“I Won’t Back Down” – My Theme Song. kra

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality, Prison Abuse, Take Action Now!, War on Drugs | Comments

I remember when our criminal justice system worked well. There was time to have proper trials. There were nearly zero wrongful convictions. Our prison population was about 338,000 (now over 2.1 million). That was 1973, the year I graduated from law school. That was before the “war on drugs” got ramped up. That was 45 years ago; that is how long it has taken us to create the dysfunctional justice system seen in America today. Nixon...

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38 NC jail inmates have died this year. Nearly half involved lack of supervision.

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Featured, Mental Illness, Other Issues, Prison Abuse, War on Drugs | Comments

Ken’s Comments:   Inmates are killed by prison stall every day in America, either by outright murder – usually by beating – or from medical neglect. If you don’t think so, subscribe to our newsletter or to Prison Legal News’ newsletter and learn what really goes on in our prisons. “In Long’s case and 17 others, state investigators found problems with inmate supervision”.  No shit, Sherlock! As I...

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He sought help to get off heroin. He ended up paralyzed in jail, and then dead. Not a Rare Case! kra

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Featured, Prison Abuse, War on Drugs | Comments

Ken’s Comments:   You know that I get so many articles about prison abuse that I can post only a small fraction of them. The most outrageous, of course, are the senseless deaths, like the death of Joel, the son of my new friend Christine Kerscher. We will be seeking justice for Christine and Joel. Here is another one. There are several articles here too about addicts dying in prison because the prison intake systems are so deficient...

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“Why is it so Hard?” “Why Should it be so Hard?” We Must Ask This Question More Often! – With Letter to the Editor kra

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality, Prison Abuse, War on Drugs | Comments

“Why is it so Hard?” “Why Should it be so Hard?” These are the words Christine spoke to me, through tears, when I called her tonight to wish her a Merry Christmas. Hell, I know, and knew as I called her that her Christmas cannot possibly be merry. None ever will be again. You see, Christine is a mother who contacted me a several months ago (soon after the death), because her son, J, only 44, died in August of this year...

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Good News! Our Officials are Starting to Get the Message – Policies are Changing! Letter to the Editor kra

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs | Comments

In preparing my Letter to the Editor,  I called my friend, Judy Smith at the Board of Pardons, to get the actual numbers. Astonishingly (I mean this is an incredible departure of their practice of “deny, deny, deny”!) 39 out of 40 Applications for a Pardon were recommended to the governor for approval. Of the 11 inmates who applied for a commutation (sentence reduction – early release), three were granted (the three men whom...

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WeedWeek for the Week of 12/16/17 = ALL the Pot News!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in Backgress - Sessions, Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs | Comments

Business, Politics, Criminal Justice, Health and Science … WeedWeek covers these topics and more with about 100 articles every week! Alex does a tremendous job, making it THE source for news about marijuana laws and policies. Each week there are several great articles I would like to highlight here, but time is my constraint. This week I highlight TWO:   The Myth of the Playground Pusher – In Tennessee and around the country,...

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