User: flenvcenter Topic: Human Rights and Indigenous Rights-National
Category: Criminal Justice System
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Why all the outdoor 'prison-yard lighting' in Los Angeles? 17.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: “Why aren’t people outraged about this?” asks Mariel Garza. (“Just because we can light up the night sky like it’s noontime, doesn’t mean we should,” Dec. 9)

Well, I was outraged when the prison-yard lighting in the alley behind my house first went in and proceeded to beam its invasive...

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AP Exclusive: Thought police instill fear in western China 17.12.2017 Washington Post: World
Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police.
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AP Exclusive: In western China, thought police instill fear 17.12.2017 AP Top News
KORLA, China (AP) -- Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police....
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Corrections officer faces prison after no contest arson plea 16.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A California prison guard faces prison himself after pleading no contest to arson.

The Sacramento County district attorney's office said Friday that William Joseph Babbitt entered the no-contest pleas Thursday to the arson of an inhabited building, possessing flammable material and misdemeanor...

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Feature and TV films 16.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Movies on TV the week of Dec. 17 - 23, 2017
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A Salvadoran woman says her baby was stillborn. Officials called it a homicide and sent her to prison for 30 years 15.12.2017 L.A. Times - World News

Teodora del Carmen Vasquez was nine months pregnant and at work in a school cafeteria when she felt shooting pains in her abdomen.

She dialed an emergency number for help, but none arrived. A few hours later, bleeding profusely and sitting alone in a bathroom stall, she delivered a baby. Vasquez...

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At age 17, he killed a deputy; at 71, he could get parole 14.12.2017 AP National
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- More than a half-century after a Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff's deputy, the now 71-year-old inmate is getting his first chance at parole since the nation's highest court ruled in his favor and cleared a path to freedom for hundreds of other "juvenile lifers."...
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El Salvador court denies appeal in stillbirth case 14.12.2017 Washington Post: World
An El Salvador court on Wednesday rejected the appeal of a woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for what she says was a stillbirth.
All 4 Polish death metal band members released from jail 14.12.2017 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- All four members of a Polish death metal band have been released from jail as they await trial on charges of raping a Washington state woman....
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L.A. agrees to pay nearly $300,000 to settle case of woman who died in LAPD jail cell 14.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay up to $298,000 to settle a legal matter stemming from the controversial death of a woman who authorities say hanged herself in a downtown jail cell.

The 13-0 vote was the latest development in a bitter dispute that began soon after Wakiesha Wilson’s...

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One city forms team to target the most vulnerable homeless 13.12.2017 AP Washington
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless....
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Hard-hit by opioids, a city struggles with hardcore homeless 13.12.2017 AP Politics
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless....
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Freed prisoner witnessed radicalization in Egyptian jails 12.12.2017 Washington Post: World
An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State group during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails.
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Freed prisoner witnessed radicalization in Egyptian jails 12.12.2017 AP Top News
DUBLIN (AP) -- An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State group during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails....
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UK banker back in Hong Kong court for murder appeal 12.12.2017 Washington Post: World
A British banker sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome slayings of two Indonesian women appeared in a Hong Kong court on Tuesday in a bid to appeal his conviction.
North Korea’s prisons are as bad as Nazi camps, says judge who survived Auschwitz 12.12.2017 Washington Post
The conditions in the North Korean prison camps “are as terrible, or even worse, than those I saw and experienced in my youth,” Thomas Buergenthal said after hearing from former prisoners and guards. Buergenthal is one of three jurists who have concluded that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should be tried for crimes against humanity.
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Henry A. Giroux on Developing a Language of Liberation for Radical Transformation 10.12.2017 Truthout.com
At the moment, people in the US are enduring a numbing assault from an authoritarianism brought to full fruition under Donald Trump. However, a galvanizing hope can shape a new vision and activism that will be transformative in the battle against an oppressive capitalism, says author and scholar Henry A. Giroux, who talked to Truthout about his new book, The Public in Peril. Hundreds of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee students protest a Trump campaign rally on their campus, January 1, 2014. Protests by young people could become illegal in the future, according to Henry A. Giroux. (Image: Joe Brusky / Flickr ) What are the longer-term trends that gave rise to the presidency of Donald Trump? What will be the national and global impacts? And what do we need to do to resist? Henry A. Giroux tackles these questions in The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism. "This courageous and timely book is the first and best book on Trump's neo-fascism in the making," says Cornel West. ...
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Teens and guns: Yesterday's muggings, today's murders 10.12.2017 Philly.com News
The ability of young teens to obtain guns has handed the power to kill to those with the least maturity and training to make that decision.
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A Dubious Arrest, a Compromised Prosecutor, a Tainted Plea: How One Murder Case Exposes the System 9.12.2017 Truthout.com
Demetrius Smith's troubling ordeal is a road map of nearly every way the justice system breaks down -- and how easily a cascade of bad outcomes can be triggered by one small miscarriage of justice. (Photo:  StefanieKaufmann ) The case of Demetrius Smith reads like a preposterous legal thriller: dubious arrests, two lying sex workers, prosecutorial fouls and a judge who backpedaled out of a deal. It also delivers a primer on why defendants often agree to virtually inescapable plea deals for crimes they didn't commit. ProPublica has spent the past year  exploring wrongful convictions  and the tools prosecutors use to avoid admitting mistakes, including an arcane deal known as an Alford plea that allows defendants to maintain their innocence while still pleading guilty. Earlier this year,  we examined a dozen such cases in Baltimore . Smith's troubling ordeal, Alford plea included, is a road map of nearly every way the justice system breaks down -- and how easily a cascade of bad outcomes can be triggered ...
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Suspect in Portland train stabbings says he was on autopilot 9.12.2017 AP National
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A man charged with the stabbing deaths of two commuters on a Portland light-rail train was on "autopilot" and wasn't fully aware of his actions until he heard passengers screaming that he was killing people, according to a psychological evaluation unsealed Friday....
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