This judge had exactly the right reaction to the shameful way nonviolent prisoners are treated in US jails

A woman was denied pants or tampons after being arrested for not completing a diversion course that was part of her sentencing from a shoplifting charge. But see how the judge reacts when she finds out that the prisoner’s humiliating treatment is apparently routine.

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Arrested for not possessing a valid drivers license, held in custody because she couldn’t make bail, “failure to receive adequate medical attention” is the reason of her death. On April 26th she was in a car accident and instead of taking her to the hospital they detained her. Died last Tuesday in police custody in the Walker County Jail in Huntsville,Texas. The same jail that killed #SandraBland. No one knows, no one is talking about this, no cause of death has been given, and even her hometown had no idea she was dead. 


July 29 2015 -  A Florida police officer has been placed under investigation after surveillance video emerged showing him throwing peanuts at a hungry homeless man who was handcuffed, while his colleagues laughed and watched. As the homeless man tried to eat one of the peanuts of the floor the cops point and laugh. [video]

What?!? Private prisons suing states for millions if they don't stay full
Low crime rates bad for business for white-owned private prisons; they demand states keep them full

The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.

And guess what? The private prisons, which are holding cash-starved states hostage, are getting away with it, says advocacy group, In the Public Interest.

In the Public Interest has reviewed more than 60 contracts between private prison companies and state and local governments across the country, and found language mentioning “quotas” for prisoners in nearly two-thirds of those contracts reviewed. Those quotas can range from a mandatory occupancy of, for example, 70 percent occupancy in California to up to 100 percent in some prisons in Arizona.

Since Sandra Bland’s death July 13, 2015 over 810 people have died in Jail. That’s not including inmates who died in prison, and not including numbers from jails who keep data private. Last July five Black women were found dead in jails

  • #SandraBland
  • #KindraChapman
  • #JoyceCurnell
  • #RalkinaJones 
  • #RaynetteTurner

Police have killed 629 people this year, the last person was killed yesterday. 

An armed man barricades himself in a motel, takes out his gun and shoots at the cops. 

It wasn’t a maybe or we thought he had a gun, this was 100% him shooting at them, but AMAZINGLY with this guy they were able to handle the situation without killing him.

Authorities said they responded to a call of a despondent man at the Hyland Motel in the 700 block of South Brea Boulevard at about 3 p.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, they said the man fired at them through the door.

After being barricaded for several hours with SWAT outside the motel, the man was eventually shot with bean bags and tackled by SWAT.

And once again white privilege prevails. #Hate it!

After graduation, Ferguson went to Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky to further his pursuit of becoming a chef. However, he was met with disappointment after discovering his academic funding was only partial. Although excelling in Sullivan’s Culinary Arts program, he started selling drugs on the side to make ends meet.

Fortunately, he was able to graduate but continued to sell drugs & was arrested eight times in 3months. He lost everything he owned, including his place of residence, and eventually became homeless. 

“The last time getting locked up, I remembered being in class & them talking about being a statistic & how once you get in the system you can’t get out,” 

he said. “I started thinking that now I’m the guy that I didn’t want to be. That’s when I told myself that I was going to get serious about something I know that I can do, which is cooking.” He focused on opening his own restaurants. 

Ferguson named his pop-up restaurant SuperChefs, after his nickname throughout his culinary career & his time at 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, where he was one of 22 chefs chosen. After a few years, the 28-year-old chef opened SuperChefs in June, in a 4,500-square-foot space. He now employs approximately 35 people.

Went from selling dope to being super dope! Real hero right there. Especially in the oppressive merican system.


Wrongfully Convicted Illinois Man Studied Law in Prison, Wins $15M Settlement

After spending 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, 51-year-old Chicago Heights, Illinois resident Rodell Sanders was awarded $15 million on Sept. 28 for his time spent behind bars.

Sanders — who is now a grandfather — was sentenced to 20 years for allegedly killing a man in a Dec. 1993 gang hit.

Sanders’ family raised $1,000 so that he could teach himself law.

Now, Sanders works in the law firm that helped him.

This brother educated himself (under all the pressure that comes with being incarcerated and being INNOCENT at the same time) towards getting released from what he should of not been into in the beginning. I’m so proud of him! I love to see this because “they” hate to know that this is the reality of who we are. We are a people who have always come out on top in adverse situations. I pray more continue to fight like he did. #Love it!


No Filter: A Mexican Juvenile Prison Seen Through The Lens Of Its Young Inhabitants

Alonso Castillo is a Mexican freelance photographer. In 2013, Castillo and a writer led a photography workshop in Instituto de Tratamiento y de Aplicación de Medidas para Adolescentes (ITAMA), a prison for juvenile in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora in northwestern México.

ITAMA houses approximately 450 boys and men. All the prisoners were convicted as juveniles but currently 70% of the prisoners are adults as they’ve turned 18 during their incarceration.

10 boys aged between 15 and 21 took part in the workshop. Castillo and his colleague made only technical recommendations in order for the boys to take advantage of available light and framing.

“The boys decided how to work and what to photograph,” says Castillo.

At the end of the summer workshop, they mounted an exhibit Desde Adentro within the prison.

I interviewed Castillo about the experience and the function of these photographs. Read: No Filter: A Mexican Juvenile Prison Seen Through The Lens Of Its Young Inhabitants