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Prison Strikes Spread Nationwide, say Reports

The planned 19-day strike, the first such nationwide action in the U.S. in two years, appears to be gathering traction, according to unconfirmed reports. Organizers hope to bring to public attention the spate of deaths in custody as well as what they say are inhumane living conditions.

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Inmates in 17 States Plan Protest Over ‘Modern Slavery’ Prison Conditions

The inmates say they are protesting exploitative labor practices in correctional facilities. “Every single field and industry is affected on some level by prisons, from our license plates to the fast food that we eat, to the stores that we shop at,” said spokesperson Amani Sawari, adding that Americans “need to recognize how we are supporting the prison industrial complex through the dollars that we spend.”

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Trapped: How Fee-Based GPS Monitoring Puts a ‘Price Tag on Freedom’

William Edwards, released from jail with a GPS tracking device that he has to pay for, is one of thousands of poor defendants left at the mercy of an ‘E-carceration” system increasingly run by for-profit services, writes an attorney who is leading a class action lawsuit combating the practice.

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A ‘Holistic’ Approach to Wrongful Convictions

The “piecemeal” approach by state and federal court approach to addressing trial-level errors fails to account for the complex ways that seemingly independent errors interact with one another, writes a professor at the Northeastern University School of Law.