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New Federal Prison Policies May Put Books and Email on Ice

Lauren Gill In Justice Today
New Bureau of Prisons policies will make it harder and more expensive for federal inmates to receive books through the mail. In addition, another new policy will limit inmate access to people outside through the prison email system.

The 'Slave Power' Behind Florida's Felon Disenfranchisement

Garrett Epps The Atlantic
Even though ex-felons do not have a “right” to vote the arbitrariness and potential bias of the restoration process offend “two First Amendment rights; namely, free association and free expression.”

Arkansas Judge Moves to Block Executions

Alan Blinder New York Times
Four companies have publicly raised concerns about how the Arkansas Department of Correction came to stockpile the drugs for its lethal injection cocktail — midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride — but only the McKesson Corporation, the drug distributor that ranks fifth on the Fortune 500 list of companies, made an explicit allegation of deception.

Arkansas Plans to Execute Seven People This Month, Continuing Long Tradition of Assembly-Line Killing

Liliana Segura The Intercept
For all the insistence from states and the courts that the drug is appropriate for executions, the man who created midazolam is disturbed that his invention has been adopted for lethal injection. “I didn’t make it for that purpose,” he recently told the New York Times. Anesthesiologist David Lubarsky, one of the original authors of the 2005 Lancet study, warns that the drug is “a very poor choice” for lethal injection.

Double Punishment: After Prison, Moms Face Legal Battles to Reunite With Kids

Victoria Law Truthout
This story is the first in a new Truthout series, Severed Ties: The Human Toll of Prisons. This series will dive deeply into the impact of incarceration on families, loved ones and communities, demonstrating how the United States' incarceration of more than 2 million people also harms many millions more -- including 2.7 million children.

Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

Kathy Roberts Forde, Bryan Bowman The Conversation
The exploitation of Black convict labor by the penal system and industrialists was central to southern politics and economics of the era. It was a carefully crafted answer to Black progress during Reconstruction – highly visible and widely known.

Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

Kathy Roberts Forde and Bryan Bowman The Conversation
As W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, the “slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.” According to Douglas Blackmon, author of “Slavery by Another Name,” the choices made by Southern white supremacists after abolition, and the rest of the country’s accommodation, “explain more about the current state of American life, black and white, than the antebellum slavery that preceded.”

The True Cost of California’s Proposition 47

Nell Bernstein Equal Voice News
The tide is beginning to turn on criminal justice. California is again setting the national tone, first by rolling back juvenile incarceration at unprecedented rates and now, through the same ballot initiative system that ushered in those extreme sentences, by passing voter-driven laws to roll back those laws and clean up the damage they created.
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