Tag: prison

Extortionate Phone Fees Cut Off US Prisoners

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(HRW) – A recent court ruling bars the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from establishing price limits on the cost of in-state phone calls made by prison inmates. That’s a big problem because call costs can be so exorbitant that they deprive…

Over 100 Inmates Reportedly Escape Prison in Philippines Following Armed Attack

At least 132 inmates have fled the prison in the city of Kidapawan, Philippines following a gunman attack on Wednesday, local media reported.

At least one North Cotabato District Jail guard has been killed in the attack which took place at 1:16 a.m. (17:16 GMT Tuesday), CNN Philippines reported.

Prison authorities believe that a breakaway group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was behind the attack.

Free Mohamed Abu Sakha

Members of the Circus school in Palestine, representatives of the embassies of Italy, Spain and Switzerland, amnesty international and ISM was in the Israeli supreme court today to witness the hearing of the appealfor release for the Palestinian circus trainer Mohamed Abu Sakha, who have been on administered detention for almost one year. Administrative detention means that he is locked up in prison without having the right to a trail.

Mohamed Abu Sakha got his feedom taken away from him on the 14th of December 2015, when he first got detained at Zaatara military cheekpoint, south of Nablus, when going to his work at the circul school in Bir Zeit. He reseaved the first administrative detetntion for 6 months on the 25th of December 2015, and it got renewed again 13th of June 2016.

Innocent British businessman Kris Maharaj marks three decades in US jail

British businessman Krishna ‘Kris’ Maharaj was arrested in Florida 30 years ago this Sunday (16 October 1986) and sentenced to death the following year. He has now spent three decades in prison, despite compelling evidence of his innocence and poor health.

Mr Maharaj, now 77, was handed a death sentence in Miami in 1987 for his alleged role in the murders of Derrick and Duane Moo Young.

However, since then three former drug cartel operatives and a CIA informant have admitted that the murders were carried out by the Medellín cartel on the orders of Pablo Escobar, who thought the Moo Youngs were cheating him. In addition, leaked evidence, suppressed by the US government, has shown that the Moo Youngs were laundering money for Colombian drug cartels to the tune of five billion dollars.

What’s the point of prison?

Well over half of all prisoners in the UK have personality disorders and other mental health problems. What are we doing?

Gifted to the people of the city by King James II in 1450, Glasgow Green is Scotland’s oldest public park. It’s the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army camped in the year of the rebellion against English rule in 1745; where upwards of 40,000 people met in the first quarter of the nineteenth century to demand more representative government from the British Parliament; and where another 100,000 gathered in the mid nineteenth century under the banner of the Chartists.

‘When They Took Me Inside’ Syria’s Saydnaya Prison, ‘I Could Smell the Torture’

At least 17,723 Syrians have died in custody since 2011, a new damning report by the international human rights group Amnesty International has revealed. The report, entitled “‘It Breaks The Human’: Torture, Disease and Death in Syria’s Prisons”, started of with what is common knowledge by now, namely that:

Torture and other ill-treatment have been perpetrated by the Syrian intelligence services and other state forces for decades, fostered by a culture of impunity that is reinforced by Syrian legislation. However, since the current crisis in Syria began in 2011, the situation has become catastrophic, with torture committed on a massive scale.

But one particular prison highlighted by Amnesty International’s report may be the most notorious of them all. In a Facebook post, the well-known Syrian intellectual and dissident in exile Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, who has himself spent 16 years in regime prisons for being a member of a communist pro-democracy group, described it as “the most horrible place on earth”. Eyal Weizman, director of the Forensic Architecture agency of Goldsmiths, University of London, even told British newspaper the Guardian “that the building is, itself, an architectural instrument of torture.”

Thousands Held in Brutal Chinese Drug Detention Centres

China has consistently taken an incredibly hard-line stance against people who use illegal drugs. As the government enforces strict punishments, often in the name of rehabilitation, both human rights abuses and drug addiction rates are worsening.

There are an estimated 12 million regular drug users in China, and illegal production of methamphetamine and ketamine is surging in the country. President Xi Jinping has described illegal drugs as “a menace for society [that] severely harm health, corrupt will, destroy families, consume wealth, poison society, pollute the social environment, and lead to other crimes”. As a response to this perception, authorities are detaining thousands of people in squalid conditions for drug use or possession.

Rate of Prison Spending Growth Outpaces Schools

Texas spending on prisons and jails is the highest in the nation, a new federal study concludes, and has grown about five times faster than the state’s rate of spending growth on elementary and secondary education over the past three decades. But the state still spends significantly more on its schools than its prisons.

A new analysis of federal data released last week by the U.S. Department of Education found that Texas corrections spending increased by 850 percent between 1989 and 2013, while the rate of funding for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 education grew by 182 percent. In the 1979-80 fiscal year, for example, Texas spent $14 billion on education and almost $604 million on corrections. In 2013, it spent about $41 billion on schools and $5 billion on incarceration (in constant 2013 dollars).