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Prison Abuse

'Redemption Road,' A Conversation with John Hart

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.20.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Kim Veillon Photography John Hart, a bestselling author, is the only writer ever to win the Edgar Award for consecutive novels. He's also won ...

Former Prison Chaplain Charged With Sexually Assaulting Female Inmates

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics

A former prison chaplain at a women’s prison in Newport, Arkansas, was charged with 50 counts of sexual assault involving three inmates on Thursday....

Brutal Video Contradicts Officers' Claims About Inmate's Death

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.14.2015 | Crime

A New York Times investigation into the 2010 death of an inmate from a New York prison has reignited concerns about brutality in the state's prison sy...

'New' Rules for the BOP's Experiment in Social Isolation

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

For the first time, the Bureau of Prisons says that it may restrict letters, phone calls, and visits at the CMUs to immediate family members only, that it may give prisoners only six pieces of paper a week to write letters, and that prisoners may be restricted to as little as four hours of visits a month.

Please Stop the Killing

justin adkins | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

Writing inmates is an important task for us in the "free world." In the vein of Martin Luther King's letter crying "Why We Cant Wait," Comrade Malik writes us about current conditions in Texas prisons and specifically with the Houston Police Department and why we can't wait as prisoners are dying.

Another Day, Another Death: A Mother Dies in Prison After Reporting Threats

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 12.14.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Latandra Ellington, a 36-year old mother of four children, died in a Florida prison last week. Ellington had just seven months left to serve of her twenty-two month sentence for grand theft when she was found dead in her cell.

When Prison Guards Kill Inmates: Florida's Prison Massacre Revealed

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.29.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Allegations of horrific and widespread abuse of Florida prisoners -- a story broken recently in a series of articles by the Miami Herald -- serve to remind us that we cannot, and should not, forget about prisoners. Take, for example, Darren Rainey and Randall Jordan-Aparo, who purportedly died in unthinkably cruel ways at the hands of their guards.

Ryan J. Reilly

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

Mentally Ill Florida Inmate Dies Locked In Scalding Shower

Miami Herald | Julie K. Brown | Posted 05.18.2014 | Miami

The purported details of Darren Rainey’s last hour are difficult to read. “I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,’’...

Openly Gay Men Behind Bars Are Told We Deserve What We Get -- But Nobody Deserves This

Rodney Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rodney Smith

I won't ever forget my first 24 hours in jail. I can block out the faces of the men who sexually assaulted me, but I'm still haunted by what they did. The attack happened in a communal cell that held about 50 other people. I had tried to avoid being noticed at all, but that didn't work.

George Harrison Song Used For Torture

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment

Fans of the mild-mannered George Harrison might be surprised to learn that his solo track "My Sweet Lord" was among the songs most regularly used for ...

Supreme Court: Maybe It's Not Okay For Guards To Rape Prisoners | Posted 04.04.2013 | Impact

Kim Millbrook was about four years into a 31-year sentence at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania when he says he was assaulted by thre...

Katherine Bindley

Inside The Extreme Isolation Cells Of New York Prisons: NYCLU's Report | Katherine Bindley | Posted 10.04.2012 | New York

For 23 hours a day over the course of four months, a 21-year-old inmate at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, N.Y., shared an isolation cell the...

The Reality of the NYPD Patrol Guide Changes for Trans* and Gender Nonconforming People

justin adkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
justin adkins

As great as these changes to the patrol guide are, they will not stop the false arrests in suspicion of prostitution or racial profiling. They will not stop the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy.

Elise Foley

Obama Administration Expands Prison Rape Elimination Act To Protect Immigrants | Elise Foley | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigrant detainees will no longer be treated differently under the law than prison inmates for purposes of rape prevention, the Obama a...

Is Iran Using Mass Rape As A Weapon?

The Guardian | Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Posted 08.24.2011 | World

Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young opposition activists locked up with them, acco...

Suit Against Colorado Prisons Alleges 'Overt Culture Of Sexual Abuse'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A group of ten female prison inmates has filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Corrections alleging repeated sexual abuse by prison guard...

Iran Abuse Confirmations Abound: Mohsen and Saeedeh's Stories

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, two more official accounts come out of Iran, confirming the extent of violence that is taking place in the country's detention centers.

Rape and the Republic: Iran's Victims Speak Out

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, Mehdi Karroubi came under fire for stating what for decades has been public knowledge in Iran: The systematic rape of political prisoners as a means of permanently disabling them from society, let alone from political activity.

Kennedy, Menendez And Gillibrand Introduce Bills To Stop Immigrant Detainee Abuse

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on Thursday responded to a growing number of reports about t...

The Rape of Taraneh: Prison Abuse of Iran's Protesters

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The strategies and ultimate goals are the same for any kind of torture: to humiliate, disembody, extract confessions and permanently terrorize the victims to prevent further 'disturbances'.

Prison Abuse Photos From Iraq, Afghanistan To Be Released By Pentagon

Los Angeles Times | Peter Wallsten, Julian Barnes and Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Washington -- The Obama administration agreed late Thursday to release dozens of photographs depicting alleged abuse by U.S. personnel ...