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October 29, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early Wednesday, the second group out of 104 prisoners to be released as part of peace talks that were renewed during the summer. The prisoners were serving sentences related to the killings of Israelis prior to the 1993 Olso peace accords. The Israeli Cabinet approved the freeing of the 26 prisoners on Sunday, 48 hours before their  release to give time for objections. Many Israelis consider the men terrorists, but the Israeli Supreme Court rejected attempts to stop their release.
December 3, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
With her stringy gray wig, elastic-waisted jeans, frumpy sweater and thick glasses, Melissa Leo is barely recognizable as the middle-aged loner Holly Jones in the recent kidnapping drama "Prisoners. " She disappears so fully into the role that it's almost hard to imagine she nearly passed on the film. Speaking at the Envelope Screening Series , Leo discussed why she hesitated to take on the role, what finally convinced her and how she approached her character. Leo said her first reaction to the "Prisoners" screenplay was: "Well, it's a fascinating and well-written script, but no thank you. " Pressed further, she watched director Denis Villeneuve's film "Incendies," was impressed, and then agreed to meet with him. Villeneuve, Leo said, "understood that I was fearful.
July 12, 2013
Re "Mass protest sweeps state prisons," July 10, and "The strike against solitary," July 10 The fact that many prisoners in California are treated inhumanely by the state shocks the conscience and haunts the soul. It's not "tough on crime" to keep inmates in solitary confinement or to fail to provide prisoners basic humane services; to the contrary, it contributes to the high recidivism that affects us all. The answer is to get smart on crime and be humane to those incarcerated.
November 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
MINERSVILLE, Pa. - He hobbled down the dark tiled hallway, leaning heavily on his black wooden cane. His feet shuffled, his hands shook, and finally 85-year-old Benjamin Share nearly collapsed into a chair in the prison visitation room. Convicted in 2006 for illegally pocketing a quarter of a million in taxpayer money, he struggles with diabetes, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, hypertension and arthritis, which has ravaged his hips and spine. He has undergone kidney dialysis and treatment for cancer on his scalp and scar tissue on his lungs.
April 6, 1999
I see by The Times (April 1) that there is a bill in the California Legislature to prohibit prisoners from watching television. If the object is to punish them, they should be made to watch it. Let them pay for their crimes to the fullest extent. IRV ELMAN Pacific Palisades
August 21, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Justice delayed was justice denied for Omer Harland Gallion. He died in prison in his sixth year of waiting for U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson to act on a decision that he had been wrongfully convicted and should be released or retried. Anderson took no action until December, when he dismissed the matter as moot after an attorney brought Gallion's death to his attention. Two other cases in which junior judicial officials found grounds for striking prisoners' felony convictions also languished unattended by Anderson for five and a half and eight years, respectively.
October 20, 2001
The persons being detained for terrorist investigation (Oct. 17) are essentially prisoners of war, whether they are captured in the U.S. or in another country. After all, we are at war and they very well might have information that we can use to protect ourselves. It is unfortunate that some of them are here illegally or some from repressive regimes, but if they ask for rights that we guarantee to our citizens they have to at least adhere to our laws. Herb Yellin Northridge
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