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No prison visits June 26-27 in CA state prisons--citing budget crisis

The Reporter, Vacaville, CA
Posted: 06/17/2010 01:02:17 AM PDT

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has canceled visitations at all 33 of the state's adult prison facilities -- including California State Prison, Solano, and California Medical Facility in Vacaville -- for the weekend of June 26 and 27.

FORMER SHAQ 7 PRISONER ANDY STEPANIAN SPEAKING IN S.F.

Activist & former SHAC 7 prisoner Andy Stepanian tells his personal
story of standing up to one of the worlds largest contract animal
testing labs, being charged with “terrorism” for his efforts, and
serving 3 years in a federal prison. To learn more about the SHAC 7
please visit http://SHAC7.com/


What if you closed your eyes & woke up a prisoner? What if you were
estranged from your family and labeled a convict? What if you lived

SOROS FELLOWSHIP FOR WOMAN EX-PRISONER

Flozelle Woodmore wins a Soros fellowship

 This is an impressive honor for a formerly incarcerated survivor of domestic violence.

Flozelle Woodmore served 20 years of a life sentence for killing her abusive partner. In August 2007, after 10 parole hearings (and being found suitable six times) and a large, sustained campaign Woodmore was finally released from prison. She is among the few to have gained freedom after being sentenced to life in prison in California.

A Cursory Look at Johannes Mehserle's Murder Trial

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/05/18/18648282.php

A brief look at various issues of the defense and the prosecution in the trial of Oscar Grant's killer:

CA. PRISON GUARDS ACCUSED CRUELTY & RACISM


By Charles Piller
First of two parts

Jason Brannigan's eyes widened as he relived the day he says prison guards pepper-sprayed his face at point-blank range, then pulled him
through the cellblock naked, his hands and feet shackled.

"I
can't breathe! I can't breathe!" Brannigan recalled gasping in pain and humiliation
during the March 2007 incident.

5 WOMEN STOP MAN ATTACKING ANOTHER FEMALE STUDENT

BANGOR, Maine — Five female students, including one who'd recently
completed a self-defense class, jumped to the aid of a fellow student,
grabbing her knife-wielding attacker and holding him until police
officers arrived at Husson University, officials said Wednesday.

DNA VINDICATES OHIO MAN CONVICTED OF '81 RAPE

Ohio man tasted freedom for the first time in nearly 30 years on
Wednesday after a judge vacated his conviction because DNA evidence
showed he did not rape an 11-year-old girl.

"It finally happened,
I've been waiting," Raymond Towler, 52, said as he hugged sobbing
family members in the courtroom.

He walked from the
courthouse, arms around his family members, amid the smell of freshly
cut grass, blooming trees and a brisk wind off Lake Erie. He was headed
to an "everything on it" pizza party.

OAKLAND POLICE GUN DOWN UNARMED DEER

Oakland residents were shocked to see a deer
frolicking in the flatlands of East Oakland, but were even more
disturbed when an Oakland Police officer murdered the deer on Saturday.

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