Lighted signs read "SANDRA" in front of an image of Sandra Bland's face at a Light Brigade direct action on January 1, 2014. (Flickr / Light Brigading)
28 Aug 2015

Activists Demand Sandra Bland Investigation With 750,000 Petition Signatures

On August 26, activists delivered 260,000 signatures to the Justice Department, demanding a federal investigation of Sandra Bland’s suspicious death in a Texas jail. Although officials ruled her death a suicide, many suspect she was murdered and, regardless of her official cause of death, her needless arrest during a traffic stop directly led to her demise.

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Immigrant rights activists gather at the Federal Building in lower Manhattan on Saturday April 5, 2014 to protest the 2 millionth deportation of an undocumented immigrant by the Obama administration. (Michael Fleshman / Flickr)
24 Aug 2015

Judge Rejects Obama Administration’s ‘Fear-Mongering,’ Orders Release of Immigrants

A federal judge rejected “fear-mongering” over “illegal immigration” by President Barack Obama’s administration and ordered the government to implement changes to ensure detained mothers and children are released within the next two months.

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A standard pin-prick style electronic blood glucose test used by diabetes sufferers, with a hand showing a droplet of blood from the test, photographed on November 15, 2013.   A shadowproof reader recounts his struggle to advocate for prisoners with diabetes in this reader response. (Flickr / Victor)
11 Aug 2015

Battling The Criminal Justice System For Diabetes Healthcare (Reader Response)

Reader Phillip Baker responds to Gaming the System by sharing his experiences as a prisoner healthcare advocate who spent years trying to get adequate healthcare for prisoners with Type 1 diabetes. To his dismay, prison healthcare officials seem to care little for the well-being of their inmates.

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A rear view of the Whitegate prison cemetery in West Virginia, photographed on June 8, 2007. (Flickr / Angie)
06 Aug 2015

New Report Finds Inmate Deaths on the Rise

Inmate deaths in local jails and state prisons are on the rise for the third year in a row, according to a new study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. The report, released on August 4, found that the number of jailhouse deaths increased between 2012 and 2013 even though jail populations declined by 4% during that time.

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An image of Antonio Buehler from a YouTube video of the police accountability activist. Buehler was arrested AGAIN last weekend while filming the police with his group, the Peaceful Streets Project. (Peaceful Streets Project)
05 Aug 2015

Austin Police Accountability Activist Arrested On Copwatch, Again

Antonio Buehler, Austin-Texas-based police accountability activist, has been arrested for copwatching — again. Buehler was arrested Saturday while filming the police with Peaceful Streets Project, a group he founded that frequently holds “copwatch” events, and spent about 18 hours in jail.

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12 May 2015

FBI Spied ‘Beyond Its Authority’ on Keystone XL Opponents

New investigation reveals agency’s actions amounted to ‘substantial non-compliance’ with its own rules By Nadia Prupis The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) broke its own internal rules when it spied on Keystone XL opponents in Texas, violating guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming overly involved in complex political

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