Prisoner Abuse

Did President Obama Just Open the Window to Smart Criminal Justice Reform?

Did President Obama Just Open the Window to Smart Criminal Justice Reform?

By Kara Dansky, Senior Counsel, ACLU Center for Justice at 3:35pm
As everyone who follows criminal justice policy knows, the last 40 years have witnessed an American correctional system dominated by tough-on-crime policies and unrelenting growth. Under this four-decade long regime, criminal justice reform has faced an unrelenting wall of resistance.
U.S. Must Support Progressive Changes to Prison Human Rights Standards

U.S. Must Support Progressive Changes to Prison Human Rights Standards

By David Fathi, National Prison Project at 1:01pm

I’m writing from Buenos Aires, where I’m representing the ACLU at the Inter-Governmental Expert Meeting (IGEM) on the U.N. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.  Established in 1955, the SMRs are the leading international…

Presbyterians Speak Out Against Solitary Confinement

Presbyterians Speak Out Against Solitary Confinement

At its meeting in Pittsburgh earlier this month, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted by an overwhelming margin to accept a resolution recognizing that the use of solitary confinement can be a form of torture.

ACLU Lens: Rachel Maddow Highlights ACLU Report on Abuse in Los Angeles Jails

ACLU Lens: Rachel Maddow Highlights ACLU Report on Abuse in Los Angeles Jails

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 1:05pm

An ACLU report documents dozens of stories of brutal violence carried out by sheriff’s deputies against inmates at the Los Angeles County Jail.

Will the Supreme Court Stop Georgia from Executing an Intellectually Disabled Man?

Will the Supreme Court Stop Georgia from Executing an Intellectually Disabled Man?

By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 12:24pm

When Georgia death-row prisoner Warren Hill was young, his sister remembers their mother and grandfather calling him "stupid retard,"...

Three Questions Senator Durbin and the DOJ Need to Ask about Federal Solitary

Three Questions Senator Durbin and the DOJ Need to Ask about Federal Solitary

By David Fathi, National Prison Project at 3:49pm

On any given day, more than 15,000 federal prisoners are in "the hole."

With a population of over 215,000 prisoners, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is the nation's largest prison system. At a Congressional hearing chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin…

It’s Time to Value Public Safety over Revenge

It’s Time to Value Public Safety over Revenge

By Mike Tartaglia, Paralegal, National Prison Project & Andrew Waks, National Prison Project at 5:31pm

As America’s prison population has grown to unprecedented levels and imposed record-high costs on taxpayers, it is time to evaluate what we hope to achieve through incarceration: is it revenge, or safety? The two values appear to be in conflict…

ACLU Lens: Abuse in the Los Angeles County Jails

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 10:41am

A new report released today by the ACLU reveals shocking details of a climate of violence inside the nation's largest jail system. 

ACLU Joins Human Rights Coalition Opposing Force-Feeding at Guantánamo

ACLU Joins Human Rights Coalition Opposing Force-Feeding at Guantánamo

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 9:30am

The hunger strike in Guantánamo is now in its fourth month. At the military’s latest count, 100 of the 166 prisoners are on strike, motivated in large part by their indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial. Twenty-nine of those men are being…

VICTORY! Henderson et al. v. Thomas et al.

VICTORY! Henderson et al. v. Thomas et al.

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project at 3:01pm

Today a federal judge in Montgomery, Alabama entered a historic decision in the quarter-century-old fight for equality for prisoners living with HIV.   It’s the culmination of a month-long trial in a class-action lawsuit by the ACLU that…

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