Chelsea Manning shares first photo after release from prison

Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army intelligence analyst responsible one of the largest classified information leaks in US history, has shared her first picture since she was released from prison.

Manning who was released on Wednesday after seven years behind bars shared the photo via her Instagram page on Thursday and wrote: ‘Okay, so here I am everyone!!’

Chelsea Manning who was sentenced to 35 years in prison 2013 was granted clemency by former President Barrack Obama in January 2017.

Pigeon busted trying to smuggle a mobile phone into a Brazilian prison

Guards at a Brazilian prison caught a pigeon with a mobile phone attached to its body. Officials said the bird was trying to deliver the phone to prisoners. The guards intervened when they spotted an inmate trying to catch the pigeon. When they inspected more closely, one guard found a small pouch that contained a phone and battery. The incident occurred at the Franco da Rocha prison, in in the state of Sao Paulo. It is unclear who used the bird to try and smuggle the device in.

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Brazil’s overcrowded and dilapidated prisons have been the scene of deadly prison riots between criminal groups since the start of the year that have seen more than 140 people killed.
Experts say the violence is part of a war between drug gangs battling for control of one of the world’s most important cocaine markets and trafficking routes.
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Brazil shares borders with Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, the world’s three biggest cocaine producers. It is a key route for trafficking the drug to Europe.
Brazil has the fourth largest prison population in the world, with 600,000 inmates packed into a number of ramshackle jails.
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Bollywood Director Mahmood Farooqui convicted of rape, faces seven years to Life in prison

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Indian film-maker Mahmood Farooqui has been found guilty of raping an American research student at his Delhi home in March 2015.
Farooqui, who co-directed the 2010 release Peepli Live, with his wife Anusha Rizvi, faces seven years to life I’m prison, according to the Indian Express. The court is slated to hear arguments Tuesday before sentencing him.

The case first came to light when the victim, who was a student from Columbia University, filed a police complaint which led to Farooqui’s arrest last June. He was later released on bail as the case went to trial in September.

The case is seen as a landmark as its verdict has been delivered under a 2013 amendment to the criminal law which included forced oral sex as a crime, the complainant’s counsel Vrinda Grover told the Express.
“This is perhaps one of the first cases of forced oral sex, which shows two things: that there was a crime for which we did not earlier have an offense named, now it has been recognized as rape. We’re also very happy to see that the court relied on very credible evidence that the woman gave.”
The brutal gang-rape of a young Delhi woman on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16, 2012 sparked nationwide protests. The outcry led to a call for action against crimes against women which included legal amendments and fast-tracking rape cases.

Farooqui was first introduced to the student, who is in her thirties, by Danish Hussain, a long-time friend of the director. Local reports said that Hussain, in his testimony, said that the victim immediately contacted him after she was assaulted by Farooqui.

According to the Express, the 2012 incident was also referred to in the testimony of the American woman who told the court that she “did not resist” the rape because she feared she would also be killed like the Delhi gang-rape victim.

Farooqui is expected to appeal the verdict and the case could go to a higher court.
“Our fight for justice is by no means over,” his wife Anusha Rizvi told the Hindustan Times. “We will approach the High Court for justice that has been denied to us.”

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. The verdict comes after his initial five-year conviction for manslaughter was changed to murder last December on appeal.

He was taken immediately to jail.Pistorius has already served one year in jail over his previous conviction.He is legally obliged to serve half of his new sentence in prison before being eligible for parole.
Right after the session, he was transferred to Khosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

Arizona man gets life in prison for killing his six-year-old nephew who witnessed him kill his father

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A jury sentenced an Arizona man, Christopher Rey Licon, to life in prison Friday for killing his six-year-old nephew after the child witnessed his father’s shooting death.
Licon was spared the death penalty and a judge will decide whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison or be eligible for release after 35 years.
Licon was convicted in mid-September in the 2010 shooting deaths of his half brother, Angel Jaquez, and his nephew, Xavier Jaquez.
Jurors deliberated for two days before reaching the decision on punishment.
He does not face the death penalty in his brother’s killing and will be sentenced to 16 to 25 years on December 16.

Authorities say Licon shot his brother in the back of the head over a drug dispute as Jaquez watched TV at their Phoenix town house, then kidnapped the child and shot him 20 miles away in an alley.

Fearing six-year-old Xavier Jaquez would ‘snitch’ on him for shooting his father, Christopher Rey Licon kidnapped the child and drove to an alley 20miles away, then shot him dead.

The boy, surrounded by a pool of blood, was still wearing his school uniform and had a Burger King kid’s meal nearby when his body was found by sanitation workers. He also was shot in the back of the head.

Licon mounted an unsuccessful insanity defense that would have spared him a prison sentence and sent him to the state mental hospital for the rest of his life.

Licon was in an illegal drug business with Jaquez and acknowledged selling drugs in the months before both deaths, prosecutors said.

Licon, then a construction management student at Arizona State University, told investigators that he was studying at a library in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe at the time his brother was killed.
He said he came home to find his brother’s body in the town house.
But authorities say Licon’s alibi collapsed quickly after they interviewed neighbors and gathered other evidence.
Two key pieces of evidence were found inside the car used to bring the boy to the alley: a 9 mm bullet casing that matched a casing found at Jaquez’s home and a toy from the Burger King kid’s meal.

Source: ABC

Woman born a man sent to all male prison fears for her safety

imageA transgender woman, 26 year old Tara Hudson who was born a man has been sent to an all male prison sparking fears for her safety. Tara has lived as a female all of her adult life and undergone six years of gender reconstruction surgery.
The make-up artist was jailed for 12 weeks after admitting an assault during an incident in a bar last Christmas.

But magistrates ruled Tara should serve her sentence inside a Category-B male prison because her passport says she is still a man.
Her mum condemned the move saying even doctors have confirmed she is now a woman .
Tara’s mum Jackie Brooklyn has written to the prison governor as she fears her daughter will be targeted by the male prisoners.
She said: “There’s nothing male about her, nobody would know the difference. She looks like a woman. She’s gorgeous.
“We think it’s totally outrageous. I don’t think she will cope well at all. “I just feel the men are going to go after her. It’s going to be humiliating.
“I just want to get my daughter into a safe, female environment where she belongs and will continue to fight the decision.”
Tara, who was born Aaron, admitted assault after an incident at a bar on Boxing Day 2014.
She changed her plea to guilty in September and her mum was expecting her to be put on an electronic tag and made to undergo an alcohol awareness course.

At worst she thought she would be sent to an all-women prison by the magistrates in Bath, Somerset.
But instead she was ordered to serve her time at HMP Bristol – a prison holding around 600 young adult and adult men.

Jackie revealed that Tara, who has 34EE breasts, is on a hormone replacement course and is due to undergo more surgery in the future.
She added: “She’s been through a hard time and this could set her right back.“I don’t think the magistrates have taken that into consideration.
“I fear that it is a potentially dangerous situation for her to be in and feel strongly that she would be far safer in a female environment.
“While I understand it is a complex issue, the treatment of transgender individuals by the British judicial system is one that clearly requires greater attention and thought.
“The primary focus should be the safety and wellbeing of those involved.”

Mirror Online

7 inmates gets combined total of 20 YEARS in solitary confinement after making rap music video from their cells and posting it on WorldStar

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Seven prisoners have been ordered to spend a combined total of nearly 20 years in solitary confinement after creating a rap music video and posting it on the video blog WorldStar.
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The male inmates, who are serving time for crimes such as voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery in South Carolina, filmed the six-minute footage on a cell phone behind bars last year.

The video – which sees the men beatbox, jump up and chant, ‘I’m on fire, I’m on fire’ inside a cell at the Kershaw Correctional Institution – was later uploaded to WorldStarHipHop, where it went viral.
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They have also seen privileges taken away, including visitation hours.
In addition to the rap video – which was viewed more than a million times online – the men were punished for producing ‘security threat group’ materials, according to BuzzFeed News.
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They were also sentenced for possessing the phone, which was considered contraband.
In the footage, the men can be seen dancing, waving their arms and performing ‘gang’ signs.
The take turns to rap inside the small, bare cell, while donning white shirts and do-rags.
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South Carolina is known for ordering inmates to spend time in solitary confinement, says the EFF.
Earlier this year, as many as 400 prisoners at Kershaw Correctional Institution were handed the punishment for using Facebook – or for asking a friend to update their profile for them, it found.
And in October 2013, one prisoner, Tyheem Henry, was sentenced to more than 37 years in disciplinary detention – as well as numerous lost privileges – for 38 posts on the social network.
The state’s harsh policy toward the use of social media is taking up space in prisons, Maass said.
On its website in February, the EFF wrote: ‘In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking.’