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Inside the US prison where inmates ‘begged for their lives’ amid days of violence

In a system marked by racism and neglect, five inmates died this month. Prisoners and families demand urgent reform People were begging for their lives as they were stabbed, said Kelly Mallett, as his gaze drifted. There were fires being set. Trash everywhere. Rats. Roaches. It was just total chaos. The 44-year-old is a former inmate at Mississippis crumbling state penitentiary at Parchman, part of a sprawling, century-old prison farm complex in the north of the state. He had only been free for two days and was the first eyewitness…

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Eight-year-old girl strip-searched before visiting father at Virginia prison

Department of corrections issues apology following outcry after naked child reportedly made to bend over and cough An eight-year-old girl was strip-searched before being allowed to visit her father in prison, sparking uproar and prompting an the Virginian-Pilot, which first reported the incident. Hey Mom, am so mad the jail had to strip me with all of my clothes off this doesnt make no [sense] the girl messaged, according to texts obtained by the Virginian-Pilot. Her mother responded by telling the girl to call her, but then asking her is…

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Inside the restaurant serving up second chances for ex-prisoners

Edwins restaurant trains former inmates in cooking and hospitality in an attempt to inspire confidence and break the cycle of re-offending Its 9am and theres a hush in the kitchen of Edwins restaurant on the east side of Cleveland. Apples are stewing gently on the stove, filling the room with unctuous aromatic promises. Suddenly, the back door bursts open and a tall man with a shock of white hair rushes in dressed in jogging gear. The calm is shattered as Edwins transforms into a vortex of energy that barely ceases…

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The Black Panthers still in prison: after 46 years, will they ever be set free?

Over two years, Ed Pilkington has interviewed eight African American radicals imprisoned since the 1970s. Will they ever be freed? Antoinette Russell vividly recalls the first time she was led to believe she would finally meet her father as a free man. He called her up on a prison phone, his voice shaking with excitement, and told her: Im coming home! That was 17 years ago. Since then, every two years, shes been put through the same agonizing drill. Hed call saying the same thing: Im coming home, she said,…

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