WASHINGTON (RNS) Facing an electoral bloodbath at the voting booth next
Tuesday, Democrats are turning to a key part of their base --
African-Americans -- and are using the black church to help get voters
to the polls.
A Catholic writer in upstate New York, a Muslim college student from Connecticut and an ex-Mormon attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area have joined a chorus of testimonials on YouTube aimed at preventing teen suicides.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Tuesday (Oct. 26) called for
former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz to be spared the death
penalty, and suggested it might intervene diplomatically on his behalf.
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Sen. David Vitter admitted in 2007 to a "very
serious sin" after his phone number appeared on the list of a Washington
escort service, the "family values" Louisiana Republican's political
career was suddenly on life support.
In order to write about the inner workings of a private prison, journalist Shane Bauer took a prison guard position at a Louisiana prison for four months, at $9 an hour. The prison is operated by Corrections Corporation of America, whose CEO made $3.4 million in 2015, nearly 19 times the amount paid to the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. During Bauer’s time as a correctional officer, the federal Department of Corrections temporarily took charge of the prison due to a rash of stabbings among inmates. Thirty-four percent of prison guards suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, a rate higher than that for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Correctional officers commit suicide two and a half times more frequently than the general population (Mother Jones, July/August).