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Myanmar Court rules Danny Fenster to remain behind bars

By some estimates, nearly half of the people confined in U.S. jails and prisons have a mental illness, notes Alisa Roth, author of <em>Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.</em>
By some estimates, nearly half of the people confined in U.S. jails and prisons have a mental illness, notes Alisa Roth, author of <em>Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.</em>

A Metro Detroit journalist jailed for the past five months in Myanmar will stay behind bars.

A court has denied Danny Fenster bail and added a charge of associating with opposition groups. The southeast Asian country has been in disarray following a military takeover early this year.

Fenster is the managing editor of independent news outlet Frontier Myanmar. He was arrested trying to board a plane back to the U.S. in May. There is hope that Fenster could be released as Bill Richardson, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is in Myanmar to discuss humanitarian issues with the ruling junta.