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The Queer, Feminist and Trans Politics of Prison Abolition

A friend sent this to me over the weekend. The report is UK-based and a few years old, but the information is (sadly) still valid today.

The pdf can be read here: http://prisonercorrespondenceproject.com/QFT_prison_abolition_full.pdf

Human Rights Coalition interview with Lynne Stewart

Political Prisoner, Lynne Stewart, was interviewed by mail by Patricia Vickers, a founding member of the Human Rights Coalition (HRC) of Pennsylvania. Below is an excerpt from the interview:
Human Rights Coalition: What are some of the human rights violations that you see happening in the U.S. today that we, the people, need to eliminate?

Lynne Stewart: The most egregious and obvious violations are occurring in the prison system.

Petition to help Katherine Telemachos see the ocean before she dies

Katherine Telemachos is currently serving a life sentence at Broward Correctional Institution, and is terminally ill. We are seeking a conditional medical release from the parole board and we are certain that once you read her story, you will want to help us in making this happen.

Katherine has had a very hard life. Originally from South Florida, she was born with a terminal liver disease and in 1981 she became the youngest girl in the US to receive an experimental liver transplant at the age of 10 years old.

Katherine’s health remained stable for a few years.

Jury awards damages to Tenn. woman shackled during labor

USA TODAY US Edition
The Associated Press Contributing: Brian Haas of The Tennessean in Nashville

NY court reinstates prison sex abuse lawsuit

from The Wall Street Journal on-line:

NY court reinstates prison sex abuse suit
AUGUST 22, 2011

VA DOC planning to implement regulations to prohibit shackling pregnant women prisoners

The Virginia Department of Corrections is planning to implement regulations to prohibit the shackling of pregnant inmates in Virginia’s prisons. The regulation is modeled after legislation (HB 1488) introduced by Delegate Patrick A.

Prisoner at Muncy (PA) Torn During Vaginal Exam

from Pennsylvania Prison Report:

Elyse Wilson, a prisoner at SCI Muncy, reports pain and frustration from two tears on her vagina that she received during an annual exam with DOC gynecologist Dr. Rodriguez. Wilson reports that Rodriguez "opened her vagina like someone would open a potato chip bag", triggering past experiences of rape and causing her to scream and tear up. Wilson requested the exam after problems with urination, which she suspected, meant a prolapsed bladder.

Rev Joy Powell sentence

On August 1, 2011, Reverend Joy Powell was sentenced to 25 years to life. She is planningto appeal, with a different lawyer (her last court appointed attorney only visited her twice in 2 years). The judge and DA claimed she "did not help them solve the case." Below is Rev Joy's statement:

"Your honor, with all due respect, I know the court is going to expect me to express remorse for the crime which I have been convicted of. However, I have been wrongly convicted and what has happened to me is a gross miscarriage of Justice.

A few books may help female inmates stay out of prison

The San Francisco Gate recently published a story on the deplorable state of the prison library at the Central California Women's Facility:
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a three-judge federal court order last month requiring California to reduce its prison population in two years. Each year, it costs taxpayers about $48,000 to keep a woman incarcerated in the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla. And what do we get for our investment? Not rehabilitation.

four women who should be out of California prisons

The Supreme Court recently ruled that California has to reduce the number of state prisoners by at least 30,000, in response to overcrowding.

Here's one (of many) way(s) that California can do so: Release the people inside who clearly clearly clearly do not need to be inside prison!

The California Coalition for Women Prisoners has petitions up for 4 women who have been found eligible for parole but are awaiting the governor's approval.

Elizabeth Dial has spent 11 years in prison and is up for parole for a third time.

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