California lawmakers called today for an investigation of the physicians involved in the sterilization of women inmates and raised questions about a federal prison overseer’s role in handling the matter. Former inmates say doctors pressured women into getting sterilized and targeted those deemed likely to commit future crimes.
The in-house police force at California’s developmental centers has frequently neglected to interview victims of abuse, photograph crime scenes or collect statements from suspects and witnesses, according to a state audit released today that confirms the key findings detailed in a series by The Center for Investigative Reporting.
Growing more food with less water will be one of the biggest challenges in the coming era of surging populations and increasing climate disruption. In China, scientists say they’ve developed a new irrigation method that’s twice as efficient as today’s best technology, part of an increasingly urgent effort by researchers around the world to meet the water challenge.
For some families, seeing an image of their incarcerated relative for the first time in years has sparked renewed hope and revived dormant family connections. For others, the photographs are a shocking reminder of the length of time some inmates have been held in isolation.
Doctors with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals. Critics say officials targeted women deemed likely to return to prison.
A new U.N. report has found that crimes against humanity are occurring in North Korea and calls for an international tribunal to investigate. Survivors describe what life is like in North Korea’s hidden prison camps. (via Human Rights Watch)