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Rape of Teen Inmates Is Prevalent


By Diamond 9:52 am February 27, 2015 From Alternet: A horrifying new story from the Marshall Project tells the story of John, a 17-year-old, 140-pound inmate in Michigan, who was raped by his 200-pound cellmate after being housed in an adult prison. It was not the last time he would be sexually assaulted. The piece is titled, […]

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Despite Law, Imprisoned Mothers Still Shackled While Giving Birth


By Diamond 11:26 am February 16, 2015 From the Guardian: Imagine being pregnant and going into labor. Now imagine having handcuffs around your wrists attached to a chain, leading to a chain wrapped around your waist. Another chain leads from your waist to your feet, where cuffs keep them only inches apart. This is a […]

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Marissa Alexander Released from Prison

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By Diamond 2:00 pm January 28, 2015 Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman sentenced to prison for firing warning shots during a dispute with her abusive ex-husband, has finally been released from prison.

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Record 346 inmates die, dozens of guards fired in Florida prisons


By Diamond 10:33 am January 15, 2015 “The state of Florida, it appears, is ground zero for the deaths of prisoners, and the crisis is so deeply corrupt and out of hand that it needs immediate national intervention,” writes Shaun King.

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Lawsuit: Central Park Five want $52 million from state


By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:25 pm December 10, 2014 After winning a landmark $41 million settlement from New York City, the Central Park Five are looking to make the state of New York pay $52 million more for their unjust time behind bars. The five men, who were wrongfully jailed for years in the 1989 rape […]

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Marissa Alexander takes 3 year plea deal

By BYP @blackyouthproj 4:30 pm November 24, 2014 Facing a possible 60 years behind bars for firing a gun at her estranged husband, Marissa Alexander has agreed to a plea deal that ends the four-year criminal case against her. 

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Report: poor black women evicted as much as black men are incarcerated

By BYP @blackyouthproj 4:51 pm November 4, 2014 According to a recent report released by the MacArthur Foundation, poor black women are evicted as much as black men are incarcerated. The study also found that for various reasons, low-income women are evicted at much higher rates than men. 

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Man released after serving 15 years behind bars for crime he didn’t commit

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:29 pm October 31, 2014 In a stunning reversal, a Cook County judge ordered for a man who confessed to a 1982 double murder to be released on Thursday. Alstory Simon wept for joy when he walked out of a downstate Illinois prison after spending 15 years behind bars. 

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Report: blacks in Minneapolis 11 times more likely to be arrested

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:55 pm October 30, 2014 According to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks are 11 times more likely to be arrested for low-level non-violent offenses in Minneapolis than their white counterparts. The data released covers white and black arrest rates for four low-level non-violent offenses: disorderly conduct, marijuana […]

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Birmingham man receives just $1,000 from $460,000 police brutality settlement

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:21 am October 24, 2014 The city of Birmingham settled a police beating lawsuit for $460,000, but only gave the plaintiff, who is still behind bars, $1,000. Under the settlement’s terms approved by the City Council and Mayor, Anthony Warren will receive such a small amount because his attorneys will get $359,000 […]

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