Jake Bellak

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Why white people think they're the real victims of racism

When you see a story with a headline like "New research finds that prosecutors give white defendants better deals than black defendants," you may not …

Something is seriously off about this president

President Trump in three very different settings over the past few days reminded us how unsuited he is for the job. Increasingly, his presidency is defined by blatant lies, an empathy deficit and a frightful lack of ability to navigate through dire international crises. Each has been on display.<p>In …

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Health Care

When Good People Do Nothing: The Appalling Story of South Carolina's Prisons

A judge's order in an inmate abuse case highlights the role played, or not played, by the state's political and legal infrastructure.<p>In two months, America will observe the 50th anniversary of one of its most dubious moments. On March 13, 1964, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was brutally murdered in …

Lax review of prison deaths puts inmates at needless risk, ombudsman says

Inmates may be dying needlessly in federal prisons because authorities aren't doing enough to track and prevent deaths on their watch, the national prison watchdog says.<p>A report released Monday concludes that an untold number of the roughly 35 supposed "natural cause" deaths that occur each year in …

Why Are We Using Prisons to Treat Mental Illness? • OverCriminalized • BRAVE NEW FILMS

Inmates with Mental Illness Tell Their Stories | AVID Jail Project

This Is How An Autistic Child Is Being Kept In "Prison" Under The Mental Health Act

Matthew Garnett, 15, who is autistic and has learning disabilities, has been detained in a psychiatric intensive-care unit for the last six months against his family's wishes. BuzzFeed News investigates why he and children like him end up stuck in a system they can't control.<p>Robin Garnett still has …

Mental Health: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver gets results! New York City to change bail requirements for low-level offenders

City alters bail policy less than a month after Oliver covered the issue on “Last Week Tonight”<p>On the June 7, 2015 episode of "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver addressed the inadequacies of the bail bond system, emphasizing that it effectively functions like a prison system for those too …

Crime

John Oliver Takes On America’s Systemic Problem Of The Concept Of Bail On ‘Last Week Tonight’

Aside from making good on his promise to chug a Bud Light Lime, John Oliver covered a more serious topic on last night’s <i>Last Week Tonight</i>… bail in the United States. Bail, as he says, is a systemic problem that has become a way to lock up the poor regardless of guilt. Currently, 38.5 percent of New …

New Jersey

Racially Charged Testimony Helped Put Duane Buck on Death Row. Will the Supreme Court Step In?

THERE IS NO QUESTION that Duane Buck is responsible for the double murder of his ex-girlfriend and her friend in Houston, Texas, on July 30, …

U.S. Supreme Court

Public Defenders: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Prisoner Re-entry: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Municipal Violations: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Prison: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Ex-prisoner says he felt 'set up to fail' by criminal justice system on John Oliver

The topic is especially timely given the recent early release of 6,000 prisoners, the largest one-time release of federal inmates.<p>But as Oliver explained, about half of those prisoners will end up back behind bars.<p>"The fact that around half of people who leave prison end up going back is …

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John Oliver Will Make You Reconsider the Way You View Ex-Prisoners

"It's in our best interest that we give them a better chance at success."<p>Part of what makes <i>Last Week Tonight</i> one of the most valuable shows on television is the willingness to push segments one step further. Sometimes the writers do this with main segments that take some digging, topics outside of …

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