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Send a letter to your State Senator in support of SB 1157
Our bill, SB 1157, is currently in Appropriations, but we want to start gathering support among our State Senators for SB 1157. Please send a letter to your State Senator asking for their support of SB 1157. Let’s protect real in-person visits!
British Newspaper Article on Solitary Confinement in Florida’s Prisons
5/4/2016 article from The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/03/solitary-confinement-mentally-ill-prisoners-florida?CMP=share_btn_fb
New Yorker article on abuse of prisoners at Dade Correctional Institution
This article with full graphics is at http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/02/the-torturing-of-mentally-ill-prisoners
The Southern Strategy and the Presidential Race by Shawheem Dowdy, a VUU Senior
In the 1950s and 1960s, Republican Party strategists realized that they could play on the racism in southern states to gain political support and win elections, their "Southern Strategy." It remains relevant in this presidential election.
Are MLK’s Words Relevant to the Black Lives Matter Movement? by Sierra Forrester, a VUU Senior
Do the activists of the Black Lives Matter movement understand the motives and fight that Martin L. King Jr. stood for? Are they going about matters as he would like them? Though times have changed the fight is still much the same.
Improper Phone Searches
The ruling has the potential to set a strong precedent about warrantless location tracking.
Corrections Corporation of America Looking to Return to Dallas
On June 14, 2012, Autumn Miller gave birth to a daughter, Gracie. For many, giving birth is a joy. For Autumn, the experience was markedly different: she gave birth to Gracie at Dawson State Jail in Dallas. After complaining to guards employed by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA, the company contracted to operate Dawson) that […]
Judge Backs Out Of Parole Board, Won’t Decide Battered Woman’s Case After All
Judge Kenneth Watson has backed out of his appointment to Oklahoma’s pardon and parole board. Watson had freed a battered woman from a decades-long prison sentence, and on the parole board was set to help decide the fate of another battered woman. Judge Kenneth Watson, who freed a woman jailed for failing to protect her children from an abusive boyfriend, won’t help decide the fate of another woman in prison on a similar case after all
We Need You to End Mass Incarceration!
Only one week from today The End Mass Incarceration Rally on March 11th is fast approaching. We need your help getting the word out and the State Capitol full of voices demanding an end to unjust criminal justice polices. The weather is suppose to be very nice. Bring a car load of folks with you and verify who your Rep. & Senator are so you can talk to them.
Inmate release credits bills pass committees in Oklahoma Legislature
Bills in the state Senate and House that would allow inmates serving time for violent offenses to earn good behavior credits passed committees in both houses. Two bills that would allow inmates serving time for violent offenses to earn good behavior credits passed committees in both the state House and Senate on Wednesday. The legislation is now to be considered in each chamber. House Bill 1117, by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, and Senate Bill 112, by Sen. Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, would give inmates convicted of what are often referred to as “85 percent crimes” the ability to earn credits for completing educational and job skill programs, as well as good behavior, that would go toward their release.