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  • Iranian Freed in Prisoner Trade Won’t Go Back to Iran

    01/20/2016 10:37:46 AM PST · by Twotone · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Jan. 20, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    We may have negotiated the release of 4 of our countrymen by promising the Iranians seven sanctions violators in return, but that doesn't mean Iran is getting those seven nationals back.
  • White House defends $1.7B payment to Iran, denies it was ‘ransom’ for prisoners

    01/19/2016 2:26:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington times ^ | 1/19/16 | Dave Boyer
    The White House denied Tuesday that the U.S. paid Iran $1.7 billion as ransom to gain the release of American prisoners, saying the payment settled a long-running claim by Tehran over military equipment. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the payment last weekend was “a very good deal for taxpayers” because Iran was actually seeking interest payments of up to $8 billion for the decades-old claim. “Our exposure when it came to paying interest could have been much higher,” Mr. Earnest said. A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, criticized the administration for paying “ransom” to gain the...
  • Iran Reportedly Frees 4 U.S. Prisoners, Including Jason Rezaian, in Swap

    01/16/2016 6:54:16 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Saturday, January 16, 2016 | Michael Pearson
    Iran has freed four prisoners from the United States, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Iran's semi-official FARS news agency reported Saturday, quoting Tehran's prosecutor. According to FARS, it has freed Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, who had been held on various charges. The news agency did not name the fourth person released. The release is part of a prisoner swap deal in which the United States reportedly freed six Iranian-Americans held on charges related to sanctions against Iran, FARS said.
  • Daniel Horowitz Exposes Paul Ryan 'Jail Break' Agenda [Assembling Farrahkhan's 10K Man Army]

    01/12/2016 2:43:04 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/12/2016 | Dan Riehl
    Conservative Review editor Daniel Horowitz joined Breitbart News Daily with host Stephen K. Bannon to discuss House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) upcoming steps to fund Obama’s dangerous "prison break" agenda that includes retroactively freeing drug traffickers, even as the public's concerns about a new crime wave grow. Horowitz was also asked to weigh in on the Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) eligibility question and referenced his own article of January 7, where he writes, in part, about the error of giving citizenship to illegals born in the U.S. The entire Breitbart News Daily interview can be heard below...
  • Pentagon finding ways to thwart prisoner release, closing of Gitmo

    12/30/2015 8:35:26 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Dysfunction The Obama Administration has had three Defense Secretaries - Robert Gates (who was a Bush Administration holdover), Chuck Hagel (who was apparently undercut on a regular basis and then pushed out) and now Ash Carter. Two Republicans and now a Democrat. But one thing all of them apparently have had in common is a disinclination to cooperate with Obama’s dream of closing the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay. And according to a Reuters report this morning, the Pentagon has consistently stonewalled attempts release prisons and to position Gitmo for the ultimate closing that would fulfill one of Obama’s most...
  • More than 3,000 Washington prisoners mistakenly freed early (computer glitch)

    12/23/2015 2:53:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 12/23/15 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington have been mistakenly released early since 2002 because of an error by the state's Department of Corrections that resulted in wrongly calculated sentences for about 3 percent of the prison population. At a news conference announcing the error Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said he has ordered immediate steps to correct the longstanding computer glitch. "Frankly, it is maddening," Inslee said. Authorities say a July 2002 state Supreme Court ruling required the Corrections Department to apply good-behavior credits earned in county jail to state prison sentences. However, the programming fix ended up...
  • During National Moment of Silence, Muslim Prisoners in French Prison JEER, Hoot + Shout ALLAHU AKBAR

    11/17/2015 3:00:35 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 20 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 November 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Although Parisofficiallybans the taking of racial/religious statistics, everybody knows the French prison system is chock-full-o'-Muslims... estimates run as high as 70-80%. Unsurprisingly, penitentiaries in France are considered a 'mill' for radical extremists. That's why when we talk about keeping Americans safe from any with ISIS links and such, we need to keep in mind that putting convicted collaborators/enablers in US prisons only allows the cancer to grow undetected. Muslim extremism can probably do more damage to us in the long run in our prison system than on the street, due to a large supply of disgruntled, easily-impressed losers -that know...
  • Prison pork prohibition pulled promptly

    10/17/2015 11:02:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 17, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    In a pig’s eye. Last week we told you about the menu change at federal prisons where pork products disappeared from the table back on October 1st. What was up with that? At the time I wondered whether it had to do with pressure from religious groups who don’t eat pork or perhaps some sort of political shenanigans between the administration and the pork industry. We don’t have all of those answers yet, but the resulting uproar spurred somebody to action and the ban on pork in prison has apparently been ended… at least in part. (Washington Post) After a...
  • Obama Administration Bans All Pork Products From Prison Menus

    10/10/2015 7:16:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 123 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 9, 2015
    The federal Bureau of Prisons, a subdivision of President Barack Obama's Justice Department, has banished all pork products from the menus in all federal prisons ... The government says it made the decision to do this because a survey showed that inmates do not like eating pork products. The Council on American-Islamic relations said we welcome the move by the government to deny pork to prisoners, but warned that it might spark Islamophobia. ... They just dont like the taste of pork. The National Pork Producers Council isnt buying it. 'I find it hard to believe that a survey would...
  • The CIA Probably Had The Authority To Hold Prisoners At The Secret Benghazi Annex

    11/19/2012 1:08:20 PM PST · by maggief · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 19, 2012 | Michael Kelley |
    In October Paula Broadwell told an audience that the CIA in Benghazi "had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner" at its secret annex. The CIA flatly denied the claim, saying that the agency "has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless." Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute points out that the denial is factually incorrect because while Obama ordered the closure of all CIA detention facilities (i.e. Black Sites), the order states that it "does not...
  • Justice Department about to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release

    10/06/2015 10:42:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/06/2015 | Sari Horwitz
    The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades. The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the departments Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Most of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release. The early release follows action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission an independent agency that sets sentencing...
  • Rouhani: Pastor Saeed Abedini Won't Be Set Free Until the US First Releases 19 Iranian Criminals

    09/29/2015 7:58:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/29/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, has slammed the apparent offer by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to free her husband in exchange for releasing Iranian prisoners being held in the United States. Naghmeh argued that her husband is not "collateral" to be treated as such. "My husband is not collateral. He is a father and a man who broke no law. Yet Iran is treating him like a pawn in a game of chess. President Rouhani's demand that America release 19 criminals in exchange for his consideration of releasing individuals like my husband, imprisoned solely for...
  • ISIS burns 4 hog-tied men alive in new video

    09/04/2015 12:17:28 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 56 replies
    ISIS set four captured Iraqi men on fire by hog-tying them upside down, hanging them from a pole, then burning them alive. Once again, the savage execution was captured on video and shared on social media accounts friendly with the terror group as part of its propaganda and fear campaign. The four men in orange jumpsuits introduce themselves on camera and are made to watch videos of other ISIS executions before theyre marched out to the desert, with chains around their wrists and ankles, to their fate. After a man wearing camouflage and a mask explains how the men must...
  • DoD teams surveying US military sites for potential Gitmo transfers, lawmakers vow fight

    08/14/2015 2:04:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Department of Defense notified lawmakers Friday that teams will visit two military installations in the United States Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and the Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C. to conduct site surveys looking into transferring a limited number of Guantanamo detainees, Pentagon and Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The move, coming on the same day Secretary of State John Kerry marked the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, has already triggered a backlash on Capitol Hill. But, despite existing congressional restrictions on moving the detainees to U.S. soil, the notice itself suggests officials are wasting...
  • Obama poised to give financial aid to federal, state prisoners

    07/27/2015 2:13:26 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/27/2015 | Allie Grasgreen
    More prisoners may soon have access to federal subsidies to pay for college under a new Obama administration initiative, ending a 20-year ban on Pell grants for state and federal prisoners. The move could come as soon as this week. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to visit Goucher Colleges Prison Education Partnership at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup on Friday, to make an important announcement related to federal aid. On Monday, Duncan said that restoring Pell eligibility for those potential students is one way his agency hopes to increase college affordability. Well have...
  • Lawmakers: Thousands Of Violent Felons To Be Released In November Under New Sentencing Guidelines

    07/22/2015 3:58:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    dc ^ | 07/22/2015 | Kerry Picket
    Thousands of dangerous federal prison inmates will be released in November as a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commissions decision to lower federal sentencing for all drug trafficking and distribution crimes, two Republican lawmakers warned Tuesday. According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the release will include inmates with violent criminal histories who committed crimes involving assault, firearms, and even murder. ... the Sentencing Commission has estimated that 46,376 prisoners are eligible for early release under Amendment 782 with nearly 8,000 offenders eligible for immediate release on November 1, 2015.
  • Kerry: Actually, not one meeting that took place did we not raise issue of detained Americans

    07/17/2015 12:11:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/17/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    No one will be angrier than President Obama when he hears this on the evening news. Two days ago, Barack Obama gave an angry response to CBS reporter Major Garrett on why he and John Kerry didn’t attempt to negotiate the release of four Americans detained by Iran as part of the talks on nuclear weapons. Today, Kerry insists that he did negotiate for their release during the talks, especially during the stretch run:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Secretary of State John Kerry says there was “not one meeting that took place” during the recent Iranian nuclear talks...
  • Major Garrett: Clearly, my question struck a nerve

    07/16/2015 7:12:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/16/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    How does it feel to get rebuked by the President of the United States on national television for asking a tough question? While some of Major Garrett’s colleagues in the media wagged their fingers at the framing of his question, the CBS White House correspondent doesn’t seem to be losing sleep over it. “Clearly, it struck a nerve,” Garrett tells Contessa Brewer. “That was my intention.” CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO... “Clearly it struck a nerve,” Garrett told CBS anchor Contessa Brewer. “That was my intention. Because everyone who works for the president, and the families of those...
  • Release of Americans Not in Iran Deal; State Dept. Says Their Freedom Should Not be Tied to Talks

    04/03/2015 7:32:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/03/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    A State Department official told PJM today that U.S. demands for the return of three Americans held by Iran and one missing in Iran are not in the framework nuclear agreement.In fact, the administration intends on keeping the return of the U.S. citizens separate from any deal, even though it says their cases have been brought up on the sidelines of the talks.Decorated Marine veteran Amir Hekmati was seized while visiting extended family for the first time in August 2011. Saeed Abedini was convicted in January 2013 for establishing Christian house churches. Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been...
  • Lawsuit alleges Iran behind killing of 3 US soldiers in Iraq

    03/31/2015 2:29:37 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 31, 2015, 11:24 pm | Richard Lardner
    Families of Jacob Fritz, Johnathan Chism and Shawn Falter claim Tehran orchestrated retaliatory attack The families of three American soldiers killed during a brazen attack in Iraq are suing the Iranian government for allegedly orchestrating the raid. Filed late Monday in US District Court in Washington, the lawsuit says Lt. Jacob Fritz, Specialist Johnathan Chism, and Private First Class Shawn Falter were taken prisoner and then murdered in January 2007 by Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents and the Khazali network, an Iraqi militant group also funded and trained by Iran. The lawsuit says Iran directed the assault on the provincial headquarters in...
  • Will one man keep Americans locked up in prison?

    03/04/2015 3:59:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | Sally Kohn
    A phenomenal thing has happened in Washington: Progressive advocates and conservative forces have united around legislative action supported by the strong majority of the American people. Groups as disparate as the Center for American Progress and ACLU on the left and the Koch Brothers on the right; Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker; and over two-thirds of the American people all support major overhauls to America's criminal justice system. (SNIP) Yet it would appear Grassley just doesn't wanna change the rules. Grassley is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Simply put, given the generally powerful position...
  • Jordan executes 2 prisoners after ISIS video shows pilot being burned alive

    02/03/2015 9:49:28 PM PST · by Chuckster · 74 replies
    FOX News ^ | 2-4-2015 | Catherine Herridge and Nadiah Sarsour
    DEVELOPING: Jordan said it had executed 2 prisoners early Wednesday after a new video surfaced on the Internet Tuesday showing ISIS burning alive a Jordanian pilot the terror group had held since December.
  • Jordan executes 2 Iraqi prisoners in response to ISIS killing of pilot

    02/03/2015 9:45:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    JPOST.COM ^ | 2/3/15 | REUTERS
    AMMAN - Jordan has executed by hanging a jailed Iraqi woman militant whose release had been demanded by the Islamic State group that burnt a captured Jordanian pilot to death, a security source said on Wednesday. Responding to the killing of the pilot, whose death was announced on Tuesday, the Jordanian authorities also executed another senior al-Qaida prisoner sentenced to death for plots to wage attacks against the pro-Western kingdom in the last decade. Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman militant, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people. Ziyad Karboli, an...
  • Jordanian government threatens to kill all Islamic State captives if their pilot is executed

    01/31/2015 10:07:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2015 | Rick Moran
    The deadline has passed for a presumed hostage deal between Islamic State and Jordan that would have seen the release of an Iraqi woman terrorist by the Jordanians in exchange for a royal air force pilot and a Japanese civilian held by Islamic state. Jordan says that negotiations are continuing but are demanding proof of life before they release the terrorist. In fact, Islamic State has refused to say if they would release the pilot even if the terrorist were set free. Now the Jordanians are saying that if their pilot is executed, they will speed up the judicial process...
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese journalist

    01/28/2015 4:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2015
    Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release a female jihadist held since 2006, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria last month and possibly a Japanese journalist who pleaded for his life in a video released by the terror group on Tuesday. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said in a statement the nation was prepared to free Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a deadly hotel bombing, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed. His comments were carried by Jordan's official Petra news agency. Although he...
  • Here Are 53 Political Prisoners Cuba Has Released

    01/12/2015 1:34:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 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 "weve 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 dont 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
    KTTC.com ^ | 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
    KEReport.com ^ | 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 whod 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...
  • DISTRACTING US WITH GI(HAD) JOE

    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
    jpost.com ^ | 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 arent 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
    thehill.com ^ | 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 Herald.com ^ | 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.