Is this a human rights violation?
They’re being forced to risk their lives, so yeah I would say this is a violation of their right to life.
Everytime I look around, the US Govt, or some part there-of on State or National level; is finding a way to reintroduce slavery.
They don’t need to reintroduce it, it’s never fully went away, 13th amendment:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
EXCEPT AS PUNISHMENT FOR A CRIME. We never outlawed slavery. We moved it where it couldn’t be seen.
Quoted for truth. (Also inmates making fabric, and taking plane reservations, and other phone orders, and making furniture, and….)
As a criminal defense practitioner in California, allow me to throw yet another horrifying fact into this conversation. People convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison often choose to be a part of the Fire Camp program because it is seen as a healthier and safer alternative to other California correctional institutions. That’s right. My clients beg me to get them Fire Camp recommendations instead of going to regular prison. That’s how scary regular prison is — they would rather be fighting fires, for free, with very little training, subpar equipment, and all the inherent dangers to their health and safety, than be in the general population.
This is a thoughtful thing to do for people who might be expecting bad or serious news. My family got in the habit when Grannybarb was really sick, and every time my phone rang I was terrified that it was a Serious Call.
So when we just wanted to chat, my mom and sisters and would text the other person ahead of time, so we knew that it wasn’t serious and we didn’t have to drop everything to take it/steel ourselves emotionally/get to a place where we could flip out if need be.
I would love it if this could just be standard operating procedure for all phone calls. A quick text — “Hey we need to talk about tomorrow’s schedule” — from a colleague or friend just to put you in the right headspace to pick up their call and get down to business. Otherwise you invariably end up falling into the call screening-voicemail-call back-voicemail-phone tag vortex and nothing ever gets accomplished.
It’s also a good idea because if you can resolve the question or issue via text message, that spares everyone a disruptive phone call.
Let’s make this a thing, people. Text before you call.
john oliver is really not fucking around
Sesame Street is, as usual, right on top of the big issues that affect children in the United States and I think they are a credit to children’s entertainment for discussing the challenges and heartbreak of growing up with a parent who is incarcerated.
That having been said, John Oliver is so right.
(Source: sandandglass, via therumpus)
When Police Wear Cameras
One problem with police departments’ body-mounted cameras has been the cost—expenses can mount in the storage and management of the data they generate.
"In the first year after the cameras’ introduction, the use of force by officers declined 60%, and citizen complaints against police fell 88%."