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Arrest of Syrian 'hero swimmer' puts Lesbos refugees back in spotlight | World news | The Guardian
Greece’s high-security Korydallos prison acknowledges that Sara Mardini is one of its rarer inmates. For a week, the Syrian refugee, a hero among human rights defenders, has been detained in its women’s wing on charges so serious they have elicited baffled dismay.

The 23-year-old, who saved 18 refugees in 2015 by swimming their waterlogged dingy to the shores of Lesbos with her Olympian sister, is accused of people smuggling, espionage and membership of a criminal organisation – crimes allegedly committed since returning to work with an NGO on the island. Under Greek law, Mardini can be held in custody pending trial for up to 18 months.

“She is in a state of disbelief,” said her lawyer, Haris Petsalnikos, who has petitioned for her release. “The accusations are more about criminalising humanitarian action.
greece  migrant  crime  prison 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants | Reveal
Sharon Cain runs the drug court in rural Stephens County and decides where to send defendants for treatment. She said state regulators don’t stop her from using CAAIR.

“I do what I wanna do. They don’t mess with me,” she said. “And I’m not saying that in a cocky way. They just know I’m going to do drug court the way I’ve always done it.”
drugs  prison  us  law  humanrights 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Strasbourg: Après la mort d'une cycliste, le conducteur d'un véhicule garé sur la piste cyclable condamné
Sur la route de son travail avenue de Colmar en août 2015, une cycliste de 25 ans avait été tuée en se déportant de la bande cyclable. En évitant un véhicule garé sur sa voie, elle avait été happée par un poids lourd. Moins de deux ans après sa mort, les conducteurs des deux véhicules étaient jugés au tribunal de Strasbourg fin janvier.

Ainsi que le rapportent les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace, les juges ont finalement condamné ce mercredi le chauffeur de la camionnette - qui était selon ses dires garé là pour décharger du matériel d’un chantier à proximité - à six mois de prison avec sursis pour homicide involontaire. Le conducteur du camion a écopé de la même peine.
cycling  deaths  crash_report  france  prison 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Gestion de la « radicalisation » en prison : à qui profite le crime ? - Contre-attaque(s)
Cette focalisation sur la « radicalisation islamiste » en prison sert tout à la fois deux objectifs. Tout d’abord, il s’agit de conforter l’élan sécuritaire post-2012 avec la création d’un arsenal législatif global digne d’un gouvernement qui se croit ironiquement … « radical », fabriquant état d’urgence et état de siège à l’emporte-pièce, stigmatisant et persécutant une partie de la population pour son appartenance, réelle ou supposée, à la religion musulmane. Et par un simple principe de détournement de l’attention, cela sert un deuxième objectif : éviter de parler des vrais problèmes des prisons françaises et continuer d’ignorer les quelques propositions tangibles de lutte contre la récidive à travers le recours aux dispositifs non-répressifs.
Les multiples condamnations de la France pour des conditions de détention jugées dégradantes et inhumaines, une politique pénale et pénitentiaire de la domination qui nourrit la surpopulation et la récidive, l’échec patent des réformes pénitentiaires successives…tout cela est occulté face à une problématique qui est certes réelle (le travail à réaliser avec les criminels incriminés pour fait de terrorisme ou d’appartenance à des réseaux dits terroristes), mais qui ne concerne qu’une petite minorité de la population pénale et pénitentiaire...
Pour rappel, jusqu’aux années 1970, l’islamisme désignait en France « la religion des musulmans » (même si le mot était déjà concurrencé par la dénomination islam dès le début du XXème siècle). Actuellement, l’emploi quasiment quotidien du mot islamisme, et à fortiori islamisme radical, pour désigner des attaques terroristes revendiquées éhontement au nom de l’Islam, entretient la fabrication de l’ignorance et du rejet qui s’enracine profondément dans la société française face à toute personne de confession musulmane qui refuserait de se plier à l’injonction du « musulman modéré », musulman mais pas trop … (Etrangement, les expressions « chrétien modéré », « juif modéré » ou même « bouddhiste modéré » ne font pas encore partie du vocabulaire officiel.)
prison  france  spectacle  politics  religion 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation | Mother Jones
As a journalist, it's nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it's usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. Private prisons are especially secretive. Their records often aren't subject to public access laws; CCA has fought to defeat legislation that would make private prisons subject to the same disclosure rules as their public counterparts. And even if I could get uncensored information from private prison inmates, how would I verify their claims? I keep coming back to this question: Is there any other way to see what really happens inside a private prison?

...My heart hammers. I tell the woman I'm a new cadet, here to start my four weeks of training. She directs me to a building just outside the prison fence.
prison  journalism  us 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Escape From Pretoria [HTML]
How did three political prisoners break out of one of South Africa`s top security prisons? Angry and embarrassed by the escape, the apartheid Security Branch forced one of the warders to say he had been bribed to help them. But the truth was quite different.

Escape from Pretoria shows how patience, singlemindedness and meticulous attention to detail got the prisoners out of their cells and through 14 locked freedom.

It is, however, much more than just an escape story. It is an account of how a white South Afican became conscious of the injustice on which his privileged life was based and chose to throw in his lot with the oppressed black majority of South Africa by joining the liberation struggle. (Cover description from the original book).
prison  south-africa  writing 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Quand les prisons, les détenus et la politique carcérale deviennent des produits d'investissements - Basta !
En France, plus d’un tiers des prisons sont en partie gérées par des grands groupes privés. Le mouvement de privatisation du système carcéral, entamé il y a trois décennies, prend toujours plus d’ampleur. De la gestion des repas à l’accueil des familles, de la construction des maisons d’arrêt au travail pénitentiaire, une poignée d’entreprises se sont saisies de ce nouveau marché lucratif. L’Etat débourse près de six milliards d’euros par an pour payer leurs services, sans que les bénéfices d’une gestion privée soit démontrée. Cette privatisation rampante pose une autre question : les entreprises privées ont tout intérêt à ce que les prisons ne désemplissent pas.
france  politics  prison 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Bruce Hornsby survived a hit song
And as for ‘The Way It Is’, I really like playing that.”

I suggest that he likes playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations with a bit of “The Way It Is” thrown in the middle: he giggles.

“Look, I am a different person from that old guy from 1986,” he says. “I really am, in every single way, and it is so obvious. My feeling is, I’m trying to give it to you – and I am giving it to you – and I just hope you can meet me halfway. In the end it’s simple. If you really hate it, just don’t come back. You should not come back, because I am not going to be a vehicle for your stroll down memory lane. The people who have their pop moment and spend the rest of their lives replicating that – the people who can do that and really mean it – I admire them. For me, it is a prison and I just refuse. I know I’m asking a lot, especially now that I’m inflicting the modern on them. But if you don’t like it, don’t come. I am fine.
music  prison  education  improv  funny 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Why Americans Don't Care About Prison Rape | The Nation
BJS surveys conducted between 2011 and 2012 found that 32 people per 1,000 were sexually abused in jail; forty people per 1,000 were sexually abused in prison; and ninety-five youths per 1,000 were sexually abused in juvenile detention facilities. In contrast, the National Crime Victimization Survey, also a product of the BJS, found that the rate of rape and sexual assault among free women was 1.3 per 1,000 females over the age of 12 in 2012, meaning that a prisoner’s likelihood of becoming a victim of sexual assault is roughly thirty times higher than that of any given woman on the outside. Allen J. Beck, a senior statistician at BJS, confirmed to The New York Review of Books that nearly 200,000 people total were sexually violated in American detention facilities in 2011.
prison  us 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
In France, Prisons Filled With Muslims
This prison is majority Muslim -- as is virtually every house of incarceration in France. About 60 to 70 percent of all inmates in the country's prison system are Muslim, according to Muslim leaders, sociologists and researchers, though Muslims make up only about 12 percent of the country's population.

On a continent where immigrants and the children of immigrants are disproportionately represented in almost every prison system, the French figures are the most marked, according to researchers, criminologists and Muslim leaders.
prison  france 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Chris Hedges: The Prison State of America - Chris Hedges - Truthdig
Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society.

States, in the name of austerity, have stopped providing prisoners with essential items including shoes, extra blankets and even toilet paper, while starting to charge them for electricity and room and board. Most prisoners and the families that struggle to support them are chronically short of money. Prisons are company towns. Scrip, rather than money, was once paid to coal miners, and it could be used only at the company store. Prisoners are in a similar condition. When they go broke—and being broke is a frequent occurrence in prison—prisoners must take out prison loans to pay for medications, legal and medical fees and basic commissary items such as soap and deodorant. Debt peonage inside prison is as prevalent as it is outside prison.
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
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satire  prison  internet 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Prisons are terrible, and there’s finally a way to get rid of them - Vox
While the idea of house arrest has been around for millennia, it has always suffered from one key defect as a crime control tool: you can escape. Sure, you could place guards on the homes where prisoners are staying, but it's much easier to secure a prison with a large guard staff than it is a thousand different houses with a guard or two apiece.

Today, we have something better than guards: satellites.
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Action contre l’usine des « Mille vaches » : une institutrice à la retraite raconte ses 48h de garde à vue - Basta !
Verdict : je suis placée sous contrôle judiciaire jusqu’au procès qui doit avoir lieu le 1er juillet avec interdiction de rencontrer mes « complices » sinon c’est la prison immédiatement m’a dit le juge. En clair on nous empêche de préparer notre défense ensemble. Ils ne connaissent pas (et n’aiment pas) l’action collective.
prison  police  france 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death - Miami-Dade -
Rainey was pulled into the locked shower by prison guards as punishment after defecating in his cell and refusing to clean it up, said the fellow inmate, who worked as an orderly. He was left there unattended for more than an hour as the narrow chamber filled with steam and water.

When guards finally checked on prisoner 060954, he was on his back and dead. His skin was so burned that it had shriveled from his body, a condition referred to as slippage, according to a medical document involving the death.

But nearly two years after Rainey’s death on June 23, 2012, the Miami-Dade medical examiner has yet to complete an autopsy and Miami-Dade police have not charged anyone.
prison  torture 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie | Prison Policy Initiative
Wait, does the United States have 1.4 million or more than 2 million people in prison? And do the 688,000 people released every year include those getting out of local jails? Frustrating questions like these abound because our systems of federal, state, local, and other types of confinement — and the data collectors that keep track of them — are so fragmented. There is a lot of interesting and valuable research out there, but definitional issues and incompatibilities make it hard to get the big picture for both people new to criminal justice and for experienced policy wonks.
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Fellow Prisoners by John Berger - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
The authorities do their systematic best to keep fellow prisoners misinformed about what is happening elsewhere in the world prison. They do not, in the aggressive sense of the term, indoctrinate. Indoctrination is reserved for the training of the small élite of traders and managerial and market experts. For the mass prison population the aim is not to activate them, but to keep them in a state of passive uncertainty, to remind them remorselessly that there is nothing in life but risk, and that the earth is an unsafe place.

This is done with carefully selected information, with misinformation, commentaries, rumors, fictions. Insofar as the operation succeeds, it proposes and maintains a hallucinating paradox, for it tricks a prison population into believing that the priority for each one of them is to make arrangements for their own personal protection and to acquire somehow, even though incarcerated, their own particular exemption from the common fate.
spectacle  attention  agnotology  politics  police  prison  military  environment 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Librarians name jails’ most in-demand books - The Scotsman
In an intriguing insight into the reading habits of the men who are involuntary guests of Her Majesty, librarians have named the most in-demand reads behind bars over the past 12 months.

Topping the lists were best-selling author Lee Child, creator of the Jack Reacher series, American thriller writer James Patterson, and George RR Martin, the man behind fantasy series Game Of Thrones.

But biographies, dictionaries and literary classics – including The Count Of Monte 
Cristo – were also high in the popularity stakes among the 8,000-strong prison population.
prison  scotland 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
Madagascar is just about the only country still struggling with the bubonic plague – Quartz
the African island of Madagascar is facing a public health threat straight out of the Middle Ages: At least 20 people in the country’s northwest died last week from the bubonic plague, and 2012 saw some 256 plague cases and 60 deaths—more than in any other country in the world.

One major problem seems to be the rat-infested prisons like the notorious facility in Antanimora, which holds 3,000 inmates. The International Committee of the Red Cross in October warned that the facility’s overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions present a serious plague threat—not just to prisoners, but to those outside its walls, too, since inmates’ relatives can catch the disease when they visit the facility, and detainees are often released without having been treated.
medicine  health  healthcare  prison 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
Foucault, Michel: Political Thought [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
this system regularly produces an empirically well-known effect, a layer of specialized criminal recidivists. This is for Foucault simply what prisons objectively do. Pointing this out undercuts the pervasive rationale of imprisonment that prisons are there to reduce crime by punishing and rehabilitating inmates. Foucault considers the obvious objection to this that prisons only produce such effects because they have been run ineffectively throughout their history, that better psychological management of rehabilitation is required, in particular. He answers this by pointing out that such discourses of prison reform have accompanied the prison system since it was first established, and are hence part of its functioning, indeed propping it up in spite of its failures by providing a constant excuse for its failings by arguing that it can be made to work differently.
prison  theory 
june 2013 by juliusbeezer
How the War on Drugs gutted African-American families - Democratic Underground
Just how damaging is it for a child to grow up in a fatherless home? Well, they produce: 71% of our high school drop-outs, 85% of the kids with behavioral disorders, 90% of our homeless and runaway children, 75% of the adolescents in drug abuse programs, and a striking majority in one final category. Out of all the kids in our juvenile detention facilities, 85% of them come from fatherless homes.
prison  politics  parents 
june 2012 by juliusbeezer

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