Alabama Executes Muslim After Justices Rule He Doesn’t Need Imam By His Side : NPR

From the article:

Domineque Ray said the state was violating his constitutional rights by only offering a Christian chaplain. The high court ruled 5-4 that the execution could go ahead as planned.

Source: Alabama Executes Muslim After Justices Rule He Doesn’t Need Imam By His Side : NPR

This is a case of purely fucking with someone and devaluing another religion to boot.

I know his crimes were heinous, but it says more about them that they refused his religious request for his iman and offered him a Christian dude instead.

I am not religious, and see no point to it, but they are literally committing an execution. The man is being killed. It costs nothing to let him have his religious rites in the form of his iman next to him.

The reason they cited was security, and that he had requested it too late.

I mean really? One well known religous leader in a room with guards everywhere, and they thought he was going to what? Pray too loud?

Also what is this “too late” bullshit. The guy is being killed. They are ending a man’s life. They obviously got together to talk about it, and still it was “too late.” That doesn’t even make sense.

Let’s call it for what it is. Possibly racist, and definitely religious xenophobic behavior.

‘A Humanitarian Crisis’: Brooklyn Jail That Left Inmates Without Heat During Extreme Cold Gets Hit With Lawsuit

From the article:

The lights are finally on at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York. The federal jail had been housing some 1,654 female and male inmates with limited power—and allegedly little heat—for at least a week, including during the polar vortex-induced cold snap that delivered subzero chills to New York City.

Source: ‘A Humanitarian Crisis’: Brooklyn Jail That Left Inmates Without Heat During Extreme Cold Gets Hit With Lawsuit

This is a symptom of our incarceration problem placing value on profits not people.

She Was Framed And Jailed For A “Rape Fantasy” Plot. Now She’s Fighting Back.

From the article:

Michelle Hadley never thought she had enemies, until she was framed for a heinous crime.

Source: She Was Framed And Jailed For A “Rape Fantasy” Plot. Now She’s Fighting Back.

The TL:DR?

She dated a cop, his new wife (and probably him) fabricated evidence against her, and the Anaheim Police arrested and incarcerated her. She (and probably he) did it through access to her accounts, and any idiot with half an iota of computer savvy would have been able to unravel it. Yet his police buddies backed him, and nobody looked into it.

She had been charged with posting a rape “fantasy” as her ex police officer, Ian Diaz’s new wife. This is that old case where a woman posted a “rape me” fantasy in hopes her ex’s new fiancé gets raped. Except it was all a set up.

Except the ex-fiance was the one fabricating all the evidence to get her arrested. She  harassed herself, in order to get restraining orders taken out on the victim. It was a total set up.

According to the article about Angela, the new wife:

With Angela’s arrest, new details emerged about how the scheme had initially succeeded. Investigators said her use of VPNs made it impossible early on to track the emails they’d originally blamed on Hadley, a defense that Hadley and her attorney dismissed as an excuse to cover their incompetence. According to Hadley’s lawsuit, a warrant returned three days before her first arrest showed that at least 21 of the threatening emails came from the IP address of the Anaheim condo where Ian and Angela Diaz lived.

On Oct. 17, 2017, Angela pleaded guilty to 10 felony charges, including false imprisonment and perjury. Hadley had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison for crimes the Diazes accused her of committing; Angela struck a deal with prosecutors and was given five years in prison. She’s now serving time at the McFarland Female Community Reentry Facility in central California.

Nobody is investigating Ian Diaz, the ex. Nobody. The defense attorney suspected it was not just Angela. Even the victim does not believe that the woman that sent all that electronic frame job evidence is the one that belongs in jail.

The only person to walk away without their life being wrecked is Ian Diaz, with the full support of the Anaheim Police Department.




Gay inmate dies of suicide after jail officials allegedly join inmates in month of nonstop torment / LGBTQ Nation

From the article:

He was awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges.

While in the prison, according to the lawsuit, Middleton was, “continuously mocked, harassed, threatened, and denied mental health treatment.”

Middleton had been treated prior to incarceration for both serious depression and bipolar disorder, but in the 23 days he remained behind bars, he was denied treatment.

Middleton was also denied protective custody, even after being “repeatedly threatened with harm by fellow inmates and discriminatorily mocked and taunted by jail guards because of his sexuality.”

Source: Gay inmate dies of suicide after jail officials allegedly join inmates in month of nonstop torment / LGBTQ Nation

His charges were for false informing and resisting arrest, and he was under treatment for bipolar and depression which was not continued while in jail.

Fuck the Noble County jail in Indiana.

How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor – The New York Times

This isn’t exactly shocking.

From the article:

No government agency comprehensively tracks the extent of criminal-justice debt owed by poor defendants, but experts estimate that those fines and fees total tens of billions of dollars. That number is likely to grow in coming years, and significantly: National Public Radio, in a survey conducted with the Brennan Center for Justice and the National Center for State Courts, found that 48 states increased their civil and criminal court fees from 2010 to 2014. And because wealthy and middle-class Americans can typically afford either the initial fee or the services of an attorney, it will be the poor who shoulder the bulk of the burden.

“You think about what we want to define us as Americans: equal opportunity, equal protection under the law,” Mitali Nagrecha, the director of Harvard’s National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative, told me. “But what we’re seeing in these situations is that not only are the poor in the United States treated differently than people with means, but that the courts are actually aggravating and perpetuating poverty.”

I have family that are destitute and were in and out of the court system. It is awe inspiring the sheer amount of cash they owe just to weave their way through a run in with the police.

All of them have been in jail more than once because they could not pay the fines. it’s a de facto debtors prison system leveraging the poor to do what they can to pay hefty escalating fines for infractions.

From the article:

Moreover, Karakatsanis argues, jailing poor defendants has proved to be an effective way of raising money. By threatening a defendant with incarceration, a judge is often able to extract cash from a person’s family that might otherwise be difficult to touch. “A typical creditor,” he says, “can’t put you in a steel cage if you can’t come up with the money.”

In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union detailed evidence of what it calls “modern-day ‘debtors’ prisons’ ” — essentially, courts operating in the same way as Judge Ross’s in Corinth — in Georgia, Michigan, Louisiana, Ohio and Washington State. “If you spent a few weeks driving from coast to coast, you might not find similar policies in place in every single county,” Sam Brooke, the deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s economic-justice program, told me. “But every other county? Probably. This is a massive problem, and it’s not confined to the South. It’s national.”

My father in law, before he passed, got a DUI at some point. It went on for decades after that because he could not pay the fines. Bench warrants were issued. It took us close to 15 years to pay off all the cumulating fines, with two stints in jail. It was only over ten years later serving time in jail not for the initial DUI but for the failure to pay the fines that the actual initial fines passed.

By then he didn’t drink, and we paid thousands and thousands of dollars to get him through the rest of the system to get his license back.

Sure, it was a DUI, but the man was so poor as to be living on less than $2000 a month with only $130 a month for food, for two. A rich man would have paid his fines and been out without jail time.

This was an overarching disaster on my father in laws life for over a decade.

He’s not unique. If you have money, the justice system just passes you through because you can pay. If you can’t pay? You are truly fucked.

They thought she was transgender so they put her in the men’s prison. She isn’t. / LGBTQ Nation

From the article:

Fior Pichardo de Veloz, a grandmother from the Dominican Republic, is suing after Florida police arrested her – and then put her in jail with male prisoners becausethey mistakenly thought she is transgender.

Pichardo, who had come to the United States to witness the birth of her grandchild, spent ten hours in a call with male inmates after a prison doctor decided she is transgender because she takes hormone blockers for menopause.

Source: They thought she is transgender so they put her in the men’s prison. She isn’t. / LGBTQ Nation

There is a system issue of transgender women being sent to men’s prisons, where they are unsafe, and at extreme risk of sexual assault. Veloz isn’t even transgender, and she got sent to a men’s prison.

The prison system has some sort fo penis rule, where if you have one, then you go to a men’s prison. That doesn’t even cover how being transgender works, or the fact that it’s transgender women that are at risk for sexual assault, not the perpetrators.

The entire basis of this mix up, was that victim was on estrogen for post menopausal reasons. That’s really fucking common, and apparently Dr. Rodriguez-Garcia, at the jail, was a completely incompetent dumb ass for thinking the only reason a woman would take estrogen was because they were trans. But then again, I have long suspected jail medical staff are not the highest paid, and if you can work somewhere else, you would.

This actually happens to transgender women very often because our jail system is a patchwork system of corporate owned money makers, and they cut margins on everything. Gaurds, food, staffing. This is just another horror story.

Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez Dies after being neglected and beaten in custody

From the article:

Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, a Honduran trans asylum-seeker who was held at a correctional facility in New Mexico after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, died in an Albuquerque hospital in May of this year. The “preliminary cause” of Hernandez’s death was cardiac arrest, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release issued at the time. Now, a new autopsy report finds that Hernandez “endured physical assault and abuse while in custody,” according to a notice of wrongful death filed by the Transgender Law Center.

Source: Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez Reportedly Abused in Custody

They handcuffed her, beat her, denied her medical help, and left her to die.

My biggest fear for my wife and I, as transgender people, is being incarcerated for any reason. The things that happen to transgender people in jail are on the same level as war crimes. That’s not even hyperbole. Look what happened to Roxsana.

She fled Honduras to seek asylum after being gang raped for being transgender. (Yeah, I don’t know why straight guys that see trans women as men would rape either, but it’s a thing that happens a lot.) She contracted HIV during this event.

When she finally got to my country, a country that is supposedly renowned for our melting pot diversity and statue of liberty to beckon immigrants, she was locked up and tortured to death.

Having deep tissue bruising from handcuffs, and baton strike bruising is active torture. Being left without medical intervention, and to eventually die? That’s criminal.

The timeline was only in weeks. They did this to her in a matter of weeks. She survived so much, and came so far, and in a matter of weeks my fellow US citizens murdered her.

The Washington Post is very clear on the order of events, and that she was beaten.

From the article:

The autopsy said Hernandez was found with deep bruising on her rib cage and deep contusions on her back, which were “indicative of blows, and/or kicks, and possible strikes with a blunt object.” Her wrists showed deep soft tissues and musculature bleeding, which it said were typical of injuries from handcuffs.

“According to observations of other detainees who were with Ms. Hernandez Rodriguez, the diarrhea and vomiting episodes persisted over multiple days with no medical evaluation or treatment, until she was gravely ill,” Sperry wrote in the report.

The Transgender Law Center is now pursuing this. Good.

Why It’s Such a Big Deal That Former Felons Can Now Vote in Florida

From the article:

Thanks to last night’s vote, Florida will become the 48th state where people who have completed a sentence for felony are eligible to vote. (Kentucky and Iowa are the holdouts.) That means probably over a million people are granted the right to vote all at once—the largest such number since the 19th amendment.

Source: Why It’s Such a Big Deal That Former Felons Can Now Vote in Florida

Here’s the thing. I don’t know why being convicted of a crime is somehow mutually exclusive to being able to vote. I especially don’t understand why, if you have dutifully served your sentence, you can’t vote. If you served your debt to society (That is sooo fucking simplistic. . . ) then it’s over and done. Why not be able to vote.

It’s another form of voter disenfranchisement used to keep the wrong kinds of people from voting. Often the wrong kinds of people, is code for skin tone.

America’s Other Family-Separation Crisis | The New Yorker

From the article:

Nowhere is this problem starker than in Oklahoma, which has the highest rate of women’s incarceration in the nation. Eighty-five per cent of these women are mothers. Oklahomans have begun to acknowledge the negative repercussions of the situation, and the need for criminal-justice reform has become a rare point of bipartisan agreement in the state. In 2016, the governor, Mary Fallin, a Republican, said, “We need to prevent the breakup of the family,” calling the incarceration rate a “generational curse.” The former Republican speaker of the Oklahoma House, Kris Steele, has said that “to continue to throw more money on a broken system is not conservative, and not responsible.” George Kaiser, a Tulsa oil-and-gas billionaire, has made incarceration a central issue in his philanthropy. Since 2006, the George Kaiser Family Foundation

Source: America’s Other Family-Separation Crisis | The New Yorker

The vast majority of the escalating number of incarcerated women are mothers. The US has a problem with incarceration, that disproportionately hits the poor, people of color, and LGBT people. Now the number of women being incarcerated has been skyrocketing, and with it, the number of children being put at risk because they end up losing their primary caregiver.


America’s Other Family-Separation Crisis | The New Yorker

From the article:

America imprisons women in astonishing numbers. The population of women in state prisons has increased by more than eight hundred per cent in the past four decades. The number of women in local jails is fourteen times higher than it was in the nineteen-seventies; most of these women haven’t been convicted of a crime but are too poor to post bail while awaiting trial. The majority have been charged with low-level, nonviolent offenses, such as drug possession, shoplifting, and parole violations. The result is that more than a quarter of a million children in the U.S. have a mother in jail. One in nine black children has a parent who is, or has been, incarcerated.

Source: America’s Other Family-Separation Crisis | The New Yorker

This is like a double edged sword. Nobody knows how bad our criminal justice system is, and half the people that even ear about it think just because you ran afoul of the law, you somehow deserve the maze-like bureaucracy, excessive predatory costs, and inhuman treatment.

Privatized justice system institutions cause an increase in lobbying. The prison lobby is a thing, and they throw a lot of cash at keeping their business lucrative.

Articles like this show the outcome.