China claims everyone in Xinjiang camps has 'graduated'

Asia Pacific Dec 9, 2019

China claims everyone in Xinjiang camps has 'graduated'

People who were at vocational training centers in China's far west Xinjiang have all "graduated" and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily detained ...

U.S. census counting of prisoners becomes partisan battleground

World / Social Issues Nov 18, 2019

U.S. census counting of prisoners becomes partisan battleground

When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners. For these predominantly black areas, with incarceration rates among the highest in the nation, the government's longstanding policy to count inmates as ...

California outlaws private prisons and immigrant detention centers

World Oct 12, 2019

California outlaws private prisons and immigrant detention centers

California on Friday banned private prisons and immigrant detention centers under a bill signed by the liberal state's governor. The measure stipulates that beginning next year, the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is prohibited from entering into or renewing a contract with a private, ...

Convict-turned-writer Joji Abe dies at 82

National Sep 9, 2019

Convict-turned-writer Joji Abe dies at 82

Ex-convict-turned-writer Joji Abe, known for a bestselling humor-filled novel depicting the lives of inmates, died of pneumonia at his home in Tokyo on Monday, his family said. He was 82. A native of Tokyo, Abe joined a gangster group when he was in junior high ...

Jailed British-Iranian aid worker ends hunger strike in Iran

World Jun 29, 2019

Jailed British-Iranian aid worker ends hunger strike in Iran

Jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended a hunger strike in Tehran designed to push for her release, her husband told the BBC on Saturday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, began the hunger strike roughly two weeks ago. She was arrested ...