Prison officials say that Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell after hanging himself early Wednesday morning. Hernandez, the former NFL star who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted just a few days ago for a double murder in 2012.
Bayview Correctional Facility was once a very dangerous women’s prison in New York. Records show that it once had the highest number of staff sexual assaults in the country.
Now that it’s been closed, the building is going to be used as a safe haven for women’s a girl’s rights organizers, some of which were once inhabitants of the prison.
Despite how many feel, inmates in the penal system are still human beings and have rights. Quality medical care that prevents them from dying should undoubtedly be one of those. As evidence of this, Mumia Abu-Jamal will begin receiving hepatitis C treatment.
Dylann Roof will receive a life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering nine Black victims in South Carolina’s historic Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Doing so will prevent him and, most importantly, the victims’ families from having to endure a second trial to sentence him to the death penalty.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent helped Andrew Leander Wilson return to his family after spending 32 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. More recently, they’ve helped another innocent man be released after serving 20 years of a life sentence.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Marco Contreras finally gained his freedom from Calipatria State Prison with the help of Ricardo Perez.
Andrew Leander Wilson walked out of prison after giving 32 years of his life to a justice system that failed him. However, he wasn’t angry and smiled as he spoke on the relief of being released.
On February 17, 2005, New York City transit workers stumbled across two suspicious garbage bags beside the train tracks at the Nostrand Avenue stop in Brooklyn. The bags were filled with the remains of a dismembered 19-year-old queer Black man, Rashawn Brazell, who was supposed to meet with his mother for lunch that Valentine’s Day but never showed up.
While details are still sparse, news is slowly being released about what exactly happened in a Delaware men’s prison where four Department of Corrections officers were held hostage and one was killed.
The prison strike that’s been occurring across the country still hasn’t been picked up by major news sources despite the major impact it could have on the justice system. Perhaps that will change now that the Department of Justice has gotten involved.
The DOJ has released a statement saying that they’ll be investigating the conditions in all of Alabama’s state prisons, including the W.C. Holman Correctional Facility, which was where inmates held a work strike and an entire shift’s worth of corrections officers didn’t show up one day.
Prison inmates across the country have been going on strike against unfair labor practices that closely – or completely – resemble slavery. The movement has now reached a new level as guards at an Alabama prison joined in by not coming in for an entire shift.