Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Despite the recent U.S. budget crisis, the Obama administration seemed to find it reasonable to build a new massive and rather pricey prison in Bagram, Afghanistan. The estimated cost of the project is between $25,000,000 and $100,000,000 according to an announcement on FedBIzOps.Gov, a website used to announce privatized spending projects. The detention facility will […]
On Sept. 8, 1971, an altercation ensued involving a few prisoners and guards. Inmates were furious at this perceived injustice that had happened to them. The next day a violent riot ensued. From Sept. 9 to 13, 1971, prisoners took about 40 people hostage and took control of the Attica Correctional Facility. After four days […]
“Who creates and allows poverty to exist in the wealthiest and most powerful country in recorded history?” (Paul Thomas) The ever-popular education/poverty debate is a chick-or-egg problem; no one is quite sure which came first and how to solve the problem. When looking to fix the problem we need to focus on improving the education […]
As if having a family member in prison isn’t hard enough, telephone companies are making it financially difficult to get in contact with their loved one. Nationwide Research Finds Excessive Prison Phone Rates Exploit Prisoners’ Families. “The report, based on several years of research that included submitting public records requests in all 50 states, found […]