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Colorado Abolishes Prison Slavery in Huge Win for Prisoners Rights | Fortune
Colorado voted overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing slavery and forced servitude as punishment for a crime, more than 150 years after the U.S. Constitution ratified the 13th Amendment.

Language still exists to allow forced servitude as punishment in more than a dozen state constitutions, including Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Before voters went to the polls in Colorado on Tuesday, the state constitution included a passage that reads: “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

Last night, with 95% of Colorado counties reporting results, the anti-slavery measure Amendment A had the support of 65% of voters. It needed just 55% support to become law, the Denver Post reported.
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Opinion | The Newest Jim Crow - The New York Times
what’s taking the place of cash bail may prove even worse in the long run. In California, a presumption of detention will effectively replace eligibility for immediate release when the new law takes effect in October 2019. And increasingly, computer algorithms are helping to determine who should be caged and who should be set “free.”..mass incarceration itself was unimaginable just 40 years ago and that it was born partly out of well-intentioned reforms — chief among them mandatory sentencing laws that liberal proponents predicted would reduce racial disparities
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3 days ago by jomc
Communicating While Queer Is Being Punished in Prison - The Appeal
According to the lawsuit, 11 prisons censored and refused mail from Black and Pink Chicago on over 200 occasions since 2016. The DOC’s censorship of Black and Pink material is part of a wider pattern of discrimination against LGBTQ people, the attorneys said.

“LGBTQ prisoners are isolated in prison … I mean everybody is isolated in prison, but it’s isolation within isolation,” Alan Mills, executive director of Uptown People’s Law Center, told The Appeal. “Therefore, the ability to communicate with people on the outside and know that they have supporters, know that they are not alone in there, is absolutely vital.”
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3 days ago by adegru
janice_lester | 5 useful lessons Kirk learned from unlikely people, and one he still hasn't quite got despite everyone's best efforts
The dude was old. Like, older than Principal McMillan old. Like, probably remembered World War III old. And dirty. And with the look of the career offender about him. Exactly the sort of old codger dear mommy wouldn’t want him “associating” with. Accordingly, Jimmy Kirk picked this guy out of all of his current cellmates to strike up a conversation with.

“First time?” said the old man, without much interest.

“No,” Jimmy said, not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed about this not being his first time in police lockup overnight. “They kinda let me off with a warning the other times, though. I don’t think that’s the plan this time.” Despite himself, he hugged his knees and thought I wanna go home.

A rough, wrinkled hand patted his arm. “You can survive juvey, if you have to, trust me, I know. Best to avoid it, though. So, at your arraignment, you gotta give ‘em what they want.”

“Remorse?”

A snort. “Some of that, yup. But you can’t lay it on too thick. You also have to give them a healthy dose of what they expect. You can’t claim to have seen the errors of your ways overnight, they have to see you as someone who still needs work but who can be worked on. So you scuff your shoes against the carpet, you avoid eye contact or you glare, you keep your answers short and mulish. But you let them see that underneath you’re a good kid, someone worth saving. That make sense to you?”

Jimmy thought about it a while. “I think so. I think so.”
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