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Swedes Jailed for Life in Philippines for Running “Online Brothel”

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An appeals court in the Philippines has rejected an appeal by Swedes Stefan Sederholm, 33, and Andrew Solemo, 37, with a request for a new trial. They are now left several more years in prison before the Supreme Court may take up the case.

Swedes Stefan Sederholm, 33, and Andrew Solemo, 37

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7 Facebook Activists Jailed in Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi authorities are particularly sensitive about political criticism expressed online

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven cyber activists to between five to 10 years in prison for inciting protests, mainly by using Facebook.

The men were arrested in September last year, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), and


Pirate Bay Co-Founder Sentenced to 2 Years Jail

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of data sharing site The Pirate Bay, has been sentenced to two years in jail for hacking charges and illegal money transfers. Reuters quoted the Nacka district court saying “The hacking has been very extensive and technically advanced… The attacker has affected very sensitive systems.”


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U.S. Consequence of Sending too Many Teens to Jail

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Sending teenage offenders to juvenile hall makes them 13 percentage points less likely to finish high school and 22 percentage points more likely to be imprisoned as adults.


That’s the finding of a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Anna Aizer and Joseph Doyle.

The authors looked at defendants


Copyright Monopoly: Jailterms for Unlocking Cellphones

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The discussion around people’s banished right to unlock their own cellphones has been framed as an unexpected and unanticipated effect of the copyright monopoly. To the contrary, it shows the heart of the monopoly’s philosophy: killing ownership as a concept.

There is a weak copyright monopoly reform bill happening in the United States


HSBC: Double Standard Drug War


Matt Taibbi: ‘Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves The Drug War Is A Joke’

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By Matt Taibbi

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If you’ve ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you’ve ever spent even a day in


Wrongfully Accused of Murder, Released After 23 Years

David Ranta, 58, is in prison at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y. Convicted in 1991, he is likely to be freed soon.

David Ranta once worked as a printer, though he is not certain that such jobs exist anymore.

Mr. Ranta, 58, has spent the last 23 years living in maximum


DHS Official Resigns After Hundreds of Deportees Released

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The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his retirement the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts, according to a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The


Amish Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Forcibly Cutting Beards


A judge sentenced the leader of a breakaway Amish sect to 15 years prison Friday in connection with beard and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

Sam Mullet Sr. and 15 members of his extended family were convicted of conspiracy in some manner in the 2011 attacks on fellow Amish in eastern and


5 years Jail for Insulting Kuwaiti Emir

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KUWAIT’S lower court has sentenced an opposition youth activist to five years in jail “with immediate effect” for insulting the emir on Twitter, a rights group said.

An activist has been sentenced to five years in jail for insulting the Emir on Twitter.

The court passed the maximum jail term against Mohammad


U.S. – The Incarceration Nation

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Is it fair to call the United States the “incarceration nation”? That’s what some experts say. And even some veteran law enforcement and correction officials think something’s gone wrong.

At the Gadsden County Jail near Tallahassee, Fla., there are bunks, and mattresses on the floor.

The jail has a capacity of about 150 inmates, but


Murderers Request Fertility Treatment to Father Children from Prison

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Four murderers and a convicted drug dealer have asked to be allowed NHS fertility treatment so that they can father a child from behind bars, it was reported last night.

It is feared that legal advice may mean ministers feel obliged to grant the requests because of a previous European court ruling on human


Turkey Denies Role as Top Jailer of Journalists

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Kurdish women hold pictures of jailed journalists in Istanbul on Sept. 10, during the start of the trial of 44 journalists with suspected links to rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Nearly two years ago, Soner Yalcin and more than a dozen of his employees at the online news outlet OdaTV joined the growing


Brits Threaten to Raid Ecuadorean Embassy to get Assange

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Mr. Wikileaks (Julian Assange) Really worried.

The diplomatic battle in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken a dramatic turn today: In an angry press conference streamed live on the Internet, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said Britain threatened to storm their embassy in London if Assange was not handed over to


Drug Related Incarceration Increased 12 fold in 30yrs

Imprisoned U.S. Drug Offenders Skyrockets from 41,000 to 507,000 in 30 Years

by: Noel Brinkerhoff

No wonder states like California and others experienced a boom in prison construction beginning in the 1980s.

According to statistics compiled by The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to prison reform, the total number


Poverty Treated as Crime

Debtor’ Prisons are on the rise in America. Several states are actively outsourcing this new “growth industry.” [LA, MI, OH, GA, WA, among others.]

Can’t pay your fines? No problem — have they got a room for you! Debtors’ prison 2.0: More people getting thrown in jail for being too poor


Another Way to “Shakedown” The Poor

Editors Note: This Type of Activity has been perpetuated for decades all over the country.

Richard Earl Garrett is the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the town of Harpersville, Ala. Mr. Garrett has spent a total of 24 months in jail and owes $10,000, all for traffic and license violations that


Prison for Profit, Unprecedented U.S. Incarceration Levels

“Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then. Over


Jail those who browse terror websites

Sarkozy: Jail those who browse terror websites


France’s president proposed a sweeping new law Thursday that would jail those who visit extremist web sites — one of several tough new measures floated in the wake of a murderous shooting spree.

The proposed rules, unveiled by Nicolas Sarkozy after the death of an Islamist fanatic


Chinese Planning Secret Detention

A proposed change in the Chinese criminal code that would allow authorities to detain suspects for up to six months in a secret location is a dangerous step backward for the country, activists charged Saturday.

The change would essentially enshrine what has become a common practice for silencing dissidents, many of whom have disappeared for


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