbas to free 'all' Hamas prisoners in West Bank

    06/22/2009 3:12:28 AM PDT · by Son House · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Khaleej Times Online ^ | 22 June 2009 | Khaleej Times Online
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the release of 'all' Hamas prisoners, including those held on security charges, a senior aide told al-Jazeera from Ramallah on Monday. Azzam Ahmed, the head of the parliamentary bloc of Abbas’ Fatah party charged with holding reconciliation talks with the rival Hamas movement ruling Gaza, told the Doha-based channel the release would get underway in the coming days. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency, however, quoted sources close to Abbas as saying Hamas prisoners would only be released on “condition they do not pose a threat to general security and law and order.” Abbas had...
  • Killer Souvenirs Being Sold for Profit (Sen. Cornyn has introduced a bill to end this.)

    06/20/2009 6:35:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 782+ views
    The Pottstown Mercury ^ | June 17, 2009 | Carl Hessler Jr
    NORRISTOWN — When Wendy Lavin discovered that jail cell writings from her daughter's killer were for sale on the Internet, she was horrified. "I was disgusted. I felt sick to my stomach," said Lavin, whose 20-year-old daughter, Jennifer Louise Still, was stabbed to death by serial killer John Charles Eichinger in 1999. "I could not believe that after everything I had been through with the murder and trial, it was like it was happening all over again. I could not believe that something so horrific was going on and I wasn't aware of it." Lavin discovered the Web site when...
  • New Legal Battle in Guantanamo ( I don't think they'll be closing anytime soon...if at all! )

    05/31/2009 8:54:29 PM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 495+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 31, 9:02 PM EDT | MIKE MELIA
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A session of the Guantanamo war crimes court that began Sunday will likely show the difficulties President Barack Obama faces in changing the system and closing the prison by January. The case in question, of a Canadian charged with killing an American soldier, is stalled by infighting among lawyers. Other defendants have even more complex legal issues, and officials say the U.S. may have to choose between delaying Guantanamo's closure or quickly finding somewhere else to hold the trials. "I don't think they'll get a single trial done by January," said Michael Berrigan,...
  • Montana town offers to take Guantanamo prisoners

    05/29/2009 12:37:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,153+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2009 | MATTHEW BROWN
    HARDIN, Mont. (AP) - On Capitol Hill, politicians are dead-set against transferring some of the world's most feared terrorists from Guantanamo to prisons on U.S. soil. But at City Hall in this impoverished town on the Northern Plains, the attitude is: Bring 'em on. Hardin, a dusty town of 3,400 people so desperate that it built a $27 million jail a couple of years ago in the vain hope it would be a moneymaker, is offering to house hundreds of Gitmo detainees at the brand-new, never-used institution. The medium-security jail was conceived as a holding facility for drunks and other...
  • Latest budget proposal eliminates CalWORKs, lets out inmates early [California]

    05/27/2009 6:04:07 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 13 replies · 943+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 27, 2009 | Kevin Yamamura
    In California's latest doom-and-gloom announcement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Department of Finance on Tuesday proposed closing the state's main welfare program, releasing nonviolent prisoners one year early and shuttering up to 80 percent of state parks to shrink the state's $24.3 billion budget deficit. Schwarzenegger wants $5.6 billion in new cuts to replace a like amount of borrowing he proposed in his budget plan earlier this month. The Republican governor previously asked for more than $15 billion in other savings by slashing schools and Medi-Cal, laying off 5,000 state workers and borrowing money from local governments. The governor's plan would release...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: And Then There Was Only Guantánamo

    05/20/2009 10:32:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 1,167+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 20, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    With the Democratic no-go on Guantánamo (I'll leave it to the better informed to ascertain the degree that the Democratic Congress came to the rescue of an embarrassed Obama administration and cut off funding for the shutdown to allow him an out with the now familiar excuse of "they did it — not me, who keeps promises"), I think we now have come to the end to the five-year left-wing attack theme of Bush "shredding the Constitution." Except for the introduction of euphemisms and a few new ballyhooed but largely meaningless protocols, there is no longer a Bush-did-it argument. The...
  • Judge: Bagram prisoners can challenge detention (in US civilian courts)

    04/02/2009 9:16:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,731+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/2/09 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled on Thursday that prisoners in the war on terror can use U.S. civilian courts to challenge their detention at a military air base in Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge John Bates turned down the United States' motion to deny the right to three foreign detainees at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in court. But the government had argued that it did not apply to those in Afghanistan.

    03/23/2009 2:48:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 390+ views
    Israeli Minister: "Two-Thirds of Freed Hamas Prisoners Returned to Terror and Murdered Israelis" Voice of Israel Radio-Hebrew - via
  • The names of prisoners Israel won't free

    03/17/2009 1:32:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 358+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar 17, 2009 | Staff
    During a special cabinet meeting called to discuss the status of negotiations for the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, ministers were presented on Tuesday with a list of ten high-profile Palestinian prisoners which Israel was willing to release so long as they were not allowed to return to the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. The ministers were also read a list of prisoners which Hamas has demanded be included in the deal, but which Israel adamantly refuses to free. In an unprecedented move, the cabinet voted to publish the names of the latter ten prisoners. Below are...
  • Florida prisoners feeling recession's effect on their plates (boo-freakin'-hoo!)

    02/16/2009 1:16:39 PM PST · by library user · 16 replies · 946+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 16, 2009 | Staff
    ~ EXCERPT ~ Three times a day, the inmates at Madison Correctional Institution discover what a budget deficit tastes like. >>> snip <<< Corn bread replaces sliced bread at some meals. Inmates will get one sweetener packet instead of four. In the Sunshine State's prisons, orange juice is made from concentrate. "It's all right, but 100 percent juice is better," said Charles Christian, 24, six months into a two-year term at Madison for drug and weapon offenses. "Sometimes it's all right – like the peanut butter. They give you enough, but it's hard to eat, it's so thick. And they...
  • U.S. judges seek massive California prisoner release

    02/10/2009 3:35:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 882+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 10, 2009 | Peter Henderson
    Federal judges on Monday tentatively ordered California to release tens of thousands of inmates, up to a third of all prisoners, in the next three years to stop dangerous overcrowding. As many as 57,000 could be let go if the current population were cut by the maximum percentage considered by a three-judge panel. Judges said the move could be done without threatening public safety -- and might improve a public safety hazard. The state immediately said it would appeal the final ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trend-setting California, the Golden State, has an immense prison system responsible for nearly...
  • Prisoners' Escape Foiled By Light pole

    01/30/2009 11:13:11 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 2 replies · 398+ views
    you tube ^ | 29-Jan-09 | moiseshperini1
    It was less than a Great Escape. Two New Zealand prisoners who were handcuffed together as they fled a courthouse foiled their own getaway when they ran to opposite sides of a light pole
  • Angela Davis: Prisons perpetuate oppression of minorities (Open with extreme caution!)

    01/30/2009 3:53:06 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 65 replies · 2,039+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | January 30, 2009 | CLYNTON NAMUO
    DURHAM – After the inauguration of the first black president, America is now on the precipice of changes that were never before possible, 1960s radical turned academic Angela Davis told a crowd of hundreds at the University of New Hampshire last night. The vestiges of slavery, colonization and exploitation remain rife throughout America, as is evidenced by the over-representation of minorities in prison, Davis said. The prison population, now estimated to be one in 100 adult Americans, only contributes to the oppression of minorities, she said. It is a pattern seen across the country, even in New Hampshire, Davis said....
  • Message to Military on Terrorists, Shoot to Kill, STOP Taking Prisoners!

    01/27/2009 11:31:46 AM PST · by ezfindit · 22 replies · 1,031+ views ^ | 1/27/2009 | OrthodoxNet
    Two men released from the US “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported. One of the two former inmates, a Saudi man identified as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri, or prisoner number 372, has been elevated to the senior ranks of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, a US counter-terrorism official told AFP. [...] The Defense Department has said as many as 61 former Guantanamo detainees — about 11 percent of 520 detainees transferred from the detention center and released — are believed to have returned to the...
  • Freed Guantánamo prisoners taunt US as closure plan falls apart

    01/26/2009 4:22:56 PM PST · by Parmenio · 41 replies · 1,702+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 27, 2009 | Tim Reid & David Charter
    President Obama's plan to close Guantánamo Bay within a year appeared to be unravelling yesterday with the emergence of former inmates on terrorist websites, fierce opposition in the US and a lukewarm response to taking detainees from the European Union. After signing an executive order last week to close the US military prison, Mr Obama has been confronted with myriad obstacles that are making his ambitious pledge look unrealistic. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, ruled out the prospect of Britain taking any more inmates, claiming that it had already made a significant contribution. (snip) Javier Solana, the EU's foreign and...
  • States Look to Prisons for Ways to Save Money, Including Letting Some Inmates Go

    01/10/2009 4:52:26 PM PST · by metmom · 46 replies · 888+ views ^ | Saturday, January 10, 2009 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Their budgets in crisis, governors, legislators and prison officials across the nation are making or considering policy changes that will likely remove tens of thousands of offenders from prisons and parole supervision. Collectively, the pending and proposed initiatives could add up to one of biggest shifts ever in corrections policy, putting into place cost-saving reforms that have struggled to win political support in the tough-on-crime climate of recent decades.
  • Exclusive: Secret Trade in Chinese Bodies (in a town near you!)

    12/16/2008 6:32:07 AM PST · by Broker · 22 replies · 957+ views
    The German doctor who invented the process that led to hundreds of human bodies being put on display around the world, says he has stopped using bodies from China because some of them may be those of executed Chinese prisoners. The body shows, which have drawn millions of paying customers in more than 30 cities, show human bodies that have been preserved with a liquid plastic process. The bodies are shown skinned and trimmed, in a variety of poses, including throwing a football, playing poker or at a chess board. In an interview to be aired Friday on the ABC...
  • Wyoming Prison Caves to Islam

    11/22/2008 8:51:06 AM PST · by Islaminaction · 17 replies · 879+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Nov. 22nd 2008 | Christopher Logan
    The ACLU has successfully gotten the Wyoming Department of Corrections to cater to the demands of its Muslim prisoners. Originally prisoners had to eat their meals within twenty minutes of delivery of that meal.
  • Muslim Fanatics 'Hijack British Prison'

    11/23/2008 10:45:37 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 2,060+ views ^ | November 23, 2008 | James Murray
    MUSLIM prisoners have launched a reign of terror inside a top security British jail. The fanatics are forcing fellow inmates to convert to Islam or face punishment beatings. One man who stood up to the thugs was branded with a lump of hot metal, according to a prison source. The crisis at Whitemoor jail in Cambridgeshire has led to calls by staff for the 100 Muslim inmates there to be dispersed to other prisons round the country. Some Al Qaeda supporters have set up a kangaroo court, sitting in judgment on prisoners and ordering punishments, the source said. The violent...