Archive for June, 2012

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

Why are Bahraini authorities so afraid of an 11-year-old?

, One minute, 11-year-old Ali Hassan was playing outside with his friends, like any other kid his age anywhere in the world. The next minute, Ali was under arrest.

This actually happened: An 11-year-old child is on trial for “illegal gathering” and “disturbing security” in Bahrain. On July 5, he’ll be sentenced for his “crimes” — and could be imprisoned. We only have a week left to make an impact on Ali’s case, so we have to be loud. Call on the Bahraini authorities to drop the charges against 11-year-old Ali Hassan. Then be sure to share this action with your friends.

 On the day of his arrest, Ali was held for hours and interrogated. Tired, hungry, and scared, Ali finally “confessed.” He was detained for 23 days without access to a lawyer. Ali’s case is part of a…

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Stop Torture in Georgia Prisons: Please, Sign the Petition! Thank You!

The Marquise de Brinvilliers being tortured be...

The Marquise de Brinvilliers being tortured before her beheading.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Mon, 06/25/2012 – 12:14 — admin

Dear Governor Deal:
While we appreciate the cautious steps you have taken in the past week or so to re-introduce educational opportunities for those held in state custody, we call on you to act boldly now to end the torture now practiced in the Georgia prisons.  
As the international community has examined the research, including over a century of scientific studies suggesting that prolonged solitary confinement leads to irreversable mental degredation, experts have found that use of segregation for period in excess of fifteen days constitutes torture and cannot be supported under existing international standards for human rights.  
The abuses of solitary confinement are now being litigated in the Federal Courts, and reviewed in Congressional hearings.  The treatment of inmates has become the subject of international reviews of this nation’s human rights record.  
The Assembly has failed to appropriate the funds necessary to staff the SMU’s at the Diagnostic Center, Washington State Prison and the Reidsville Prison which would be neccessary to comply with the Departments own policies which require an hour of daily exercise and regular access to personal hygiene for every inmate held there.  As a result inmates for whom you are responsible have gone weeks without a shower or an hour in the exercise yard.  
We assert that these practices compound the torture inherent in long periods of solitary confinement and are inconsistent with a the values of a state Constituted to “insure justice to all;” and that no “cruel and unusual punishments (be) inflicted”.
We know you understand the meaning of Matthew’s story regarding our failure to visit the Messiah in prison, and our responsibility to “the least of these”.  Many of Paul’s epistles which are published with the gospels were penned from prison, perhaps even his letter to the Hebrews when he admonished us to “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.”
We appeal to you that you may take the actions necessary to end this torture conducted in our name and with our tax dollars.  
If necessary, we ask that you join us in our fast conducted in solidarity with the Hunger Strikers in your care.  If this matter has not been resolved by July 2nd, we’re asking Georgians of faith and conscience to refrain from solid foods on that day as a way of ‘remember(ing) . . . those who are being tortured’ and our relationship with them and the conditions under which they survive.  
It is our fervent hope that through fasting and prayer, you too may see the imperative for the changes in Georgia public policy necessary to end these practices which have no place in a civilized society.  We hope that by doing so you may know the courage to carry such proposals to the policy making bodies of this state.  

                Perhaps it is better  to sign the petition at Link above!

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Physicians’ attitudes towards office-based delivery of methadone maintenance therapy: Results from a cross-sectional survey of Nova Scotia primary-care physicians

Grasshopper In Nova Scotia

Grasshopper In Nova Scotia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ResearchPhysicians’ attitudes towards office-based delivery of methadone maintenance therapy: Results from a cross-sectional survey of Nova Scotia primary-care physicians

 Jessica Dooley, Mark Asbridge, John Fraser and Susan Kirkland 

Harm Reduction Journal 2012, 9:20 doi:10.1186/1477-7517-9-20 Published: 13 June 2012

Abstract (provisional) Background Approximately 90,000 Canadians use opioids each year, many of whom experience health and social problems that affect the individual user, families, communities and the health care system. For those who wish to reduce or stop their opioid use, methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) is effective and supporting evidence is well-documented. However, access and availability to MMT is often inconsistent, with greater inequity outside of urban settings. Involving community based primary-care physicians in the delivery of MMT could serve to expand capacity and accessibility of MMT programs. Little is known, however, about the extent to which MMT, particularly office-based delivery, is acceptable to physicians. The aim of this study is to survey physicians about their attitudes towards MMT, particularly office-based delivery, and the perceived barriers and facilitators to MMT delivery. Methods In May 2008, facilitated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, a cross-sectional, e-mail survey of 950 primary-care physicians practicing in Nova Scotia, Canada was administered via the OPINIO on-line survey software, to assess the acceptability of office-based MMT. Logistic regressions, adjusted for physician sociodemographic characteristics, were used to examine the association between physicians’ willingness to participate in office-based MMT, and a series of measures capturing physician attitudes and knowledge about treatment approaches, opioid use, and methadone, as well as perceived barriers to MMT. Results Overall, 19.8% of primary-care physicians responded to the survey, with 56% who indicated that they would be willing to be involved in MMT under current or similar circumstances; however, willingness was associated with numerous attitudinal and systemic factors. The barriers to involvement in MMT that were frequently cited included a lack of training or experience in MMT, lack of support services, and potential challenges of working with an MMT patient population. Conclusions Study findings provide valuable information to help facilitate greater involvement of primary-care physicians in MMT, while highlighting concerns around administration, support, and training. Even limited uptake by primary-care physicians would greatly enhance MMT access in Nova Scotia, particularly for methadone clients located in rural communities. These findings are applicable broadly, to any jurisdictions where office-based MMT is not currently available. The complete article is available as a provisional PDF. The fully formatted PDF and HTML versions are in production.

Jun 27, 2012 by Nephtali1981

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My Blog InCaseofInnocence

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 Posted on June 27, 2012 by Mark Godsey |

From news source: THE acquittal of Jeffrey Gilham is the latest in a string of decisions that reveals the serious systemic failures in the use of scientific evidence in NSW, one of the country’s top forensic law authorities says. As further revelations emerged about the failure of prosecutors in the Gilham case to call a key expert witness, Gary Edmond from the University of NSW said the case highlighted the need for radical changes to the way expert evidence was both formulated and presented at trial.

”[Jeffrey] Gilham, [Gordon] Wood … they all reveal serious and systemic problems in the ability of our criminal justice system to credibly engage with scientific and medical evidence,” Professor Edmond said yesterday following the NSW…

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by OWN on Jul 13, 2011

Serving Life documents an extraordinary hospice program where hardened criminals care for dying fellow inmates. Narrated and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, the film takes viewers inside Louisiana‘s maximum security prison at Angola, where the average sentence is more than 90 years.

Apr 4, 2012 by jasonjayindy

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PEN American Center – Ethiopia: Eskinder Nega.

Ethiopia: Eskinder Nega
Eskinder NegaProfessional Background
Eskinder Nega, a journalist and dissident blogger based in Addis Ababa, is one of Ethiopia’s leading advocates for press freedom and freedom of expression. Eskinder has been publishing articles critical of the government since 1993, when he opened his first newspaper, Ethiopis, which was soon shut down by authorities. He was a general manager of Serkalem Publishing House, which published the newspapers Asqual, Satenaw, and Menelik, all of which are now banned in Ethiopia. Eskinder has also been a columnist for the monthly magazine Change and for the U.S.-based news forum EthioMedia, which are also banned. He has continued to publicly call for an end to political corruption and repression despite being continuously harassed and denied a license to practice journalism.

Current Status
Eskinder Nega’s trial for charges under the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation…

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Study: ‘Stand your ground’ laws result in an additional 4 to 7 killings per month | The Raw Story.

Study: ‘Stand your ground’ laws result in an additional 4 to 7 killings per month

By Kay Steiger Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:16

 A working paper (PDF) released this week with the National Bureau of Economics Research found that states that have passed controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws, such as the one George Zimmerman is using as his defense to charges that he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida this February, actually ended up seeing more homicides after the laws were passed. Doctoral student Chandler B. McClellan and Professor Erdal Tekin at Georgia State University decided to test the claim that such laws were “making America safer.”

“Our evidence and certainly some other studies floating around out there find that these laws don’t work in the way they were intended…

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Private prison company hopes to manage Virginia’s sex offender detention facility | The Raw Story.

By American Independent
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 18:34 EDT

Blurry prison by Shayan Sanyal

The nation’s second-largest private prison company says it expects Virginia to make a decision by next month on its bid to expand and operate the state’s detention facility for sexually violent predators who have completed their prison terms.

“In Virginia, we submitted an unsolicited proposal for the management of the state’s sexually violent predator treatment facility involving approximately 250 beds,” said GEO Group Senior Vice President Jorge Dominicis during a company earnings call last month. “The state has decided to move forward with this process and is expected to make a contract award by July 1st of this year.”

The detention and treatment of sex offenders represents a growing business opportunity for GEO…

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