Category: Prison

The Case of Cyntoia Brown

Sex-trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on January 7, 2019. JJ discusses Brown’s childhood, her trafficking situation with Cut Throat, the incident where she killed Johnny Allen, the complexities of the case, how her story gained publicity, and why she attained clemency. Sources: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, iTVS

North Korea: Internal Forced Labor and Prison Camps

What do we know about forced labor in North Korea? Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss key research and investigative reports about how forced labor is utilized in North Korea, which a specific focus on the kwan-li-so political prisoner camps. JJ also discusses North Korea’s abduction project. Source: https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2016/258797.htm https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/07/05/north-koreas-caste-system http://www.reuters.com/article/us-korea-north-caste-idUSBRE85505T20120606 https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/north-korea http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/child-chain-gangs-north-korea-9460513 http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/CommissionInquiryonHRinDPRK.aspx http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIDPRK/Report/A.HRC.25.CRP.1_ENG.doc

Correctional and Prison Labor

What indicators does correctional labor have in common with slavery? Seth Daire and JJ Janflone look at prison statistics, case studies of prison labor, and the Constitutional “except as a punishment for crime” clause. Is it right to profit from prison labor? Also a look at prison gerrymandering, where prisoners count as residents for political