The New Mexico Corrections Department has a policy prohibiting inmates from "accessing the Internet through third parties," which they've interpreted to mean that prisoners whose families maintain Facebook pages for them can be punished with solitary confinement.
The NMCD enforced the policy against Eric Aldaz, who had refused to tell his family to take the Facebook profile down, sending him down for 90 days' solitary confinement, a punishment considered to be torture by the United Nations. They relented at the last minute after much negative publicity, but have not clarified the policy. As written, it is so broad that it could punish inmates whose families send them printouts from health-related sites, or who bring printed-out emails from loved ones on visiting days.
New Mexico has been singled out by the ACLU and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty for widespread abuse of solitary confinement, especially when used against nonviolent offenders. Its anti-Internet rules are likewise exceptional -- Arizona's version of these rules was thrown out by a judge a decade ago, who found them unconstitutional.
New Mexico Inmate Faces 90 Days in Solitary Confinement Over a Facebook Profile
Conservative justice minister Sam Gyimah staged a sucessful filibuster during the Parliamentary debate over “Turing’s law”, which would make the 65,000 men convicted of “gross indecency” under various UK anti-sodomy laws eligible for pardons, clearing their criminal records.
Historically, being an elected prosecutor was a sweet gig: operating with “unchecked power and no transparency,” you generally got to run unopposed for re-election, and on the rare instances in which someone did dare to run against the incumbent, the incumbent usually won.
The ACLU and the Yale Law School Media Freedom Clinic have filed a motion demanding the release of 23 judgments from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret, closed courtroom that evaluates surveillance requests from America’s spy agencies.
This week’s top deals from the Boing Boing Store range from lobster to wine to desk organization. 1. Get Maine Lobster (50% Off)With these discounted packages from Get Maine Lobster, you can experience the sweet, fresh flavor of world-renowned Maine lobster right at your own dinner table. There are four options to choose from, each at […]
Nothing is more frustrating than needing to edit or sign a PDF and not having access to the original document. That’s why PDFpenPRO is a must-have app in our books.With this extremely useful app, you can merge, markup, and create PDF documents without ever having to convert your PDFs into word processor file formats. Type directly onto […]
From self-driving cars to stock market predicting software to the recommendations you get on Amazon and Netflix, machine learning is at the core of modern technology. You could find yourself building technology that is literally changing the world with the skills you’ll learn in The Complete Machine Learning Bundle. This bundle of 10 courses includes 406 lessons that will teach […]