21 Aug '11, 12am

Tar-sands protestors get longer jail sentences than expected

The 15-day campaign at the White House to stop the Keystone XL pipeline has begun, and thanks to the U.S. Park Police, it’s taken a totally unexpected turn. In negotiations with the police prior to the action that began on Saturday, the police were very clear that what would happen after people were arrested was the vast majority would get what’s called “post and forfeit,” where you put up $100, get released from jail after several hours, and you don’t have to come back again. It’s basically like a traffic ticket. But this is not what they did. Instead, after arresting the first day’s 70 people , they decided to hold most of them, all those not from within a 25-mile radius of Washington, D.C., in jail until a Monday afternoon arraignment. This works out to 48 or more hours in jail before being released. Why did they do this? One of the police officers told one of the actio...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-08-20-its-really-step-i...

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