It Takez More Than a Civil Trial to Stop Injustice

  by sparcva A pre-trial statement by Frank “Outlaw” Reid concerning the abuse of prisoners by corectional staff in Southwest Virginia Firstly, I do not feel moved to give a graphic and detailed account of the brutal beating I suffered at the hands of four sadistic correctional officers on July 10, 2009 at Wallens Ridge […]

Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmatez ‘Horrific

  By Don Thompson, Associated Press   A federal judge ruled Thursday that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento gave the corrections department time to issue updated policies on the use […]

U.S. Askz Judge to Free Dying Lawyer Convicted of Aiding Terrorism

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/nyregion/us-asks-judge-to-free-dying-lawyer.html?_r=1& Published: December 31, 2013 The federal government asked a judge in Manhattan on Tuesday to grant a “compassionate release” to Lynne F. Stewart, the former defense lawyer convicted in 2005 for assisting terrorism who is dying from cancer in a federal prison in Texas. Ms. Stewart, 74, sought release earlier this year under a […]

California releasez controversial prison videoz

Published: October 31, 2013 By Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh         The_Sacramento_Bee This is a still image obtained from one of six videos filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento of mentally ill inmates being forcibly removed from cells inside California prisons. The videos are part of a legal fight by attorneys for the inmates […]

Herman Wallace’s Conviction Overturned and Immediate Release Ordered!

UPDATE: The Guardian reports that Louisiana is refusing to release Herman Wallace from prison despite today’s court order (published 5:20 pm EST) –Amnesty International Demands: “Louisiana Must Release Dying Prisoner After Judge Overturns 1974 Conviction”   MEDIA COVERAGE:  Amnesty International  II  Solitary Watch  II  The Atlantic  II  The Advocate  II  The Times-Picayune  II  NOLA Defender  II  […]

Federal Appeals Court Considers Tommy Silverstein’s 30 Years in Extreme Solitary Confinement

By Jean Casella http://solitarywatch.com/2013/09/25/federal-appeals-court-considers-tommy-silversteins-30-years-extreme-solitary-confinement/ Thomas Silverstein has been called “the most dangerous prisoner in America,” based on several prison murders that took place 30 years ago. He has also been called “America’s most isolated man,” based on the conditions in which he has lived during those 30 years–conditions which, Silverstein and his lawyers contend, clearly constitute […]

Calif. mentally ill inmates hit with pepper spray

By DON THOMPSON, SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge is expected to decide this week whether the public has a right to see videos showing prison guards tossing chemical grenades and pumping pepper spray into the cells of mentally ill inmates, some of them screaming and delirious. Gov. Jerry Brown‘s administration wants the […]

Dying Lawyer’s Request for Release From Prison Is Turned Down

By BENJAMIN WEISER http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/nyregion/judge-denies-ill-lawyers-plea-to-be-freed-from-prison.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print A federal judge in Manhattan declined on Friday to order the release of Lynne F. Stewart, an outspoken former defense lawyer who is dying from cancer in a federal prison in Texas. The judge, John G. Koeltl of United States District Court, said he could not order such a release under […]

Restricting inmates’ mail unconstitutional, federal judge rules in Columbia County Jail case

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/04/restricting_inmates_mail_uncon.html By The Associated Press on April 25, 2013 at  9:25 PM, updated April 25, 2013 at  9:35 PM PORTLAND — A federal judge in Oregon has determined limiting  inmates’ mail to only postcards is unconstitutional, throwing into  question the legality of a practice used for years in jails across the  country. For two years, […]

Motion denied, Governor: Medical neglect is still killing prisoners

by Mutope Duguma, Sitawa N. Jamaa, Abdul O. Shakur and Sondai K. Dumisani Gov. Brown has declared that the prison crisis that allowed prisoners to die is over and that prisoners are receiving good care. His words, not ours. It is obvious that the governor has not produced any data that supports his claim. Furthermore, the governor is deliberately […]