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JPI Daily News Digest 12/12/2012

National: How Private Prisons Profit From the Criminalization of Immigrants (Counter Punch)
How a nation uses its power to deny a person’s freedom has always been a critical measure of authoritarian rule. Massive incarceration based on race, ethnic origin or nationality, political beliefs, class, sexual orientation, age or other inherent characteristics is a form of tyranny.

Washington, DC: Ending the School-To-Prison Pipeline (Alliance for Excellent Education)
On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a hearing on “Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” a critical issue that the nation must address if it is to end the cycle of poverty and disenfranchisement that the education system itself is intended to disrupt.

FL: For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars (NY Times)
Stephanie George and Judge Roger Vinson had quite different opinions about the lockbox seized by the police from her home in Pensacola. She insisted she had no idea that a former boyfriend had hidden it in her attic. Judge Vinson considered the lockbox, containing a half-kilogram of cocaine, to be evidence of her guilt.

LA: Louisiana Prison Phone Rates (KTBS)
On December 12th the chairman and vice chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission will again ask their colleagues to lower rates for telephone calls between Louisiana prison inmates and their families.

FL: Corrections Department Appeals Prison Health Ruling  (North Escambia)
The Florida Department of Corrections has moved forward quickly with an appeal of a circuit judge’s ruling last week that blocked a plan to privatize prison health services in the central and northern parts of the state.

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