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Governor Chaffee Signs Two Laws Supporting Civil and Human Rights in RI

Governor Lincoln Chaffee recently signed two important prison reform bills: the Healthy Pregnancies Act, (to unshackle pregnant prisoners), and another which would create a task force to develop procedures for recording interrogations in serious cases.   Neither are radical changes to existing … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for FICPM National Conference- Nov. 2nd

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement (FICPM) will host its inaugural national conference on November 2nd, 2011 in Los Angeles, with the primary task of ratifying a national agenda that illustrates the Full Restoration of Civil and Human Rights … Continue reading

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How I Expect California to NOT Release Prisoners… If We Let Them

By now, every activist is aware that the US Supreme Court “ordered California to reduce its prison population to 137.5%of design capacity within two years. Finding that the prison population would have to be reduced if capacity could not be … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Neighborhoods report – How Much Do You Invest in Police & Prisons?

With Providence on the brink of bankruptcy (and everyone being asked to “tighten their belt”) it stands to reason that every budgeter re-examine their priorities. Mayor Taveras’ School Department will close the Messer School while taxpayers invest nearly $20 million in police … Continue reading

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SCOTUS: Drug War Finally Kills the American Revolution

The U.S. Supreme Court has finally cast down the 4th Amendment and harkened back to the police powers of 1772.  In last week’s Kentucky v King ruling, an 8-1 Court decided that it was okay to break in a door … Continue reading

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Unshackled Pregnancies: Idaho, Nevada, Rhode Island…

UPDATE: By a vote of 48-16, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed H 5257, echoing passage of the same bill by the Senate several weeks ago. The bill should end up on Governor Lincoln Chaffee’s desk within a few … Continue reading

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Harlem Riverside Church hosts discussion on “The New Jim Crow”

In a sign that one prominent faith organization is confronting the Incarceration Nation dilemma, Harlem Riverside Church will be hosting a roundtable with Michelle Alexander, Tina Reynolds (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory, and FIPCM Steering Committee member), and others. … Continue reading

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Buddy Cianci & Chris Linder: The Mayor Who Couldn’t be Ousted & The Mayor Who Is Barred From Serving

Around the nation, people know Providence as the city with the mayor who went to prison. Most don’t know about Pawnee, Oklahoma, where a former prisoner has been elected mayor.  Twelve years ago, Chris Linder was involved in the rough and … Continue reading

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National Prison Industry Divestment Campaign

From Causa Justa :: Just Cause, in California-   “Today we stand in solidarity with community and labor groups that are taking to the streets to protest the private prison industry’s business model of pushing for harsher immigrant incarceration policies. … Continue reading

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Petition Oprah: Make “The New Jim Crow” your Book of the Month!

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Color-Blindness” is the most important book affecting Black America since Alex Haley wrote “Roots.”  The American Prison Industrial Complex, which would make the Ku Klux Klan blush, is not just … Continue reading

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