Why We Need To Take A Look At The Way We Treat Prisoners And Do It Differently

Why We Need To Take A Look At The Way We Treat Prisoners And Do It Differently “Violent offenders, more often than not, are victims long before they commit their first crime: A former inmate who spent two years in a Boston prison for robbery was given away by his mother, a heroin addict, by the time he was 5 — the same year her boyfriends began beating him up; when he was 8, he watched another kid get shot in the head in his housing project. Another man, in and out of prison…

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School to Prison Pipeline Exposed as 30,000 Kids Under Age 10 Arrested Since 2013

School to Prison Pipeline Exposed as 30,000 Kids Under Age 10 Arrested Since 2013 By Jack Burns Arrests of children have skyrocketed over the last decade according to the latest statistics published by the FBI. Gone are the days of sending children to the principal’s office for a paddling. Now children as young as 6 are getting arrested in Police State USA. The statistics, complied from 2013 to 2018, revealed more than 30,000 children under the age of 10 have been arrested, averaging more than six thousand kids per year.…

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California to “Solve” Homeless Problem by Throwing Homeless People in Prison

California to “Solve” Homeless Problem by Throwing Homeless People in Prison By Matt Agorist Bakersfield, CA — There is no doubt that California is experiencing a homeless crisis. In certain parts of the state, the homeless problem has turned into a public health issue as well, as many homeless people struggling with addiction have resorted to using public sidewalks as personal toilets. But the only solution that government seems to want offer is more police state. Officials in Bakersfield just announced that they will be solving their homeless problem by…

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What Good Cops Look Like: Sheriff and All Deputies Quit to Protest “Unconstitutional” Jail Conditions

What Good Cops Look Like: Sheriff and All Deputies Quit to Protest “Unconstitutional” Jail Conditions By Matt Agorist Nowata County, OK — A sheriff in Oklahoma, along with nearly all of her staff have recently resigned from their posts to protest dangerous and unconstitutional conditions within the jail. During a press conference last week, Sheriff Terry Sue Barnett read her letter of resignation and then let out a bombshell admission that a judge “tried to bribe” her to stay on and lie. Barnett did something many other “good cops” are…

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Artificial Intelligence Is Already Sending People To Jail — And Getting It Wrong

Artificial Intelligence Is Already Sending People To Jail — And Getting It Wrong By Elias Marat As machine-learning algorithms, big data methods and artificial intelligence are increasingly used in the toolkit of U.S. law enforcement agencies, many are worrying that the existing biases of the criminal justice system are simply being automated – and deepened. Police departments are increasingly relying on predictive algorithms to figure out where to deploy their forces by blanketing cities with a mesh of human-based and computerized surveillance technology including, but not limited to, data-mining, facial…

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Child Handcuffed, Arrested and Thrown in Jail for Missing Too Many Days of School

Child Handcuffed, Arrested and Thrown in Jail for Missing Too Many Days of School By Jack Burns Muskogee County residents, whose school-aged children accrue four absences over a four-week period of time, get a ticket from police and have to see a judge. The citation, if not signed, also leads to the detainment and potential arrest of their children. In police accountability circles, the truancy to incarceration system is known as the “school to prison pipeline.” One mother, whose son was arrested, placed in handcuffs, and taken to the same…

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Parents Given Nearly $5 Million After Officers Ignored Teen Daughter as She Died in Jail

Parents Given Nearly $5 Million After Officers Ignored Teen Daughter as She Died in Jail By Matt Agorist Lebanon, PA — Victoria ‘Tori’ Herr, 18, died in Lebanon County Correctional Facility after police refused to provide her with medical care for several days. Herr was addicted to heroin and began to go into withdrawal when she was thrown in a jail cell. While nothing will ever compensate for the loss of their daughter, the family was just awarded nearly $5 million after officers were found to have ignored her medical…

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Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer

Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making the Schools Any Safer By John W. Whitehead “Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes It used to be that if you…

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UK’s Private Prison System Has A Disturbing Track Record

UK’s Private Prison System Has A Disturbing Track Record By Georgina Milner 14 private prisons currently exist in the UK and the government seems set to follow the USA’s example and expand the system. It can be considered morally wrong to profit from the punishment of offenders, especially those who have committed non-violent crimes or turned to crime due to an inescapable cycle of poverty. The Howard League for Penal Reform conducted a poll which suggested half of the public would agree with this opinion, with 49% describing themselves as…

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California City Lays Down The Straw, Banning Use With Jail Time

California City Lays Down The Straw, Banning Use With Jail Time By Aaron Kesel A city in California has bizarrely passed a law that bans the distribution of or sale of plastic straws, with the harsh penalty of a business or employee giving them out being jail time. “The city of Santa Barbara has passed an ordinance that will allow restaurant employees to be punished with up to six months of jail time or a $1,000 fine for giving plastic straws to their customers,” said Katherine Timpf for the National Review. In…

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