No doubt, the US President has suprematist tendencies. No doubt, part of his followers are sick by Racism and ultra Nationalism. No doubt also that Racism is still a severe problem in the US and part of the West. At the same time there is the overall conflict between the US Power Elite and the […]
Aug. 15, 2017
NY re-entry program awards Cornell $750K for prison education
Cornell’s Prison Education Program (CPEP) has received $750,000 in grant funding from the College-in-Prison Reentry Program, an effort to expand educational opportunities at correctional facilities across New York state.
Cornell is one of seven colleges and universities in New York awarded grants totaling $5 million to provide college-level classes, training and re-entry services at 17 state prisons over the next five years. CPEP operates at the Cayuga, Auburn, Elmira and Five Points correctional facilities.
Announced Aug. 7 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., the awards are funded by the Manhattan DA’s office through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. The initiative backs transformative projects to prevent crime and improve public safety and the justice system with $250 million seized in international financial crime prosecutions.
Cuomo unveiled the college education program in 2016 as part of a common-sense criminal justice reform package through his Right Priorities Initiative.
“New York continues to stand out as a leader in pushing for criminal justice reform and in thinking of education as a vehicle for decreasing the scale of mass incarceration in the United States,” said Robert Scott, CPEP executive director. “A year or so ago this seemed to be the direction the country was heading in its thinking. The federal administration had a similar initiative proposed, using the Pell Grant to fund prison education.”
There was growing bipartisan support at the federal level earlier in the decade for proactive measures addressing mass incarceration, Scott explained.
“Now New York is distinguished for having done that,” he said. “Other states, such as Indiana, have experienced a reduction of college in prison programs in recent years.”
About 1,000 incarcerated individuals in New York state now receive college-level instruction each year. The College-in-Prison Reentry Program will make classes and training available to more than 2,500 additional inmates across the state, increasing the current number by 500-600 each year through grant and matching funds.
Cornell has pledged to add seats for 50 more individuals to its program over the life of the grant, “but over five to six years it may be much more,” Scott said.
Providing education is crucial in preparing a person in prison for successful re-entry into the community, Cuomo and Vance said.
“Prison isn’t just about serving time for one’s crimes. It’s an opportunity to help those who have made mistakes rehabilitate and rebuild their lives,” Cuomo said.
Participants in prison education programs are 43 percent less likely to return to prison and 13 percent more likely to obtain employment after their release, according to a 2013 study by the RAND Corp.
“It makes no sense to send someone to prison with no pathway for them to succeed when they get out,” Vance said. “Investing in college education programs is a proven, cost-effective way to break the harmful cycle of recidivism and keep our communities safe.”
Two Chinese tourists in Berlin in early August “were arrested after posing for photos while making the Nazi gesture in front of the historic Reichstag building …… German law forbids the use of some symbols affiliated with banned organizations in public, such as gestures, uniforms and flags, including those linked to the Nazis.”
A tour abroad is supposed to be a learning process, and it is always for our own benefit because through which we get to know more about the civilizations of some peoples we did not know enough in the past. There are norms, taboos, customs and alike everywhere worldwide towards which we must respect. Using ‘freedom of something’ or ‘rights of something’ makes no sense at all. We expect visitors to respect our traditions and in return we must comply with the host…
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Sat. Aug 19: MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS MARCHES in Washington and San Jose
August 16, 2017 thefreeorg 1 Comment
The Washington March & Rally
Prison Advocacy Network is forever humbled to be hosting the upcoming March on Washington DC.
Date:Saturday August 19th
Time: 11:30am-12:00pm March
Rally Location: White House (Lafayette Park)
Pennsylvania Ave NW & 16th Street
Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Sat. Aug 19, San Jose: MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS MARCH – in solidarity with March in Washington DC
also in San Jose
Posted on August 14, 2017 by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity
On AUGUST 19, 2017 please join in solidarity with the historic Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March. People from all over the country will be marching and hosting a rally at the White House to formally issue and demand the removal of the 13th Amendment “exception” clause that legalizes slavery. People are traveling from as far as California to join the March. Solidarity marches, rallies, and protests are being planned across the country to coincide with the DC event. Here’s San Jose!
Join the NEW ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT
MILLIONS for Prisoners HUMAN RIGHTS
SATURDAY, AUG 19, 2017
We DEMAND the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE of the United States Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE being recognized as in violation of International law, the general principles of human rights and its direct links to:
• For profit exploitation of prison labor and the extortion of prisoners/families for needed goods and services
• Incentivizing criminalization by a private prison industry
• Reinforcement of systemic racial inequality and the militarization of police against our communities
• Disproportionate murder of black and brown people by police and the normalization of state sponsored murder via the death penalty
• Use of solitary confinement as punishment and torture
• Voter disenfranchisement of up to 6 million people
• Indefinite detention of entire families under arbitrary Immigration and Customs Enforcement quotas
• A bail bond system that unjustly penalizes the poor and dispossessed
• Producing 25% of the world’s prison population with only 4.5% of its overall population
California Prison Focus & Rise Up for Justice
11:00am: GATHER at Raymond Bernal Jr. Park, 7th and Mission Streets, San Jose, CA 95112
11:30am: MARCH to County Jail
12:30am: RALLY at James P. McEntee Plaza, 70 West Hedding, San Jose, CA 95110
Join local organizations, learn more, and hear speakers from San Jose and surrounding communities, including:
… and more
For a full list of sponsors or more information, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download and put up Fliers! 8-19-17-Millions-for-Prisoners, SanJose
San Jose March Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/441574739560568/
The Black Gulag in USA: State owned Slavery is STILL LEGAL in Prisons
The Washington March
BLOGGIN' BAD w/ Gunny G! ~ HEY! NO MORE PC, REMEMBER? ~AMERICA CANNOT BE GREAT AGAIN UNTIL THE STAIN, STIGMA, STENCH AND SHAME OF "THE PRINCE OF FOOLS" IS OFFICIALLY AND FINALLY UNDENIED, AINOs (AMERICANS IN NAME ONLY) EXPOSED, AND THE SWAMP FLUSHED! -POTUS TRUMP!.....-IF WE CAN KEEP HIM? ~ Illegitimi non carborundum...
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free Survivors Manual for 100,000 in US solitary
August 1, 2012 thefreeorg 6 Comments
AFSC Releases “Survivors Manual” By and For Prisoners in Solitary Confinement
by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway
Download PDF here: http://www.afsc.org/document/survivors-manual-surviving-solitary.
The American Friends Service Committee has put out a new edition of the vital publication Survivors Manual: Surviving in Solitary – A Manual Written By and For People Living in Control Units. The volume is a collection of letters, stories, poetry, and practical advice on surviving solitary confinement in prisons. AFSC released the following announcement last week:
Solitary confinement, characterized by 23-hour a day lockout with minimal exercise and lack of human contact, affects an estimated 100,000 prisoners in federal and state prisons in almost every state. Thus the need for “Survivors Manual,” which was first issued in 1998, is even more vital.
“The isolation of solitary confinement is torture according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture. The extended use of solitary severely affects all prisoners’ mental health, making re-entry to society all the more difficult. For those with pre-existing mental conditions, such consequences are even worse,” says Bonnie Kerness, Prison Watch Coordinator for AFSC.
In this powerful collection of voices from solitary, people currently or formerly held in isolation vividly describe their conditions and their daily lives. They also write about how they struggle to keep mind, body, and soul together in an environment that is designed to break them down. Many also analyze the political, economic, and social forces that shape their torturous situation. The collection also includes some stunning artwork and poetry.
A PDF of the manual is available online at the following link: http://www.afsc.org/document/survivors-manual-surviving-solitary. Copies can also be purchased for $3 each at the following site: http://www.quakerbooks.org/survivors_manual.php.
Torture in U.S. Prisons? Historic Senate Hearing Takes Up Solitary Confinement’s Devastating Toll (democracynow.org)
New Video: “Solitary Confinement: the Season of Sorrow” Video (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
VOICES from SOLITARY (faktensucher.wordpress.com)
Exonerated Prisoners Testify on Solitary Confinement (incaseofinnocence.wordpress.com)
Russell Maroon Shoats – More than twenty years in solitary confinement (moorbey.wordpress.com)
There is massive and growing outrage across Canada against plans by the Trudeau government to give $10 million dollars in taxpayer money to confessed terrorist Omar Khadr. As I noted yesterday, “In 2002, Omar Khadr was captured by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Khadr was accused of throwing a grenade and killing Christopher Speer – a U.S….…
This satiric 3 July 2017 video from Wimbledon tennis court in London, England says about itself: CLIFF RICHARD SINGS ‘OH JEREMY CORBYN‘ AT WIMBLEDON Actually, it is video of decades ago at Wimbledon, when it rained, there was no tennis and Sir Cliff Richard started singing; with the sound of recent pro-Jeremy Corbyn chanting superimposed. […]