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Detainees Can Sue Over Jail's Laundry Policy

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

A federal appeals court has overruled a lower court decision that rejected a lawsuit filed by detainees in a Missouri county jail attacking a policy as unconstitutional.

Millions Blocked From November Vote Due To Criminal Records

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.08.2016 | Impact
Christopher Zoukis

More than six million citizens will be handcuffed from casting a vote this November.

Prison Book-Banning Policies Called Arbitrary and Self-Serving

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.13.2016 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

Every year, the American Library Association declares the final week of September "Banned Books Week," commemorated in many libraries with displays designed to highlight often-overreaching censorship of school and public libraries.

Transgender Inmate Denied Access to the Courts

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.02.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The American courts are not kind to the poor, and are downright hostile to at least one poor, transgender woman.

Harsh Criminal Justice Policies Hurt The Economy, White House Says

Reuters | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longer prison sentences for non-violent criminals and crowded prisons are hurting the American economy more than they are helpi...

The Clinton, NY, Prison Experiment

Samuel K. Roberts, PhD | Posted 10.05.2016 | Black Voices
Samuel K. Roberts, PhD

Last month I headed to my local cinema to see "The Stanford Prison Experiment," based, of course, on Prof. Phlilp Zimbardo's 1971 psychology investigation of the effects of a simulated carceral setting on average college students.

Prison Run By Violent Gangs With Guards' Help, Says Judge

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 06.12.2015 | Crime

A Mississippi prison is run by violent gangs, creating an unconstitutional mess that the state must clean up, a judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. Distr...

'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

NYC Jail Violence On The Rise: Report

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | Crime

(Reuters) - Violence has increased in New York City's jail system over the past seven years even as the city has spent more money to deal with a stead...

Leprosy Scare At Ohio Prison

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | Crime

(Reuters) - There are no signs that leprosy diagnosed in an Ohio inmate had spread to other prisoners or staff, and there is little risk that it has, ...

Female Inmate Killed In Prison Feared Guards: Family

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2014 | Crime

(Reuters) - Florida is investigating the death of a female inmate, the latest in a series of prisoner deaths that have raised questions about state pr...

Belgian Prisoner Wins 'Right to Die'

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Home
Christopher Zoukis

In a case that may have implications for the treatment of prisoners worldwide, a Belgian sex offender was granted a "right to die" via assisted suicide.

WATCH: Medical Companies Profiting Off Horrendous Practice | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business

There's a thing in our Constitution that says...

Matt Sledge

Former Inmate Takes On Prison System For Trying To Quash Speech | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Former Earth Liberation Front member Daniel McGowan took the first step toward a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday,...

'States' Rights,' a Preposterous Fraud in the Service of Abuse

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Wolfman

Ghosts of Mississippi? One of them ought to be my mom. She made a difference in Philadelphia while I was growing up. And I'm betting she could in Mississippi, as well, then, or today, and I'm betting people like her, the activists of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union, will now.

Tightening Belts Means Loosening Restraints: Illinois to Close Supermax Prison

Tanya Greene | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Tanya Greene

One of the more positive things to result from deteriorating state budgets across the nation is that some state lawmakers are looking to smart criminal justice reform as a way to trim budgets. One such change began yesterday in Illinois.

Virginia is for Lovers... of Solitary Confinement?

Tanya Greene | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime
Tanya Greene

The horrors of 23-hour-a-day lockdown, sensory deprivation and isolation were lauded by DOC officials as a necessary measure for handling the "worst of the worst." Unfortunately, this supposed "worst of the worst" includes the mentally ill.

Torture Is American

Anne-Marie Cusac | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anne-Marie Cusac

Torture is American. How do I know? I am a reporter who for years covered allegations of prison abuse and ill treatment in domestic U.S. prisons. Nearly every technique used at Abu Ghraib had a close, recent parallel in a U.S. facility.

Obama Assassination Plotter Asks For Swastika Tattoo To Be Removed On Taxpayers Dime

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Daniel Cowart, who plead guilty to 8 federal charges, including a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama and over 100 black people, has requested ...

Reading In Prison: Why I Need To Know

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kenneth Hartman

In these places, it's too easy to allow the concrete walls to suffocate our minds, our curiosity. When that happens, human beings die in a profound way.

Prisons Raise And Serve Grass-Fed Beef

Hartke Is Online! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Inmates at White Post are enlisted in animal husbandry at Sky Meadow to raise cattle for beef production. The program is a collaboration of several en...

Reading In Prison: Ten Books; No Hard Covers

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kenneth Hartman

In an atmosphere as poisoned as the criminal justice world, the restrictions that made any sense at all ran out fast. Somewhere along the way, hardcover books were deemed potentially dangerous.

The Quotable Palin

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Kelly

Sarah Palin is what you might call "intellectually incurious." I think when Joe the Plumber is talking to Palin he has to slow it down. So where'd she come up with her fancy-pants go-to quote?