"'If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.' So goes the old saying. Yet conditions in some American facilities are so obscene that they amount to a form of extrajudicial punishment." Mother Jones is profiling "America's 10 Worst Prisons."
Facilities were chosen for the list based on "...three years of research, correspondence with prisoners, and interviews with reform advocates." [more inside]
Director and/or star of many of the greatest films ever made including The Great Dictator
(2:05:16) [Globe scene
and the eternally goosebump providing Final speech
], The Immigrant
(20:01), The Gold Rush
(1:11:49), City Lights
(1:22:40), Modern Times
(1:27:01), and Monsieur Verdoux
(1:59:03), Charlie Chaplin's
movies have entered the public domain in most countries. Below the fold is an annotated list of all 82 of his official short and feature films in chronological order, as well as several more, with links to where you can watch them; it's not like you had work to do right? [more inside]
is the 3rd largest city in California (geographically), home to California's largest open-pit boron mine
, a privately-run Federal Prison
, and only 8,835
Originally planned as a "large master-planned leisure community"
of up to 1 million people, such growth never materialized, and the remains of the undeveloped streets and cul-de-sacs
presage images of the current housing crisis
, and are a modern, uniquely American version of the Nazca Lines
Fiscal Pressures Lead Some States to Free Inmates Early,
says the Washington Post. Across the United States, a financial crisis is brewing in our nation's correctional systems. California, which has the largest prison system in the nation
, (housing 170,000 inmates with a capacity of only 100,000), plans to increase the budget for new prison construction
by 7 to 14 billion dollars
, on top of releasing 22,000 nonviolent prisoners on unsupervised parole. Other states, especially Michigan, face an even more dire situation... [more inside]
You’d need years to really study
of Califonia’s history - the artist
certainly had a lot a free time to create them. You'd probably also need a special invitation to engage in a multi-year study in the gallery
- and you probably don't want one.
What's my bail for a WMD offense in California?
If against a person, or water or food: $1 million. But for just $100k, you can use WMDs against animals, crops, or natural resources and be out free by dinnertime
Arnold Signs Prison Smoking Ban
By July 1, 2005, there will be no more cigarette smoking in California's prison system.
Makes sense, no smoking in our bars, no smoking behind our bars.
Medical marijuana grower Ed Rosenthal sentenced to one day in prison.
Very interesting. Is Ed too high profile to be given an average sentence, unlike other non-violent drug offenders? Is this damage control for a very controversial case involving tightly-controlled information for jurors and state vs. federal rights? Regardless, Ed continues the fight and is appealing his conviction and is also asking for Judge Breyer to step down. Previous mefi discussion here.
An imaginative solution
to California's school budget crisis.