The United States: How my Country values its Mothers and Daughters
Sick and pregnant women are routinely shackled during hospitalization and childbirth if they are inmates of prisons or jails in the USA.
Many women in prisons and jails in the USA are victims of sexual abuse by staff, including male staff touching inmates' breasts and genitals when conducting searches; male staff watching inmates while they are naked; and rape.
Women are the fastest growing and least violent segment of prison and jail populations. 85.1% of female jail inmates are behind bars for nonviolent offenses.
From 1986 (the year mandatory sentencing was enacted) to 1996, the number of women sentenced to state prison for drug crimes increased ten fold (from around 2,370 to 23,700) and has been the main element in the overall increase in the imprisonment of women.
From 1985 to 1996, female drug arrests increased by 95%, while male drug arrests increased by 55.1%.
Toby Lorraine Turner was reported missing in September of 2005. Her remains were found on November 9th, 2007, buried in the back yard of her family home. She was 42 years old at the time of her death. Toby was a remarkably gifted, kindhearted, outgoing and beautiful woman who shared her creativity and love of life unselfishly. http://www.tobymemorial.com/documents/23.html
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Bay Terrace resident Jeanne Kane's divorce documents tell the tale of a woman brutalized by her husband for nearly three decades before she finally summoned the courage to leave him.
Last January, police said her ex-husband gunned her down in a Pleasant Plains park-and-ride because he was angry over the hefty settlement she was awarded
The last words Jennifer Mae Alvarez typed came on New Year's Eve during a live chat with her boyfriend shortly after authorities said she warned him that her estranged husband was back.
"Hold on," she wrote, just before the boyfriend later said he saw 36-year-old Christopher Alvarez's face appear behind her on the computer's Web cam. Investigators said it was the last time anyone but her husband saw the 24-year-old mother of three alive.
Lightsey called local officers on consecutive days to report domestic disturbances with Burgess, 32, the father of one of her sons. The second time, on Jan. 3, she filed charges against him for threatening to kill her, and obtained a restraining order barring Burgess from having contact with her.
Burgess was set free when a representative of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office made the recommendation to downgrade two counts of simple assault and a charge of making terroristic threats.
Approximately two hours later, police found her dead
"The day she was killed was the first day she brought pictures of her kids. She was going to go to court and sever ties with him permanently,"
MUSES MILL -- Kentucky State Police and the Fleming County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene of a double murder Friday around 7 p.m.
Lockard said it is believed Pollard and Butler had a relationship in the past, but the two were not longer involved, however, there was a Domestic Violence Order against Pollard at the time of the shootings.
On Dec. 6, a passing motorist discovered the body of a woman -- still unidentified -- missing hands, feet and head. The mutilated body was in five black plastic garbage bags along Stitcher Road in LaGrange, which is west of Macon near the Alabama line.
Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Section 30-3-133, a part of the Custody and Domestic or Family Abuse Act, provides:"In every proceeding where there is at issue adispute as to the custody of a child, a determination by the court that domestic or family violence has occurred raises a rebuttable presumption by the court that it is in the best interest of the child to reside with the parent who is not a perpetrator of domestic or family violence in the location of that parent's choice, within or outside the state. Therefore, the mother says, the trial court was required to make an express finding as to whether the presumption that it was not in the best interest of the children to reside with the father had been rebutted. We disagree. www.barw.com/publications_opinions.cfm?ID=4818
McCartney v. McCartney COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS OF ALABAMA
Overview: Judgment was affirmed as trial court properly concluded that a husband's business stocks were separate property under Ala. Code § 30-2-51(a) and did not include them in a property division award as the stock was acquired as a gift; there was no evidence indicating that the husband used the stock for the common benefit of the parties.
Two children were at home when their father stabbed their mother to death early Monday morning, according to Ozark officials.
Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said 41-year-old Darrin Keith Johnson of Newton turned himself in to authorities on Monday after admitting to stabbing 40-year-old Allison Fuller Johnson multiple times in the chest, back and throat inside her mother’s home at 157 Bradford St. in Ozark.
The 14-year-old was in a back room at the time of the stabbing, while the 5-year-old was outside, Spivey said.
And they let her know that the man she was arrested with when she was caught selling marijuana, a man with previous prison sentences for selling drugs, has already been released.
It's not unusual for a woman to be sentenced to a longer term than a man is for the same crime, Potok says. AIM and other groups have been trying to change Alabama's sentencing laws to achieve greater consistency between the genders and throughout the regions of the state for the same crimes.
BIRMINGHAM -- A suspect in the shooting death of a Birmingham woman in front of her 7-year-old son has been arrested while hiding in a car trunk outside his mother's house.
Police said Arthur Lee Kirksey was charged Sunday with capital murder in the Wednesday night slaying of 25-year-old Winifred Bryant, a former girlfriend. It was Birmingham's first homicide this year. -- AP