CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Advocates for Prison Sentencing Reform in New ‘Letter from Loretto’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 11:34 am

Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail. Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto” by Kiriakou, who was the first member [...]

The Inhumanity of Sentencing a Person to Life Without Parole for a Nonviolent Crime

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 7:19 pm

(update below) Sharanda Purlette Jones is an African-American woman, who has been incarcerated for more than 14 years. She is 45 years old and has a twenty-two year-old daughter named Clenesha Garland. She has no more appeals. A petition for commutation is pending. She was sentenced to life without parole for the nonviolent crimes involving [...]

Solitary Confinement Makes the US Criminal Justice System Criminal

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 2:09 pm

An historic congressional hearing on solitary confinement in United States prisons was held today by the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Chaired by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, it was the first-ever hearing on the use of isolation in prisons and the human rights, fiscal and public safety consequences created. [...]

Live Blog: Occupy Movement’s National Day of Action for Prisoners

By: Monday February 20, 2012 3:29 pm

UPDATE – 8:30 PM ET From Occupy Chicago’s rally: Fred Hampton Jr., son of Fred Hampton,who was a Black Panther assassinated by the FBI and the Chicago police over forty years ago. UPDATE – 7:05 PM ET March left San Quentin prison some time ago. Now, reading reports that police gave many who drove to the [...]

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