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Posts Tagged With: United States Department of Justice
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safest place for black men is in prison, says report that found they are half as likely to die while behind bars
Locked up: A report found that black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they’re in prison than if they
Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they’re in prison than if they aren’t, suggests a new report.
A study looking at inmates in North Carolina found that black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases.
But that pattern didn’t hold for white men, who on the whole were slightly more likely to die in prison than outside, according to findings published in Annals of Epidemiology.
Researchers say it’s not the first time a study has found lower death rates among certain groups of inmates – particularly disadvantaged people, who might get protection against violent injuries and murder.
‘Ironically, prisons are often the only provider of medical care accessible by these underserved and vulnerable Americans,’ said Hung-En Sung of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
Behind bars: The report found that black men get better healthcare inside
‘Typically, prison-based care is more comprehensive than what inmates have received prior to their admission.’
The new study involved about 100,000 men between age 20 and 79 who were held in North Carolina prisons at some point between 1995 and 2005. Sixty per cent of those men were black.
Researchers linked prison and state health records to determine which of the inmates died, and of what causes, during their prison stay.
Then they compared those figures with expected deaths in men of the same age and race in the general population.
Less than one per cent of men died during incarceration, and there was no difference between black and white inmates. But outside prison walls, blacks have a higher rate of death at any given age than whites.
‘What’s very sad about this is that if we are able to all of a sudden equalise or diminish these health inequalities that you see by race inside a place like prison, it should also be that in places like a poor neighbourhood we should be able to diminish these sort of inequities,’ said Evelyn Patterson, who studies correctional facilities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
‘If it can be done [in prison], then certainly it can happen outside of prison.’
As in the general population, cancer and heart and blood vessel diseases were the most common cause of death among inmates – accounting for more than half of deaths.
White prisoners died of cardiovascular diseases as often as expected and died of cancer slightly more often than non-prisoners.
Black inmates, by contrast, were between 30 and 40 per cent less likely to die of those causes than those who weren’t incarcerated.
Contrast: For white men, the overall death rate was slightly higher than in the general population
They were also less likely to die of diabetes, alcohol and drug-related causes, airway diseases, accidents, suicide and murder than black men not in prison.
All told, their risk of death at any age was only half that of men living in the community.
For white men, the overall death rate was slightly higher – by about 12 per cent – than in the general population, with some of that attributed to higher rates of death from infection, including HIV and hepatitis.
When the researchers broke prisoners up by age, death rates were only higher for white prisoners age 50 and older.
‘For some populations, being in prison likely provides benefits in regards to access to healthcare and life expectancy,’ said study author Dr David Rosen, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
But, he added: ‘It’s important to remember that there are many possible negative consequences of imprisonment – for example, broken relationships, loss of employment opportunities, and greater entrenchment in criminal activity — hat are not reflected in our study findings but nevertheless have an important influence on prisoners’ lives and their overall health.’
For Dr Rosen, one of the main messages from the study is the need to make the world outside of prison walls safer, and to make sure people living there have adequate access to healthcare.
those that don’t treat you right won’t teach you right
Cornell University has placed the Sigma Pi fraternity on interim suspension pending an investigation of a racial incident. According to police, people on the roof of the fraternity house threw bottles and other objects and taunted a group of Black students who were walking by the house with racial insults. A fraternity spokesperson said that it had identified one perpetrator and that the person was not a member of the fraternity. One of the Black students told police that it was difficult to determine how many people were involved but she added that other people on the roof appeared to be encouraging the behavior and did nothing to stop it.
Susan H. Murphy, vice president for student and academic services, issued a statement which read:
“There is no place for this kind of behavior at Cornell University; we celebrate our diversity and expect all our members to respect one another. My colleagues and I regret that this happened at all, and call on every Cornellian to support each other and most especially the members of our community most affected by this incident. Once we have completed a review of the incident, including who was involved, appropriate action will be taken and we will notify the community when that happens.”
Two nooses were found on the campus of the University of West Florida in Pensacola. One was found last Saturday and a second noose was found on Monday.
Judith Bense, president of the university, issued a statement which read, in part, “This speech is repugnant to university ideals. The university strives to create and maintain a community that is free of harassment, intimidation and/or humiliation for all students, faculty and staff. This matter is very serious. I hope you will all join me in open, honest dialogue and mutual respect for our fellow students and colleagues.”
The United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education have announced that they have resolved an investigation of racial harassment directed against African Americans on the campus of the University of California at San Diego.
Complaints alleged multiple incidents of racial harassment on campus including public displays of nooses and a hood from a Ku Klux Klan uniform.
The university voluntarily agreed to take steps to prevent future acts of racial harassment, to eliminate any hostile racial environments on campus, and to respond appropriately when incidents of harassment occur in the future. The university agreed to maintain an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination and to provide mandatory training for staff and students on the university’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures.
“Students have a right to seek and obtain an education without facing racial harassment,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. “UCSD, like all colleges and universities, has an obligation to make clear that racial discrimination and harassment on campus will not be tolerated, and this agreement is a significant step in the right direction.”
An uproar occurred on the campus of the University of Texas when the student newspaper the Daily Texan published a cartoon this past Tuesday relating to the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. The cartoon shows a woman on a chair that is labeled, “The Media.” She is reading a book to a child with the title, Treyvon Martin and the Case of Yellow Journalism. The woman is quoted as reading, “And then, the big bad white man killed the handsome, sweet, innocent, colored boy.”
Two Black women students at the University of Wisconsin reported that they were subjected to racial slurs as they walked past a fraternity house near campus. The women were taunted by men who were partying on the porch of the fraternity house. A glass bottle was thrown at the women but no one was hurt.
The university placed the chapter of Delta Upsilon fraternity on emergency suspension until an investigation of the incident is completed. The fraternity recently had been on “alcohol probation” after an incident of underage drinking last fall.
This past weekend members of the Youth for Western Civilization were alleged to have written messages in chalk at several places on the campus of Towson University in Maryland. The messages read, “White Pride.”
A forum was held on campus to discuss the incidents. Here is a video news report on the forum.
A photo of the late Cornell Bell hangs in the lobby of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Bell was a professor who led Purdue’s Business Opportunity Program for more than 37 years. He retired in 2006 and died in 2009.
Last week, a visiting alumnus discovered that a large “X” was found written in marker over Bell’s photograph and a racial slur was written above his name.
France A. Córdova, president of Purdue University, issued a statement that read, “We deplore the act of racial vandalism that occurred recently in our Krannert Building. It is offensive, shocking and wholly out of character with our values and goals of inclusion and mutual respect. This incident cannot and will not define us as people or as an institution.”
Three hate crimes have been reported on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Parkside in Kenosah over the past several days.
On Wednesday, a noose made of rubber bands hanging in a common area of a dormitory was found by a Black woman student. After the woman reported the incident to university authorities, the next day she received a racially charged note that was left near the door of her dormitory room, accompanied by a second noose.
Later that night, fliers were found at the residence hall. The fliers contained threatening messages directed at particular Black students, racial slurs, and warnings that the Black students would be killed.
The university police department called in seven sheriff’s department detectives to aid them in the investigation.
“At the University of Wisconsin-Parkside we’re proud of the diverse living and learning environment the campus offers our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve,” said Chancellor Deborah Ford. “The type of behavior displayed by a very small number of people is not tolerated and will not be tolerated here.”
Update: The fliers threatening Black students were later found to be a hoax. A student admitted that she created the fliers because she was displeased about the university’s response to the initial incidents.
Jan 18, 2012: The University of Cincinnati Mounts an Online Program to Combat Racial and Sexual Harassment
The University of Cincinnati is requiring all faculty and staff to complete an online training program on racial and sexual harassment. Students are also being asked to participate in the training program. There are four tracks for different campus constituencies: faculty, staff, students, and supervisors.
George Wharton, director of the equal opportunity office at the University of Cincinnati, says that the program “is formatted to encourage awareness and prevention of harassment and discrimination. The program outlines current law on harassment and includes examples to illustrate words and behaviors that might reasonably be regarded as discriminatory.”
At the conclusion of the online training session, the viewer will be given a 15 question test to certify that they have mastered the course material. If they fail the test, they can retake the program again until they pass.
Last month the Missouri State University Pride Band was asked to perform at the dedication of a public park in downtown Springfield. During its performance the band played the song “Dixie.” In 1906, three African American men were lynched in the same location.
The president of the local chapter of the NAACP lodged a protest with the university’s interim president, Clif Smart. President Smart issued a quick apology and stated that the song will not be played by the band in any public venue in the future.
Wes Pratt, an equal opportunity official at Missouri State told the Springfield News-Leader, the song “was not appropriate, certainly not on the public square with the history. It’s an indication of lack of cultural competence, which we must continue to work on to improve at Missouri State and in the community.”
Dec 04, 2011: Historically Black University Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit With White Football Coach
Robby Wells, former head football coach at Savannah State University, agreed to a $240,000 settlement of a race discrimination lawsuit. Wells, who is White, claimed that the historically Black university had fired him because of his race.
Wells claimed in the lawsuit that he was told by university officials that alumni would not support him because of his race and that citizens of Savannah would not support him because of his plans to marry an African American woman.
In agreeing to the settlement, the university denied any wrongdoing in the case.
Dec 02, 2011: Confederate Flag Controversy at the Beaufort Campus of the University of South Carolina
Byron Thomas is a 19-year-old student at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. He had a Confederate battle flag hanging in the window of his dormitory room on campus where it could be seen by people walking through campus. Just before Thanksgiving, university officials told him to remove the flag. After he posted a video online at CNN explaining his views, officials relented and told him he could display the flag.
In an email to the campus community, a university spokesperson stated that officials had asked Thomas to remove the flag “out of respect for his fellow students’ concerns.” But the email went on to state that the university had a firm regard for the First Amendment right of free speech and that “the university cannot and will not prohibit these flags or other symbols that our students choose to display.”
By the way, Thomas is an African American.
Here is the video of Thomas explaining his views.
A group of African American religious leaders and the Albuquerque chapter of the NAACP have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education against the University of New Mexico. The suit charges that the university has created a racially hostile environment for students, faculty, and staff. The complaint singles out the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
Among the charges in the complaint are:
• No African Americans have ever held leadership posts in the administration or faculty outside of Black studies.
• Black faculty and staff are paid less than Whites in similar posts.
• Black faculty and staff receive harsher discipline for rules infractions than White faculty and staff.
• Black doctors and nurses at the Health Sciences Center are subjected to a racially hostile work environment.
• Black patients do not get the same level of care at the hospital’s emergency room as other patients.
In a statement responding to the allegations, the university administration said, ““We do not discriminate against African-Americans. The university has very clear policies in place which prohibit discrimination and we train our employees to comply with the law and our policies.”
Nov 20, 2011: Sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi Disciplines Six Students for Blackface Incident
Six students at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg were placed on probation by their sorority for dressing in blackface to attend an off-campus party. The students went in costume depicting themselves as members of the Huxtable family from the 1980s television sitcom, The Cosby Show.
The students, all members of the Phi Mu sorority, will not be disciplined by the university. Dean of Students Eddie Holloway, stated, “Though it is clear that these women had no ill intent, it was also clear that they had little cultural awareness or competency, and did not understand the historical implication of costuming in blackface.”
This past Saturday, the phrase “All Niggers Must Die” was found written on a hallway wall on the fourth floor of Prospect Hall at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The administration acted quickly by notifying local police and holding discussions with students and faculty. Classes and athletic practices were cancelled on Monday. More than a thousand students, faculty, and staff members came together on Chapin Lawn after a student-led march to hear from President Adam Falk and other administrators, as well as students. A slide show of photos from the day of reflection at Williams can be viewed here.
A committee was formed to develop a protocol on how to handle any future incidents of this nature.
Sep 09, 2011: New York University Settles Harassment Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of an African-Born Former Employee
New York University has agreed to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit was filed on behalf of an African-born former employee who used to work in the university’s library mailroom. The employee alleged that his supervisor frequently referred to him as a “monkey” and told him to “go back to his cage.” The suit alleged that the university was slow to respond to the employees allegations of being subjected to a racially hostile workplace.
The university agreed to pay the former employee $210,000 and pledged to improve its complaint procedures.
As Hurricane Katrina began pounding New Orleans, the sheriff’s department abandoned hundreds of inmates imprisoned in the city’s jail, Human Rights Watch said today.
Inmates in Templeman III, one of several buildings in the Orleans Parish Prison compound, reported that as of Monday, August 29, there were no correctional officers in the building, which held more than 600 inmates. These inmates, including some who were locked in ground-floor cells, were not evacuated until Thursday, September 1, four days after flood waters in the jail had reached chest-level.
“Of all the nightmares during Hurricane Katrina, this must be one of the worst,” said Corinne Carey, researcher from Human Rights Watch. “Prisoners were abandoned in their cells without food or water for days as floodwaters rose toward the ceiling.”
Human Rights Watch called on the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the conduct of the Orleans Sheriff’s Department, which runs the jail, and to establish the fate of the prisoners who had been locked in the jail. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, which oversaw the evacuation, and the Orleans Sheriff’s Department should account for the 517 inmates who are missing from the list of people evacuated from the jail.
Carey spent five days in Louisiana, conducting dozens of interviews with inmates evacuated from Orleans Parish Prison, correctional officers, state officials, lawyers and their investigators who had interviewed more than 1,000 inmates evacuated from the prison.
The sheriff of Orleans Parish, Marlin N. Gusman, did not call for help in evacuating the prison until midnight on Monday, August 29, a state Department of Corrections and Public Safety spokeswoman told Human Rights Watch. Other parish prisons, she said, had called for help on the previous Saturday and Sunday. The evacuation of Orleans Parish Prison was not completed until Friday, September 2.
According to officers who worked at two of the jail buildings, Templeman 1 and 2, they began to evacuate prisoners from those buildings on Tuesday, August 30, when the floodwaters reached chest level inside. These prisoners were taken by boat to the Broad Street overpass bridge, and ultimately transported to correctional facilities outside New Orleans.
But at Templeman III, which housed about 600 inmates, there was no prison staff to help the prisoners. Inmates interviewed by Human Rights Watch varied about when they last remember seeing guards at the facility, but they all insisted that there were no correctional officers in the facility on Monday, August 29. A spokeswoman for the Orleans parish sheriff’s department told Human Rights Watch she did not know whether the officers at Templeman III had left the building before the evacuation.
According to inmates interviewed by Human Rights Watch, they had no food or water from the inmates’ last meal over the weekend of August 27-28 until they were evacuated on Thursday, September 1. By Monday, August 29, the generators had died, leaving them without lights and sealed in without air circulation. The toilets backed up, creating an unbearable stench.
“They left us to die there,” Dan Bright, an Orleans Parish Prison inmate told Human Rights Watch at Rapides Parish Prison, where he was sent after the evacuation.
As the water began rising on the first floor, prisoners became anxious and then desperate. Some of the inmates were able to force open their cell doors, helped by inmates held in the common area. All of them, however, remained trapped in the locked facility.
“The water started rising, it was getting to here,” said Earrand Kelly, an inmate from Templeman III, as he pointed at his neck. “We was calling down to the guys in the cells under us, talking to them every couple of minutes. They were crying, they were scared. The one that I was cool with, he was saying ‘I’m scared. I feel like I’m about to drown.’ He was crying.”
Some inmates from Templeman III have said they saw bodies floating in the floodwaters as they were evacuated from the prison. A number of inmates told Human Rights Watch that they were not able to get everyone out from their cells.
Inmates broke jail windows to let air in. They also set fire to blankets and shirts and hung them out of the windows to let people know they were still in the facility. Apparently at least a dozen inmates jumped out of the windows.
”We started to see people in T3 hangin’ shirts on fire out the windows,” Brooke Moss, an Orleans Parish Prison officer told Human Rights Watch. “They were wavin’ em. Then we saw them jumping out of the windows . . . Later on, we saw a sign, I think somebody wrote `help’ on it.”
As of yesterday, signs reading “Help Us,” and “One Man Down,” could still be seen hanging from a window in the third floor of Templeman III.
Several corrections officers told Human Rights Watch there was no evacuation plan for the prison, even though the facility had been evacuated during floods in the 1990s.
“It was complete chaos,” said a corrections officer with more than 30 years of service at Orleans Parish Prison. When asked what he thought happened to the inmates in Templeman III, he shook his head and said: “Ain’t no tellin’ what happened to those people.”
“At best, the inmates were left to fend for themselves,” said Carey. “At worst, some may have died.”
Human Rights Watch was not able to speak directly with Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gussman or the ranking official in charge of Templeman III. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department told Human Rights Watch that search-and-rescue teams had gone to the prison and she insisted that “nobody drowned, nobody was left behind.”
Human Rights Watch compared an official list of all inmates held at Orleans Parish Prison immediately prior to the hurricane with the most recent list of the evacuated inmates compiled by the state Department of Corrections and Public Safety (which was entitled, “All Offenders Evacuated”). However, the list did not include 517 inmates from the jail, including 130 from Templeman III.
Many of the men held at jail had been arrested for offenses like criminal trespass, public drunkenness or disorderly conduct. Many had not even been brought before a judge and charged, much less been convicted.
black youths arrested in Memphis, Tennessee were much more likely than white juveniles to be jailed and tried as adults
A review of thousands of juvenile cases in Tennessee‘s Shelby County Juvenile Court led the U.S. Department of Justice to conclude that African-American children are treated unfairly compared to white children.