On Tuesday, the state of Ohio executed death row inmate Kenneth Biros, who died 43 minutes after the state prison’s execution team began administering a one-dose injection of sodium thiopental: here.
This video from the USA is called Fault Lines – Mental Illness in US Prisons – 17 Sep 09 – Pt1.
Part 2 is here:
At the end of 2008, 1 in 31 US adults was under the authority of the corrections system, a ratio far higher than any other nation: here.
Mistaken Science Leads to Texas Executions: here.
A British grandmother facing execution in Texas following what has been called a “catastrophic” trial has received high-profile backing in London: here.
The dirty truth about the death penalty: here.
On May 2, 1960, Caryl Chessman was sent to his death in a California gas chamber after the state’s liberal Democratic Governor, Edmund “Pat” Brown, refused to grant clemency or a stay of execution. Chessman was 38: here.
On June 14, 2010, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s challenge of a court order requiring the state to reduce its prison population by 46,000 inmates: here.
After a combined 46 years in jail, Texas inmates likely to be exonerated after discovery of wrongful convictions: here.
Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51 years old, has been formally cleared of charges that had landed him in a Texas prison for 30 years. In a Dallas courtroom on Tuesday, State District Judge Don Adams told Dupree, “You’re free to go,” exonerating him of a 1980 conviction for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon: here.
William Fisher, Truthout: “If you are unlucky enough to be doing time at one of the federal government’s two ‘experimental prisons’ – which it calls Communications Management Units (CMUs) – you are categorically banned from any physical contact with visiting friends and family, including babies, infants and minor children. Severe restrictions are also placed on your access to phone calls and letters, as well as work and educational opportunities…. Two federal prisons are being used as CMUs and overwhelmingly hold Muslim prisoners and prisoners with unpopular political beliefs. Opponents charge they are practicing religious profiling, retaliation and arbitrary punishment”: here.
In US Prisons, Inmates Sold Into Sex Slavery. Claudia Nunez, New America Media: “In prisons across the country, gangs are selling their fellow inmates into sex trafficking in order to increase their power and profits. Ex-convict Scott Howard, a survivor of the prison sex trade, described being smuggled from prison to prison over a two-year period. His ‘owners’ – members of a white supremacist gang – sold him to a group of Norteno gang members, who forced Howard to prostitute himself in exchange for $7 to $20 per sexual encounter, an abuse that was repeated over the course of many years”: here.
The breaded chicken patty your child bites into at school may have been made by a worker earning twenty cents an hour, not in a faraway country, but by a member of an invisible American workforce: prisoners. At the Union Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Florida, inmates from a nearby lower-security prison manufacture tons of processed beef, chicken and pork for Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE), a privately held non-profit corporation that operates the state’s forty-one work programs. In addition to processed food, PRIDE’s website reveals an array of products for sale through contracts with private companies, from eyeglasses to office furniture, to be shipped from a distribution center in Florida to businesses across the US. PRIDE boasts that its work programs are “designed to provide vocational training, to improve prison security, to reduce the cost of state government, and to promote the rehabilitation of the state inmates”: here.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the 1971 uprising by prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York and its bloody suppression by state police called in by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The Attica rebellion was a major historical event, reflecting the acute social and political crisis of American imperialism at the height of the anti-Vietnam War movement, which coincided with a militant strike wave by industrial workers and the aftermath of the ghetto riots of the 1960s: here.