ELENA SASSOWER RELEASED
January 1, 2005
1:00 AM Eastern
Elena Sassower has been released from a Washington, DC jail after serving 179 days for requesting to testify at a U.S. Senate Judiciary public hearing. (search). Ms. Sassower is the Co-Founder and Coordinator for the Center for Judicial Accountability. (search)
In mid-December, conditions at the Washington, DC jail facility where Sassower was being held became so bad, a massive effort was made to exposure the inhumane conditions of the jail to the media, i.e. prisoners had been without water or toilet facilities forcing them to urinate and defecate on the floors. As there was no water to wash their hands, eating became a health hazard. Prisoners were forced to live with the stench for several days before the DOC General Counsel informed Doris L. Sassower, Director of CJA that the problems had been resolved.
While jailed Elena Sassower spent her time challenging discrimination against the women prisoners, i.e., women were only being given half the visiting time allowed male inmates, library time was also half that of the men and female prisoners were improperly barred from contact witht their legal counsel. In return, Sassower became the object of retaliation by jail personnel in violation of jail rules.
The Center for Judicial Accountability is a public advocacy organization whose mission is "To improve the quality of our judiciary by removing political considerations from the judicial selection process and by ensuring that the process of disciplining and removing judges is effective and meaningful."
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...women prisoners, i.e., women were only being given half the visiting time allowed male inmates, library time was also half that of the men and female prisoners were improperly barred from contact witht their legal counsel.