American Jails Considered Too “Oppressive” by British Court. Hacker Wanted in USA To Be Prosecuted in UK

Crazy sounding headline? But it’s true. See below for an excerpt from and link to the full article posted by the Washington Post on February 7, 2018.

As noted in the article, there were several factors involved, but the state of U.S. prisons played a large part in the decision. Luckily, there are a number of groups working on prison reform, one of which is the highly respected, Nobel Peace Prize winning American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

Click HERE to learn more about the the work AFSC is doing to address the woeful (except to those profiting) conditions of the prison system in the United States and how to help enact much needed reform. Click the AFSC logo image to the left to go directly to their donation page. (Give it time to load.)

Here is the except from the Washington Post article:

“President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have repeatedly highlighted the importance of international cooperation in tackling international, cyber and cross-border crime. But as a decision of the United Kingdom’s High Court on Monday shows, human rights abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system are putting that cooperation at risk even with our closest allies. In the ruling, the High Court refused to order the extradition of British-Finnish activist Lauri Love to the United States, where he is wanted on hacking charges, on the grounds that sending him to an American jail would be “oppressive” due to poor conditions there. The court accordingly found that the interests of justice required the case to be prosecuted in Britain instead…Although several political factors were at play, the extradition reform movement was largely fueled by public concern that defendants’ basic rights will not be respected in U.S. custody.”

Click HERE to read the article  by Rebecca Shaeffer, senior legal and policy officer at Fair Trials, a global criminal justice watchdog operating out of Washington, London and Brussels.