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If They Lock Me Up, Call My Attorney: The Culture of Retaliation in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a long and colorful history of retaliating against inmates for the exercise of their legal rights. Over the years, I have learned to expect the worst when dealing with these officials. This desensitization occurs, in the literal as well as the figurative sense.

Ryan J. Reilly

An Obscure Commission Just Voted To Shorten The Sentences Of 46,000 Federal Drug Offenders

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday afternoon voted unanimously to allow federal prisoners behind bars for certain drug trafficking...

Ryan J. Reilly

ACLU Report Reveals Immigrant Abuse In 'Shadow' Private Federal Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was December 2010, and officials who ran the nation's federal prisons had a dilemma. They weren't sure if they should renew a contrac...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring matc...

Four Years After the Blowout... Has Anything Changed?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Beyond the obvious effects of this massive oil spill, and the ongoing court battle between the government, plaintiffs, and BP, the question needs to be asked: After the worst offshore blowout in US history, did we learn anything?

Ryan J. Reilly

America's Top Prison Official Doesn't Know How Big A Prison Cell Is (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a tough moment for Charles Samuels, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At a hearing on solitary confinement befo...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Orange Is The New Black' Author Sounds Off On Solitary Confinement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Orange Is The New Black author Piper Kerman, whose book on her stay in a federal women's prison was adapted into a popular Netflix serie...

Is There a Limit to the Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid?

Paul Polak | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Paul Polak

Co-authored with Mal Warwick It's a rare honor for an author's work to be addressed in the pages of Foreign Policy magazine, as is The Business Solut...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Prison Population Too Big To Employ Even A Quarter Of Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal prison population has grown so large that the federal Bureau of Prisons can no longer reasonably expect to meet its goal of ...

Renewable Energy Vital for Myanmar's Development

Simon Henschel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Simon Henschel

How will Myanmar be able to increase its electrification rates in a way that can first catch up and then keep pace with the country's rapid development?

Scaling Up Social Innovation - Lessons Learned

Sameer Hajee | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Sameer Hajee

In 2012, after 3 years of improving our technology and our business model, we finally started to scale beyond the pilot.

Ryan J. Reilly

Sick Inmates Have Died Waiting For Release Due To Program's Mismanagement, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The mismanagement of the Bureau of Prisons' compassionate release program has resulted in terminally ill inmates dying before their requ...

Court Documents Prove I was Sent to Communication Management Units (CMU) for my Political Speech

Daniel McGowan | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Daniel McGowan

Through discovery in my case, the federal government has finally been forced to hand over previously-unseen memoranda explaining why I was picked out to be transferred to an experimental segregation unit, opened under the Bush Administration.

Seeding Startups at the Base of India's Pyramid

David Bank | Posted 01.03.2013 | Business
David Bank

A team of technology veterans has raised $8 million for one of the first funds making early-stage investments in companies meeting the basic needs of ...

Shell Begins Drilling in the Chukchi Sea: The Details and the Risks

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 11.10.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

There are many questions to be asked about why our demand for hydrocarbon-based fuels is so great that we are now drilling for hydrocarbons in some of the most harsh conditions in the world.

What Social Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Aung San Suu Kyi

Mark Joaquin Ruiz | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Mark Joaquin Ruiz

"The Lady", as she is reverently and affectionately known, tackled her current thoughts, strategies, and actions for her country Myanmar.

License to Abuse? Time for Bureau of Prisons to Sever Ties With CCA

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

The Corrections Corporation of America has failed in its obligation to run Georgia's McRae Correctional Facility in a manner comporting with basic human dignity.

Immigration Detention: The Golden Goose for Private Prisons

Amnesty International | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

Imprisoning immigrants should not be a golden goose for private corporations,

A Year After the BP Blowout: What We've Learned. And Haven't.

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Today marks the first anniversary of the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the US. But, unfortunately, most Americans, including our politicians, are suffering from collective amnesia about that tragic event.

Back to Square One? BOP Investigator Admits to Key Error in Report

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.05.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

The project manager for Det Norske Veritas, the company who led the investigation of the BOP, admitted an error in the computer model they used to determine the cause of failure of the BOP during the BP well blowout last April.

Tests on BP Well Blowout Preventer Confirm Redesign a Necessity

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

The US government is currently issuing permits to drill knowing full well that operators are using blowout preventers that are insufficiently designed to shut in blown out deepwater wells.

What a Surprise. BP Disputes Flow Rate Estimates

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

You'll recall that all during the summer I talked about BP's number one goal with its blowout well: getting it shut in without measuring the flow.&nbs...

BP's Internal Report Doesn't Hold Up Under Academy Scrutiny

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

As opposed to the National Academy Engineering panel, the president's panel continues to focus on investigating what happened environmentally after the blowout as opposed to seeking out the actual causes of the blowout.

BP's Fishing Folly is a Complete Failure

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Admiral Allen announced today that BP's fishing job being undertaken on their Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well has been called off due to total failu...

Jason Linkins

Optimistic Talk On Gulf Spill, But Oil Remains A Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Back in late July, after a summer of struggle, the underwater oil spill caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig was finally capped. And then, something wonderful and miraculous happened! The media started remarking that all of the millions of gallons of oil that poured into the Gulf of Mexico just disappeared! Raptured up into Oil Heaven, even! Except: not. But that's not stopped the administration from taking the line that the oil's disappearance is unalloyed good news, and that it's safe for the bon temps to roulez once more.