A short discussion on a new website called Everyday Abolition. The Prison Radio Show plans to have an interview with the creators of this web site soon.
An update on the case of political prisoner Lynne Stewart who now has stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized. Lynne sits in a prison cell at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is serving a 10-year sentence. Included in the update is a segment from Democracy Now followed with an interview with screen writer Claude Herdhuin, who worked on the documentary – Lynne Stewart: An American Story. Stewart’s family is pleading with the State for “compassionate release” and numerous international human rights campaigners, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have signed a petition calling for her to be freed on medical grounds. Claude Herdhuin will give us an update about Lynne’s present condition and the International campaign that is putting pressure on the Warden at the prison, to release Lynne Stewart.
The Prison Radio Show has been anticipating the release of the book “Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” edited by Kenneth E. Hartman, the award winning author of Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars. Ken is a prisoner who is currently into his 33rd year of a sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole in the State of California. The Indiegogo campaign that Ken spoke about during our show that aired March 29th has begun and we spoke a bit about that on the show as well as hearing a few words from musician Wayne Kramer.
We share a press release from a prisoner at Bath Federal Prison in Ontario about unfair labour practices, where prisoners are being forced to work without pay that could add up to 104 days of unpaid labour per year.
The Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Programme was officially unveiled on April 19 2013. This program, which has now partnered with the Ottawa Court House, has successfully kept some First Nations, Métis and Inuit who are in conflict with the law, out of the criminal justice system. We have an interview with Mark Marsolais, the Aboriginal Community Justice Coordinator, about this program and its news partnership.
A panel of Federal Court of Appeal judges has restored a compensation award of $9,500 to prisoner Peter Collins, a regular commentator to the Prison Radio Show. We interviewed Joan Ruzsa from Rittenhouse in Toronto about this human rights case and its recent success as well as commentating on the misinformation in a recent article about it that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen.
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