Tag Archives: Prison

Activists Want End To Life Imprisonment For Children In US
Activists Want End To Life Imprisonment For Children In US By
In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that even juveniles convicted of murder cannot be subjected to life in prison without the possibility of parole, except in certain circumstances. Though the court deemed such a sentence for...
1200 Go On Hunger Strike In America’s Largest Immigration Prison
1200 Go On Hunger Strike In America’s Largest Immigration Prison By
Reports on Friday said that approximately 1,200 people being held at the nation’s largest immigration prison, located in Tacoma, Wash., began a hunger strike and work stoppage to protest the deportations of illegal immigrants and the inhumane conditions at the facility. Officials...
Cuomo Resumes Funding For Inmates’ College Courses
Cuomo Resumes Funding For Inmates’ College Courses By
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that the state will resume funding college courses for state prison inmates. While state inmates were eligible for high-school level courses prior to Cuomo’s announcement, eligibility for federal and state college tuition assistance...
Syrian Rebels Free Hundreds In Attack On Prison
Syrian Rebels Free Hundreds In Attack On Prison By
BEIRUT (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a Syrian prison Thursday and rebels stormed in behind him, freeing hundreds of inmates as part of an offensive aimed at capturing key government symbols around the northern city of Aleppo, activists said. Government...
Poland May Seek Access To Guantanamo Suspects
Poland May Seek Access To Guantanamo Suspects By
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors may seek access to terror suspects detained by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay for direct questioning as part of an investigation into whether a secret CIA prison operated here in 2002-2003, an official said Thursday. The prosecutors...
US States Leading Fight Against Over-Incarceration
US States Leading Fight Against Over-Incarceration By
WASHINGTON — A third of U.S. states closed prisons over the past three years, while almost two-thirds enacted reforms to their criminal justice systems aimed at both reducing the number of people under incarceration and smoothening the transition for inmates back...
Guantanamo Hunger Strikes Remain At High Level: Report
Guantanamo Hunger Strikes Remain At High Level: Report By
Despite previous assertions by prison representatives that hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay have ended, a recent report has indicated that hunger strikes have actually doubled since December 2013. The report, compiled by human rights advocate Reprieve, has found that 33...
Push For Sentencing Reform Underway In Congress
Push For Sentencing Reform Underway In Congress By
WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in the country’s mandatory sentencing laws amid growing concerns about both the fairness of the sentences and the expense of running federal...
US Sends Two Guantanamo Prisoners Back To Algeria
US Sends Two Guantanamo Prisoners Back To Algeria By
MIAMI (AP) — Two men who have been held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay for more than a decade have been sent back to their native Algeria as part of a renewed effort to gradually close the prison, U.S. officials said Thursday. The Pentagon identified the two men...
Congress Eyes Action On Overhauling Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws
Congress Eyes Action On Overhauling Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws By
WASHINGTON – A key Senate leader has announced that, before the end of the year, he will push to move forward on a landmark overhaul of U.S. criminal sentencing guidelines that would aim to significantly cut down the bloated population in federal prisons. The growing...