April 29, 2018

New Federal Prison Policies May Put Books and Email on Ice (In Justice Today)

Now, prisoners instead will have to submit a request to purchase books — a limit of five per order — through an ordering system in which they must pay exorbitant prices and don’t have the option to buy cheaper used paperbacks. In addition, prisoners must pay a 30 percent tax plus shipping cost, according to prisoners and memos distributed in at least three BOP facilities. Under the new protocol, a book purchased from Amazon for as little as $11.76, with shipping included, could cost more than $26….

An inmate’s contact list may not possess another inmate’s immediate family member, friend, or contact located on the inmate’s approved list,”… adding it will make exceptions for attorneys, clerks of the court, and other contacts approved on a case-by-case basis.”…

Advocates say that the rule will cut off prisoners from communicating with advocates, pen pals, family members, friends, and journalists who are in touch with multiple prisoners in one facility.

This will prevent us from assisting prisoners or learning about the very abuses we are discussing now,” Povah said. It’s as if they want to cut prisoners off from the outside world altogether.”

April 22, 2018

Eluvium, Prelude for Time Feelers

April 18, 2018

Muckrock | Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn’t differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts

A perfect example of what @mey621 and @heathermarlowe have been saying, here quoting University of Kansas law professor Corey Rayburn Yung:

Backlog implies that the untested rape kits were in a queue awaiting testing by overburdened labs…. That does not reflect the reality across the United States. In fact, untested rape kits were often simply discarded in warehouses, trash depositories, or storage closets with no intention to ever test the contents of the kits.”

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April 18, 2018

In Louisiana, Threatening to File a Complaint Against Police Can Lead to a Five-Year Prison Sentence

I’m calling your supervisor,” Aubin said. I’m gonna get you fired.” Aubin took out his cell phone, called the sheriff’s department, and started walking back towards his house. But before he made it inside, Durkin arrested him. The charge: intimidation of a public official — a felony that in Louisiana carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment….

[I]n nearby Tangipahoa Parish, when officers pepper sprayed a man named Travis Seals even though he was already in handcuffs. After telling the officers he was going to file a complaint against them, he too was charged with public intimidation.

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April 17, 2018

And… it worked. The idea is to move a lot of my more casual web posts out of the walled gardens of FB and Twitter and back onto the open web.

Cf. Manton Reece, Why I Created Micro.blog and Dan Cohen, Back to the Blog