Tagged: Prisons

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AP: Many Sex Offenders Killed in California Prison

The AP has a new article about the disproportionate murder rate of incarcerated sex offenders. This is definitely worth a read, exposing the unique, often violent, challenges those accused or convicted of sex crimes face in the criminal justice system. Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard...

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Gay Shame Sanctioned “Prison of Love” Party Protest Results in 3 Arrests

From the words of Gay Shame: Here are some other links related to the events, and some more context for the protest below: Exclusive: Protesters From Prison-Themed Party At Armory Released Pending Further Investigation The Gay Shame 3 are out — and questioning Kink.com’s version of events Gay Shame Facebook Page

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Bitch Media: Letters Reveal the Lives of Transgender Women in Prison

From Bitch Media, a great print and online resource for critical thought about feminism from a queer-inclusive perspective.  It’s great to see that they are speaking about incarcerated transgender women, among the most silenced populations. Last August, the Army private now known as Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in...

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How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

In 2005, when Danny was 17 years old, he began dating a 16-year-old boy. Like many teenage romances, this one did not end well — but not for the reasons you might expect. When the 16-year-old’s parents found out about the relationship, they blamed Danny for “turning their son gay,”...

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Video: Mass Incarceration in the US

This animation eloquently and concisely explains the complex economic, social, and political issues that contribute to American mass incarceration.  As the video states, the US has 4% of the word population, yet has 25% of the world prison population.  Rapid prison expansion feeds off of faulty legislation in a number...

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The Huffington Post: Judge OKs Transgender Inmate’s Hormone Treatments

Transgender citizens in confinement must deal with a host of issues, and one major roadblock can be continuing hormone therapy while incarcerated.  Discrimination against trans* folk is especially bad in jail and prison environments, with many hormones denied through arbitrary and unofficial pathways.  Being denied hormones can cause physical and...

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The Huffington Post: Putting Prisons on the LGBT Agenda

This is a great article by Harper Jean Tobin of  The National Center for Transgender Equality on how queers, and particularly trans* folk, have been an continue to be uniquely affected by the criminal justice system.  As we at CSJ firmly believe, the mainstream gay advocates in power right now...

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New York Times: Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail

The New York Times on the ways in which jails and prisons have become de-facto mental hospitals.  Mental illness needs to be decriminalized, and this article shows the devastating effects of bad policy. The largest mental health center in America is a huge compound here in Chicago, with thousands of...