Tag Archive: lawsuits

Insane Clown Posse is Suing the FBI

From The Gawker

It’s been a little over a month since Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit-based horrorcore duo who’ve built a multi-platinum career out of rapping about butts, nuts, and sluts, publicly declared their intentionto sue the Federal Bureau of Investigation for labeling their fans a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” Today, they began that bomb-ass super-fresh wig-flippin’ process.

Last October, the FBI’s annual National Gang Threat Assessment report classified Juggalos, ICP’s terrifically loyal fanbase best known for painting their faces like angry harlequins and spraying one another with sticky cola, “a criminal organization formed on the street” on par with the MS-13, Latin Kings, and the Aryan Brotherhood. (more…)

One Year After Historic Hunger Strike, Isolated California Prisoners Report Little Change

From Solitary Watch

At this time one year ago, a three week hungerstrike across California prisons had been concluded, and the California Assembly had begun planning a hearing on the use of solitary confinement in California’s prisons. The conditions of the California Security Housing Units, where over 3,000 inmates are held in isolation, many for decades, had come to the public’s attention. In the time since August 2011, there would be another round of three week hunger strikes, a smaller series of hunger strikes at the Corcoran Administrative Segregation Unit, a new “Step Down Program” announced in California, a federal lawsuit filed by Pelican Bay SHU inmates, and a US Senatehearing on solitary confinement.

Even so, the situation in the SHUs and ASUs remains much as it did one year ago. A few concessions by prison officials, such as issuing sweatpants and allowing family photos, did nothing to change the problem of long-term isolation and non-existent due process.

It should be reiterated that in California, the majority of SHU inmates are not necessarily there for conduct, but for gang membership.

In a letter to California activists, Pelican Bay hunger strike leader Alfred Sandoval reports feeling  like “just banging my head against the wall because nothing ever changes around here. Right now the Department of Corruption and the current administration have been attempting to pacify prisoners with items…ie. sweats, watch caps, and various food items from canteen–in hopes of distracting us …”

He continues, “the sad fact is that some have been complacent and accepted the physical and psychological abuses as normal because it has been implemented in small increments over decades, year after year so it has become the norm.” (more…)

‘Frequent and severe’ sexual violence alleged at women’s prison in Alabama

By Elizabeth Chuck, msnbc.com

Sexual misconduct by male correctional staff toward inmates at Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for Women is “commonplace” and has resulted in numerous women becoming pregnant while incarcerated, a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice alleges.

Equal Justice Initiative, a private nonprofit organization, filed the complaint about the all-female prison in Wetumpka, Ala., Tuesday after receiving dozens of claims of sexual misconduct involving male staff between 2004 and 2011.

In interviews with more than 50 women incarcerated at the prison, EJI said it discovered “frequent and severe officer-on-inmate sexual violence,” ranging from women being coerced into performing sexual favors in exchange for contraband goods to rape by a male correctional staff member while another male officer served as a lookout. (more…)