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Macomb County man David Stojcevski died of drug withdrawal and neglect as officials ignored his plight.

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It was a death sentence.

David Stojcevski, a 32-year-old resident of Roseville, Michigan, was arrested for failing to pay a $772 fine stemming from careless driving. A court ordered him to spend a month in the Macomb County jail.

Over the next 17 days of his incarceration in a brightly lit cell—where he was denied clothing—he lost 50 pounds, suffered convulsions, and eventually began to hallucinate. He died in agony, from a combination of obvious, untreated drug withdrawal and galling neglect.

Making matters worse (if anything could be worse than that), the entirety of his demise was captured on jail surveillance footage. Indeed, Stojcevski was under self-harm watch—stemming for a profound misdiagnosis of his condition, which was drug addiction, not mental instability—and jail officials were supposed to be watching him constantly. Either their vigilance was inadequate, or they watched and simply didn’t care.

WDIV’s report on the story is a must-see, though it’s highly disturbing: the video shows clips from the jail footage while a medical expert offers commentary on the inhumanity of Stojcevski’s treatment.


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Published on Dec 16, 2013

Sterilised behind bars – how have Eugenics programs found their way into the US prison system?

Sterilised behind Bars – How have eugenics programs found their way into US prisons?

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Eugenics is a concept so universally despised it is hard to imagine its existence in the Western world. But in California the forced sterilization of women in prisons is a terrifying, cruel reality.

“Tubal ligation, what are you talking about? I don’t want any procedure. I just want to have my baby”, one prisoner says, recounting how she went in to deliver her baby and ended up having a sterilization procedure forced upon her. Between 2006 and 2010 148 women were forced to undergo procedures like this. “We’re basically society’s trash in a lot of eyes, so it’s easy for them to just treat us as such”, Misty Rojo, a former inmate of Valley State Women’s Prison, says. She argues that the prison system makes it very easy to force through the terrible sterilization procedures, because prisoners learn to just follow orders so that they can get out quickly. “You feel compelled to comply. Because that’s what you do in there. It’s not very consensual.” Crystal, who worked in the infirmary of Dr Heinrich, the main GYN doctor in California, saw first hand how he pressurised women to be sterilized. Dr Heinrich is now being investigated, but so far the hearings to uncover what really happened haven’t brought answers.

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With focus on rehabilitation and more reasonable sentencing, nation shutters four state-run jails

– Jon Queally, staff writer

Prison numbers in Sweden, which have been falling by around 1% a year since 2004, dropped by 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same again both this year and next year. (Photograph: Paul Doyle/Alamy)As study after study (after study) in the United States over the last several decades have shown a prison population explosion that demands additional, larger, more expensive—and increasingly privatized—prisons, the trend in Sweden might hold a lesson on how to end the ever-expanding incarceration rate.

In fact, instead of building new prisons or holding steady with the number they have, the Swedish government—citing a rapid fall in demand—has now ordered the closure of four prisons.

“We have seen an out-of-the-ordinary decline in the number of inmates,” Nils Öberg, the head of Sweden’s prison and probation services, explained to the Guardian. “Now we have the opportunity to close down a part of our infrastructure that we don’t need at this point of time.”

As the Guardian reports:

Prison numbers in Sweden, which have been falling by around 1% a year since 2004, dropped by 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same again both this year and next, Öberg said.

As a result, the prison service has this year closed down prisons in the towns of Åby, Håja, Båtshagen, and Kristianstad, two of which will probably be sold and two of which will be passed for temporary use to other government authorities.

Öberg said that while nobody knew for sure why prison numbers had dropped so steeply, he hoped that Sweden’s liberal prison approach, with its strong focus on rehabilitating prisoners, had played a part.

Swedish authorities explain that this more “liberal” approach includes both the rehabilitation cited, but also a new sentencing structure that has reduced the terms given for drug offenses, theft, and other less serious crimes.

At 112th in the world, Sweden has long been rated well in indexes that calculate the percentage of its population the remains incarcerated. In contrast, the United States has the most heavily-jailed population in the world.

Again, from the Guardian:

According to data collected by the International Centre for Prison Studies, the five countries with the highest prison population are the US, China, Russia, Brazil and India.

The US has a prison population of 2,239,751, equivalent to 716 people per 100,000. China ranks second with 1,640,000 people behind bars, or 121 people per 100,000, while Russia’s inmates are 681,600, amounting to 475 individuals per 100,000.

And, as the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reported earlier this year, the U.S. prison population continues to rise at an unprecedented rate, both federally and across many states. Those rates lead to over-crowding, growing costs, and increasingly unsafe institutions. As an Al-Jazeera investigation, following a report from the Government Accountability Office, found:

The overcrowded facilities have contributed to a multibillion dollar demand for private prisons. The industry argues it is helping the government save money. But others argue that for-profit prisons only increase the incentive to incarcerate more people.

Almost half of those incarcerated in federal prisons are drug offenders. Another 16 percent of inmates are in prison for offences related to weapons, explosives and arson. Those convicted of immigration violations make up 12 percent of the federal prison population.

And the impact of mass imprisonment spreads far beyond the prison walls.

Sociologists have found that the rise in incarceration rates reduce social mobility and ensure both prisoners and their families remain trapped in a cycle of poverty.


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  • Ariel Castro found hanging in his prison cell at 9.20pm Tuesday
  • He was checked on every 30 minutes by guards
  • Castro was being held in isolation, in protective custody away from the general prison population
  • Served just one month of his prison sentence of life, plus 1,000 years
  • Pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping, raping, beating and torturing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight


By Michael Zennie






Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper who held three women against their will for a decade, is dead after hanging himself in his prison cell Tuesday night.

Castro, 53, was found about 9.20pm at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. He had served only one month of his prison term, which sent him away for life, plus 1,000 years.

Castro was being housed alone in an isolation unit for his protection, prison officials said.

Prison regulations dictate that guards had to check on him every 30 minutes. Officials say he hanged himself during a break between inspections.

Dead: Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell just one month after being sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison

Dead: Ariel Castro hanged himself in his prison cell just one month after being sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison

Lonely death: This is an isolation cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, like the one where Castro hanged himself Tuesday

Lonely death: This is an isolation cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, like the one where Castro hanged himself Tuesday


Castro made international headlines when Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed from his Cleveland house after ten years of captivity under unimaginable conditions.

When prison guards found Castro hanging in his cell Tuesday, they immediately began trying to resuscitate him.

He was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour and a half later – shortly before 11pm.



A spokeswoman for the the Ohio Department of Corrections said the agency will make a full investigation of Castro’s suicide to determine whether regulations were followed and if anything could have been done to prevent his death.
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The incident occured near Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle.   The autopsy report on a woman named, Melinda McCormick, shows that she was horrifically tortured and then set on fire while she was still alive. Click here to watch news video  Police believe the white victim was dating one of the perpetrators.   Reverse the races and this would have been running on CNN for the past 3 days.

FLORIDA – Three Escambia County residents  have been arrested  in connection with the March 31 homicide of Melinda McCormick.

Anthony Lamar Pressley, 26, Kiesha LeShay Pugh, 28, and Gregory Edward Williams, 21, were each charged with homicide and robbery. All three were booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond.


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Published on Mar 7, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi is sentenced to 1 year in prison, that’s already confirmed!.

The ex-premier is accused of violating secrecy laws after making public a police wiretap concerning his political rival in 2005. They were published in Il Giornale, a newspaper run by his brother, who was also sentenced to over two years and three months in prison.

Under Italian law, people over 75 who are sentenced to less than two years don’t have to actually serve their term behind bars. Berlusconi is 76.



Berlusconi sentenced to 1 year behind bars in wiretap trial

Published time: March 07, 2013 11:18
Edited time: March 07, 2013 12:54
Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (AFP Photo)

Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (AFP Photo)

Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to one year in jail after a wiretap trial linked to a 2005 banking scandal.

The ex-premier is accused of violating secrecy laws after making public a police wiretap concerning his political rival in 2005. They were published in  Il Giornale,  a newspaper run by his brother, who was also sentenced to over two years and three months in prison. The leaks were about the attempted takeover of BNL bank by insurance giant Unipol.

Berlusconi denied any wrongdoing and may seek an appeal trial, until the end of which he won’t be put into custody.


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English.news.cn   2013-02-25 03:26:50

RAMALLAH, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) — Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs Eissa Qaraqe’ said on Sunday that autopsy revealed that Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat died of torture.

“Traces of severe torture appeared on Jaradat’s body: neck, face and backbone,” Qaraqe’ told reporters in a news conference held in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Jaradat, 30, died in an Israeli prison on Saturday after he was detained in one of the almost-daily Israeli army raids in the West Bank since less than a week.

Initial Israeli media reports cited sources suggesting that Jaradat died of a heart attack. Qaraeq’ denied this claims, describing it ad “untrue Israeli claim.”

“There was no signs of a heart attack or stroke,” Qaraqe’ said.


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Jaradat Was Tortured To Death in Israeli Prison, Autopsy Concludes

Autopsy confirms Jaradat died from torture in Israeli prison.

Autopsy confirms Jaradat died from torture in Israeli prison.

Saed Bannoura (IMEC) Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, reported on Sunday evening that the autopsy report of detainee Arafat Jardat, who died Saturday at an Israeli interrogation facility, revealed that the detainee died due to extreme torture.

In a joint press conference, held in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, with the head of the Palestinians Prisoners Society (PPS), Qaddoura Fares, Qaraqe’ said that the autopsy was conducted at the Abu Kabeer Forensic Facility.

The body of Jaradat carried clear signs of torture such as bruises, blisters and under skin blood clots in the back, especially over his spinal cord, on the neck and on his left shoulder, in addition to signs of torture on the left side of his chest, bruised mouth and face.


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Jaradat Lawyer: “Prior To His Death, Detainee Complained Of Pain Due To Ongoing Interrogation”

Arafat Jaradat, died in Israeli jail after complaining about sharp pain.

Arafat Jaradat, died in Israeli jail after complaining about sharp pain.

Saed Bannoura (IMEMC) Attorney Kamil Sabbagh, who represented detainee Arafat Jaradat, who died Saturday at an Israeli interrogation facility, stated that Jaradat complained to him of sharp pain due to ongoing and extensive interrogation.

The lawyer said that he represented Jaradat during a court session that was held Thursday February 21.

The court session was the first time the detainee was able to see a lawyer since the army kidnapped him more than 12 days ago. The hearing was held at the Al-Jalama detention and interrogation center.

Sabbagh said that Jaradat complained of sharp pain in the back, and several other parts of his body. Jaradat told his lawyer that he was interrogated for several hours, every day, and repeatedly complained of sharp pain but was never seen by a physician.

The lawyer said that, during the court hearing, he told the military judge about the complaints made by Jaradat, and that the judge instructed the prison administration to grant him the needed medical attention, but the request was apparently ignored.


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Saudi Arabia: Islamic cleric rapes, tortures, kills daughter, pays fine


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In Saudi Arabia an Islamic cleric who admits to raping, torturing and killing his daughter received a fine but no jail time for his heinous crime. Saudi media reports that the father paid 200,000 riyals ($50,000 US) in “blood money” for his crime, but will not be required to serve any time in prison.

In response to the heinous crime, and lack of justice for five-year old victim Lama al-Ghamdi, the women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif and others issued a press release on Feb 2, and launched a Twitter campaign using the hashtags #AnaLama (Arabic for “I am Lama”) and #IamLama, demanding legislation criminalizing violence against women and children.

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Massive Prison Break Frees 120 Inmates in Libya


For a country that already has a problem with roving outlaws, this is the last thing you want to have happen. AFP reports that about 120 prisoners escaped from jail in the Libyan capital of Tripoli Monday. National Guard chief Khaled al-Sharif says security forces are on high alert as search campaigns begin outside Al-Jadaida prison, one of the capital’s largest jails. “We are trying to hunt [the prisoners] down and some have already been arrested,” he said. “Security services are on high alert to catch them.” The BBC reports that the prison is one of several in the country run by brigades and military councils, which have come under fire by Amnesty International for “widespread” human rights abuses in prisons following the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi.

The problem of prisoner releases in Arab Spring countries has come into sharp focus following the deadly terrorist attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi in September. Earlier this month, one of the assailants of the Benghazi attack was identified as Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad, an Islamist militant  who recently got out of an Egyptian prison before setting his sights on Libya. Writing in The Atlantic, think-tankers Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Aaron Zelin have spoken to the broader problem of prisons in Arab Spring, which have released prisoners or allowed them to break free through mismanagement. “In many cases, it is a good thing that prisoners have gone free: the Arab dictatorships were notorious for unjustly incarcerating political prisoners, and abusing them in captivity,” they write. “But jihadists have also been part of this wave of releases, and we are now beginning to see the fruits of the talent pool that is back on the streets.” There’s no evidence yet that these were particularly hardened criminals or jihadists but it certainly isn’t a welcome development. In August the facility underwent a mutiny resulting in two inmates being injured.

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40 Indicted in Meth Ring Run From Indiana Prisons

Ken Kusmer
Indianapolis – A prison inmate coordinated a methamphetamine ring that involved at least two Indiana prisons using cellphones and drugs smuggled in by guards, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday that charges 40 people in connection to the scheme.

At least three inmates are among those charged, including the alleged ringleader, Oscar Perez, who’s serving time for murder and attempted murder. At least 17 people appeared in court Wednesday in Indianapolis after about 300 FBI agents fanned out across the state and made arrests.

Prosecutors said the defendants were flight risks, and the judge ordered them to remain in custody.

The activity, which also included heroin trafficking, occurred at the Westville Correction Facility in northern Indiana and the Wabash Valley Correction Facility in southwestern Indiana, according to the indictment.

Court documents allege that one corrections officer, Jon Dobbins, was found “in possession” of nearly 21 grams of a mixture and substance containing meth, and had a cellphone that he was going to “clandestinely bring” into the prison and leave with an inmate.

Dobbins didn’t have a listed phone number in Indiana, according to phone records. The indictment refers to multiple prison guards being involved.

The Indiana Department of Correction issued a statement saying it has been cooperating with the FBI since the investigation began and that that department uncovered the evidence that identified and led to the state criminal charges against Dobbins.

Source: The Associated Press