|Private Prisons Act of 2014 Introduced|
Human Rights Defense Center
December 14th, 2014
U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) reintroduced the Private Prison Information Act (PPIA) in Congress. The bill, HR 5838, requires non-federal correctional and detention facilities that house federal prisoners to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), by making certain records available to the public.
|Muzzle Mumia Law Falls Outside the US Constitution|
by Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Center
October 23rd, 2014
A prisoner gag law in Philadelphia, apparently triggered by rage at a recent commencement speech at Goddard College by alumni, inmate and author Mumia Abu-Jamal, is being challenged in court as an unconstitutional abrogation of the right of speech. The legal challenge is being mounted by the Abolitionist Law Center and Prison Radio producer and former MA board member Noelle Hanrahan, who has been distributing Abu-Jamal's commentaries for decades. Their press release below.
|Bay Guardian Shut Down |
by Tracy Rosenberg, Media Alliance
October 15th, 2014
The San Francisco Media Company suddenly and with no notice shut down the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the city by the Bay's alternative newspaper for decades
|Oakland Ethics Reform|
June 19th, 2014
Oakland's City Council will consider governmental ethics reform at a July 1st City Council meeting