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This Isn’t Justice | Ultra Violent 

Yesterday, a judge ruled that Marissa Alexander—the mom who was facing 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot to fend off her abusive partner—will be released from prison and reunited with her children. 

But the truth is, the fight isn’t over. Each year, thousands of domestic abuse survivors—mostly women of color—end up incarcerated while their abusers go free or face lesser sentences. Marissa Alexander’s case made headlines and brought the issue to the forefront, but now it’s up to us to keep speaking up until no domestic violence survivor is treated like a criminal.

This is the truth about how the justice system treats survivors of domestic violence. Please share.

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Episode 3 of Doris & Mary-Anne Are Breaking Out of Prison!

It’s about pets!  And cruelty!

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Richard Ross - Architecture of Authority

Excerpt from the artist statement:

"Architecture of Authority is a body of unsettling pictures of architectural spaces that exert power over the individuals within them.

The images build to ever harsher manifestations of power: an interrogation room at Guantanamo, segregation cells at Abu Ghraib, and finally, a capital punishment death chamber.”

Click on each image for location details.

You have put so much energy into building a prison for yourself.
Now spend as much on demolishing it.
In fact, demolition is easy, for the false dissolves when it is discovered.
—  Nisargsdatta
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The University of Michigan’s National Registry of Exonerations announced in a report released Tuesday that a record 125 people across the United States were in 2014 exonerated of crimes they were falsely convicted of, beating 2013’s 91 people.

Much of the increase came from Texas, where investigators freed 33 people falsely convicted of drug offenses in Harris County (Houston). Other people were exonerated thanks to increased use of “prosecutorial Conviction Integrity Units,” special investigative teams which review convictions and discovered 59 innocent people in prison in 2014 alone.

"Judging from known exonerations in 2014, the legal system is increasingly willing to act on innocence claims that have often been ignored: those without biological evidence or with no perpetrator who can be identified because in fact no crime was committed; cases with comparatively light sentences; and judgments based on guilty pleas by defendants who accepted plea bargains to avoid pre-trial detention and the risk of harsher punishment after trial," the NRE said in the report.

How is this happening? It basically turns out that the number of people exonerated increases the more the government actually makes an effort to look for them. From 1989 to 2014, the NRE recorded 1,535 exonerations, with a clear upward trend over time.

Aggressive law-enforcement and prosecutorial tactics appear to play a role, too: 47 of the 125 exonerees had pled guilty to the crimes they were accused of, while about 46% had been sentenced for crimes that had never been committed in the first place.

Just 13% of non-drug-related crimes involved a suspect that had pled guilty at trial. That’s likely because prosecutors routinely threaten defendants facing drug charges with what Human Rights Watch calls “extraordinarily severe prison sentences,” forcing them into plea deals. In Harris County, all 33 drug convicts were found to have committed no crime at all.

DNA evidence has not played a major role, remaining at average levels.

"The big story for the year is that more prosecutors are working hard to identify and investigate claims of innocence," author and Michigan law professor Samuel Gross said in a statement. "And many more innocent defendants were exonerated after pleading guilty to crimes they did not commit."

How many innocent people are there? It’s hard to tell. The Innocent Project estimates that between 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners in the country are innocent, and since the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with an estimated 2.4 million state, federal and county prisoners in 2014, that would mean somewhere between 55,000 and 120,000 of them were innocent.

Other researchers have pegged the number of innocent death row prisoners at about 4.1%, or one in 25, with the actual innocence rate among the many prisoners serving long-term sentences even higher. By that metric, the U.S. has likely sentenced over 200 innocent people to death since 1978.

There are just 15 Conviction Integrity Units around the country, which have so far generated 90 exonerations since 2003 (according to the NRE, more than half of which happened in 2014). There’s no telling what would happen if every jurisdiction had a CIU, but the U.S. locks up an awful lot of people, so there would probably be more than enough suspect cases to keep them busy.

That’s not even considering the extraordinarily long prison sentences many convicted offenders receive, often for relatively minor crimes. According to MSNBC, one-quarter of the Justice Department’s budget now goes to the costs of locking up non-violent prisoners.

Why you should care: Not only does the U.S. have the highest incarceration rate in the world and harsh sentencing practices, it turns out that a significant number of the people languishing in jail might not have even committed a crime in the first place.

Record numbers of exonerations are good news. It shows that many of the falsely convicted are receiving more attention than they would have previously. But it looks like there’s still a lot of digging around in old case files to do, and many innocent people still in jail.

http://mic.com/articles/109286/more-prisoners-were-found-innocent-in-2014-than-ever-before-and-we-re-barely-even-looking

5x17 status report
  • Hanna:Caleb, if we don't break up we're gonna end up in prison!
  • Spencer:Toby, Don't hang up! Please speak to me!
  • Aria:Ezra, why are you trying to break us up? Don't do this to me!
  • Emily:Stirrin' apples with the bae
  • Emily:What's that, Talia? You're into MY buns?
  • Emily:I've got (empa)nada care in the world when I'm with you, girl

A jury has convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of raping a female student inside a dorm room.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. Each was charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. They face decades in prison.

The fact that I’m so surprised they were convicted means we still have a long way to go to support rape victims, but WOW THERE IS SOME JUSTICE LEFT IN THE WORLD!

A lot of criminals were hard to catch, but only a few did it with so much style they’re in vintage GQ.

5 Criminals Who Were Hilariously Good at Escaping Jail

#5. Charles Sobhraj Proves Himself Unjailable (Almost)

Most of his early hijinks were of the petty variety, however — like in 1970, when he was locked up in relation to a jewelry heist in Bombay. That also marked the first in a string of escapes, when he managed to get himself to a hospital by complaining about abdominal pain, then drugged a guard, and scampered out a window with a nice new (and totally unnecessary) appendectomy scar to show for his efforts. He fled to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was arrested again for failure to pay a hotel bill. This time he cranked the gross-o-meter knob up to 11, using a smuggled syringe to draw his own blood and drink it like some sort of self-loathing Dracula. Taken to the hospital again (where confused doctors probably tried to remove his appendix), he once again drugged a guard and slithered away.

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Ross Halfin is living the life:

Strange being in Brazil, I have not been here for fourteen years yet Sao Paulo and even more so Rio are oddly familiar. The Foo Fighters who I’m photographing are so big here, they’re prisoners in the hotels. Just sitting by the pool with Taylor Hawkins, you get besieged. Selfies autographs etc… it is relentless. Dave Grohl hardly left his room and I can understand why.

I spent most of my time hanging out with Taylor from going for dinner Brazilian style meat-meat and more meat to just doing nothing.

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My friends tease me and call me Martha Stewart, I didn’t mind till she committed SEC violations and went to prison. Anyway, here are a few tricks.  

If its too long to read, here is a quick tip that will give you the same infamous status I achieved.  At any party, someone will undoubtedly spill red wine.  If its on a carpet, get club soda, pour it on the stain, it will lift the wine and with a cloth, blot it.  If on clothes or table cloth, pour salt over it, let the salt soak it overnight, the color will change from red to blue, throw it in the wash.  Peace out, time to shred asphalt on my bike to regain some testosterone lost writing this blog ;)

  1. This little trick makes you look more slim when layering
  2. Different ways to lace your shoes
  3. Use a flat iron on wrinkled messed up collars
  4. DIY bow tie
  5. Know what colors compliment on another
  6. Self explanatory
  7. Bees wax can waterproof your shoes
  8. Oil on your clothes? Pour baby powder and let it site overnight, wash and repeat if necessary.  I used tablesalt and had the same success
  9. Guide to stains