Posted by copwatch | Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:19pm story
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Lynn Parramore, Editor of New Deal 2.0, Co-founder of Recessionwire Posted: Dec 31, 2010
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
In the earliest days of our Republic, a group of well-meaning Philadelphia Quakers set out to reform the prison system. The idea was to remove convicts from the mayhem and corruption of overcrowded jails to solitary cells where sinners would return to mental and spiritual health through reflection. In the Walnut Street Jail, no windows would distract the prisoners with street life; no conversation would disturb their penitence. Alone with God, they would be rehabilitated.
There was a small problem. Many of the prisoners went insane. The Walnut Street Jail was shut down in 1835.
Posted by copwatch | Wed, 04/27/2011 - 4:09pm story
Special US prison units fill with Muslims
WASHINGTON – US federal prisons for the past three years have housed special units filled disproportionately with Muslim inmates whose every communication with the outside world is strictly monitored.
Known as "Guantanamo North," the so-called Communication Management Units (CMU) were secretly opened in 2007 in maximum security prisons in Terre Haute, Indiana and Marion, Illinois and currently have 71 prisoners, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) told AFP.
The US public radio network, NPR, recently published the names, nationalities and reasons for incarceration of 86 of more than 100 detainees who have passed through them, information never before disclosed by the Bureau of Prisons.
NPR found that a number of detainees were convicted of terrorism offenses but mixed in with them were white supremacists and common criminals.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 09/17/2010 - 12:00am story
On September 17, 1998, Gypsy was killed in the Grizzly Creek area, trying to prevent the clearcut destruction of the ancient forests by Pacific Lumber Company. After years of Corporate Timber fomenting hate and fear toward environmentalists - encouraging its workers and managers to feel justified using violence against Earth First!ers (violence often exceeded by the cops and and sanctioned by the DA)- a Pacific Lumber employee felled a tree on Gypsy.
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 12/17/2009 - 5:27pm story
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Media Advisory—for immediate release December 16, 2009
Eco-prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers released from prison
Posted by copwatch | Wed, 06/03/2009 - 4:22pm event
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