Obama’s push for sentencing reforms that would decrease the number of Americans imprisoned – a key focus of his remaining time in office – has won support from an unlikely coalition.
“When they describe their youth and their childhood, these are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made.”
Juvenile and mental health advocates and officials nationwide have long debated whether placing young inmates like Davis in “the box,” or any form of solitary confinement, does more harm than good.
Outspoken and strident, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens demands compensation for non-security threat Guantanamo detainees.
After being wrongfully incarcerated, Floyd Brown, who is mentally ill, calls himself a millionaire although he is not allowed to use his earnings.
Muhammed Zahrani was released back to his native Saudi Arabia, raising to 80 the number of men approved for transfer away from Guantanamo.
A study has found that in 2008, 96 percent of convicted non-U.S. citizens received a prison sentence, compared to only 85 percent of convicted U.S. citizens.
Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law received the maximum sentence from Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said that the defendant failed to show remorse for the September 11th attacks.
By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Convicted al-Qaida terrorist recruit Jose Padilla was resentenced to 21 years in prison in Miami federal court Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke issued Padilla’s new sentence in response to a federal appeals court ruling ordering her to give the 43-year-old U.S. citizen a longer prison term. […]
By Christine Vestal, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Providing health care to an aging prison population is a large and growing cost for states. Not only do inmates develop debilitating conditions at a younger age than people who are not incarcerated, but caring for them in the harsh environment of prisons is far more expensive than it […]
By Robert Nolin, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — Jail has been a real education for habitual offender Todd Bontrager. “I went to jail on purpose, to study,” he told a judge Thursday. He was promptly given opportunity to further advance his curriculum. Bontrager, 47, was at a first appearance hearing to answer a charge of […]
New York (AFP) — Young detainees are subject to systemic violence and violation of their constitutional rights at Rikers Island prison in New York City, a study released Monday found. “The investigation, which focused on use of force by staff, inmate-on-inmate violence, and use of punitive segregation during the period 2011-2013, concluded that there is […]
Today The Weekend Reader brings you Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein. A former Soros Justice Media Fellow and also the author of All Alone in the World, Bernstein is well known for advocating on behalf of children who have been let down by the juvenile prison system. Burning Down the House […]
By Amro Hassan and Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Monday sentenced three journalists for the Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera to between seven and 10 years in prison on terrorism-related charges, stunning their supporters and raising an immediate outcry from human rights advocates. The harsh sentence came only a day after […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — In the first such verdict under Egypt’s new president, a criminal court on Wednesday handed down a 15-year prison sentence against one of the leading figures of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. The heavy jail term for activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was arrested in November on […]
By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senior Republicans criticized President Barack Obama on Sunday for releasing five high-ranking Taliban prisoners to secure the return of an American prisoner of war, arguing that it breached longstanding U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Administration officials strongly defended the swap, saying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s health […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have broken a long siege on the strategically situated prison in the northern city of Aleppo, government and pro-opposition groups said Thursday. The advance of tanks and troops into the sprawling prison complex on the northeastern edge of Aleppo is the […]