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New York City Jail Guards set Use of Force Record in 2014

New York City Jail Guards set Use of Force Record in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City jail guards reported more use of force against inmates in 2014 than ever before — an average of 11 incidents a day ranging from pepper sprayings to punches — amid heightened scrutiny from federal prosecutors to clean up what they call a “deep-seated culture of violence.” Figures obtained Wednesday [...]
Working to End Police Violence and Mass IncarcerationLike many cities across the country, San Jose starts 2015 on the heels of a march and rally that echoed the national call for police accountability. We belted chants and held up signs with the names of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. But calling this event an act of solidarity is not quite accurate. Rather, [...]
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Why are Loved Ones Treated as Subhuman at Prisons?Amy, a 65-year old retired architectural designer from Santa Barbara, is brought to tears as she describes one of the more than 50 visits she has made to a California state prison to see her incarcerated son. Cars filled with families — mostly women and children — had started lining up as early as 1 [...]
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Police Change Policies After Brown and Garner ProtestsCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With tensions running high over the killings of Blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is [...]
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The End of Prisons?When it comes to locking people up, America is a world-beater. The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet accounts for 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of Whites. A number of terms have been coined to describe systems that [...]
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NYC Jails to Receive Overhaul With $130 MillionNEW YORK (AP) — The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation’s most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city’s troubled Rikers Island jail complex. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans, to be announced Tuesday, are [...]
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Jail Death of Homeless Marine Ends With NYC SettlementNEW YORK (AP) — The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday. Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail on Feb. 15, eight days [...]
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Police Use of Taser on Homeless Man Leads to Penalties  DENVER (AP) — A federal jury on Oct. 14 found five Denver sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city’s downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere. Marvin Booker died [...]
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A Condemned Man in Texas Gains His FreedomAt 12:32 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, Manuel Velez, my client and an innocent man, stepped out of prison and into the Huntsville, Texas air a free man. For nine years, Manuel has languished behind bars. What’s ironic about watching him walk out of this particular prison, the Walls Unit, which is often used to process [...]
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Solitary Confinement is Torture, Wis. Faith Group Says  Faith leaders in Wisconsin are boosting the public’s awareness this week about the effect of solitary confinement on humans and making the case that it’s torture. They’re not doing so by inviting the public inside a prison. Rather, they’re bringing a mock cell to the streets and asking people – and government leaders – [...]
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