Illinois’ law keeps those with sexual convictions at risk for Covid-19 beyond release dates

By Jessica Pupovac . . . After serving 10 years in prison for criminal sexual assault, Marcus Barnes was counting down the days until his release date on Dec. 17, 2018. He was planning on spending the holidays with his family and reconnecting with his daughter, who had recently graduated from high school and had started communicating with him again. “With…

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There has to be a special place in Hell

By Sandy . . . After several months, the Corona Virus – Covid-19 – shows no signs of abating. Indeed, it is spiking with higher numbers than at any previous point in some states. New Mexico is one of these. Social distancing and staying-at-home when possible, along with frequent handwashing and disinfecting of the environment, are known to be the…

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Continued incarceration during pandemic most likely unconstitutional

WRAL.com NC . . .  A North Carolina Superior Court judge ruled that a coalition of civil rights groups are likely to win their claim that the incarceration of state prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic is unconstitutional. The ACLU of North Carolina, Disability Rights North Carolina, Emancipate NC, Forward Justice, and the National Juvenile Justice Network filed the lawsuit in April…

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Can a “culture of entitled authoritarianism” be changed?

By Andy O . . . I read an editorial from the Washington Post Saturday entitled “George Floyd’s death shows exactly what police should not do.”  One paragraph really stood out: We’re still learning more about the case, but the episode suggests poor training, insufficient supervision, a dangerously adversarial mind-set, A CULTURE OF ENTITLED AUTHORITARIANISM, and a disregard for the lives…

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From the ACLU: Tell Congress that Covid-19 relief must include incarcerated people

Releasing the most vulnerable to COVID-19 from our prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers is critical to stopping the spread of the deadly virus in facilities and our broader community. Yet, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are not using their authority to safely and swiftly reduce incarcerated populations right now. BOP and DOJ…

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The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of Insiders

Part XII: Letters from the Harris County [Texas] Jail See also   Part I   Part II  Part III   Part IV   Part V   Part VI   Part VII   Part VIII   Part IX   Part X   Part XI These excerpts from inmates at the Harris County Jail in downtown Houston, Texas, were originally catalogued and published May 1 at The Texas Tribune in this piece…

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The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of our Insiders

Part XI: “I knew some of those who have died” See also   Part I   Part II  Part III   Part IV   Part V   Part VI   Part VII   Part VIII   Part IX   Part X  Part XII Jay G. 5/5 (Seagoville, TX) I am incarcerated at Seagoville FCI in Texas. Prior to this location, I was locked up at Oakdale from 2013 until…

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The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of our Insiders

Part X: “I just want to bring him home while he is still alive” See also   Part I   Part II  Part III   Part IV   Part V   Part VI   Part VII   Part VIII   Part IX  Part XI  Part XII Marsha, like Julie in Part VI, is not herself an Insider; she writes this on behalf of her 72 year old husband,…

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The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of our Insiders

See also   Part I   Part II  Part III   Part IV   Part V   Part VI   Part VII   Part VIII  Part X   Part XI  Part XII Part IX: The time to implement large-scale Community Residential Confinement in Wisconsin is NOW By Dylan 4/28 (Oregon Correctional Center, Oregon, WI) Prisons all across Wisconsin are overcrowded; some people are waiting months to be transferred…

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