Out of prison after 23 years, thanks to his mother and a documentary

Kevin Ott released after getting a life sentence under Oklahomas three strikes law for non-violent drug-related convictions, which was partially repealed Its a Tuesday morning in August, but Betty Chism wraps 23 Christmas presents on her day off. Her son, Kevin Ott, is set to be released from the Oklahoma prison system this week, though no one has told her exactly when. Still, Chism, 75, wants to be prepared before she makes the two-and-a-half-hour drive to pick up her son from his prison. Ott, 56, has been in prison since 1996 and sentenced to worlds prison capitalThe House I Live In, a documentary examining the United States governments 40-year-old war on drugs policy. As he visited a prison in Oklahoma, …

Jurors refuse to convict activist facing 20 years for helping migrants

Jury could not reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren who was arrested in 2018 for giving migrants water, food and lodging A US jury could not reach a verdict on Tuesday against a border activist who, defense attorneys say, was simply being kind by providing two migrants with water, food and lodging when he was arrested in early 2018. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Murders of three trans women in Texas underline increasing dangers across US

Three black trans women have been killed in Texas since October, and activists believe that attacks are on the rise due to a hostile political climate The transgender community in Dallas was still had been found in a lake, making her the second black trans woman murdered in the city in the space of a fortnight. Three black trans women in their 20s have now been said during the ceremony, standing at the altar next to a blue coffin adorned with flowers. Her back has been against the wall so many times and thats one of the reasons I didnt want her to be who she was, because its already hard for a black man. Then a black gay man …

Stopped in his tracks: New York ‘subway bandit’ suspect arrested for brake chaos

Isaiah Thompson, 23, was charged for allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train amid a recent pattern of subway disruption A suspect has been arrested in the case of the mysterious subway bandit who has wreaked havoc on New Yorkers rush-hour commutes by pulling train emergency brakes, causing delays and stranding riders at peak times. New York City police announced the arrest of Isaiah Thompson, 23, of Brooklyn, on Friday morning. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing, after allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train on Tuesday. (He is also charged with public lewdness for a separate incident of exposing himself to people on a train platform on 16 May.) Though he was arrested for …

Denver: one student killed and seven injured in shooting at school

Several are in critical condition, sheriffs department says, and the two suspected shooters are in custody One 18-year-old student was killed and seven teenagers were injured when two students opened fire on Tuesday inside a charter school in an affluent community in Denver, Colorado. Sheriff Tony Spurlock of Douglas county said the pair walked into the Stem School Highlands Ranch, which is located not far from Columbine high school, and began shooting students in two classrooms. Within minutes, deputies at a nearby sheriffs department substation entered the school and arrested the two suspects after a struggle. As officers were arriving at the school, they could still hear gunshots, the Douglas county undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said. I have to believe that …