Showing posts with label Jail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jail. Show all posts

April 17, 2020

Please you Need To See Rikers Island Here! Sentenced to 90 Day, He Might Never Come Out

I understand we need to think about felons walking the street and I have already seen it in communities that have been clean for a few years. Now the cops have to come to interrupt their meetings (of what? discussing What? TV shows? Dont think so) without any protection 5-8 at the time. Cars parked on the side. I have seen it in the communites adjacent to strets with reputations (Jersey Street, S.I.  Westerbelt and streets were you have a bad element grown from poor broken families in the "projects"). I already feel a difference in my town wether in drivers to people standing in corners. Reminds me of Harlem in the 80's. Can I prove is from new released felons? No, but the PD can. I can only smell the air and see what my eyes see.
Still what is fair is fair and we need to see both side.....Please watch this short vid

April 3, 2020

Thread With Care, NYC is Releasing Thousands of Inmates from Riker's Island


 By Tess Owen
New York City has released 900 people from its jails in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus among inmates. 
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement Tuesday afternoon came amid growing numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in guards and detainees at Rikers Island, the city’s most notorious jail, with a reputation for abuse and neglect of inmates. 
On Monday evening, Rikers Island’s top doctor, Ross MacDonald, took to Twitter to share a grim outlook for the situation at the jail, calling it a “public health disaster unfolding before our eyes.”  
More than 167 inmates and 137 corrections staff from Rikers have tested positive for the disease, up from 80 cases total just five days ago. Analysis by one legal aid group found that the rate of infection at Rikers was seven times higher than that in New York City, which is currently the epicenter for coronavirus in the U.S. For weeks, legal aid and civil rights groups have been urging the city to move quickly to remove vulnerable inmates from jails before the virus made its way inside.  
The number of detainees released from city jails so far (900) is more than double than the number of people de Blasio said he was expecting to release last Friday (375). The people who were considered for release included those who are elderly or had underlying health risks making them particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, or those who’d been charged with nonviolent offenses or parole violations. 
As of Sunday night, there were 4,640 people detained in New York City jails, according to Legal Aid.  

October 25, 2019

Young Neo Nazi Who Fought NY Protesters Got Enough Years To Get Better or Get More Latter

The Judge mentioned the history of the '30s and that was an issue he considers before sending these two to jail. He mentioned how it started in Germany and it was by people beating others that did not agree and beating them on the streets to the point to silent them. The judge said this was not going to happen in New York City like it happened in Berlin.

When you know history you know how to avoid the mistakes of the past. Why someone did not teach to Donald is behind me. The family had the money and teachers to teach him well. But money was more of a calling than history or good teachers. This formula did not even work because Donald is never been swimming in money. That is why good relations with world leaders where he plans to do business with is more important than a desk job that will possibly go away after 4 yrs or before. Putin, He can make Trump a king! Turkey, well Trump is already trapped with the business there. He would sell anyone to the Turks and if his father was alive and his dad would be proud. The money is the law to follow because there are no term limits to make money just he and his family never stopped after Trump went to the white house. They don't believe in that. Why say they did and were going to put his business in trust and so forth. They believe, all of them lying in the search of money is a good thing. Trump never knew the history and if he did he could have accommodated his anxiety for money and not have to sell this nation out so deep into this Putin, and Turkey's ass. Who is going to find us in five years? A military man or woman that knows both how to be an executive and how the military operates. 

 Two members of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist street-fighting gang, will spend four years in prison for brawling with protesters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan last year. 
Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 39, were sentenced Tuesday by State Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer, who said that the hefty sentence was, in part, intended to discourage extremists from rallying in New York in the future.  
“I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the '30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead without any type of check from the criminal justice system,” Dwyer said, according to the Times.“We don’t want that to happen in New York… especially at this time in the country when people are so divided.” 
The melee occurred in October 2018, after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club. MAGA-hatted Proud Boys wearing their trademark black-and-yellow Fred Perry polo shirts roamed the streets, shouting homophobic slurs and beating up protesters. 
Hare and Kinsman were convicted in August on charges of rioting, attempted assault, and attempted gang assault in August. 
Prosecutors had to rely on video footage of the violence to secure a conviction, because the four victims, who were masked, didn’t testify or talk to police. Based on the video, they concluded that Kinsman was the most violent of the group, and Hare threw the first punches. 
Surveillance and bystander video showed multiple Proud Boys brutalizing protesters and passersby. In one video, a Proud Boy is overheard bragging about kicking a “foreigner” in the head. 
“The defendants transformed a quiet, residential street into the site of a battle royale, kicking and beating four individuals in a brutal act of political violence," Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said after their conviction in August.  
Ten men in total connected to the Proud Boys were arrested in relation to the incident. Two of those men took plea deals and were given community services, one case is pending, and others who pleaded guilty have received sentences between 40 weekends and three months in prison. 
The Proud Boys has been tied to violent clashes elsewhere in the U.S., including in Portland, Oregon. They describe their members as “Western chauvinists” and have been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on account of their misogyny and white nationalist views. 
Disclosure: The Proud Boys organization was founded by Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of VICE Media. McInnes left VICE in 2008 and has not been involved in the company since.
Cover: Maxwell Hare, left, and John Kinsman, arrive at court, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in New York. The two members of the far-right Proud Boys group are on trial this week for their roles in a violent clash with left-wing protesters in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

August 10, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein Found Dead in His Cell

Alan Dershowitz, right, represented sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in a controversial 2008 plea deal and used to send him copies of his books to review before publication. (JTA illustration by Laura E. Adkins)
 Alan Dershowitz (right) represented sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in a controversial 2008 plea deal. (JTA illustration by Laura E. Adkins)

By Tom Winter, Jonathan Dienst, Nicole Acevedo and Yuliya Talmazan

Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and accused sex trafficker, is dead by suicide, according to three officials familiar with the matter.
The officials told NBC News that Epstein was found at 7:30 a.m. ET at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, a federal jail in Manhattan, and that he hanged himself.
Epstein ,66, was transported Saturday morning from the Metropolitan Correctional Center to a hospital in Lower Manhattan. Upon arrival, he was in cardiac arrest, people familiar with the matter say. Epstein, who was being held on federal sex trafficking charges, had been found injured and in a fetal position in his cell a little over two weeks ago. He was semiconscious with marks on his neck. Two sources told NBC News in July Epstein was on suicide watch.
H e was arrested July 6 in Teterboro, New Jersey, as he returned from Paris on a private jet.
He had pleaded not guilty and was denied bail. The indictment on his case showed that he sought out minors, some as young as 14, from at least 2002 through 2005 and paying them hundreds of dollars in cash for sex at either his Manhattan townhouse or his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, federal prosecutors revealed last month.
Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking. He faced up to 45 years in prison if found guilty.

His death came less than three weeks after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the federal prison in Lower Manhattan, with marks on his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted, sources told ABC News.
 He had been on suicide watch since the July 23 incident.
Epstein was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls at his Upper East Side mansion and his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s. Epstein, 66, pleaded not guilty to the charges. He faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

April 9, 2019

Russian Prisons Officials Stopped Yoga Claiming It Made Inmates Gay but An Educated Chief Not Convinced Reinstated It


Russian prison authorities have reinstated yoga for inmates after dismissing a claim by a religious scholar that the practice could make them gay.

Both a Moscow pre-trial detention center for women and the renowned Butyrka prison in the Russian capital introduced yoga classes last year, according to The Moscow Times. 

Theological professor Alexander Dvorkin wrote a document suggesting yoga could cause uncontrolled sexual arousal and homosexuality in detention centers, leading to riots, the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomlets reported. Senator Elena Mizulina, who is known for her conservative views, used the document to appeal to the Prosecutor General's Office to check the legality of the yoga classes, and asked for them to be suspended, according to the paper. 

However the classes have been reinstated and Valery Maximenko, deputy head of the Federal Prison Service (FSIN) told a Russian radio station that the sessions had a “very positive” effect on inmates.

“We conducted a study, and among those people who practiced yoga, there was a sharp reduction in visits to doctors for help,” he told the radio station Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaks).

Maximenko said that in addition to yoga, prisoners will also be taught qigong breathing exercises and dismissed any claims that it led to homosexuality.

“The whole world is engaged in it [yoga], and no one is harmed by it and no one will be drawn to homosexuality. Even it did, we live in a democracy and everyone has the right to choose their own way,” he added, pointing out that homosexuality was not illegal in Russia.

He said that Dvorkin had “outdated concepts” and added that “people of non-traditional orientation can occupy high positions, so we do not have the right to condemn anyone.”

Such a statement from a senior official in Russia is unusual. The country has a law banning so-called “gay propaganda” in which LGBT issues cannot be discussed or disseminated among children and young people. 

Human Rights Watch have said the law has contributed to a culture of persecution toward the LGBT community.

However, Dvorkin said his comments about homosexuality had been taken out of context and that his request also included for there to be checks on those who led the yoga sessions. He said the Kundalini yoga being promoted in the jails was associated with sects and its association with Hinduism means it may not be compatible with Christianity, which he says prisoners should be 

February 3, 2019

This Anti Gay Mousey Rejected Offer of 12 Yrs For Assaulting 2 Guys With Knife Gets 21 Instead

James Thomas, aka rapper Mousey Baby, having rejected a 12-year sentence in a pre-trial plea deal offer, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for assaults on three men near a Brooklyn LGBTQ nightclub.
A Brooklyn man who was convicted in November for slashing or stabbing two men with a knife and menacing a third man near a Bedford-Stuyvesant LGBTQ nightclub was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
“It is clear that his conduct was not in self-defense,” Judge Donald Leo said at the February 1 sentencing of James Thomas in Brooklyn Supreme Court. “This is a circumstance of uncontrollable rage.”
Thomas, 34, had originally faced multiple felony and misdemeanor counts with some charged as hate crimes in the 2017 attack, but the hate crime counts in two of the assaults were dropped after grand jury testimony did not support them. At the start of Thomas’ trial, prosecutors expected the third man to testify and support the hate crime charges, but that man ultimately refused to take the witness stand. Those hate crime charges were dropped after the prosecution rested its case.
Thomas was always going to have a difficult winning an acquittal. The jury was shown video of him making some of the attacks, then he elected to take the stand and testify that he was acting in self-defense when he slashed one man in the face, menaced a second, and stabbed a third man twice. By saying he was defending himself, he had to admit that he made the attacks he was charged with.
Under New York law, when a defendant claims he or she acted in self-defense, prosecutors are required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant was not justified in using physical force.
“This was a terrifying attack carried out for no reason that left three innocent men traumatized,” Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, said in a statement. “I am committed to protecting all of the people of Brooklyn from such brutal violence. Today’s sentence holds the defendant accountable.” 
Before trial, Kelli Muse, chief of the Hate Crimes Bureau in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and Peter Choi, an assistant district attorney, offered Thomas a sentence of 12 years in prison and five years post-release supervision in exchange for a guilty plea to assault and misdemeanor charges. At sentencing, Choi asked for 16 years and five years post-release supervision.
Barry Krinsky, Thomas’ attorney, argued that Thomas had been released on bail prior to trial and had consistently made his court appearances. He also treated Leo respectfully throughout the proceedings. 
“The problem is that behavior doesn’t reflect his behavior in spring 2017,” Leo said.
In asking for the “minimum amount allowable under law,” Krinsky noted that Thomas had been employed, enjoyed the continued support of his family and friends, some of whom attended the sentencing, and had a career as a rapper. Thomas used the stage name Mousey Baby and did not have a successful career. 
As Leo announced his sentence on each of the five counts that Thomas was convicted on, the question was would he serve those sentences concurrently or consecutively. Leo used a mix of concurrent and consecutive sentences, but when he announced the 21-year total, a Thomas supporter said “Oh my God” and could be heard weeping. As his friends and family left the courtroom, one man yelled out, “Love you, Mouse, love you.”

December 7, 2018

Nearly Half of All US Adults Have Had An Immediate Family Member Incarcerated

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Nearly half of all US adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated at some point in their lives, according to a new study.
Researchers also reported one in seven adults have seen immediate family incarcerated for over a year, with minorities most impacted.
The study by criminal justice non-profit and Cornell University surveyed over 4,000 American adults.
Over 2 million Americans are currently in prison in the US. 
The report estimates 64% of US adults have had someone in their family spend at least one night in jail or prison.
The study's authors said it pointed to a nationwide "incarceration crisis".
"These numbers are stunning, all the more so if you think of them not as numbers but as stories like mine," Felicity Rose, FWD director said in a foreword to the report. 
"One of the worst parts of growing up with a father in and out of prison was the isolation and shame I felt," she added. 
One in five US adults has had a parent incarcerated, according to the study, resulting in serious financial and emotional consequences. 
What were the findings?
The study said that 113 million US adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated.
At the time of the research, 6.5 million adults said an immediate family member was currently in jail or prison.
One in seven adults have had a spouse incarcerated; one in eight have had a child locked up. And only one in four are ever able to visit an incarcerated family member.
There was no difference in incarceration rates along political lines, but the researchers did find that people of colour were most negatively impacted.
African American adults were 50% more likely than white Americans to have had a family member jailed, and three times as likely to have family jailed for 10 years or more, found the research.
A woman helps out with a fellow inmate's child at a correctional centre in IllinoisImage copyright

Image captionA woman helps out with a fellow inmate's child at a correctional centre in IllinoisGetty image
Latino adults were 70% more likely than white Americans to have a loved one incarcerated for over a year.
Low income families were also disproportionately affected, with adults making less than $25,000 (£19,000) a year 61% more likely to have family incarcerated than those earning over $100,000 a year.
And 54% of jailed parents were the breadwinners of their families.
Incarceration rates were highest in the southern and western states, with residents 60% more likely to experience family incarceration than people in the northeast.
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, the US incarcerates more people per capita than anywhere else in the world. 
FWD reports local jails have admitted over 10 million people every year for the past two decades.
Despite recent declines in imprisonment rates, the US still incarcerates 710 people per 100,000.
The UK's incarceration rate is 147 per 100,000, according to FWD.
Rikers an American Jail~ This blog highly recomends this film by PBS 
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August 18, 2018

It Turns Out Throwing Hundreds of Asylum Seekers in Jail Was Another Bad Idea from DDT, After All

Back in June, Reuters reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was preparing to transfer up to 1,600 immigrant detainees to five federal prisons across the country, with the largest number (up to a thousand) going to the federal prison in Victorville, CA. Pretty much everyone with a brain, including a former ICE official under Obama and the president of a local union for prison employees, said at the time that this was a very bad idea. It turns out that it was.
The number reportedly fluctuates daily, but as of Wednesday afternoon, according to HuffPost, 460 asylum seekers were still at the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville. Congressman Mark Takano, one of eight members of Congress who visited the facility on Wednesday, told the site that conditions at the prison are “marginally better,” but this is apparently what “marginally better” looks like, per HuffPost:
Takano said a large percentage of the immigrants he met Wednesday are Sikh or Hindu and were initially being served sandwiches containing lunch meat. Many of these immigrants are practicing vegetarians, so they were effectively subsisting almost entirely on bread.
The food has since improved, as have other religious sensitivities like permitting detainees to wear traditional Sikh head coverings.
John Kostelnik, the union representative for prison employees, told HuffPost that so far, two migrant detainees have attempted suicide and another is on suicide watch. There’s also apparently been an outbreak of chickenpox and scabies; HuffPost reports that there have been 11 new cases of chickenpox in “recent weeks.”
And when these new chickenpox cases come up, Kostelnik told HuffPost, the whole unit goes on quarantine for three straight weeks. “21 days they sit in their cells, basically locked and confined into their cells all day long. They’re fed in their cells,” Kostelnik told HuffPost. “One of the guys [who attempted suicide] had literally been quarantined three times.” 
Who could have seen this disaster coming, you ask? Here’s a quote from Kostelnik from the Reuters story back in June:
At Victorville, the prison getting the largest number of people, workers are moving about 500 inmates in a medium-security facility to make space, said John Kostelnik, local president for the American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals union.
“There is so much movement going on,” said Kostelnik. “Everyone is running around like a chicken without their head.”
The fault for this lies solely with the Trump administration; under former president Barack Obama, as Reuters noted back in June, most immigrants who didn’t have serious criminal records were allowed to wait for their court dates outside of prison, and those who weren’t were usually detained in ICE holding facilities or local prisons. But those have been stretched thin by the Trump administration’s frenzy to arrest any immigrant it can get its grubby paws on. As DocumentedNY reported earlier this month, one jail in Bergen County, NJ, with a capacity for 128 ICE detainees, held an average of 336 per day from October to November 2018. 
A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson told HuffPost that the agency has a contract with ICE to jail up to 1,672 migrants in five prisons. ICE spokesperson Lori Haley admitted to the site that the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy has created the need for “additional immigrant detention space.”
Takano posted a video to Twitter last night following his visit: 

After visiting the Victorville federal prison for a second time, I remain concerned about asylum seekers being held in these facilities. The Trump Administration’s immigration policies are not only inhumane—they‘re a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

“The president’s excessive zero-tolerance policies are driving the unnecessary incarceration of people who do not really pose a danger to society,” Takano said in the video. “I think this needs to end. This is an insane use of taxpayer resources.”
Paul Blest
News editor, Splinter

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