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Rug burns pictured in the report by the Child Safety Coalition
21 Mar 2017

Culture Of Violence Intensifies In Colorado Youth Detention Facilities Despite Reforms

Young people incarcerated in Colorado are brutalized, isolated, and restrained in mechanical devices by staff. The youth are held in facilities where rehabilitation and treatment are not possible, according to a new report by the Child Safety Coalition. Despite reforms following a 2014 investigation, which concluded the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) illegally

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Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Photo from Massachusetts state government website: mass.gov.
20 Mar 2017

Multiple Alleged Suicide Attempts At Plymouth County Correctional Facility In Massachusetts

In a letter following up on prior allegations of mistreatment at Plymouth County Correctional Facility, Marty Gottesfeld describes recent suicide attempts.

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James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr
10 Mar 2017

Prisoner Demands Remain Ignored In Weeks After Vaughn Rebellion

It may serve short term political interests to hire more officers and increase security after Delaware prison uprising, but it won’t make anyone safer.

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Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty.
03 Mar 2017

Ohio Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike Following Punishment For Appearing On Netflix Show, “Captive”

Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan have lost phone and email privileges for 90 days following their appearance on the Netflix show, “Captive”

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CAPTION: In collaboration with NPR, Out of Gitmo tells the dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years, and the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. Also in this two-part hour, a second segment with Retro Report explores the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison. This image shows the outside of Camp VI at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Photo Credit: FRONTLINE 2017
20 Feb 2017

Frontline Documentary Tells Riveting Story Of Guantanamo Prisoner’s Kafkaesque Resettlement In Serbia

Premiering February 21, the first part of this documentary profiles the isolated and agonizing life of Mansoor Dayfi after release from Guantanamo

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Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty. Source: http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/2016/08/detailed-update-from-imam-siddique.html
20 Feb 2017

Ohio Prisoner May Face Punishment For Participating In Netflix Show, ‘Captive’

Ohio prison officials wrote a conduct report for Siddique Abdullah Hasan in connection to his appearance in an episode for the Netflix series, “Captive.” In the episode, he discussed the 1993 prison rebellion known as the Lucasville Uprising. The conduct report accuses Hasan of making an “unauthorized release of JPay videos” to

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inmate visitation room
15 Feb 2017

Securus And CoreCivic Sued For Providing Attorney-Prisoner Calls To Law Enforcement

Attorneys Adam Crane and David Johnson sued private prison company CoreCivic and the for-profit phone and video visitation service Securus Technologies in federal court for recording and storing confidential communications between pretrial detainees and their attorneys. Crane and Johnson allege [PDF] CoreCivic and Securus made recorded communications available to law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, which not

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Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Photo from Massachusetts state government website: mass.gov.
13 Feb 2017

Human Rights Abuses Highlighted In Jailed Activist’s Letter From Plymouth County Correctional Facility

Marty Gottesfeld, who is in jail for digital sit-in against a children’s hospital website, describes conditions at Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

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Graffiti from a solidarity action in Oakland, California (Photo by @lrsphm)
08 Feb 2017

2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions

The first few weeks of 2017 saw prison uprisings in Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California.

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Protesters gather outside of GEO Group's immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado (Justin Valas on Flickr)
02 Feb 2017

Trump Executive Orders Expand Mass Incarceration Of Immigrants

President Donald Trump issued two executive orders on January 25 that will most likely contribute to the mass incarceration of immigrants in the United States. One, titled Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, is best known for its provisions to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. But it

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A seclusion unit in a special education room at Grant Wood Elementary School in Iowa. Photo from state complaint filed by Coralville Law Firm.
31 Jan 2017

Iowa Department Of Education Faces Complaint Over Seclusion Rooms For Special Needs Students

In December 2016, Iowa attorney Mary Richard filed a complaint with the state’s Department of Education opposing the use of seclusion units in schools. The units are located within special education classrooms and used to hold children with autism and other disorders in “time-out.” The seclusion units are generally built of plywood, measuring six by six

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MCC New York (Photo from Federal Bureau Of Prisons website)
24 Jan 2017

Jailed Activist Pens Letter To Justice Department On MCC New York’s Squalid Conditions

A jailed activist, who faces felony charges for a digital sit-in against the Boston Children’s Hospital website, has written a letter from the Metropolitan Correctional Center calling attention to what he describes as appalling conditions inside the facility. The letter was addressed to officials at the Justice Department, the Federal

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