Brian Sonenstein
Brian Sonenstein
Brian Sonenstein is an independent journalist and editor living in Portland, Maine. He is one of the founders of Shadowproof and a co-host of the Beyond Prisons podcast. Brian is a former local criminal justice columnist for Maine’s Portland Phoenix and was an associate publisher for the independent news and activism website Firedoglake. His work has been published in outlets such as Solitary Watch, Prison Legal News, Truthout, and SF Bay View.Source
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Number Of People Incarcerated In U.S. Is Far Higher Than 2.5 Million

Number Of People Incarcerated In U.S. Is Far Higher Than 2.5 Million

The most popular statistic regarding the United States’ prison system is that there are 2.5 million people incarcerated. However, this figure significantly under-represents the number of people caged in this country each year.According to a released by the Prison Policy Initiative, at least 4.9 million people are arrested and jailed each year. Those individuals are disproportionately poor, Black, and lack access to education and health care.Researchers say the 4.9 million figure represents a minimum estimate, as data on arrests and incarceration in the U.S. are woefully inadequate at every...

August 28, 2019
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Obama Deported Twice As Many People Under Same Program As Trump

Obama Deported Twice As Many People Under Same Program As Trump

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein about a bill she introduced, which would prohibit the federal government from separating immigrant children from their families during arrests at ports of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States.As he asked his question, Tapper brought up a photo taken in 2014 of children sleeping on the floor of a cage at an immigrant detention center.“There were a lot of things done to undocumented immigrants that the immigrant community was very upset about during the Obama years, that Democrats didn’t seem that outspoken...

September 7, 2019
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Greyhound therapy Archives - Shadowproof

Greyhound therapy Archives - Shadowproof

A local police chief and an officer in Carrollton County, Kentucky, were indicted by a grand jury this week after allegedly placing a 31-year-old mentally ill inmate on a bus to Florida instead of taking him to the hospital for a court-ordered psychological evaluation. Attorney General for the state of Kentucky Jack Conway said in a press release today that officers Ronald Dickow and Michael Willhoite were indicted on charges of kidnapping and official misconduct.

January 21, 2021
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William Kissinger Archives - Shadowproof

William Kissinger Archives - Shadowproof

An incarcerated man at the Angola Prison in Louisiana sued prison officials for throwing him in solitary confinement and denying him due process in retaliation for speaking to a journalist at the local Baton Rouge Advocate. William Kissinger, imprisoned at Angola for over 27 years, should be considered a “model prisoner”

January 19, 2021
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Pelican Bay Archives - Shadowproof

Pelican Bay Archives - Shadowproof

California has agreed to restrict the use of long-term solitary confinement in a settlement agreement filed in federal court this week. Restrictions are expected to reduce the number of inmates in isolation, cap the number of continuous years an inmate can spend in solitary confinement to five, and establish measures by which inmates can more easily achieve release back to general population.

January 18, 2021
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prison Archives - Page 5 of 5 - Shadowproof

prison Archives - Page 5 of 5 - Shadowproof

2015 has been a big year for Corizon Health Services: in the span of six months, the nation’s largest for-profit inmate healthcare provider has managed to break not one, but two different state records for the largest wrongful death settlement payouts in history.A new report by In The Public Interest (ITPI) illustrates how private companies that operate prisons or services within prisons use correctional associations to gain intimate access to decision makers in government — almost entirely off the books. Private companies pay millions of dollars each year to attend their conferences, lead...

January 15, 2021
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Pregnancy Tests Archives - Shadowproof

Pregnancy Tests Archives - Shadowproof

Under a settlement with ACLU of Northern California, Alameda County & Corizon Health Services can no longer force women in custody to take pregnancy tests.

January 6, 2021
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Juvenile Justice Archives - Shadowproof

Juvenile Justice Archives - Shadowproof

The complex issue of risk assessment places some people at a disadvantage, despite mitigating factors that could ensure they return to court.The United States Supreme Court determined juvenile offenders serving life sentences for homicides without parole should be granted the opportunity to “show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption.” The decision clarified a ruling issued in the 2012 case Miller v. Alabama, which prohibited life without parole sentences for juveniles who

January 20, 2021
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