Friday, July 30, 2010

Parents: End the War on Drugs -- for Your Kids | | AlterNet

Julia Negron, a recovering addict, mother and grandmother with 20 years in the addiction treatment field, argues that it's time for parents to say enough is enough when it comes to the war on drugs. She says that we are smarter and more educated than we used to be with regard to drugs, that we've seen what works and what doesn't - and the war on drugs just doesn't work. (Link to Story)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

State agrees to discuss prison lockdowns with rights group

By Michael Montgomery, California Watch -- Facing a threatened legal battle over alleged racial discrimination, California prison officials have agreed to meet with the Prison Law Office over the department’s controversial use of lockdowns on general population inmates. In a July 17 letter to the secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Matt Cate, the Prison Law Office threatened to sue the department over lockdowns that singled out entire races for punishment – sometimes for months. "The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is working with the Prison Law Office on the issue they identified," CDCR spokesperson Terry Thornton said..
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

9th Circuit Declares Actual Innocence Irrelevant

9th Circuit Declares Actual Innocence Irrelevant
July 8, 2010 12:02 PM, by Ed Brayton

In one of the most appalling court rulings imaginable, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that the fact that a convicted criminal can now be proven to be innocent does not matter if he filed an appeal in 16 months rather than the 12 months allowed by the statute of limitations. Actual innocence simply does not matter, only technicalities do. You can see the full ruling here.

We have previously refrained from deciding whether there is an actual innocence exception that serves as a gateway through the AEDPA statute of limitations to the merits of a petitioner's claims. Instead, we have assumed such an exception and have evaluated the actual innocence claims themselves, waiting until a state prisoner shows actual innocence to answer the legal question.