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Another Bin Laden Associate on Trial in New York

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It's become almost routine -- the prosecutions of alleged al Qaeda operatives and spokespeople, men picked up halfway across the world brought to downtown Manhattan, where they're tried for acts they're alleged to have committed years ago in cahoots with Osama bin Laden.

The Curious Case of Legal Mail

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

Federally, the law is very clear on legal correspondence. In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, outgoing mail can be sealed and mailed via legal mail call every weekday morning. Correctional staff are not permitted to read these outgoing letters.

USSC Unanimously Votes for Drug Reduction Retroactivity: Thousands of Federal Prisoners to Be Released Early

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Last week, in a historic victory for nearly 46,000 federal drug offenders, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted unanimously to apply recent amendments to the federal drug sentencing guidelines retroactively to all eligible offenders.

Ryan J. Reilly

ACLU Report Reveals Immigrant Abuse In 'Shadow' Private Federal Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was December 2010, and officials who ran the nation's federal prisons had a dilemma. They weren't sure if they should renew a contrac...

This Vet Is Helping Inmates Stay Connected With Their Families After Being Behind Bars Himself

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.23.2014 | Impact

You could call Frederick Hutson an overachiever. After graduating from high school, Huston served honorably as a F-16 Avionics Electrician in the ...

Ryan J. Reilly

America's Top Prison Official Doesn't Know How Big A Prison Cell Is (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a tough moment for Charles Samuels, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At a hearing on solitary confinement befo...

Ryan J. Reilly

Man Sentenced To Die Behind Bars For Non-Violent Crime Describes The Day His Luck Changed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Right after lunch, the warden called inmate number 07031-078 into his office. Jason Hernandez was worried. The last time he was called t...

Congress Looks To Overhaul Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Every weekend, Cindy Martinson treks from her home in Mason City, Iowa, about 160 miles roundtrip to Waseca, Minn. She visits the f...

The New Assault on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Marc Mauer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Marc Mauer

If policymakers are not moved by hungry children and unfair consequences for communities of color, they should at least be persuaded by this: Bans on public benefits for formerly incarcerated individuals are counterproductive.

Chris Kirkham

Border Crossers Land In Private Prisons, Sparking Riots Over Conditions

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 09.27.2012 | Business

This spring, a group of inmates at a privately operated federal prison in Mississippi -- most of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico -- rose up a...

Michael McLaughlin

Overcrowding In Federal Prisons Hits Level Not Seen Since Bush Administration: GAO Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Crime

The federal prison system has been unable to keep pace with the stream of inmates flooding its facilities over the last five years despite adding spac...

Ending the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM and Mass Incarceration -- the New American Jim Crow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole. Michelle Alexander writes in her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness that there are more adult African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. In 2011, our state and federal prison population exceeded that of the top 35 European nations combined. Something's very wrong with this picture.

Mass Incarceration as a Public Policy

Michael Santos | Posted 06.24.2012 | Crime
Michael Santos

The objective of building a massive prison system didn't include mechanisms that would encourage prisoners to work toward earning freedom, to redeem themselves, or to prepare for a return to society as law-abiding citizens.

R. Allen Stanford: What's Next?

Michael Santos | Posted 05.12.2012 | Crime
Michael Santos

I was in my early 20's when a jury convicted me, and I faced a possible sentence of life. If Stanford struggles with his conscience, as I did, he will feel alienated from society in ways that aggravate the pain.

Man Convicted Of Running Bogus $100 Million Bank Over His Computer

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.16.2011 | Crime

Money doesn't grow on trees and you can't print it on your computer either. That's the lesson Danny Ray Hardin, 52, learned Wednesday in Kansas Ci...

Chicken Fajitas Sicken 500 In Federal Prison

AP | JOE MANDAK | Posted 09.14.2011 | Crime

PITTSBURGH — Officials have confirmed an outbreak of salmonella poisoning at a high-security federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania that si...

Ex-Wachovia Executive Get Six Years In Prison For Billing Scam

Posted 09.01.2011 | Business

(AP) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former Wachovia Bank vice president will spend nearly six years in federal prison and have to pay roughly $13 million after...

Enron Mastermind Moved Out Of Prison

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business

HOUSTON — Andrew Fastow, the mastermind behind financial schemes that doomed Enron Corp., returned to Houston this week to serve the remainder o...

Adam Montoya Died In Agony: Perkin Prison Inmate Begged For Help, Witnesses Say

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

PEKIN, Ill. — For days before he died in a federal prison, Adam Montoya pleaded with guards to be taken to a doctor, pressing a panic button in ...

27 Years In Solitary: Time For Thought In Florence Supermax

CNN | Stephanie Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(CNN) -- Tommy Silverstein has been held in solitary confinement for the past 27 years, longer than anyone else in the federal prison system, his lawy...

Felons In Prison Should Be Able To Vote In Washington State, Federal Judges Rule

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rig...