For Valentino Dixon, a wrong righted

For Valentino Dixon, a wrong righted

By Max Adler After 27 years in prison, a man who loves golf walked free today. Not only that, he was given back his innocence. Of course, the state can regift innocence about as capably as it can 27 years. Nevertheless, the Erie County District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., has vacated the murder conviction of Valentino […]

Five surprising reasons prisoners have been freed

It is no doubt a strange story – how one US prisoner’s penchant for drawing golf courses led to him walking free. Despite having never set foot on a course himself, Valentino Dixon drew more than 100 golf pictures while in jail in New York. His prolific output received national media coverage, which in turn […]

This prison beauty school preps inmates for a career post-incarceration

This prison beauty school preps inmates for a career post-incarceration

On a recent afternoon at Valley State Prison in central California, male inmates buzzed each other’s hair into clean lines, filed fingernails smooth and performed facials, all under the watchful eye of their cosmetology professor, Carmen Shehorn. The beauty school within a prison is one of the vocational programs offered at Valley State, which used to […]

Suge Knight agrees to 28 year sentence after pleading to manslaughter charges

Suge Knight agrees to 28 year sentence after pleading to manslaughter charges

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman nearly four years ago and agreed to serve nearly 30 years in prison. The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to […]

Female inmates in Texas prisons help train service dogs

Female inmates in Texas prisons help train service dogs

By Keri Blakinger Houston Chronicle GATESVILLE — From the outside, it may seem like Dawn Buish doesn’t have much to look forward to each day. She goes to bed staring at a drab prison wall, lies down on a thin prison mattress and falls asleep dreaming of the days — at least 300 of them […]

MCVET offers shelter, services to the oft-overlooked: homeless female veterans

MCVET offers shelter, services to the oft-overlooked: homeless female veterans

Brittany BrittoContact Reporter The Baltimore Sun   Lorine Vines’ downward spiral began in the Navy when, she says, a higher-up sexually assaulted her. She didn’t report the incident, she says, but every day faced her rapist. She turned to alcohol and drugs to cope. “I was having nightmares and dreams, and all I could see was […]

Can rapper Meek Mill help invigorate the movement for criminal justice reform in the US?

Can rapper Meek Mill help invigorate the movement for criminal justice reform in the US?

By Valerie Mambu 20 September 2018 The movement to repair America’s broken criminal justice system is growing. Although there are many who would argue that it is working exactly as it was designed to, the United States currently has the largest prison population in the world. With its emphasis on incarcerating and punishing individuals rather than […]

Sentences For White-Collar Criminals: Too Harsh Or Too Lenient?

Sentences For White-Collar Criminals: Too Harsh Or Too Lenient?

By Amanda C. Haury Reports of white-collar crime seem to be running rampant in the news as of late. Allegations of fraud, unethical business deals, identity theft and more are commonly reported on national news outlets. A hotly debated topic is whether the punishment related to white-collar crimes is fair. Some criminals receive lifetimes in prison, […]

500 Women and Teenagers to Be Bailed Out From Rikers by Human Rights Group

500 Women and Teenagers to Be Bailed Out From Rikers by Human Rights Group

By Jeffery C. Mays Sept. 19, 2018 More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign to dismantle a bail system that activists say discriminates against minorities and the poor. The effort is being spearheaded by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, which plans to raise at […]

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Wanda Barzee released from prison

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Wanda Barzee released from prison

CBS NEWS September 19, 2018, 10:32 AM A woman who helped her husband kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 has been released from prison, according to Kaitlin Felsted, public information officer at the Utah Department of Corrections. Wanda Barzee spent more than 15 years behind bars. Barzee’s husband, Brian David Mitchell, grabbed Smart out of her bedroom […]

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