A Solitary Fight


On any given day, there are about 4,000 inmates in solitary confinement in New York State. And people can be kept there for years.
The United Nations says any time in solitary beyond 15 days is torture. And the Vera Institute — a justice policy nonprofit — says it’s just inhumane. The institute is launching a new initiative to reduce solitary confinement use in New York City.

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Wikimedia Files Suit Against NSA


This Wednesday, Wikimedia and eight other organizations sued the NSA. The lawsuit challenges the agency’s widespread use of mass surveillance online. I spoke with Michelle Paulson, senior legal counsel for Wikimedia, about how they believe the NSA’s program is damaging to privacy and even freedom.

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Interview: Mass kidnapping points to instability in Nigeria

KATIE: Last month a terrorist group, Boko Haram, kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria. And the country’s people are growing more impatient with the government’s weak response to the mass abduction. PIERRE: I spoke with Frankie Edozien, who’s a Nigerian-born journalist teaching at NYU. He blames the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, for failing […]

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Interview: Botched Oklahoma execution sparks debate about lethal injection

HILARY: The Oklahoma execution that went awry Tuesday night has re-sparked international debate over lethal injection. Today, a spokesman for the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva said the botched execution could amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. One of the problems with the execution was the lack of appropriate drugs. BACK ANNOUNCE: […]

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