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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Jan Diehm

Why It Took 25 Minutes For One Man To Die Of Lethal Injection, And Why It Could Happen Again | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime

Opposition to the death penalty is making it more difficult to execute people in America. Major drug companies have stopped selling several lethal inj...

The Compassionate Executioner

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

How, where and what drugs the executioner can obtain, remain a significant concern as shown by a case in Oklahoma where two executions slated for March have just had to be rescheduled for April. Because of an unfortunate quirk in Oklahoma law, if the executioner is unable to acquire the drugs needed to conduct an execution, the execution may not take place.

Inmate Wins $12,000 In Court Over Filthy Mattress

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut prisoner forced to sleep on a mattress that smelled of mildew and missing much of its stuffing was awarded $12...

America's Invisible and Costly Human Rights Crisis

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.23.2014 | Crime
Ralph Nader

The full extent of the use of solitary confinement is truly alarming -- it is most certainly a human rights abuse and a blight on our national character.

Unclear Future For Executions After Inmate Took 26 Minutes To Die

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and KANTELE FRANKO | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's latest experience with putting an inmate to death raises new question about the ability of states to carry out executio...

Florida Man Sues Police Over Jailhouse Beating

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 11.10.2013 | Crime
Spencer Aronfeld

This week an appellate court upheld a jury verdict in the trial of a Florida man who sued the City of Boynton Beach after he was violently attacked by City police officers while in their custody following his arrest for DUI.

California Prisoner Hunger Strike, Force Feeding, the UN, Catholic Bishops and Jerry Brown

Carole Travis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Carole Travis

The demands of the hunger strikers are reasonable: an end to long-term indefinite solitary confinement, a telephone call now and then, some sunshine, a look at a tree, a bird, classes, the chance to hug their children, grandchildren, wife, mother, friend, group interaction.

The Death Penalty Is Premeditated, Unconstitutional Murder

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.13.2013 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The Supreme Court got it right in 1972. The death penalty does violate the Constitution, because it is cruel and unusual punishment. And here's why.

Should Children Be In Solitary Confinement?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

In a moment when the use of prolonged solitary confinement of youth is under increasing scrutiny around the country, a bill presents California with a critical opportunity to lead the way nationally in increasing access to rehabilitation and reducing harm for our young people.

Man's Extreme Sentence 'Has Got To Be Unconstitutional'

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Miami

(Repeats story from earlier Tuesday) * First offender gets equivalent of life without parole * Case seen as emblematic o...

Is It Just Another Tuesday?

Sonja Sohn | Posted 05.20.2012 | Crime
Sonja Sohn

Today the Supreme Court hears the cases of two young men who were sentenced to die in prison as 14-year-old children. The Court should find that young people sentenced to life without parole as children cannot be deemed beyond hope of rehabilitation. Kids can, and do, change.

Mike Sacks

Clarence Thomas' Questions, Part 3: The Myth of Scalia's Puppet Is Quashed As Quickly As It's Created | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Twenty years ago this month, Justice Clarence Thomas appeared for the first time on the bench for oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Out of the cas...

Laura Gottesdiener

Inside 30 Years Of California's Disastrous Punitive Prison Legislation | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 07.27.2011 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK -- Since 1977, California’s prison system, one of the most punitive in the country, has been built on the belief that a man like Shawn Vasq...

Court Sides With Kids Sentenced to Life in Epic Battle Over Our Constitutional Rights

Chris Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Cassidy

The ruling is a rare and welcome bright spot from the Roberts Court, which is prone to siding with the government and corporations against individuals asserting their constitutional rights.

No More Life Without Parole - It's About Time

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Reginald Dwayne Betts My story was in...

Louisiana Sues 84 Death Row Inmates To Stop Lethal Injection Suit

SolitaryWatch | James Ridgeway And Jean Casella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections last Friday sued every inmate on death row, in an effort to block any one of them from chall...

U.S. Shouldn't Jail Youth For Life

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

How the Supreme Court rules in two cases concerning juvenile incarceration could determine whether sentencing juveniles to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment.

Does a Botched Execution Constitute Double Jeopardy?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Despite our personal desire for vengeance and punishment, it should not be the function or policy of the government to impose the death penalty.

Torture, American-Style

Anne-Marie Cusac | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anne-Marie Cusac

What astonished me was not the Abu Ghraib torture, but the public's shock and dismay. How could people be so surprised when so many of the same practices had already happened here?

Masking Justice, Supreme Court Style

Andrew Gumbel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Gumbel

Shame on the Supreme Court for preferring to inhabit their cocoon of respectability on lethal injections -- justice masked by legalese -- than to face the facts.