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  • Rejecting hopelessness and destruction within prison walls

    August 10, 2016 | 3:26 pm

    When a close family member of mine was imprisoned at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic a few years ago, my perspective on the criminal justice system was forever changed. No longer were “inmates,” “jail” and “lockdown” abstract concepts. They were everyday life. Real. Close....

  • Jewish death row prisoner in Kentucky sues for exclusion from kosher meal program

    July 26, 2016 | 3:49 pm

    A Reform Jewish death row prisoner in Kentucky is suing the penitentiary where he is incarcerated for kicking him out of the state’s kosher food program.

    In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, William Harry Meece claimed he was being unfairly penalized for eating...

  • French high court reaffirms prison sentence for Holocaust-denying professor

    June 29, 2016 | 9:52 am

    France’s highest court affirmed a one-year prison sentence for a professor who questioned the Holocaust’s veracity.

    The Court of Cassation rejected the appeal last week of Vincent Reynouard, who has since fled the country and is presumed escaped. It was the last of several...

  • What Does Passover Mean When You’re in Prison?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 26, 2016 | 1:00 am

    This isn’t a metaphorical question.

    Passover is a joyous holiday about freedom. It’s about remembering what it was like when we were slaves, telling the story about how we were set free, and celebrating that freedom. It’s about all the wonderful things God did for us. It’s a...

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  • Teresa Giudice: Big House to Club House

    By Ilana Angel

    February 10, 2016 | 7:23 am

    Last night marked the return of Teresa Giudice to TV, when she sat with Andy Cohen for a one-on-one interview. She looked beautiful and it was wonderful to see her looking happy, healthy, and beautiful. She was kind, gentle, and aware of herself in a way she has never was before....

  • Teaching Taharah in Prison

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 10, 2016 | 12:30 am

    One day last week Rabbi Michael Lezak drove me up to the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, which, according to its website, provides “a centrally located medical/psychiatric institution for the health care needs of the male felon population in California's prisons.”

    Upon...

  • Ehud Olmert has prison term cut in bribery conviction

    December 29, 2015 | 8:12 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had his prison term cut to 18 months from six years for his part in the Holyland corruption case.

    The Supreme Court, as part of Olmert’s appeal during a hearing Tuesday morning, cut the term ordered by the Tel Aviv District Court in May...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In Week 1

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2015 | 7:10 pm

    Typos are generously sponsored by my tears!

    I have been waiting for this show to come on for a long time. I was excited when it was announced and am excited now. I really like this family. I love Teresa Giudice. I have interviewed Teresa and she is lovely. I happen to think Juicy...

  • For Gazans, fence with Israel is a leap into the unknown

    July 10, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    From his spartan room in the Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, 18-year-old Abdalla al-Haddad could glimpse a narrow chance at a better life: it was less than a mile and a 3-1/2-metre fence away.

    So on a chilly night in February, he and a friend made a dash for it,...

  • Israel’s Medical Association warns against proposed prisoner force-feeding bill

    June 15, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Israel's cabinet approved on Sunday a proposed law that would enable authorities to force-feed Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike, a practice opposed by the country's medical association.

    Israel has long been concerned that hunger strikes by Palestinians in its jails...

  • Arsonist in kosher Paris supermarket blaze gets 4 years in jail

    November 5, 2014 | 11:51 am

    The four-year prison sentence given to the man who torched a kosher supermarket in suburban Paris “sent an important message,” the chief rabbi of France said.

    The Correctional Tribunal of Pontoise near Paris on Oct. 26 sentenced a 27-year-old ambulance driver for setting fire to...

  • Israeli gets jail time in Sweden for terrorism threats

    July 25, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    An Israeli citizen who threatened to commit terrorism in Sweden after his asylum request there was denied has been sentenced to two years in prison.

    Amram Ivri, 43, was sent to jail and made to pay $14,080 in fines and legal fees Friday for actions he committed last month, the...

  • Baruch Lebovits, Brooklyn rabbi charged with sex abuse, gets plea deal

    July 10, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Baruch Lebovits, a Brooklyn rabbi convicted of sex abuse in 2010 only to have the conviction overturned on appeal, was sentenced to two years in prison as part of a plea deal.

    The deal was approved Wednesday. Lebovits is expected to serve less than a year of additional jail time...

  • My 10 years of freedom: From human trafficking victim to survivor and advocate

    June 9, 2014 | 10:22 am

    It has been 10 years since I have been free, flying like a bird! In the mid-1970s, at the age of 15, I was sold for $200 to a man who I supposed to be working for, which was not true. He was my trafficker. I was kept in his house for more than five years against my will.  During...

  • Stop Choosing To Live Life in Prison

    By Ilana Angel

    January 16, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    I am a very blessed human being. Some would say I am lucky rather than blessed, but I believe God has a hand in my luck, which makes me blessed. I have a lot of things happening in my life and they have been consuming my time and thoughts. Professionally there are things I cannot...

  • New Israeli detention center falls flat

    December 17, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    After three days of walking in the cold and snow, many of them on hunger strike, 150 African asylum seekers were forced onto buses and taken back to the new detention center in the Negev desert. The detainees say they want...

  • Protesting African migrants sent back to Israeli detention center

    December 17, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Israeli police on Tuesday sent back to custody about 150 African migrants who had abandoned a desert detention center in protest against a new law allowing them to be kept there indefinitely.

    Aided by rights groups, the migrants had travelled to Jerusalem to demonstrate outside...

  • Egyptian court orders Mubarak’s release

    August 21, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    Mubarak will then be put under house arrest, the prime minister's...

  • Life plus 1,000 years: Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro sentenced

    August 1, 2013 | 11:07 am

    An Ohio judge on Thursday sentenced Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to life in prison for abducting, raping and holding captive three women for as long as 11 years, and murder for forcing one of the women to abort her pregnancy.

    Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo imposed the...

  • Where are the demonstrations for Marissa Alexander?

    By David Suissa

    July 14, 2013 | 10:37 pm

    While the nation's eyes are on the growing demonstrations around the country over the George Zimmerman verdict—a case that had an abundance of reasonable doubt-- an enormous injustice has slipped through the national radar.

    This is the impossible story of an African-American...

  • Once imprisoned, now free

    March 19, 2013 | 7:47 am

    The poetry of Naftali Herz Kon was finally released from the imprisonment of the Polish Archives.

    In January this year I was exploring complicated happenings around the poetry of Naftali Herz Kon. The poet was accused of espionage and all his archives were confiscated in the...

  • Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian who died in Israeli prison

    February 25, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Thousands of Palestinians attended the West Bank funeral of a Palestinian prisoner who died in an Israeli prison days after being arrested for participating in attacks on Israelis.

    Arafat Jaradat, 30, was buried with military honors Monday in a village near Hebron, according to...

  • Spy suicide scandal focuses attention on Israel’s foreign Jews

    February 14, 2013 | 6:07 am

    The jailhouse suicide of an Australian immigrant who may have betrayed Israel's Mossad has focused attention on the agency's recruitment of foreign-born Jews who could spy under cover of their native passports.

    After a three-year blackout was broken by an Australian TV expose,...

  • Life of an IDF ‘Refusenik’

    January 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    Life in Israeli military prison, it turns out, is a lot like life in the Israeli military.

    “We get up at 5 every morning and we have a morning roll call,” says 19-year-old Natan Blanc, a chronic prisoner at Prison Six, along the northern coast of Israel. He has spent almost two...

  • Israeli Supreme Court shortens whistleblower’s prison term

    December 31, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Israel's Supreme Court on Monday shortened by a year the 4-1/2-year prison term of a soldier who gave a journalist classified military documents, some relating to operations against Palestinian militants.

    Ruling on Anat Kamm's appeal against the length of her sentence, the court...

  • Cuba says Gross in ‘normal’ health, willing to negotiate his release

    September 13, 2012 | 9:38 am

    A Cuban Foreign Ministry official rejected claims by the wife of Alan Gross that the jailed American contractor was in ill health and said Cuba was willing to negotiate his release with U.S. officials.

    “The state of health of Mr. Gross continues being normal and he regularly does...

  • Pollard supporters call Clinton’s remarks a ‘slap in the face’

    July 17, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Supporters of Jonathan Pollard called Hillary Clinton’s remarks rejecting his possible clemency “a resounding slap in the face” to Israel’s leaders and its people.

    “With respect to Mr. Pollard, he was convicted of spying in 1987, he was sentenced to life in prison, he is serving...

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