The Harris County Jail houses more than 8,000 inmates at any given time. For three months last year, 17-year-old Lena was one of them. (Photo: Callie Richmond/The Texas Tribune)
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US Department of Agriculture Provided Over $277 Million for Local Jail Construction Since 1996

Counties in the state that received the most money from the program over the last 20 years collected $66.7 million in loans since 2005.

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Lawsuits Show Gov. Contractors Intentionally Jailing The Poor For Profit

New lawsuits show that government hired contractors are squeezing the poor for every dollar they can, and seemingly squeezing any semblance of justice out of the U.S. legal system.

Southwest Georgia (TFC) – Twice in the past fifteen days, two separate class action lawsuits, one in U.S. District Court, one in Grady County Superior Court, were filed naming Red Hills Community Probation (RHCP) LLC, its CEO Margaret B.

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Lawyers, Rights Groups Rally Around Author Of “Blood Diamonds,” Facing Jail

If convicted, the author faces up to nine years in prison and damages of 1.2 million dollars on the charge.

Lawyers, Rights Groups Rally Around Author Of “Blood Diamonds,” Facing Jail

Rafael Marques de Morais. NEW YORK, Mar 31 2015  - The Southern Africa Litigation Centre, Amnesty International and over a dozen other human rights organisations including the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights have signed an open letter demanding justice for crusading Angolan journalist Rafael

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MN Man Faces Six Months In Jail For Building A Wind Turbine

Nygard’s lawyer, Erick Kaardal, says that the family is prepared to go to jail if need be, because green and alternative energy is a right.

MN Man Faces Six Months In Jail For Building A Wind Turbine

A Minnesota man is facing jail Thursday as the deadline set by a Hennepin County judge to remove a turbine he built on his own property has passed. This long-running dispute over wind turbine has led a judge to order the Orono

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Study: Mass Incarceration Barely Reduces Crime

The report concludes: “Incarceration in the U.S. has reached a level where it no longer provides a meaningful crime reduction benefit.”

According to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice, it is still hard to pinpoint the most substantial cause of crime reduction in the last two decades. Based on researchers’ findings, however, we do know what wasn’t responsible: mass

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Off Duty Cop Kidnaps Woman From Jail, Drives Her To His House ‘For Personal Relationship’

One of the kidnappers fellow officers stated: “You arrested her, you can do whatever the f*ck you want to do.”

(Photo/my_southborough via Flickr) A police officer was recently found to have acted “inappropriately” after he pulled over an intoxicated Native American woman, and then drove her to his house to have a “personal relationship” with her. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was disciplined, and given seven days off off work without

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