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Prison First Amendment fight goes to US Supreme Court
The News Herald
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May sided with the department, which argues that advertisements in Prison Legal News pose security risks.

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One in five US prison inmates is a 'criminal alien'
The Hill
There were more than 730,000 criminal aliens in U.S. or state prisons and local jails during the period measured. They accounted for 4.9 million …

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Michael Moore plots Canadian escape ahead of new documentary taking aim at Trump

CBC 21 hours ago

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Trade disputes, lawsuits driving up Ottawa's legal bills
Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:00:00 EDT
The Trudeau government's spending on outside law firms has risen sharply in the last year, topping $26 million for the first time since numbers have been proactively posted. The federal Justice Department refuses to release details, but legal costs are clearly being driven by trade disputes and veterans' lawsuits.

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Canada betrays its own citizens. Hassan Diab's case is among its most egregious: Neil Macdonald
The real problem is that Canada's eagerness to please foreign allies supersedes ... He'd been arrested while on vacation in the United States.

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Dear Aicap,

It appears that Congress has stepped into a time machine and traveled back to the 1980s. Several members of Congress have recently introduced bills that would broaden the scope of federal mandatory minimum sentences.

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6691 — only a week after the bill was introduced, and with zero committee hearings. If passed into law, the bill would rewrite the definition of a "crime of violence." FAMM opposes this bill because it classifies certain nonviolent offenses, such as burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, as a violent crime. Overbroad crime bills were often passed in a hurry in the 1980s, and we are still cleaning up those messes today. We need to stop this bill from passing the Senate.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) introduced S. 3335/H.R. 6697, which would greatly expand the scope of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), a federal law that requires a 15-year mandatory minimum for those who possess guns and have three prior convictions for either "serious drug felonies" or "violent felonies." These bills would expand ACCA to apply to people with any three "serious felonies" — defined as any state or federal crime punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years. If this bill becomes law, countless state and federal nonviolent crimes could trigger the ACCA's 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

These bills represent a significant threat to the reform movement that has been building at the federal and state level. With criminal justice reform negotiations ongoing in the Senate, we cannot allow Congress to set the clock back on sentencing.

FAMM is always watching out for these kinds of steps backwards. If these bills do begin to move forward in the future, we'll let you know how and when to help us push back.


Molly Gill
Vice President of Policy, FAMM

1100 H Street NW | Suite 1000 | Washington, D.C. 20005 | Tel: (202) 822-6700
FAMM © 2018 All rights reserved.

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There are 2.7 million children in America today with a mom or dad behind bars. For these children, the consequences of their parents' choices can be devastating.


Will you join us in bringing light to the hardships faced by children with a mom or dad behind bars?

Children with an incarcerated parent are some of our nation's most at-risk boys and girls—they face higher rates of anxiety, major depression, and attention disorders, and are 80 percent more likely to live in a household that struggles to make ends meet. Often stigmatized for their parents' crimes, children may grapple with feelings of abandonment, shame, and low self-esteem.

Far too many of these children have been without guidance and support to overcome such large obstacles in their young lives. But children of prisoners are resilient, full of potential, and fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. Though these young people affected by incarceration face a host of risks, they also have tremendous capacity for amazing futures.

Together we can empower children to connect with their parents, find hope in Christ, and strive toward great goals—replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal and hope. There are many children who already have. Read their inspiring stories of hardship and hope here.

Let’s continue to show children of prisoners that they are not forgotten—they are loved and cherished by their parents, by God, and by caring friends like you.

Join us in shining a light on the struggles faced by children with an incarcerated parent. 


Thank you for walking alongside us and reminding children and caregivers with a loved one in jail or prison that they are not alone.

Prison Fellowship® is the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform.
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Hurricane Florence: Prisons in hurricane's path not evacuated
BBC News
"Storm of a lifetime" hurricane Florence is predicted to bring deadly disaster to large parts of the eastern US coast when it makes landfall on Thursday.

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Lack of surgical care in US prisons may cost lives
"This was a number that surprised us," said the study's lead author Dr. Tanya Zakrison, an acute care surgeon at the Ryder Trauma Center and an ...

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Canada has taken in almost $300 million from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:00:00 EDT
Canada collected nearly $300 million in surtaxes in the first two months after it slapped U.S. imports with retaliatory tariffs.


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'The Stanford Prison Experiment' reminds us that fear of incarceration is justified
ABA Journal
'The Stanford Prison Experiment' reminds us that fear of incarceration is justified ... According to an interview with the Mercury News, Zimbardo himself ...

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Canadian denied entry to US charged with slapping Customs officer
Buffalo News
A Canadian woman arrested on charges of assaulting a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent made an appearance Friday before U.S. ...

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House passes bill that could boost deportation of criminal aliens
Washington Examiner
"This legislation provides critical clarity to the definition of crime of violence in the United States code in order to keep violent criminals and ensure the ...

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The Unlikely Force Behind US Prison Reform
Consortium News
Craig DeRoche, senior vice president for advocacy and public policy at Colson's Prison Fellowship, told Religion News Service in May, “There's never ...

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How one of the dark web's biggest suspected fentanyl dealers wound up dead
That's when the Canadian authorities had first alerted their U.S. counterparts they ... Read: China won't arrest two fentanyl kingpins wanted by the U.S..


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Trump just announced his new plan for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),1 and it puts our digital rights at serious risk.

The proposal includes a notice-and-takedown regime and 25-year copyright term extensions, which would lead to excessive content removal and censorship and prevent innovation — and that’s just what they’re telling us. Even more disastrous measures could be hidden in the secret details.

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland is in Washington RIGHT NOW negotiating Canada’s position on NAFTA. We need to make sure she knows we will not accept these dangerous new rules, which would wreak havoc on our digital rights.

Tell Minister Freeland to not let an IP Chapter into NAFTA.


The U.S. is trying to reclaim what they gave away when they walked away from the TPP: The most restrictive copyright rules in the world.2

Trump thinks he can pressure Canada into signing the deal, having already reached an agreement with Mexico, and is threatening to leave us behind if we don’t sign on by tomorrow!3

But there’s still hope! Canada set a precedent that it won’t accept bad copyright proposals when it rejected the IP Chapter in the TPP. And Prime Minister Trudeau has said no deal is better than a bad deal when it comes to NAFTA4 — and this IP Chapter is definitely a bad deal for Canada.

We’ve won on this before, and we’ll do it again. Let’s make it clear that Canada will not be bullied into overreaching and restrictive copyright rules.

Send an email to Minister Freeland now, Aicap.

Yours for the Internet,
Laura, and the OpenMedia team

P.S. NAFTA negotiations are moving quickly and it’s going to take everything we’ve got to keep up with whatever comes next. Will you chip in to help us ensure we have the resources we need to keep up the fight?

[1] United States–Mexico Trade Fact Sheet: Modernizing NAFTA to be a 21st Century Trade Agreement:
Office of the United States Trade Representative
[2] Let’s Talk TPP: OpenMedia
[3] Pressure on Canada to forge new trade deal within days after U.S. and Mexico reach two-way agreement: National Post
[4] NAFTA deal by Friday? 'Only a possibility,' Trudeau says: CTV News




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Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweep nets 78 arrests in Arizona
ABC15 Arizona
PHOENIX - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says a week-long special operation all over Arizona netted the arrests of 78 ...

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Canadian Charged With Smuggling People Through Rail Tunnel
U.S. News & World Report
A Canadian man has been arrested and faces a federal charge of smuggling people into the U.S. illegally through an underground railway tunnel ...

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Dear Aicap,

FAMM is teaming up with HBO to host several screenings of "The Sentence," a Sundance Film Festival Award-winning new documentary that captures one family's experience with federal drug mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The movie, which premieres on HBO in October, is raw and powerful. It will strike a chord with families who have been forced to endure the hardship of a loved one’s incarceration, and, I hope, open the eyes of those who have not.

Below is a list of dates and places where FAMM will be hosting (or co-hosting) screenings:

9/11 — Georgetown Law School, Washington, D.C.
9/19 — Arizona State University Law School, Phoenix, Ariz.
9/24 — Stetson Law School, Gulfport, Fla.
9/25 — Temple Law School, Philadelphia, Penn.
9/29 — National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

We will be following up with more information about these screenings with those of you who live nearby one of them. In addition, FAMM will be asking YOU to host watch parties once the movie premieres in October. Please be on the lookout for more information in the next few weeks.


Kevin Ring
President, FAMM

1100 H Street NW | Suite 1000 | Washington, D.C. 20005 | Tel: (202) 822-6700
FAMM © 2018 All rights reserved.

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US Prison Staff, Inmates Poisoned by Suspected Airborne Fentanyl in Ohio
Sputnik International
At least 24 correctional officers, nurses and inmates are currently being treated after being exposed to a drug - possibly fentanyl - at the Ross …

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