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Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

There’s Finally a Bill To End the Practice of Shackling Women Inmates in Labor

No one really wants to think about the realities of prison unless they have to go there or they know someone who has been incarcerated. For many women, time in jail has harsh implications that are different than those experienced by male inmates. Sexual assault by male prison workers and guards is a common threat […]

Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Dahlonega, GA 2005: An eight member SWAT team comprised of a drug task force spent 4 hours in the early morning raiding Sharon Ravert’s family home, holding her family at gunpoint, arresting and cavity searching her 19-year-old daughter at the local sheriff’s office, then jailed her daughter for 2 days, and found only a bud […]

Jeb Bush Wants to Shame Unwed Mothers to Fix Society, Remains a Buffoon

Jeb Bush Wants to Shame Unwed Mothers to Fix Society, Remains a Buffoon

For those who think that Jeb Bush might represent a more moderate option for the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016, think again. Many political commentators seem to think that he is moving into more moderate policy positions, including a more positive approach to immigration (which certainly has nothing to do with wanting to win the […]

Original Web Series ‘The wHOLE’ Seeks to Stop Solitary Confinement, End Mass Incarceration

Original Web Series ‘The wHOLE’ Seeks to Stop Solitary Confinement, End Mass Incarceration

Feature Photo: Think Ten Media filming on day 4 of ‘The wHole“ The following was written By William Brown, Lead Actor for The wHOLE: No one wants to go to jail, but you definitely don’t want to be in the hole while you’re in jail — locked up for 23 out of 24 hours a day […]

ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

Featured image courtesy: DianeDiamond.net My name is Kelly. I’m a student at Suffolk University and a passionate activist at the Student Alliance for Prison Reform, a nationwide network of university students working for prison reform. When I was a teenager I spent 7 months in prison. For the first time I was able to personally […]

Year End Giving: Ladybud Magazine Reader Favorites

Year End Giving: Ladybud Magazine Reader Favorites

It’s almost 2015 but not quite yet! That means it’s time for end-of-year giving. While there are over a million charitable organizations from which to choose, Ladybud Magazine asked readers and staff to suggest a few that are their favorites. Some of the organizations might be recognizable but we’ve made a special effort to include […]

Tell the DOJ: Ban Racial Profiling by Police

Tell the DOJ: Ban Racial Profiling by Police

Michael Brown’s death is a tragic loss to his family, community, and this nation. But because of this tragedy, and the protests that followed, national leaders are finally paying attention to racial profiling and discriminatory policing. We must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals by the police to be in […]

Justice for Milton Hall: Mentally Unwell Man Executed by Police

Justice for Milton Hall: Mentally Unwell Man Executed by Police

Trigger Warning: This article discusses police murder of a man who called them for help and includes a link to graphic video of the murder. For much of his life, my son Milton stood up for those who did not have the strength to stand up for themselves. But now he’s gone, gunned down by […]

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

PHOTO: Bill Buckman speaking at a Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey press conference in 2012 with Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher and Managing Editor Vanessa Waltz/Credit: Peter Rosenfeld UPDATE on Bill’s funeral arrangements:  Sunday, October 19th at Platt’s Memorial Chapel, 2001 Haddonfield Berlin road, Cherry Hill, NJ at 1pm. The Ladybud family is mourning […]