“Urge Arkansas Governor to Grant Clemency to Belynda Goff”

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Urge Arkansas Governor to Grant Clemency to Belynda Goff

Belynda Goff is seeking clemency from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe for her two decades old murder conviction for the killing of her husband, Stephen. Stephen, who Belynda awoke to find lying unconscious just inside the doorway of their apartment, had been allegedly involved in an arson scheme at the time of his death and had told Beynda’s brother that he feared for his life. Despite there being no murder weapon found inside the apartment, no witness claiming she was the killer and no physical evidence linking her to the murder, Belynda became the target of the investigation and was eventually tried and convicted.

The Innocence Project has been fighting for and eventually won DNA testing in Belynda’s case. While we were seeking testing, however, crucial pieces of evidence were lost. While we are moving forward with DNA testing on the remaining…

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America’s Worst Sheriff Faces New Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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America’s Worst Sheriff Faces New Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio talks to the media at the Sheriff's office in Phoenix

Maricopa County has paid millions of dollars in settlements due to wrongful deaths of detainees by the sheriff department. In addition, the Justice Department has accused Sheriff Arpaio and his staff of conducting widespread racial profiling, ignoring rape cases, using racial slurs, assaulting pregnant women, and forcing women to sleep in their own menstrual blood.

The mother of a deceased inmate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. Found guilty of racial profiling in federal court and under Justice Department investigation, Sheriff Joe Arpaio oversees Arizona jails that have twice been ruled unconstitutional due to mistreatment and inhumane conditions. First voted into office in 1992, Arpaio has cost Maricopa County millions of dollars in settlements resulting from his campaign of abuse and…

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Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners

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Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners


Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for PrisonersThe following guide, published by the Human Rights Coalition, offers guidelines for prisoners on reporting human rights violations. The method described is simple, requiring documentation, intervention, and movement-building:

[W]e learn the truth by gathering evidence (documentation); we take action according to the urgency of the situation and our capacity to move people (intervention); and we bring others on board and inspire each other with a collective vision of popular struggle (movement-building).

Elaborating on these items, the guide goes on:

The stronger our evidentiary basis, the greater the knowledge of the movement, which generates greater commitment and more effective action.  This in turn builds the movement and the cycle of organizing repeats itself, only on a higher level.

Read on for more on defending the human rights of people…

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Amy Buckley in Mississippi prison: I will not give up until I receive the medical care I deserve

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by Amy Buckley

On July 18, 2014, I was told to pack and was transferred to Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss. Since I was not informed as to why I was being transferred, I have surmised that it was for medical purposes because I had abnormal results on some recent lab work.

On the outside, the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss., looks as miserable as it feels on the inside. – Photo: WAPT

I originally left this compound on Sept. 24, 2010, with the hope of never seeing it again, but here I sit. I wish I could say that things here have improved. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

CMCF is the processing center for all men and women coming into the prison system. This facility also houses just over 2,300 men long-term and less than 1,000 women who are compound-restricted due to medical conditions such as AIDS, pregnancy and heart problems and those with life sentences. Sadly, this is one of the worst – it is the…

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California Women Prisonerz – SHU Deathz and Suicidez – Support Investigation

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Please contact the politicians and CDCR representatives listed at the end of this press release to


Being in physical distress locked in a cell turns into a truly terrifying experience when you can hear the cops banter with each other about you being a “crybaby”…and “they’ll get to it” when they have finished cutting it up with each other. It’s especially terrifying when you are experiencing symptoms you don’t understand & you have witnessed others calling for help only to learn that person didn’t survive.

-Sonja Marcus, formerly incarcerated woman, survived 18 years in prison

On July 30, 2014 a woman committed suicide in the Solitary Housing Unit (SHU) of the California Institution for Women (CIW), in Corona. According to information gathered by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), there have…

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Chelsea Manning Sues Defense Department Over Denial of Medical Care

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Chelsea Manning Sues Defense Department Over Denial of Medical Care

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Chelsea Manning Sues Defense Department Over Denial of Medical Care

“It is my hope that through this action, Chelsea will receive the medical care that she needs without having to suffer any further anguish,” said Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs

Chelsea Manning in an undated file photo provided by the US army. (Photo: AP)

Chelsea Manning filed a federal lawsuit against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other officials in the Department of Defense on Wednesday for “failure to provide the necessary medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, a condition with which she was originally diagnosed by Army officers more than four years ago,” according to a statement by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has taken on her case.

“The government continues to deny Ms…

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Analyzing the Parole System and Effects on Recidivism

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Analyzing the Parole System and Effects on Recidivism

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by Elizabeth Hall


US incarceration timeline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s world, the criminal justice system operates on a perpetual backlog of cases, crimes, and criminals of all types.  The way that they deal with punishment has had to change to accommodate changes in the prison population, and part of the changes included the use of the parole system.  Through the parole system offenders could receive indeterminate sentences, which mean they may serve all, a portion of their sentence, or no time at all incarcerated (Seiter, 2008).  This system of indeterminate sentences gave rise to the rehabilitation era…

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