Joseph Shapiro

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Lawsuit Says Lewisburg Prison Counsels Prisoners With Crossword Puzzles

Thursday, June 15, 2017

At a notorious federal prison, inmates with mental illness are taken off their medications and given coloring books and crossword puzzles for therapy, according to a lawsuit filed this month.

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How One Inmate Changed The Prison System From The Inside

Friday, April 14, 2017

The abbreviated story of Martin Sostre, a revolutionary prisoner who challenged and changed the American prison system from his cell in solitary confinement.

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Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else'

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The activist campaigned to change rules, so that people with disabilities could get nursing care and other support at home past the age of 21, and get married without losing Medicaid benefits.

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National Panel Advises Judges On People Who Can't Pay Court Fees

Friday, February 03, 2017

Jurisdictions around the country are receiving guidelines that urge courts find alternatives to jail for defendants who can't pay fines linked to minor, nonviolent offenses such as traffic tickets.

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37 Civil Rights Groups Seek Investigation Into 'Torture' At Lewisburg Prison

Monday, November 28, 2016

They are asking the Department of Justice for action after NPR and The Marshall Project "uncovered harrowing allegations of abuse and torture" inside the prison.

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Solitary Confinement Methods Often Lead To Violence At Lewisburg Prison

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa., is one of the toughest, most violent prisons in America, where inmate-on-inmate assaults are common — and sometimes deadly.

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Inside Lewisburg Prison: A Choice Between A Violent Cellmate Or Shackles

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

At one of the toughest prisons in America, doubling up inmates in cells designed for solitary confinement can lead to violence, and for some who refuse a cellmate, handcuffs and chains.

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Bombing Suspect Spent Time In Afghanistan And Had Money Trouble

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami, suspected in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was sued in small claims court in 2012 and was evicted from an apartment in 2013.

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Suspect's Motive Unclear In New York, New Jersey Bombings

Monday, September 19, 2016

NPR has the latest on what we know about Ahmad Kahn Rahami, the suspect arrested in connection with the bombings over the weekend in New York and New Jersey.

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Court Documents Detail Rahami Family's Dispute With Elizabeth, N.J.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami's family owned a restaurant in Elizabeth and had sued the city claiming anti-Muslim harassment. Rahami is wanted in connection with explosives found in New Jersey and Manhattan.

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Person Of Interest In N.Y.-Area Bombs Tied To Family Restaurant In N.J.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The investigation into this weekend's explosions in New York City and New Jersey continues. Law enforcement are looking for a man who they say is connected to both incidents.

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Videos Make Everyone A Witness To Police Shootings

Friday, July 08, 2016

News of police shootings is all over our social media feeds and on TV. There seem to be a lot of them. But are there really more now, or were we just not paying attention?

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Court Fines And Fees Almost Delay Homecoming For Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Davontae Sanford spent nearly nine years in prison for crimes he never committed. But his release was almost stopped because of an unpaid bill he owed for his public defender.

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Colorado Springs Will Stop Jailing People Too Poor To Pay Court Fines

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Colorado city and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado have announced a settlement that will end the practice. The city will even give payouts to people who were wrongly sent to jail.

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Colorado Springs Agrees To Stop Jailing People Too Poor To Pay Court Fines

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The ACLU of Colorado last year discovered nearly 800 cases where people had gone to jail in Colorado Springs when they couldn't pay their tickets for minor violations. Most were homeless.

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Doubling Up Prisoners In 'Solitary' Creates Deadly Consequences

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Imagine living in a cell smaller than a parking space or a king-size mattress. Now add a roommate. The result for some inmates forced to live together in solitary can be murder.

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White House Gathers Lawmakers And Judges To Solve Steep Court Fees

Thursday, December 03, 2015

For the poor, a court fine — for a minor infraction like a traffic ticket — can be much more difficult to pay than for the rich. The White House brought together a group to talk about solutions.

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Lawsuits Target 'Debtors' Prisons' Across the Country

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Civil rights lawyers are challenging the use of court fines and fees against people who can't afford to pay. This week's ACLU suit against Biloxi, Miss., is the sixth such case since September.

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ACLU Sues Benton County, Wash., For Operating 'Modern-Day Debtors Prison'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

After years of drug addiction, Jayne Fuentes feels she's close to getting her life back on track, as long as she doesn't get arrested again — but not for using drugs. She fears it will be because she still owes court fines and fees, including hundreds of dollars for her ...

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Ferguson, Mo., Judge Withdraws Thousands Of Arrest Warrants

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A judge in Ferguson, Mo., has announced he will withdraw thousands of arrest warrants for unpaid traffic violations and other minor offenses. But it may be just a start on reform in St. Louis County and around the country.

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