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Private prison proposal defeated in Florida

Breaking ranks with their GOP leadership, 10 Republican state senators voted with Democrats to defeat prison privatizing SB 2038.

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Prison privatization efforts stall in Florida

Stiff opposition and a divided Florida chamber have temporarily halted a move to privatize 27 prisons in South Florida.

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California inmates resume hunger strike

"This is the largest prisoner strike of any kind in recent US history," says Ron Ahnen of California Prison Focus.

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West Memphis Three freed, but they still seek justice

In 1994, three young men in West Memphis, Ark. were wrongfully tried and convicted of the 1993 murder of three boys. Last week the trio were set free.

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Hunger strike continues in Calif. prisons

Thousands of California state prison inmates have been conducting a hunger strike since July 1, protesting harsh conditions many observers say amount to torture.

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Supreme Court rules Calif. must reduce inmates

After a long court battle, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, on May 23 that California must lower its prison population by tens of thousands in the next two years, so the state can provide decent health care for those who remain.

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Groups launch effort to prevent execution of Troy Davis

Civil rights groups have launched a final effort to prevent the state of Georgia from executing death row inmate Troy Davis.

Cuba Five prisoner paintings on exhibit in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine - Noted actress and dedicated political activist Vinie Burrows helped open an exhibition of paintings by Cuban Five political prisoner Antonio Guerrero on January 19 at the University of Southern Maine Library.

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Thousands of Georgia inmates stage peaceful strike

Thousands of inmates in at least seven prisons across the state of Georgia staged a one-day peaceful protest in the form of a strike for their human rights, Dec. 9. The action is aimed at the Georgia Department of Corrections and is being called the biggest prisoner strike in recent U.S. history.

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Supreme Court hears case for Calif. prisoners' rights

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Nov. 30 in the long legal battle over the rights of California prison inmates to decent health care.

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