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Pride Parade Killer Convicted in Murder Case
A three judge-panel in Israel today convicted Yishai Schlissel for stabbing seven people — including one fatally — in 2015’s Jerusalem Pride parade.

Schlissel, an extremist who is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, had just been released early from prison when he went on the spree of violence in Jerusalem in July. He’d served 10 years of a 12-year sentence for stabbing three people during the same pride parade in 2005. Even after the stabbing, marchers pressed on. And thousands would later rally across the country in response, calling for an end to the kind of bigotry inherent in the attack.

Still, a group calling itself the Faithful Judaism hung posters in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods that praised Schlissel for his “self sacrifice” and openly hoped for more violence. Days after the attack, Shira Banki, 16, died from her injuries. And prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to bring Schlissel to justice.

“We will not allow this despicable killer to undermine the core values that Israeli society is based upon,” he said in August. “We contemptuously denounce his actions of hate and violence. We will do everything in our power to bring this killer to face justice.”

A Jerusalem district court did just that on Tuesday, reports Haaretz. He was convicted of murdering Banki and for the attempted murder of six others. The judges who ruled in the case reportedly directed criticism at police, calling it “unconscionable” that more wasn’t done to prevent Schlissel from trying again to attack LGBT parade-goers.

[#BLACKFILM] Chapter & Verse
Part of New Voices in Black Cinema #FilmFestival
Presented by BAMcinematek & the ActNow Foundation
Friday, Apr 22 | 9:30pm
Peter Jay Sharp Building | BAM Rose Cinemas
Admission: $14 | Members: $7 (free for Level 4 and above)
For tickets, visit bam.org/film/2016/imperial-dreams

Directed by Jamal Joseph | 2015
With Daniel Beaty, Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick

Just released from prison, an ex-gang member (Beaty) struggles to restart his life in Harlem while trying to keep a teenage boy from making the same mistakes. Oscar-nominated writer, activist, and former Black Panther Jamal Joseph directs this alternately tough and tender look at cycles of violence and second chances within the black community. Emmy winner Loretta Devine co-stars.


with Jamal Joseph

This screening will feature a Q&A with director Jamal Joseph.

cheaplittlemagician asked:

Gravy! Lol

Thanks, Maji!

character: like them

ship with: uhhhhh… wouldn’t it be funny if he had a one-sided crush on Demigra that he was hinting at constantly, and Demigra just endlessly doesn’t pick up on it because he assumes they’re all in the ‘friend zone’? So maybe one sided Gravy/Demigra. Aside from that, I imagined a scenario the other day where he and Poutine were a thing, but I KNOW you don’t wanna hear about that. (You asked, I’m just being honest. I wanna find better ships for them, though. More on that later, maybe)

brotp: Demigra and Poutine are his BROS 4 LIFE. I want ollllld Poutine and Gravy to show up and join up with Demon God Demigra, like, “Bro, I heard you just got released from prison!” Happy reunion then they become the big bad evil triad. Not to mention, I want to see “old” redesigns of those two.

general opinions: I wish I knew more about this character! I’m literally doing the best I can with digging up stuff for him. His personality is less clear cut to me than Poutine’s is right now. I hope they show up again later!

#live http://amzn.to/1rd5B81 As the chief legal counsel for dot-com billionaire Liam Stone, Garrett Marsden has grown accustomed to being universally loathed. In fact, he welcomes it. Because the bigger the fight, the easier it is to run from his desire for someone he can never have: his stepsister. But when Garrett flies back to Julep, Mississippi, for Savannah’s med school graduation, a steamy encounter makes all his wildest dreams come true—and leads to his undoing. Because that’s when he meets Savannah’s boyfriend. . . . Five years later, Savannah Boudreaux couldn’t be happier as a small-town Southern doctor and single mom to a young son. There’s only one thing missing. Her stepbrother, Garrett, has just been released from prison, and although he may be a free man, he’s become a bitter shadow of the kind and caring man who once came to her rescue. Now Savannah will cross the line to save Garrett from himself: to prove that he can live his life, love whoever he wants . . . and be a wonderful father to their son.

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allosauroid asked:

1, 4, 48 & 50

  • 1. Your first OC ever?

i think my very first oc was my neopet, Zookeeny?? she’s changed a whole lot but the story i have for her now is “jaded old lady just released from prison”

  • 4. A character you rarely talk about?

i have a lot that dont relly get attention. like Beatrice, Trevor, Demika, Daphne, Carina, and some others i dont even remember. i’ll talk about Trevor, tho!

Trevor Thomas was created as an East Gastrodon (yeah he’s a pokemon oc) and currently lives with @quinsecticide ‘s banette oc, Bandit! they went to school together and have an apartment in a beach-side city. he loves sportsball.

  • 48. OC who is a perfect cinnamon roll, too good for this world, too pure

oh my god thats definitely Daphne. she’s a smol baby from an abusive household that was given up to an orphanage and she just wants to live her life. rip.

  • 50. Give me the good ol’ OC talk here. Talk about anything you want

holy shit so i have this one oc, Kodi, whom i love and adore but he’s such an ASS. like in his story the world is ending or some shit and the only one that can stop it is his mom but shes gone missing so theyre trying to get Kodi to help them but HE’S SUCH A DICK. HE IS TOTALLY USELESS. HE BARELY EVEN KNEW HIS MOM. hes the kind of guy that would show up to your pool party unannounced and spike the punch and pee in the pool.

The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains | Smithsonian

We know about poaching. Elephant ivory, rhino horns, tiger penises, fish bladders, bear gall bladders. In the process, animals die, and some of those animals are moving toward extinction because of it. But we don’t think much about plant poaching. Here’s a story about ginseng poaching in the Southeast US (the Great Smoky Mountains National Park).

And once again, China. Stuff going to China.


This winter, amid the news of the FBI’s arrest of the remaining occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, another story unfolded more quietly in the Appalachians. At the heart of it were a small plant that plays a significant role in eastern mountain forests - American ginseng - and Billy Joe Hurley, a North Carolina man who had just been released from prison for stealing ginseng plants from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hurley, 47, has been convicted at least five times, stretching back nearly two decades. While ordinarily such a case would be the stuff of the local paper’s police blotter, Hurley’s malfeasance is unusual, garnering national coverage, both because American ginseng roots fetch high prices in Asian markets – hundreds of dollars a pound—and the oddity of a plant heist resulting in a prison sentence.

Three (2016) Louis Koo Trailer

Louis Koo
Wallace Chung
Zhao Wei
Lam Suet
Lo Hoi-Pang
Timmy Hung
Michael Tse

Director: Johnnie To

Da Yi (Wallace Chung) has just been released from prison and he re-encountered brother Le who he worked with eight years ago. They decided to work together to do an assignment again. Meanwhile, in order to trace the mastermind behind the crime eight years ago, policeman Yong (Louis Koo), has been tracking down Da Yi. After Da Yi and gang managed to seize some narcotics, the police began to chase after them. Vicki Zhao’s role is a doctor who finds herself in a crossfire between the police and gangsters. Currently it is still unknown how her character will play out in the story. (Vicki was rumoured to be an assassin before the official conference. Guess they’ve changed the script? Because even now the script is still in the process of being finalised.)

Release Date: 6 June 2016
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller


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marionep asked:

Wigfrid happily moves around the island. When she finds a grave she digs it up and if the loot she finds is shiny she sticks it in her Krampus sack which hangs around her neck. She comes across a shiny little bottle in the grass. A smudge of dirt on it displeases her, so she rubs it to wipe it clean. (polyamorous-valkyrie)

The small rub was just enough to release Wilson from his prison. A push of smoke came from the tiny bottle as Wilson floated out. He sighed and looked at her with a smile,” Thank you for freeing me!” He said happily.

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

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Bonnie Rice was released from prison last year. After a five year drug-related prison sentence, she knew she couldn’t go back to any of the people who led her into trouble.

“I didn’t know where to go, how to go,” Rice…

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This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

by Allison Aubrey

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Elizabeth Bennett, director of partnerships, and Nikki Yates, program participant, place cookie dough they’ve just made onto baking sheets.

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Bonnie Rice was released from prison last year. After a five year drug-related prison sentence, she knew she couldn’t go back to any of the people who led her into trouble.

“I didn’t know where to go, how to go,” Rice…

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Hard Hat-Wearing Shooter Wanted In Fatal New York Attack

Police are searching for a shooter clad in a construction vest and hard hat suspected of killing a man outside his Brooklyn apartment Friday, just about two monthsafter the victim was released from prison, authorities said.
Sherrybaby (2006)

This film is all about Maggie Gyllenhaal. Her performance as Sherry, a former heroin addict and mother just out of prison, is outstanding and very real. Sherrybaby is an absolute showpiece for her acting talents.

Sherry has just been released from prison for theft stemming from a heroin addiction. Her brother Bobby and his wife have been taking care of her daughter Alexis (in a great performance by Ryan Simpkins) while she has been away. Now on parole and being closely watched by her parole officer (Giancarlo Esposito), she struggles to find work, reconnect with her daughter, and just be an adult.

Sherry is selfish and narcissistic. She wants so badly to be the center of attention even if for the wrong reasons. There is a scene in the film where she croons the Bangles’ Eternal Flame at the dinner table with her extended family present that is a stunning example of her attention-starved personality. It is truly one of the most uncomfortable and cringe-worthy movie scenes I’ve ever seen. This might be closely followed by the creepy sexual vibe going on between Sherry and her daddy.

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Sherry seems to want to be with her daughter more for what it gives her rather than for what she can give her daughter. She wants the mother-daughter relationship back but she’s done nothing to earn it. There is a powerful scene toward the end of the film where she finally realizes this. Gyllenhaal manages to portray these personality failures but still show vulnerability and eventually even elicit sympathy from the viewer.

Kudos also to Danny Trejo who we normally only see in B-movie type roles. He plays a sympathetic and genuine friend and former junkie who wants to help Sherry.  

I want to see Ms. Gyllenhaal in more films, please!

Tyrell Peter Dechamp, wanted in Halifax, is arrested in Ottawa

A wanted Halifax man was arrested in Ottawa on Thursday.

Police say Tyrell Peter Dechamp, 26, was unlawfully at large after failing to return to his Halifax home by 11 p.m. on April 19. They issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest and said he should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Ontario Provincial Police arrested him Thursday afternoon and plans are underway to return him to Nova Scotia.

Halifax police issued a public appeal for help finding Dechamp in the wake of several deadly shootings in the city. Dechamp failed to meet his curfew on the night Naricho Clayton was shot dead on Gottingen Street.

Police wouldn’t say whether Dechamp is a suspect or a person of interest in any of the shootings. 

Dechamp was released from prison just two months ago and has a violent criminal past, including a conviction for murder when he was a teen.

In Their Own Words: Former Prisoners on What They Need to Succeed

When Samuel Hamilton got his first cell phone at age 53, he didn’t know how to turn it on.

“The only concept of cell phones I had came from magazines or TV,” said Hamilton. “It was like a foreign object.”

It was the fall of 2014, and Hamilton had just been released from prison in upstate New York. After 32 years behind bars for a felony murder charge, he was more familiar with life in prison than with life on the outside. Hamilton was the driver and lookout person during a robbery in which the victim was shot and killed by his coconspirator. Though Hamilton didn’t pull the trigger, New York’s felony murder rule held him responsible for the victim’s death.

After appearing before the parole board 10 times, Hamilton got his second chance—but with that chance came a host of challenges. This week the U.S. Department of Justice hosted its first National Reentry Week to highlight the barriers to housing, employment, education, and public benefits faced by people like Hamilton who return to the community after incarceration.

“Too often, Americans who have paid their debt to society leave prison only to find that they continue to be punished for past mistakes,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in Philadelphia. “Our failure to provide opportunities to reentering individuals represents an enormous waste of human potential.”

Through a series of events and announcements over the course of the week, the Obama administration aimed to highlight what is and isn’t working for the more than 600,000 people released from prison annually. Amid the week of speeches and program visits, TakePart spoke with Hamilton and Vilma Ortiz-Donovan, who spent six years in New York prisons, to find out what they think formerly incarcerated people need most.

“Prison doesn’t prepare you for anything coming home,” said Donovan, who did two three-year stints in prison for drug charges. “When you come home, you have all these plans and good intentions in your head. But unless you find yourself surrounded with good people, you’re doomed to fail.”

When Donovan, now 54, left prison for the first time in 2003, she was put on a bus back to New York City with $40 and told by a corrections officer that they’d “see her back here.” She returned to Long Island, where her family was. Her old friends—the ones she used and sold drugs with—were there too.

“There was no support other than my family, no programs, no one to help me look for a job,” said Donovan. “It was really, really overwhelming. I felt alone, and I wound up spiraling down.”

Though Donovan had experience prior to her time in prison as an executive assistant and special education teacher’s assistant, her job skills didn’t seem to matter once prospective employers found out she had a criminal record.

“Even when the interviews went really well, the minute they heard I was in prison, their demeanor changed,” said Donovan. “It turns into ‘We’ll call you,’ and then I’d never hear from them.”

Donovan “begged” her way into a receptionist position at a physical therapist’s office. After eight months, her relationships with the people she used to hang out with caught up with her, and she wound up back in county jail on a new charge.

Though New York is one of 23 states that have adopted legislation that prevents employers from asking about criminal records on job applications, “banning the box” isn’t all it takes to land a job if you’ve been in prison. Though the movement to ban the box aims to give formerly incarcerated people an equal shot at making it to the interview phase, Donovan’s experience illustrates the stigma that remains during the job search. Hamilton, too, was familiar with this challenge.

“Now the box doesn’t come up on the initial application, but oftentimes it comes up during the callback phase,” said Hamilton. “I know [formerly incarcerated] individuals who have received offer letters, but then when it came to the background check, the job offers were rescinded.”

On Monday, a coalition of more than 125 organizations published a public letter to President Obama, asking him to ban the box on applications for jobs with federal contractors. Though Hamilton lauds the effort, he believes establishing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated will require a broader cultural shift.

“When [President] Bill Clinton signed the crime bill in 1994, it established an ideology that people do not deserve second chances,” said Hamilton. “The average citizen is not educated on what goes on in prison and the stigma we face.”

Hamilton is intimately familiar with the repercussions of the crime bill—called the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Prior to the bill’s passage, prisoners had access to Pell Grant funding to earn college degrees while incarcerated, and Hamilton was in his second year of college classes in prison when the bill was signed. While numerous colleges and universities were forced to end their prison education programs, the program Hamilton was in, offered through Mercy College, continued to operate on a shoestring budget. But in 1995, Hamilton was three credits shy of receiving his associate degree when the then governor of New York, George Pataki, eliminated all state aid for tuition in prisons, and Hamilton’s education was disrupted again.

Though he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in prison (in organizational management and theology) through privately funded programs offered by the Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison and the New York Theological Seminary, Hamilton believes educational programming in prisons is essential.

“At the end of the day, most of the people who go inside will be coming home one day,” said Hamilton. “Would you prefer for someone to come home who didn’t do anything on the inside?”

Both Hamilton and Donovan were housed after their release and found work through The Fortune Society, a New York City–based reentry organization. Yet the transitional housing facility where Hamilton lives only has 60 beds and limited resources and can’t meet the needs of every person released in the city each year.

“The foundation of rebuilding oneself outside prison begins with having a safe place to do that,” said Hamilton. “For the thousands of men and women that come out every year, housing becomes a barrier.”

On Monday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced a $1.75 million investment in public housing authorities and nonprofit legal organizations to fund programs that help juveniles with criminal records after they’ve served their time. Juveniles are just one segment of the formerly incarcerated population. Earlier this month, HUD also issued new guidance to private landlords barring them from automatically eliminating rental applicants with criminal records.  

Even with access to employment, housing, and the supportive community of The Fortune Society, Hamilton and Donovan emphasized that the reentry process is a long, challenging road. That challenge lends them a vital perspective on the Obama administration’s latest initiative.

“At one point in my life, I was part of the problem because I committed a crime,” said Hamilton. “But now that I’ve transformed my life, I believe I’m one of many individuals who are part of the solution.” 

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