Former Kentucky jail guard convicted of beating inmate who later died

    A former Kentucky jail guard was convicted of beating an inmate and leaving him lying with blood on his face, until another jail employee saw the victim and he was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead, officials said on Friday. A federal jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning …

Legendary pot grower Johnny Boone, leader of Kentucky’s ‘Cornbread Mafia,’ back in U.S.

John “Johnny” Boone, the leader of Kentucky’s “Cornbread Mafia,” once the nation's largest domestic marijuana producing organization, is back in the United States after eight years on the lam. Boone, who was once featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” was apprehended in Canada in December 2016 and was ordered detained Wednesday after appearing in U.S. District …

FRIENDS OF JOHNNIE BOONE

  Charlie Bickett 21 hrs · We have a challenge ; FRIENDS OF JOHNNIE BOONE , What--Johnnie Boone Benefit Where--Big Mamas,,Loretto Ky,,, When--April 23,,Sunday,,3-8,,come early Why--Our friend Johnnie,,has recently been captured,,He will soon [I hope] be transferred to Kentucky,to await trial.,,He will be needing money ,,for,,CANTEEN,,PHONECALLS and,,LEGAL DEFENSE At the benefit ,,we will be selling …

DO PRISONERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE?

Sonni Quick Recently I watched a Conservative/Catholic news station on TV.  There was an interview with the executor of a religious political group. I failed to write down the names. There was a video of a meeting he participated in with Trump. This man's concern was if there was enough protection for the right to …

‘America Is Full Of Hypocrites’: Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out

By Tess Allen  |  Feb 20, 2017 Days after John Knock learned that his application for clemency had been denied – meaning he would have to continue serving out two life sentences plus 20 years for a non-violent cannabis offense – he found himself transfixed by a story on NPR. “There was [someone on the …

What You Can Do to FREE Sam Girod

What You Can Do to FREE Sam Girod Please do whatever you can! The Backstory The FDA is trying to put Sam in jail for 58 YEARS for a labeling infraction. Basic story here: http://www.davidgumpert.com/2783-2 Indictment here with explanations: http://www.kyfreepress.com/2017/01/fda-girod-indictment/ Local CBS affiliate story here: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/WKYT-Investigation-Amish-farmer-in-jail-awaiting-trial-facing-time-in-federal-prison-411915635.html   What You Can Do 1. We beg President …

Vindicated: After 28 years in Kentucky prison, William Virgil walks free

By Jason Riley Connect NEWPORT, Ky., (WDRB) – After insisting he was innocent for decades – including 28 years spent in prison – William Virgil has finally been vindicated, as a judge dropped charges against him Friday for the 1987 murder of a Veterans Administration nurse in Newport. Virgil's conviction was thrown out a year …

…47 persons have been put to death in Florida under an unconstitutional process

  HHarry Lee Anstead, My View 2:46 p.m. EST November 22, 2016 In January 2016, in a case called Hurst v. Florida, the United States Supreme Court held that Florida’s death penalty scheme was unconstitutional and violated the Sixth Amendment, pursuant to its decision in Ring v. Arizona. The Court held that Florida’s statutory scheme …

"Gentlemen, in order to produce marked changes in behavior and attitude it is necessary to weaken, undermine or remove the support systems…"

(The following is an excerpt from a blog that I ran across on WordPress that I believe is certainly worth noticing, SK) “Gentlemen, in order to produce marked changes in behavior and attitude it is necessary to weaken, undermine or remove the support systems of the old patterns of behavior and the old attitudes.  Because …

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sentencing law could free hundreds in Ohio

Hozae Rodriguez Ward has been in federal prison since 2009. By Earl Rinehart The Columbus Dispatch  •  Monday September 26, 2016 7:04 AM     Celia Ward has the menu planned for her son’s welcome-home dinner: fried chicken, cabbage, cornbread and mac and cheese. It’s been a while since Hozae Rodriguez Ward, 39, sat down …

The message they are sending to striking workers is, we will only give you coverage if things turn ugly

Thousands of prisoners in over 24 states began a labor strike on September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, to demand better conditions and healthcare, the right to unionize and what one organizing group calls an “end to slavery in America.” But one would hardly know it watching major U.S. media, which …

MotherJones.Com "My four months as a private prison guard", by Shane Bauer

Have you ever had a riot?" I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)."The last riot we had was two years ago," he says over the phone."Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans!" says a woman's voice, cutting in. "We got rid of them.""When can you start?" …

Leonard Peltier is residing in a USP Coleman Florida’s iron cage…

  Friends of Peltier Leonard Peltier is residing in a USP Coleman Florida's iron cage with a very dangerous, fast growing aortic abdominal aneurysm threatening his life. Have you sent a letter to the BOP today? You may send a letter or fax daily asking them to transfer him to a proper hospital capable of …

What Happened To Gynnya McMillen?

A week after Gynnya McMillen died at the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, police have yet to release a cause of death. The 16-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her holding cell on Monday, January 11th. McMillen had only been in the detention center for 24 hours following an altercation in …

Trouble Behind Bars: When Jail Deaths Go Unnoticed

  By: R.G. Dunlop October 5, 2015 HAZARD, Ky.—Larry Trent was just one of the 154 or more inmates who died in a Kentucky jail during the past 6½ years. Arrested on July 5, 2013, in his car outside a Hazard doughnut shop, the 54-year-old Trent told police he drank “about four beers and mouthwash” …

Largest Ever One Time Early Release Of Federal Prisoners Coming This Month

By TNM News on October 8, 2015 Latest Headlines, Legal, News Feed It appears that several federal prisons will be allowing thousands of prisoners, who have committed non-violet crimes, free due to efforts to reduce long prison sentences given to drug offenders Another issue the Obama Administration and U.S. Sentencing Commission are trying to solve …

All roads in Kentucky lead you through Hell

      Subtitle:  How to age quickly and retire early from a life of Activism in Cannabis – via the DEA Subtitle:  How to become a criminal vs. a patient in need of their medication…   May 7th, 2015   I really hate writing about myself.  I rarely do and when I do it …

Regarding kendra sams – "lodged" at laurel county corrections" in kentucky…

  Ms. Kendra Sams,  29  years old, was being lodged at the Laurel County Corrections. According to Facebook posts she suffered a seizure on July 12th which caused her to fall from the top bunk in her cell and land on the floor.  She was not given medical attention at that time. At some point …

Conviction of Human Rights Activists Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 13, 2015 The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence human rights and peace advocates Leyla and Arif Yunus, who have been detained for more than a year, to eight-and-a-half and seven-year prison terms, respectively. The charges appear to …

Obama commutes sentences for 46 nonviolent drug offenders

The White House announced Monday that President Obama had commuted the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders, bringing the total number of commutations issued by the president to 89. That's far higher than his two predecessors. Former President Bush commuted the sentences of 11 people, and Former President Clinton did so for 61 people. …

Bob Riley, 62, gentle Deadhead serving a life sentence for LSD

Bob Riley, 62, gentle Deadhead serving a life sentence for LSD - The Clemency Report Bob Riley, a kind soul who "treads lightly in this world," is in the 22nd year of a federal life without parole LSD sentence. The details of his unjust sentence are summarized in this New York Times article. This story …

Prison operator sued in death of former marijuana provider

By Sanjay Talwani - MTN News Connect     HELENA - The widow of a former medical marijuana provider who died while serving time is suing the operator of Montana's only private prison. A federal lawsuit says Corrections Corporations of America failed to give the inmate (Flor) needed medical care while at its Crossroads Correctional …

La. prisoner released after 43 years in solitary confinement. How can he cope?

A federal judge ordered the unconditional release of Albert Woodfox on Monday, finding 'no valid conviction holding him in prison, let alone solitary confinement.' By Cristina Maza, Staff writer June 9, 2015   On Monday, a federal judge in Louisiana ordered the release of an inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than …

The prison system in the United States is a profit-making industry. Private corporations operate over 200 facilities nationwide and are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Prison privatization in its current form began in 1984 as a result of the War on Drugs. While crime rates otherwise remained steady dating back to 1925, the number of arrests quickly exploded. While the War on Drugs initially had a small impact on incarceration, it was President Reagan’s Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 that …

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

    https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/us-news/video/2015/feb/24/homan-square-chicago-black-site-video   http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site While US military and intelligence interrogation impacted people overseas, Homan Square – said to house military-style vehicles and even a cage – focuses on American citizens, most often poor, black and brown. ‘When you go in,’ Brian Jacob Church told the Guardian, ‘nobody knows what happened to you.’ Video: Phil …

Graves County medical marijuana bust

         GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon reports today that the Drug Division Detectives and Deputies seized, approximately 40 pounds of Hydroponic Medical Grade Marijuana. Redmon stated that the officers conducted the stop during a torrential downpour of rain in the icy conditions, shortly after noon on Saturday. The roadways were …

Jails in Kentucky are overflowing with inmates, but you may not realize many of the inmates are there for profit

  Posted: Feb 09, 2015 3:12 PM CST Updated: Feb 09, 2015 6:00 PM CST By Emily Mieure Connect   The Kentucky Department of Corrections started sending state inmates to local jails in the early 1980s -- the Bullitt County Jail is just one of them. Metro corrections is the largest jail in Kentucky with …

US widens path to clemency for nonviolent federal drug offenders

The new Justice Department clemency guidelines, which apply to inmates who have served 10 years of their sentence, are designed to alleviate racial disparities left over from tough drug laws. By Noelle Swan, Staff writer / April 23, 2014   The US Justice Department Wednesday widened the path to clemency for nonviolent federal drug offenders …

We live in the only country in the world where a child can be sentenced to be in prison until they die

We live in the only country in the world where a child can be sentenced to be in prison until they die. What's worse is that it's not even rare — more than 2,500 people who were sentenced as kids will spend the rest of their lives in prison. Juwan is one of them. He …

Clemency to Jeff Mizanskey: Life without parole for marijuana

This petition will be delivered to:  Missouri, Gov. Jeremiah Nixon Petition by  Chris Mizanskey  Sedalia, MO My father Jeff Mizanskey has been in prison for 20 years and has no possibility of parole. For non-violent, marijuana-only offenses, my father has been sentenced to die in prison because of a "three strikes" mandatory sentencing policy in …