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Beyond Punishment: Preview: A Miami Herald I-Team Investigation into Corruption and Sexual Abuse in the Largest Women’s Prison in the Nation, Lowell Correctional.

Beyond Punishment: Preview

December 10, 2015

Coming Sunday: A Miami Herald I-Team investigation into corruption and sexual abuse in the largest women’s prison in the nation, Lowell Correctional.
EMILY MICHOT  / emichot@miamiherald.com

 http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article50759150.html

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article48972605.html#storylink=cpy

 

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I WISH ALL WOMEN IN PRISON HOPE & THAT THEY DARE TO SPEAK ABOUT …


Maghaberry prison officer arrested over alleged inmate affair


Why hasn’t President Obama granted clemency to a single Latina inmate?

Why hasn’t President Obama granted clemency to a single Latina inmate?

 

Last month, President Obama announced a new series of pardons and commutations for federal prisoners, just like he has for the past three years, just before the First Family leaves for their Christmas vacation.

Since he took office, Obama has commuted the sentences of 184 federal prisoners, many of whom were sentenced to life without parole for nonviolent drug crimes. After the most recent round last month, he has now commuted more inmates than the last five presidents combined.

On December 19, 2013, I was one of the people he chose. At the time, I was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime. In total, I spent 17 years behind bars for a crime committed at age 21. I was the first Latino man to receive clemency from President Obama, and I will be eternally grateful that he gave me a second chance.

But I’m baffled that of the 184 individuals who have received his mercy in the last seven years, not one has been a Latina. Latinas make up about 17% of the U.S. population and 33% of the women’s federal prison population. They are three times more likely to go to prison than white women. And the number of Latinos sent to federal prison nearly quadrupled between 1991 and 2007. There’s no shortage of worthy Latina candidates for a presidential clemency.

Take, for example, Elisa Castillo, a 56-year-old grandmother who unknowingly smuggled cocaine on tour buses from Mexico to Houston. Because she had no information to negotiate a plea bargain with, she was indicted for conspiracy, went to trial, and received life without parole.

Then there’s Rita Becerra, who was arrested because of her involvement with her boyfriend’s drug dealing. Rita cooperated with the prosecution against her boyfriend, but because he cooperated too, he got just nine years and Rita 27 years—she has been in prison over 20 years.

And Josephine Ledezma, who in 1992 was sentenced to life without parole for a nonviolent drug crime: she is now 57 and has been in prison 24 years.

President Obama has urged members of Congress to reform our broken criminal justice system and spoken eloquently about racial disparities in sentencing. One might want to blame him for failing to help incarcerated Latinas like these women, but the Latino community shoulders the blame as well. To my great disappointment, Latino groups like the National Council of La Raza or LULAC have not only remained silent about the president’s failure to commute the sentence of a single Latina, but also haven’t done enough to highlight the abuses of the War on Drugs more generally. This is a disgrace.

The War on Drugs should be called the War on Minorities. Harsh drug sentencing has deeply hurt the black and hispanic communities, especially our children. Studies show our drug policies have done more harm than good by breaking up families and decimating communities of color. Brown lives matter, too.

Only in November 2015 did prominent Latino leaders first join with the Drug Policy Alliance to call attention to the war on drugs and to discuss methods for getting Latinos involved in ending this madness. And yet, Telemundo, Univision, and other Latino news sources were nowhere to be found at this important meeting. Maybe whatever Donald Trump had to say that day was far more important to these news agencies, rather than real issues discussed by Latinos who went to D.C. and Capitol Hill.

President Obama has one year left in office, and many fear the next president will not be as forgiving. Nonviolent Latina drug offenders like Elisa, Rita, Josephine, and others will more than likely die in prison if President Obama doesn’t commute their sentences. He shouldn’t delay any longer.

Jason Hernandez received a clemency from President Obama in December 2013 after being sentenced to life in prison for a nonviolent drug charge. He was the first Latino to receive clemency from President Obama. He’s since founded Crack Open the Door, a nonprofit that advocates for sentencing reform.


PERHAPS IT´S TIME TO DIG DEEPER: Aboriginal women now make up one-third of Canadian female prison populationAboriginal women now make up one-third of Canadian female prison population


PERHAPS IT´S TIME TO DIG DEEPER: Aboriginal women now make up one-third of Canadian female prison populationAboriginal women now make up one-third of Canadian female prison population


SEE ME: End Mental Health Discrimination


To Prison for Pregnancy • BRAVE NEW FILMS

To Prison for Pregnancy • BRAVE NEW FILMS

To Prison for Pregnancy • BRAVE NEW FILMS

https://youtu.be/bUIuRsHx17E

11.01.2016


Could One of These Cases Spell the End of the Death Penalty?


HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, HEDY EPSTEIN, 90, WAS ARRESTED IN FERGUSON, for “failing to disperse” outside Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s office, during a demonstration against his decision to deploy National Guard troops to deal with the unrest

90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested in Ferguson


90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested in Ferguson

Posted by in NewYork Dec. 2014 – excuse me, i cannot forget

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/hedy-epstein-arrested-ferguson-holocaust-_n_5689822.html VIDEO
 http://www.theneeds.com/learn/n4883842/stay-human-justice-borders-gaza-dontshoot-theamericanreader

A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested in Ferguson yesterday as protests over the shooting unarmed of teenager Michael Brown by police entered their second week.

Hedy Epstein was arrested for “failing to disperse” outside Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s office, during a demonstration against his decision to deploy National Guard troops to deal with the unrest, KMOV report. At least seven others were arrested.

Ms Epstein, who lives in St Louis, told the Nation as she was being led into a police van:

I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90. We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.

Ms Epstein was born in Germany in 1924. She was rescued from Nazi Germany in 1939, travelling to England via the Kindertransport before immigrating to the United States in 1948. She is well known for her pro-Palestinian activism.

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/90yearold-holocaust-survivor-arrested-in-ferguson–lyVgx6kN7l


JUSTICE FOR SANDRA – YES, BUT READ THESE LINES, too:

colouredjustice.wordpress.com

A woman holds a poster bearing the portrait of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who killed herself in a Texas jail cell on July 13th, during a Michael Brown memorial rally in Union Square in New York on Aug. 9, 2015.

 

Kena Betancur—AFP/Getty Images

Following words I found under this Little Picture from Sandra Bland:

“A woman holds a poster bearing the portrait of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman

who killed herself in a Texas jail cell

on July 13th, during a Michael Brown memorial rally in Union Square in New York on Aug. 9, 2015.”

http://time.com/4170411/sandra-bland-officer-arrest-perjury/

Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Indicted for Perjury

by Mr. Militant Negro

Originally posted on Truth- A Right to Fight For…:
Bland’s relatives have also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trooper Source: Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Indicted for Perjury

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