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Feb 4, 2021
3 Male Guards Charged in Attacks at Notorious Women’s Prison
(New York Times)
The assaults left at least six inmates with injuries. One guard at the New Jersey prison is accused of punching a woman 28 times.
Feb 1, 2021
Stacey Abrams Among Long List of Nominees for Nobel Peace Prize
(NBC Chicago)
AFSC nominated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.
Jan 28, 2021
Coalition Calls For Urgent Action To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus In Iowa Jails And Prisons
(Iowa Public Radio)
A coalition of racial justice organizations and community advocates are calling on Iowa officials to take aggressive and proactive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus within the state’s jails and prisons.
Jan 26, 2021
NJ launches investigation, 30 officers on leave after abuse allegations at women's prison
(NJ.com)
Authorities are investigating and dozens of corrections officers have been placed on leave after an alleged assault on inmates this month at New Jersey's women's prison.
Jan 18, 2021
Poor People's Campaign MLK Day Message to Biden: Act on Bold Agenda to Heal Nation
(Common Dreams)
"In 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called out the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism. In 2021, his words are no less relevant."
Jan 18, 2021
Inspiration & Reflection on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(NHPR)
A special call-in show in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as we talk with Black activists and civil rights historians about recent events and what wisdom and lessons they take from King's life.
Jan 17, 2021
The hardest change to immigration policy post-Trump? Ending the mind-set that immigrants are criminals.
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
As we move into a new administration, advocates look to undo Trump's legacy.
Jan 13, 2021
Groups call on state to prioritize vaccination of people in Michigan prisons
(ABC13)
4,055 people incarcerated in the state have COVID-19.
Jan 12, 2021
Chaos at the Capitol: San Diegans on how our country can get past the Jan. 6 attack
(San Diego Union Tribune)
AFSC's Pedro Rios responds to the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
Jan 9, 2021
Beacon Awards Shines a Light on Young W. Virginia Leaders
(US News)
Youth program coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee recieves a Young Leader award in West Virginia.
Jan 8, 2021
Old obstacles are gone but new ones may arise for criminal justice reform
(AZ Mirror)
The new legislature brings new opportunities for a criminal justice reform movement that’s stalled out at the Capitol over the past couple years — and perhaps some new obstacles, as well.
Jan 7, 2021
Bergen lawmaker's bill would bar new immigrant detention contracts with ICE
(North Jersey)
A Bergen County lawmaker has introduced legislation to ban the state and counties from contracting with federal officials to hold immigrant detainees, though it would allow controversial deals at the Bergen, Essex and Hudson jails to continue.
Jan 6, 2021
Our Turn: Economic justice in a time of transition
(Concord Monitor)
Somehow, the New Hampshire Legislature begins the 2021 legislative session on Jan. 6, but not without controversy concerning the convening of the House of Representatives. The governor is sworn in on Jan. 7. And on Jan. 20, our nation will inaugurate a new president.
Jan 6, 2021
West Virginia Jails Are Overcrowded, Making COVID Worse
(Governing)
The state’s regional jails have had more than 800 inmates test positive for COVID-19, due in part to over capacity by 1,300 inmates, making virus control extremely difficult.
Jan 6, 2021
Out of Our Past
(HJ News)
Quick highlights from the journalist history of Franklin County over the past 100 years Taken from the newspaper archives of the Franklin County Citizen and Preston Citizen.
Jan 6, 2021
Bipartisan Spending Bill Commits Over $1 Billion To Border Wall Construction
(KPBS)
Since the start of the Trump administration, new border wall and border wall replacements have stretched across San Diego County. All the while, local Democratic politicians have criticized the border wall, saying it doesn’t keep people safe, and pushes people determined to cross the border to do so in dangerous and isolated areas
Jan 5, 2021
WV's jails have been more than 1,300 people over capacity since Dec. 1, and more than 800 inmates contracted COVID during that time
(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Since Dec. 1, there have been COVID-19 outbreaks in five of West Virginia’s regional jails and at least four correctional centers.
Jan 4, 2021
New Hampshire Orgs: 'We Will Raise Our Voices'
(Patch.com)
In this opinion column, activists say these not-normal times require lawmakers to work to protect residents, provide living wage jobs, more.
Jan 4, 2021
Migrant expulsions at southern border shoot up as pandemic drags on
(Fox2Now)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The number of people expelled from the United States in 2020 ended with an upswing, according to statistics from the National Immigration Institute in Mexico.
Jan 4, 2021
Local Organizations Team For Op-Ed: 'We Will Raise Our Voices'
(Patch.com)
The editorial focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and policy-maker transitions of 2021.
Jan 4, 2021
Migrant expulsions at southern border shoot up as pandemic drags on
(Fox 2 Now)
SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The number of people expelled from the United States in 2020 ended with an upswing, according to statistics from the National Immigration Institute in Mexico.
Jan 4, 2021
2020-21 Beacon Awards shine a light on young WV leaders
(West Virginia Gazette Mail)
Long before COVID-19 had become a household word, almost a year before it began to wreak havoc on an already vulnerable population in Harrison County, Marissa Rexroad, then the associate director of the local homeless shelter, created a county-wide task force to study the area’s burgeoning problem of homelessness.
Jan 4, 2021
Despite Declining Population, Arizona Department Of Corrections Looking For More Private Prison Beds
(KJZZ.org)
Despite having the lowest population in years, the Arizona Department of Corrections is seeking more private prison beds for inmates in state prisons.
Jan 4, 2021
Despite Declining Population, Arizona Department Of Corrections Looking For More Private Prison Beds
(KJZZ.org)
Despite having the lowest population in years, the Arizona Department of Corrections is seeking more private prison beds for inmates in state prisons.
Jan 3, 2021
10,000 white flags honor the lives of Georgians lost to COVID-19
(CBS 46)
It’s an eye-opening view. A sea of white flags took over Piedmont Park – 10,000 to be exact – honoring the lives of each Georgian lost to COVID-19.

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