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 ...