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Inmates control all 24 prisons in Honduras
Honduras’ 24 prisons are controlled by inmates because the state has abandoned its role in rehabilitating people convicted of crimes, the Inter-America Commission on Human Rights said. The commission said the prisons are so poorly guarded that the inmates could escape if they wanted to, especially in the prison in the city of San Pedro Sula. (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/report-inmates-control-all-24-prisons-honduras)
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Conn. prison Officials Reverse ban of lamb book
Connecticut’s Department of correction on Thursday reversed its decision to remove a 21-year-old novel written by internationally known author Wally Lamb, a volunteer at one of the state’s prisons.
The agency said “ She’s Come Undone”, a best-selling novel that became widely read after being selected by Oprah Winfrey’s book club in 1996, came up for review after a Mansion Youth Institution inmate ordered it. the department said the purchase was temporarily denied and the book was removed from circulation at the York Correctional library due to “some of the graphic” nature of the content.( http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/conn-prison-officials-reverse-ban-lamb-book-20043262)

Former top Egyptian militant vows peace, warns Mubarack
Abboud el-Zomor spent 30 years in Egyptian prisons in connection with the 1981 assassination of former President Anwar Sadat. On Thursday, he smiled as he carried a silver tray with long-stemmed glasses of 7 Up into his family’s living room in a run-down tower block in Giza. Two of his mop-headed grandchildren peered around the corner from the hallway. (http://news.yahoo.com/former-top-egyptian-militant-vows-peace-warns-mubarak-040106049.html)

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman named Chelsea

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday, for handing Wikileaks a massive cache of sensitive government documents (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/21/bradley-manning-leaks_n_3788126.html?1377094813) detailing the inner workings of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Has expressed his wish to as a woman, Manning’s struggle with gender identity disorder (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Gender-dysphoria/Pages/Introduction.aspx) – was a key part of the defence.

Jail chief quits after 13 escape from Argentine prison, activists complain about replacement

Argentina has replaced its prisons chief and offered a reward worth about $89,000 for help capturing 11 dangerous inmates who tunnelled their way out of a maximum-security prison in Buenos Aires’ suburb. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/prisons-chief-replaced-reward-offered-after-13-inmates-escape-from-argentina-prison/2013/08/21/99c375ce-0aa1-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html)

Convicted murderer killed in Oregon prison cell

A convicted murderer was found dead in his cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary Saturday morning. He was killed by a fellow inmate.
The penitentiary was immediately put on a lockdown while investigators from the state police, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and medical examiner’s office interviewed witnesses. (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-Convicted-murderer-killed-in-prison-cell-220125971.html)

U.S. judge approves force-feeding California inmates

A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials on Monday to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week (http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20130819/NEWS06/308190026/Calif-inmate-hunger-strike-heads-into-7th-week). Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last for decades (http://www.kcra.com/news/calif-inmate-hunger-strike-heads-into-7th-week/-/11797728/21530898/-/74huaz/-/index.html).
Chinese citizens movement leader arrested
One of China’s most well-known civil rights advocates has been formally arrested on charges of disrupting public order, as Beijing cracks down on grassroots efforts to build a civil society that may challenge its rule. (http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/chinese-citizens-movement-leader-arrested-20043958)

Malaysia court frees 2 in Mongolian murder scandal

A Malaysian appeals court on Friday ordered two police officers freed after overturning their murder convictions in the killing of a Mongolian woman who had an affair with the prime minister’s friend. (http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/malaysia-court-frees-mongolian-murder-scandal-20043380).

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