Judge Urges Firing for Officers Who Dragged, Hog Tied & Brutalized Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

By: Monday September 29, 2014 7:14 pm

An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate. On April 3, 2012, officers moved Robert Hinton, who was living in isolation in Mental Health Assessment Unit for Infracted Inmates, [...]

U.S. States Revive Debtors’ Prisons

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 8:30 am

More and more states have revived the debtors prison, albeit in a specific form, locking people up for failure to pay court costs and fees. Like so many other things in America, shortfalls in budgets are made up not by raising taxes (or heaven forbid, fiscal prudence) but by new arrays of costs and fees paid by people in the criminal justice system. We are not referring to fine or penalty (ex. speeding ticket=$250) here, but to that thing the judges say on TV– “Guilty, with a fine of $300 and court costs. Next case please.”

Visiting CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou in Federal Prison

By: Monday February 24, 2014 9:21 am

On Saturday, I drove three and a half hours with Firedoglake editor-in-chief Jane Hamsher from Washington, DC, to the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, to visit former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He has been imprisoned for nearly a year and in that time Firedoglake has been publishing “Letters from Loretto,” which have [...]

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Threatened with ‘Diesel Therapy,’ Suffers Shakedowns for Talking to Press

By: Monday February 17, 2014 12:30 pm

The federal correctional institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, where former CIA officer John Kiriakou is serving a thirty-month jail sentence, appears to be scrambling to find any way they can to stop him from sending letters from prison. He has written another letter that details what seem to be clear acts of retaliation. Since August of [...]

In Letter, Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says Nothing is ‘Corrected’ at Loretto Prison

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 10:22 am

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is serving a thirty-month jail sentence in the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written another letter. In this one, he writes, “The term ‘Federal Correctional Institution’ implies that the government is in some way ‘correcting’ the behavior of prisoners here. In truth, that’s just a bad joke. Nothing is ‘corrected’ at Loretto.”

Chelsea Manning’s Lawyer Clarifies Her Statement on Peace Award

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 6:09 pm

Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced to thirty-five years in military prison for releasing United States government information to WikiLeaks, issued a statement highlighting what she called a “substantial disconnect” among those who support what she did. Specifically, it related to an award, the 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award, which retired Col. Ann Wright, a prominent [...]

In Letter, CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Discusses His ‘New Normal’: Pedophiles in Prison

By: Monday July 29, 2013 10:43 am

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who has served five months of a thirty-month sentence in the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written a fourth letter from the prison. Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the administration of President George W. Bush. He was [...]

Obama Administration’s Perverse Defense of Genital Searches of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 6:25 pm

A federal court has restored Guantanamo Bay prison guards’ authority to conduct genital searches on Guantanamo Bay prisoners, according to the Miami Herald. The Justice Department asked a federal court to stay an order that restricted prison guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison from conducting genital searches of prisoners before they met with their counsel or had [...]

Judge Clears Federal Officials of Wrongdoing in Harsh Confinement of Muslims Immediately After 9/11

By: Friday January 18, 2013 11:32 am

A federal judge dismissed complaints in a lawsuit alleging former Justice Department officials violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights, sought to hold the officials accountable for subjecting the immigrants to harsh confinement on the [...]

Activists Charged With Providing Material Support for Terrorism Ahead of NATO Summit

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 2:29 am

UPDATE – 11:24 AM ET The Chicago Tribune is playing its role as a lapdog that is willing to serve and be manipulated by the Chicago police. Here’s an interesting nugget from the Tribune’s coverage: The arrests were the result of a month-long investigation into a group suspected of making Molotov cocktails — crude bombs [...]

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