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Inmates awaiting trial, the elderly, the afflicted, and those who have served much of their sentence should get early release, if possible quarantined at home to ensure they are safe. Across the United States and across the world, prisoners are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Overcrowded facilities, shortages of food and medicine, and […]

Even most leftish White Americans like to think that their country is good and its institutions are fair and equitable. According to this wishful thinking, human rights abuses only happen in faraway places and injustices here are resolved by reining in a few bad apples. The facts say otherwise and prove that the United States […]

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – In a move that could affect thousands of Florida inmates, attorneys representing disabled prisoners and the Department of Corrections have settled a lawsuit accusing the state of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs. The lawsuit, filed by Disability Rights Florida […]

On September 9, 1971, prisoners incarcerated at the Attica State Penitentiary in New York rose up in rebellion. After a four-day long insurrection, 33 prisoners and 10 prison employees lay dead. The name “Attica” still resonates as a symbol of the inhumane treatment that America metes out to 2 million of its people. Americans love […]

GLEN FORD NNPA COLUMNIST A new report entitled, “The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons” compiled by the Washington-based prison reform group The Sentencing Project shows that New Jersey has the nation’s highest racial disparity in incarceration rates. Blacks in the state are 12 times more likely to go to prison […]

BY TOLUSE OLORUNNIPA BLOOMBERG NEWS / TNS WASHINGTON – President Obama commuted the sentences of 61 federal prisoners Wednesday and went to lunch with seven former inmates who were released after having their sentences shortened – examples, Obama said, of the importance of second chances. The president’s latest commutations and his impromptu meeting with former […]

KIMBERLY TIGNOR TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw will spend the rest of his life behind bars for multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against Black women. Why did it take so long for most of us to notice this story? The answer lies at the uncomfortable intersection of gender, […]

TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Christmas came early to 97 felons granted commutations and pardons by President Barack Obama on Dec. 18. Most of the prisoners were behind bars for non-violent drug-related offenses: at least 74 of the 95 commutations involved possession or distribution of either crack or cocaine, nine involved only methamphetamine, five involved only […]