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Posted inCriminal Justice, Solitary Confinement

Does 22 1/2 hours alone in an 8-by-10 cell every day amount to torture?

“I haven’t seen the moon since 1998.” That’s inmate Jeremy Beasley, talking to me while sitting – shackled – in an interview room at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s highest security lockup. Beasley, a convicted murderer, was clearly surprised by my presence – he told me he hadn’t met with a visitor since 1994, when […]

Posted inReligion

A Church Divided

Is the “practice of homosexuality” compatible with Christian teaching? That question is at the center of a debate between progressive and conservative members of the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States. This debate is taking place as states and the U.S. Supreme Court are considering whether same-sex marriages are constitutional. […]

Posted inU.S. Education

Controversial school bonds create ‘debt for the next generation’

Video: Sharon Pieczenik   Decade of Debt: Capital Appreciation Bonds        Uncover how much high-interest debt school districts, community colleges and government agencies have issued. Each circle represents a public entity. The larger the circle, the greater the debt. The redder the circle, the higher the interest that entity will pay. The Napa Valley Unified […]

Posted inAccountability

Prisoners of Tradition

With news of the assassination of the second female minister in Afghanistan this week, CIR looks at the oppression and intimidation of Afghan women and the implications for their security as the U.S. withdraws its troops. The story takes viewers inside women’s prisons in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif to provide a rare glimpse of a shocking […]