Another False Confession Cleared by DNA

By BitcoDavid The New York Times, on January 3rd, reported on the case of Joseph A. Buffey. Eleven years ago, Buffy was sentenced to 70 years for the robbery and rape of an 83 year old woman. According to the Times, Buffey confessed to the crime, but DNA tests prove his innocence. In fact, Buffey […]

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Yoga in Prison – a NYT Slideshow

By BitcoDavid The New York Times did a photo-essay on the burgeoning trend of teaching yoga to inmates, as an attempt at corralling the recidivism problem. Even though states’ spending on corrections has quadrupled during the past two decades, to $52 billion, the rate of recidivism has remained stubbornly high, with roughly four in 10 […]

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What’s Going On?

By BitcoDavid Well, I’m feeling pretty good about myself. Today, December 19th, the New York Times reported on the city of Oaxaca, Mexico’s use of Deaf officers to monitor the city’s surveillance cameras. But DeafInPrison.com reported on this story on Oct. 25. That’s right. The Gray Lady – the paper that broke Watergate and the […]

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A Plea for Sanity

By BitcoDavid As writers, we become sensitive to certain words and phrases. Just ask me to go 12 rounds on the word folks, and you’ll see what I mean. One phrase that is increasingly starting to bother me is prison industry. It’s a sad commentary on the state of our union when we have to […]

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Prison News Update

By BitcoDavid I’ve been swamped and working hard on getting caught up on videos and other projects, which I know you’ve been waiting for. Trust me, they’re coming. But I wanted to get a post up here, which will bring you up to speed on some of what’s going on within the prison system. On […]

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George Whitmore Dead at 68

George Whitmore died in anonymity and poverty, at the age of 68. In 1963, Whitmore was wrongfully convicted in the double homicide of Janice Wylie, 21 – a magazine editor, and Emily Hoffert, 23 – a schoolteacher. He was 19 years old. The interrogation by a group of all-White detectives lasted 22 hours. Whitmore, a […]

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New York Times’ coverage of Terry Williams’ case

    On Sept. 13th, we posted an e-mail from Change.org that told the story of Terrence Williams, the Pennsylvania death row inmate, scheduled for execution on Oct. 3rd. Williams was found guilty of murdering the men who had continuously raped him since his early teens.   Here’s the link to the New York Times […]

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A Suicide In Prison

Individuals who are coping with mental Illness are in need of treatment not incarceration and isolation. Isolation can lead to suicide.That is what happened to William Goetzee, Coast Guard officer who was locked up and not properly supervised. He committed suicide in a New Orleans prison. Among the areas that the Justice Department has focused […]

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July at DeafInPrison.com

Here’s the monthly update for July. It’s been a busy but rewarding month, and I hope you enjoy this roundup. Click on the link below, to open the PDF file. July at DeafInPrison

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Four Links

Perhaps slightly off topic, but I wanted to share these stories with you. –BitcoDavid 50th Anniversary of the escape from Alcatraz. The New York Times posted two excellent pieces on this milestone in Criminal Justice History. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/us/anniversary-of-a-mystery-at-alcatraz.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23_20120610 And the accompanying slide show. http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/06/09/us/20120610_alcatraz.html More on solitary confinement from Truthout. http://truth-out.org/news/item/9673-everything-legal-is-not-moral-why-were-taking-solitary-confinement-to-court AlterNet discusses the trend towards […]

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