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.
As of today, there are about 2.3 million people imprisoned in the US. But, as Felicia Gustin of WarTimes asks, Is locking people away the answer to creating safer communities? She reports on the work of the Restorative Community Conferencing Program, based in Oakland, California. According to the Program’s coordinator, Denise Curtis, “Restorative justice […]
The story of the 30,000 California prisoners who started a hunger strike on July 8, 2013 to protest against long-term solitary confinement and other abuses was censored, and the worst facts were hidden. Although the prisoners suspended their strike on 5 September, the prisons have continued mistreating them because they went on strike. The […]
Most of us are under the impression that plastic bottles get recycled after we put them in the recycling bin. However, as the Plastic Free Times reports, “not all types of plastic can be recycled, the recycling process can be energy intensive and wasteful, and environmentalists worry that putting the emphasis on recycling does […]
In November 2013, North Korea executed 80 people for charges including possession of a Bible, watching South Korean television, and watching pornography. Simultaneous executions by firing squad took place in seven cities. Some of the executions were public—at one site, Shinpoong Stadium, an audience of 10,000 people, including children, watched as officials used machine […]
There are currently 3,281 prisoners in the US serving a life sentence—with no chance of parole—for minor, non-violent crimes, according to a November 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Louisiana, one of nine states where inmates currently serve life sentences for non-violent crimes, has the nation’s strictest three-strike law, which states […]