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    Watch an extended version of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter’s passionate 1994 speech that was featured in Democracy Now!’s look back at his life and legacy.
    Apr 21, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    The celebrated boxer and prisoner-rights activist Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has died at the age of 76. Carter became an international symbol of racial injustice after his wrongful murder conviction forced him to spend 19 years in prison before he was exonerated. Since his release, Carter championed the cause of wrongfully convicted prisoners. His ordeal was publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song "Hurricane," several books...
    Apr 21, 2014 | Story
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    Read part of "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," by Matt Taibbi, who joined us to examine one of the "greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all."
    Apr 14, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    Following the death of two prisoners at New York City’s Rikers Island facility, we look at mounting pressure on jails and prisons to reform their use of solitary confinement. A corrections officer was arrested last week and charged with violating the civil rights of Jason Echevarria, a mentally ill Rikers prisoner who died after eating a packet of detergent given to him when his cell was flooded with sewage. It was the first such arrest...
    Apr 01, 2014 | Story
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    After being deported to Mexico from his home in Arizona earlier this year, Jaime Valdez joins us to detail his attempt today to re-enter the United States. Valdez says he was deported in retaliation for a hunger strike that his family took part in at the Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest U.S. immigration policies. "All my family is in the U.S., so that’s why I’m trying to come back," Valdez...
    Apr 01, 2014 | Story
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    Tune in Tuesday when we’ll speak with Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal about their new book, "A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran." In the meantime, you can read an excerpt from Bauer about the day they were arrested.
    Mar 17, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    Watch our extended interview with activist and scholar Angela Davis about the significance of the Oscar-winning film, "12 Years a Slave," the use of solitary confinement in prisons, and the global movement to challenge the expansion of immigrant detention. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 06, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    For more than four decades, the world-renowned author, activist and scholar Angela Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own...
    Mar 06, 2014 | Story
  • Eddie
    In a Democracy Now! exclusive, former Black Panther Party leader Marshall "Eddie" Conway joins us less than 24 hours after his release from nearly 44 years in prison. Supporters describe Conway as one of the country’s longest-held political prisoners. He was convicted of killing a Baltimore police officer in 1970, for which he has always maintained his innocence. The shooting occurred at a time when federal and local authorities...
    Mar 05, 2014 | Story
  • Autobee
    We are joined by Bob Autobee, a Colorado resident who is opposing the death penalty for the prisoner who killed his son Eric, a prison guard, in 2002. During the original trial, Autobee supported a death sentence for Edward Montour. But the Colorado Supreme Court threw out Montour’s sentence in 2007 because it was imposed by a judge, not a jury as is required. A decade later, Autobee has now changed his mind. In the new murder trial that...
    Mar 05, 2014 | Story