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  • Palestinian woman on hunger strike in prison

    February 27, 2012 | 10:11 am

    A Palestinian woman, released by Israel in a prisoner swap last year but re-arrested earlier this month and held without charge, is on a hunger strike to protest at her treatment, officials said on Monday.

    Hana Shalabi started refusing to eat 12 days ago, her lawyer and a...

  • Palestinian prisoner ends 66-day hunger strike

    February 21, 2012 | 8:06 am

    A Palestinian held in an Israeli jail without charge agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike.

    Khader Adnan, 33, ended the hunger strike Tuesday after the State Prosecutor’s Office agreed that it would not renew his administrative detention, which is set to end on April 17.

    Adnan has...

  • Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli prison denied release

    February 14, 2012 | 10:46 am

    A Palestinian man in the 59th day of a hunger strike was denied release from an Israeli prison, where he is being held without charge.

    Khader Adnan has been held in an Israeli prison since his arrest by Israeli soldiers on Dec. 17. He can be held in administrative detention, without...

  • Israeli tourist released from Chile jail

    February 9, 2012 | 10:35 am

    An Israeli tourist charged by Chile with accidentally starting a massive forest fire in a popular national park was fined and released.

    Rotem Singer, 23, was ordered by a court in Puerto Natales to pay a $10,000 fine to the government of Chile and perform two years of community...

  • Turkey’s jails filling up with journalists

    February 1, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    Aziz Tekin, a correspondent for the Kurdish-language newspaper Azadiya Welat, had the misfortune of becoming a news item himself over the weekend when he became the 105th journalist in Turkey to be put behind bars.

    That places Turkey – a country usually hailed as an exemplar of...

  • Pollard’s wife: Jonathan may not last another year in prison

    November 21, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    The wife of convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard said her husband may not survive another year in prison.

    Pollard, who entered his 27th year in prison on Monday, is suffering from several medical complications, according to his wife, Esther. Polllard married his wife while he...

  • Madoff says he is happier in prison than free

    October 28, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    Financial swindler Bernard Madoff said that he is happier in prison than he was on the outside because he no longer lives in fear of being arrested and knows he will die in prison, TV journalist Barbara Walters said on Thursday.

    Walters, who spent two hours at the prison with Madoff...

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a Pig & a Pervert, Not a Rapist

    By Ilana Angel

    August 24, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Mr. Strauss-Kahn became a free man yesterday when all sexual assault charges against him were dropped.  We will never know what really happened, but as I said from the beginning, I don’t think he raped anyone. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a pig and a pervert to be sure, but he is not...

  • Judge rules U.S. inmate has no right to matzah

    August 11, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    A U.S. federal judge has ruled that an inmate in a New York jail does not have a constitutionally protected right to matzah and grape juice.

    Christopher Henry, who was charged with first-degree sodomy, claimed permanent trauma and malnourishment and requested nearly $10 billion in...

  • Nevada prison system says kosher food will continue, disputing lawsuit’s claims

    June 10, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Officials for the Nevada prison system say it is not discontinuing its kosher meal program, contrary to the allegations of a recent lawsuit.

    On June 1, attorneys for Howard Ackerman, an Orthodox Jewish prisoner in Carson City, Nev., filed a lawsuit against the state. The suit...

  • Solitary Confinement -When Solitude Is No Longer a Virtue

    May 17, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Last week, there was a major Congressional briefing on the effects of long-term solitary confinement.

    Experts demonstrated that prolonged, isolated confinement causes serious psychological damage. Yet, most courts and legislatures have been unwilling to declare this harsh practice...

  • Prosecutors appeal Demjanjuk’s release from jail

    May 16, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Munich state prosecutors appealed a district court’s decision to release convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk from prison pending his appeal.

    Monday’s appeal of Demjanjuk’s release, following his conviction on war crimes on May 12, also appealed the five-year sentence handed...

  • Appeals court upholds kosher meals for Indiana prisoners

    May 10, 2011 | 10:30 am

    The Indiana Department of Corrections must provide kosher food for observant Jewish inmates after an appeals court dismissed the department’s appeal of a lower court decision.

    The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Monday in Maston Willis v. Commission, Indiana Department of...

  • A Pesach plea for prison reform

    April 12, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    Last week, here in Los Angeles, we read with horror of an inmate in a local county jail who was strangled to death in his cell. This inmate had been complaining to a judge that he was being “hassled” by other inmates. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions have plagued L.A....

  • Passover in Prison

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 12, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    A few weeks before Passover, there was a moment when Shirley Friedman looked worried that there might not be enough food for everybody.

    Friedman, who calls herself “a full-time grandmother,” is expecting to feed three dozen people over the first two nights of Passover at her...

  • Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav receives seven-year prison sentence

    March 22, 2011 | 9:43 am

    Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who was found guilty of rape and sexual assault, was sentenced to seven years in jail and ordered to pay compensation to two of his victims.

    A panel of three Tel Aviv District Court judges handed down the sentence Tuesday, nearly five years...

  • Jesse Jackson appeals to Cuba to free Gross

    March 2, 2011 | 10:13 am

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Cuba to release Jewish U.S. citizen Alan Gross from prison and reunite him with his family.

    Jackson, who has been to Cuba several times and met with former President Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro, offered to go to Cuba to...

  • Abusive ‘rabbi’ sentenced to 24 years in prison

    February 28, 2011 | 11:35 am

    A self-proclaimed rabbi who counseled his followers to commit acts of child abuse and abused several children who lived with him was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

    Elior Chen was sentenced Monday in Jerusalem District Court to 24 years in prison and damages of $192,000 to his...

  • Montana inmate sues for kosher food

    February 1, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    An inmate in Montana Women’s Prison is suing the state corrections office and prison officials for not providing her with kosher food.

    Shelley Tischler claimed in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Billings, Mont., that she is Jewish and eats kosher food. She claims that...

  • Rubashkin appeal seeks new trial

    January 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Lawyers for convicted former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin have appealed a judge’s decision denying their bid for a new trial.

    In a brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo., lawyers for Rubashkin made four arguments on his behalf, chief among...

  • International aid arrives as Carmel fire continues to rage

    December 3, 2010 | 12:09 am

    Seven fire-fighting aircraft landed in Israel early Friday, the first arrivals of a planned international airlift sent to aid the battle against a massive brushfire ripping through northern Israel.

    Over 15,000 residents, including 600 prison inmates, were evacuated as the blaze...

  • Inmates’ rights were violated on kosher meals, judge rules

    November 8, 2010 | 9:31 am

    The Indiana Department of Corrections violated federal law when it substituted vegan meals for kosher for its inmates, a federal judge ruled.

    U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson made the ruling last week in Indianapolis in response to a class-action suit filed last year...

  • Muslim prisoners’ appeal on bread is toast

    March 24, 2010 | 3:43 pm

    Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a Muslim prisoner to provide him and his co-religionists in prison with bread during the Passover holiday.

    Madab Raik had appealed a district court decision that said the Israel Prisons Service did not need to provide him with fresh bread...

  • Bernie Bests Butner Bruiser

    By Rob Eshman

    October 13, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    The New York Post headline today screamed, “Bernie’s Bruising Battle—Over Stocks!”

    Seems convicted swindler Bernard Madoff got into a prison yard scrap when a fellow inmate and he got into an argument over the stock market.

    The shouting match got so heated that the inmate pushed...

  • Inmates Celebrate B’not Mitzvah

    September 9, 2009 | 4:56 am

    Two women, identified as Carol and Pamela — not their real names — became b’not mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 5. Both are inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona, located about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The event is believed to be the first bat...

  • Shalits reveal content of 2006 letter from Gilad

    September 8, 2009 | 2:15 pm

    The family of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit has allowed public access to a letter he wrote just months after being taken captive by Palestinian militants in 2006.

    The letter was handed over to Israel by Egyptian mediators in October 2006, four months after Shalit was seized in a cross-border raid.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Bernie Madoff Goes to Butner

    By Rob Eshman

    July 14, 2009 | 4:50 pm

    Authorities transferred Bernard Madoff to the Federal prison in Butner, S.C. today. Curious about what his life inside will be like?  These descriptioons are culled from a prisoner’s web site.  No word yet on whether Madoff will be kept in Medium or Low Security, so here’s noth:


  • Madoff Enters the Sentenced Land

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 14, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    From NYTimes.com:

    The convicted swindler Bernard L. Madoff arrived at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., on Tuesday to start serving a 150-year sentence.

    A spokeswoman for Federal Bureau of Prisons, Linda Thomas, said Mr. Madoff arrived at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex on Tuesday morning, after a brief stay at an Atlanta prison while in transit from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan.  Read the full story at NYTimes.com.

  • Madoff Gets 150 Years in Prison

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 29, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    by Jacob Berkman, JTA

    Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in jail, the maximum sentence allowed for his crimes.

    U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin during Monday’s sentencing called Madoff’s crimes “staggering.”

    Madoff, 71, confessed to bilking investors of up to $65...

  • A Seder Is Not a Seder Is Not a Seder…

    April 2, 2009 | 1:10 pm

    My Passover odyssey began in 1991, when I decided to organize a community seder. It would be homemade affair in a rented room, with my children, cousins and friends creating the decorations, skits, music and conversation topics.

    Even after I had to close registration at 95 people,...

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