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Judge Orders Changes to Louisiana Prison Labor Program Likened to ‘19th Century Slavery’

The entrance to Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola (Flickr) By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg / The Appeal A federal judge on Tuesday condemned working conditions for incarcerated people laboring on Louisiana State Penitentiary’s “Farm Line” and ordered corrections officials to make changes to their heat-related policies. In the same ruling, however, the judge denied a request to temporarily […]

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Abortion ‘Trafficking’ Laws, Travel Bans, Medication Crackdowns: How the GOP is Criminalizing Abortion Post-Dobbs

Fibonacci Blue via Flickr By Meg O’Connor / The Appeal Alabama’s top law enforcement official wants to prosecute organizations that provide mutual aid to people seeking abortions. Louisiana made abortion medication a controlled substance alongside drugs like Xanax or Valium. After Idaho lawmakers created a new crime of “abortion trafficking” last year, legislators in at […]

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An Investigation Tracking 2,500 Pro-Palestinian Campus Arrests and How Prosecutors Are Responding

Police arresting a pro-Palestinian demonstrator at Ohio State University on April 25. (Paul Becker / Flickr) By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Ethan Corey, Jerry Iannelli, Meg O’Connor / The Appeal This story (link to story) was originally published by The Appeal. American college students and staff are being arrested and brutalized by law enforcement across the U.S. for protesting Israel’s ongoing assault on […]

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We Asked Prosecutors if They’ll Charge Pro-Palestinian Campus Protestors

Elvert Barnes / Flickr By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Ethan Corey, Jerry Iannelli, Meg O’Connor / The Appeal American college students and staff are being arrested and brutalized by law enforcement across the U.S. for protesting Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip. In moves that echo the repression of Vietnam War protesters more than 50 years ago, politicians and school administrators have sent […]

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The Slow Death of a Prison Profiteer: How Activism Brought Securus to the Brink

Photo: Rodnae Productions | Pexels By Dana Floberg and Morgan Duckett / The Appeal Last week, the nation’s largest prison and jail telecom corporation, Securus, effectively defaulted on more than a billion dollars of debt. After decades of preying on incarcerated people and their loved ones with exploitative call rates and other predatory practices that have […]