In The News (Issue No11)

28Feb09

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The 4WardEver digest magazine is published periodically and features a collection of recent news stories from various press sources worldwide. If you spot something, let us know via info@4wardever.org

Policy & Reform
Jail healthcare ‘not good enough’
12th February 2009
BBC News
Healthcare in prisons in England is still not good enough – despite a shake-up of the system in recent years, two leading watchdogs say. The NHS has only recently taken control of services, but already the Healthcare Commission and the Chief Inspector of Prisons have said more must be done.

Retired Police chief breaks down his 60-20-20 theory (Video)
9th February 2009
Capital ‘X’ Walks for Life
Leon E. “Chief” Frazier, a 27-year retired law-enforcement professional, breaks down on theory he came up with he calls 60-20-20.

Deaths in Police Custody
Death in custody: Coroner orders policemen prosecution
28th February 2009
Vanguard
An inquest into the mysterious death in custody of a herbalist, Samson Adeleke Adekoya in police custody has indicted the investigative police officers. The Coroner court has consequently ordered the prosecution of the police officers involved in Adekoya’s death.

Police killings worrying
28th February 2009
Trinidad News
Only six per cent of all enquiries into this country’s police killings have been completed in the past ten years, the United States Department of State has revealed in its 2008 Human Rights report. Last year alone, 43 people died “while in police custody or at the hands of law enforcement authorities”, the report noted.

RCMP training led to Robert Dziekanski’s death
27th February 2009
In These Times
Reviewing the statements and testimony of RCMP constables Rundel and Bentley during the Braidwood inquiry into the police killing of Robert Dziekanski, I can’t help but be struck by the unapologetic and repeated refrain: “I acted according to my training.” This is offered as an explanation for how four RCMP officers assessed that Mr. Dziekanski was a threat to them and determined the degree of force required to control him.

Deaths in Prison Custody
Mentally ill inmate commits suicide after catalogue of failings in the prison system
10th February 2009
Black Mental Health UK
A series of failings at HMP Rye Hill prison that contributed to the tragic death of Michael Bailey, an inmate suffering from mentally illness has been slammed as reprehensible by health campaigners.

Capital Punishment
Senate revisits death penalty
30th January 2009
CJOnline
The Senate may be headed to a full-blown debate on political, legal and emotional ramifications of abolishing capital punishment in Kansas. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene, probably Wednesday, to consider a bill dismissing the state’s 14-year-old death penalty statute. Ten killers have been sentenced to death in Kansas, but there have been no executions.

Press Conference on Ending Death Penalty Under Law of Parties in Texas (Video)
24th February 2009
niris on YouTube
Proponents of ending the death penalty under the Law of Parties held a press conference in Austin at the State Capitol on March 24, 2009. Speakers included State Rep Harold Dutton, Lawrence Foster, Kenneth Foster Sr, Mary Ellen Felps, Scott Cobb and Steven Been (brother in-law of Jeff Wood).

State Terror
Sri Lankan Civilians Caught Between Worsening Military-Tamil Rebel Clashes
27th February 2009
Democracy Now!
The United Nations estimates that 215,000 Tamil civilians are trapped in northern Sri Lanka as intense fighting continues between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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