The Dissenter

File: An empty classroom, photographed from beneath a desk. (Flickr / Todd Binger)
04 Aug 2015

How Should Teachers Handle Violent Students? (Reader Response)

“Forgetting about the thug sheriff for a moment — there is a real issue here when children with disabilities in school become violent. My little cousin was victimized constantly by a little girl with disabilities who spat at her and punched her in the face in public …”

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File: A close up of the chain linking a pair of handcuffs. (Flickr / banspy)
04 Aug 2015

Kentucky Deputy Sheriff Sued For Handcuffing Disabled Children, Abusing Girl With ‘Pain Compliance’

A lawsuit filed yesterday in Kentucky challenges the handcuffing of schoolchildren, especially those with disabilities, as a way of dealing with behavioral problems. According to the ACLU suit, two children with Attention Deficit Disorder and other disabilities, were “unlawfully restrained and handcuffed at school with excessive force and without necessity.”

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A battery cage egg farm with an escaped hen on the walkway between the tiers of battery cages at a factory farm, photographed on January 3, 2008. (Flickr / Farm Sanctuary)
03 Aug 2015

Federal Judge Strikes Down Idaho ‘Ag-Gag Law,’ Defends Undercover Investigations Of Food Industry

An Idaho law enacted to permit the state to jail anyone, who conducts undercover investigations and secretly records animal abuse, was rejected as unconstitutional by a federal judge. The decision marked the first time a federal court had struck down a state’s “ag-gag law.”

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New York
Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks at an awards dinner January 29, 2014. (Wikimedia Commons / Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit)
03 Aug 2015

NYPD Chief Bill Bratton: ‘Minority Report’ Is Modern Fact, Not Fiction

In Philip K. Dick’s “Minority Report,” the authoritarian system in place to predict crime and catch individuals before they commit crimes is dystopian fantasy. In the mind of New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton, this story is part of today’s reality, one the NYPD is fueling through experiments with predictive policing.

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Prison Protest

A bottle of methadone lies on the pavement, photographed on April 11, 2010. (Flickr / neeel)
04 Aug 2015

NYPD Allegedly Entraps Methadone User Outside Of Clinic

A federal lawsuit filed on March 11, 2015 claims James Angone was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned after leaving a Queens methadone clinic. Angone maintains an undercover New York Police Department officer framed him for attempting to sell narcotics after he refused the officer’s proposition to give him his medication.

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Timothy Strayer in his hospital bed in Dearborn County ICU after spending just one month behind bars at the county jail
03 Aug 2015

Advanced Correctional Healthcare’s Brutal Brand Of Jailhouse Medicine

Timothy Strayer was approaching 70 years of age and suffering from multiple chronic illnesses in the summer of 2011 when he was arrested for marijuana possession with the intent to sell. One year later, his family launched a federal civil rights lawsuit that is still in progress to this day. This is the result of Shadowproof’s three month investigation of Advanced Correctional Healthcare and the Strayer family’s story.

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(Flickr/Mike Lewinski)
02 Aug 2015

Introducing Shadowproof

Over the past decade at Firedoglake, we have had the privilege of being on the front lines of many critical reporting and advocacy projects. FDL’s work brought attention to and supported marijuana legalization, the Occupy movement, Keystone XL pipeline protests, Hurricane Sandy relief, Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks, and John Kiriakou—just to

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Rikers Island Reform Roundtable
31 Mar 2015

New Solitary Confinement Unit Plagued by Old Problems on Rikers Island

This post was originally published to PrisonProtest.com. At the beginning of March, New York City’s Board of Correction released a preliminary report on Rikers Island’s controversial new isolation facility, the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit (ESHU). The $14.8 million ESHU was proposed to house 250 of Rikers’ so-called “most dangerous” inmates–

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The Bullpen

File: A close up of a credit card, showing part of the number. (Flickr / Ed Ivanushkin)
04 Aug 2015

JPMorgan And Citigroup Pay Over $800 Million For Credit Card Crimes

Fraudulent paperwork, cheated counterparties, robosigning — no it’s not the housing crisis again. This time the crimes are related to the Too Big To Fail/Jail banks’ conduct with credit cards. Both JPMorgan and Citigroup have now reached settlements with the government related to their criminal credit card practices.

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A "bull pen," a temporary jail constructed to hold striking workers, from a 1933 Industrial Workers of the World strike. The Bullpen, Shadowproof's new series on inequality and the class war, is named for these historic structures. (Wikimedia Commons / University of Washington Labor Archives)
03 Aug 2015

Introducing The Bullpen

Named after temporary prisons setup for rebellious workers, The Bullpen will seek to reveal and explore the underlying power dynamics within the US economy and political system — the forces shaping how ‘We The People’ live our lives. This is not the place for the latest campaign gossip and ephemera, but do not be surprised to see some familiar names featured in the quest to illuminate the dark connections between moneyed interests and those with more formal powers.

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(Flickr/Mike Lewinski)
02 Aug 2015

Introducing Shadowproof

Over the past decade at Firedoglake, we have had the privilege of being on the front lines of many critical reporting and advocacy projects. FDL’s work brought attention to and supported marijuana legalization, the Occupy movement, Keystone XL pipeline protests, Hurricane Sandy relief, Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks, and John Kiriakou—just to

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File: Students pick crops outside a world bank school in Kenya. (Flickr / World Bank Photo Collection)
31 Jul 2015

World Bank Peddling Private, For-Profit Schools In Africa, Disguised As Aid

Originally published at MintPress News. EDINBURGH — Private, for-profit schools in Africa funded by the World Bank and U.S. venture capitalists have been criticized by more than 100 organizations who’ve signed a petition opposing the controversial educational venture. A May statement addressed to Jim Kim, president of the World Bank,

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