'Secret prison within a prison': Report details solitary confinement practices at Northwest detention center in Tacoma
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Northwest detention center in Tacoma holds people in solitary confinement on average more than any other dedicated U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility, according to a new watchdog report.The report by the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights also contends that the center — in violation of ICE’s own policies — imposes solitary confinement on inmates with mental-health issues, or who are exercising their First Amendment rights by going on hunger strikes.The report is based on federal government records and documents by the company that opera...
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Tanzanian convicted for Garissa terror attack dies in Kenyan prison
Nairobi. Garissa University College terror attack convict Rashid Charles Mberesero has died, police said on Sunday.Prison authorities told the Nation that Mberesero, a Tanzanian, died by suicide inside cell number 24, block H at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison on Friday.They said his body was found hanging from the window’s steel grill, with a piece of a blanket around the neck.The attack on April 2, 2015 left 148 people dead, most of them students, and close to 100 injured.Meberesero had been serving a life sentence following his conviction in 2019.In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Francis Anday...
Facing potentially decades in prison, R. Kelly 'hopeful' despite jail beating, COVID-19 lockdown
CHICAGO — Beleaguered singer R. Kelly is to go to trial on federal racketeering charges in New York in just four months, but already he’s feeling the squeeze.Facing the potential of decades in prison, Kelly is back on lockdown at Chicago’s federal jail because of a new COVID-19 outbreak. His repeated attempts to win release on bond pending trial have been denied. And he still suffers headaches and pain from a recent beating at the hands of a fellow inmate, his lawyers say.“Mentally, he’s probably in as bad of shape as I’ve seen him,” Kelly’s lead attorney, Steven Greenberg, said last week. “Hi...
Journalist Solafa Magdy spends 1 year in Egypt prison
It has been one year since the arrest and detention of the journalist Solafa Magdy, her husband and their friend.On 26 November 2019, Solafa, photojournalist Hussam Al-Sayyad and writer Mohamed Salah were arrested from a café in Cairo and accused of spreading false news and joining a banned group.They are friends of Israa Abdel Fattah who cofounded the April 6 movement in 2008, and who was kidnapped from a street in Cairo in October last year.Solafa suffers from a high platelet count and has been tortured whilst in custody. Earlier this year it was reported that she was suffering from severe b...
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Abuse survivor on life in prison: You can't imagine how bad it is
"How strong can a woman be? How much can she run?"Those were the words that Dalal Daoud told The Jerusalem Post as she told of the story that had been so viral throughout Israel only some years prior: The story of the savage abuse she endured by her husband up until the point in which she murdered him.Dalal Daoud, a woman from northern Israel who had become famous for murdering her husband after enduring years of abuse and sexual assault from him. (Photo credit: Sapir Sluzker Amran)Daoud's story was famous throughout Israel after a study had been done throughout the prison she had been locked ...
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France to punish 'eco-cide' with prison up to 10 years
France will make serious intentional damage to the environment punishable by up to 10 years in prison as part of planned "eco-cide" law, government ministers said in remarks published Sunday.The law was one recommendation from a Citizens' Convention for the Climate, a group created by the government a year ago, bringing together 150 people from the French population to discuss the environment.An "eco-cide" offence would be sanctioned by up to 4.5 million euros ($5.3 million) in fines or up to 10 years in prison in cases of "intentional violation" of environmental laws, Justice Minister Eric Du...
Overcrowded and violent: what awaits Belarusian protesters in prison
Since August, the prison system in Belarus has hit international news headlines. Many protesters against the outcome of the presidential election have been arrested and held in police cells, detention centres and remand prisons.The number of people arrested has reached over 16,000. There have been numerous reports of how they have been subject to brutal physical and psychological abuse and confined to overcrowded and unhygienic cells. The majority of protesters have been held on administrative charges that allows them to be detained for up to 15 days. The use of administrative arrest and punis...
Less time in school, more time in prison: children during Coronavirus
Sam is eight years old. He has autism and other special educational needs and was permanently excluded from his school last year. His family believed the exclusion resulted from his disability. They wanted to challenge it, but the school took an inordinately long time to arrange a hearing, well over the 15 school days allowed. In the meantime, Sam watched his friends and brother continue to attend school whilst he stayed home. We don’t yet know the full impact this has had on Sam - psychologically and on his life chances - but it’s not looking good.Vulnerable children like Sam have been the wo...
Lori Loughlin's husband reports to prison
The Mossimo founder reported to The Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc in California on Thursday (19Nov20), according to The Associated Press.The news means both Giannulli and Loughlin will spend America's Thanksgiving holiday (26Nov20) behind bars - Loughlin is currently serving her two-month term at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, where she turned herself in to officials on 30 October.The couple was handed the punishment in August, after pleading guilty to offering up bribes to help its two daughters get into the University of Southern California (USC).In ad...
Harvey Weinstein isolated in prison with high fever likely caused by coronavirus complications, source says
NEW YORK — Fallen movie mogul and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is in prison isolation with a soaring fever, the likely result of coronavirus complications, according to a source.Weinstein, 68, is very ill and has a high sustained fever, said the source, who has direct knowledge of Weinstein’s medical condition.Weinstein was tested Tuesday morning and doctors are awaiting results. But they were confident enough he has COVID-19 that they placed him in isolation for 72 hours at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, where he is serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assa...
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