March 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Ian Everhart
Representatives from the Abolitionist Law Center joined JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart to discuss their efforts at reform in the Pennsylvania criminal justice and prison system in this episode. ALC Executive Director Bret Grote and ALC staff attorney Dustin McDaniel shared information about ...[read more]
January 30, 2014
by Sean Gallagher
Representatives from the Abolitionist Law Center joined JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart to discuss their efforts at reform in the Pennsylvania criminal justice and prison system in this episode. ALC Executive Director Bret Grote and ALC staff attorney Dustin McDaniel shared information ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The US War on Drugs started in earnest during the 1970's. The US Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act in 1970, following the spread of recreational drug use during the 1960's and of drug addictions of US soldiers serving in the Vietnam War. Particularly troubled ...[read more]
June 19, 2012
by Jamie Davis
An Illinois man on Monday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois against Bureau County alleging that prison officials in the county denied him necessary HIV medication during his weeklong incarceration. Plaintiff Arick Buckles alleges in his complaint that ...[read more]
February 16, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On February 16, 2010, the state of Florida compensated Leroy McGee, a man wrongly imprisoned for over three years, under the state's Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Compensation Act. McGee received $179,000 under the act, which was established in 2008. Florida is one of 27 US states that allow ...[read more]
December 30, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 30, 2005, the US DIstrict Court for the District of Columbia granted a request by John W. Hinckley, Jr., for seven overnight visits with his parents at their home in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1981, Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan and 3 others outside of the Hilton Hotel in ...[read more]
December 30, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 30, 2010, former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was convicted of two rape charges in Tel Aviv after he rejected an earlier plea bargain. He was found guilty of assaulting a female employee while serving as head of the Tourism Ministry, and two women at his residence during his time as ...[read more]
November 6, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On November 6, 2007, former Illinois Governor George Ryan reported to federal prison to serve a 6 and-a-half year sentence on multiple charges of corruption and fraud in connection with a bribes-for-licenses scandal that occurred during Ryan's term as Illinois Secretary of State. Ryan's ...[read more]
October 2, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On October 2, 2009, a Myanmar court upheld the 18-month house arrest sentence imposed on opposition party leader and pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi was convicted in August 2009 for violating state security laws by allowing American John Yettaw to stay in her home. Suu Kyi ...[read more]

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