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For-Profit Prison Bankers Prey On Inmates' Families With Exorbitant Fees

Posted 10.03.2014 | Business

By Daniel Wagner, The Center for Public Integrity Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series examining how financial companies...

The 5 Best Items to Send to Your Loved One in Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While many items are prohibited in American jails and prisons, some are still allowed. And it is these items that can make a stay in the slammer that much more bearable and less toxic.

Society's Indifference to Prison Rape Has to End

Jelani Hayes | Posted 10.01.2014 | Crime
Jelani Hayes

Sexual violence should not occur in any space, yet its appearance in correctional facilities is especially troubling -- prisons and jails are, in theory, controlled environments.

Sebastian Murdock

Inside Rikers Island, Rock N' Roll Reigns | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime

There's only one road into Rikers Island. It takes visitors over a mile-long bridge, and standing before it, Officer Blackwell lists everything that c...

Killing Them Softly

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

We should ask if there are ways by which we ought to replace the avenging means of justice with those that are redemptive and restorative.

You Won't Believe What These Inmates Requested For Last Meals

The Daily Meal | Posted 06.30.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

If you had one day left to live, what would you want your very last meal to be?

Former Inmates School Congress On Solitary Confinement

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels had quite the embarrassing moment Feb. 25 when he couldn't give the Senate Judiciary Committee the ...

Arpaio Puts Inmates On Bread And Water For Desecrating U.S. Flag

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

(Adds quote from ACLU spokesman) By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Dozens of inmates in Arizona jails run b...

David Lohr

No More Conjugal Visits For Mississippi Prison Inmates | David Lohr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

Serving prison time is going to get a little harder for some inmates in Mississippi, where officials have announced they will no longer allow conjugal...

Size of Rebuild at Orleans Parish Prison Is Scrutinized

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime
Susan Buchanan

The jail's giant, new high-tech kitchen can serve between 25,000 to 30,000 meals a day--far more than three squares meals needed for nearly 2,400 inmates now. Meanwhile, the Phase II jail will be able to house 1,438 inmates.

Astoria Characters: The Super Sister

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.15.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sister Tesa, the founder and executive director of Hour Children, has good reason to be concerned. The people in the photos are the mothers and children her nonprofit helps get back on their feet when the women get of jail.

Orange Is the New Black Approved for Prison Broadcasting

Oren Mendez | Posted 10.18.2013 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

The show has been approved to be shown to inmates, in an attempt to help them fully understand the way they should conduct themselves while doing time. In order to avoid controversy, the show has been re-edited to better suit viewing in an actual prison.

Prisoners Build Ice Palace

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 04.03.2013 | Weird News

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. -- It's a far cry from breaking rocks in the hot sun on a chain gang. In New York's Adirondack Mountains, inmates break ice on a fr...

What Is the Most Surprising or Unexpected Part of Life Post-Prison?

Quora | Posted 03.20.2013 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Michael Santos, Author and Speaker, Some may find it absurd, but the most ...

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...

Michael McLaughlin

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

Female Inmates: Unique Challenges and Needs

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.27.2012 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Bogus and false arrests happen. Most people are quick to judge until someone they know and care about screws up and is on the wrong side of the law. When that happens, you'll want that person to receive fair treatment, and for fair justice to run its course, even if the person is guilty.

American Gulag: A Lot More Than License Plates

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Lyric Hughes Hale

Of the 2.3 million prisoners now being held, more than 100,000 work in federal and state prison industry programs. This doesn't mean the usual cooking and cleaning, but work that produces products for sale -- about $2.4 billion dollars annually.

The Hidden Costs of Elderly Inmates

Tina Maschi | Posted 05.22.2012 | Crime
Tina Maschi

When looking beyond the mugshot to the bigger picture, mounting evidence suggests that older adult offenders are also the victims of abuse and neglect vis a vis our prison system. The time to take action is now, both for our societal mores and our collective pocketbook.

County Charging Prisoners Up To $15 For Phone Calls

WBEZ | Rob Wildeboer | Mar. 13, 2012 | Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Mimi Mattel has a lot going on in her life right now. She's in jail and she's currently transitioning from a man to a woman. "You know not a lot of...

What Is a Typical Inmate Day Like in San Quentin? What's the Schedule?

Quora | Posted 05.02.2012 | Crime

Although San Quentin State Prison is known for its notorious past, currently it happens to be the most stable and consistent of all the prisons. Here is a typical day for me.

Life In a Box

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.30.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Americans were once riveted by the horrific news of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Today, I believe there is another atrocity taking place inside our own American prison system.

About 20 Dead In Mexico Prison Riot

AP | PORFIRIO IBARRA RAMIREZ | Posted 04.20.2012 | Latino Voices

MONTERREY, Mexico — An inmate riot that may have been staged to cover a breakout killed 44 prisoners Sunday, and the jail's director and all gua...

Drowned Inmate's Family Sues Puerto Rico Officials

AP | Posted 02.15.2012 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The family of one of eight inmates who drowned last year in Puerto Rico while shackled inside a state van caught in flood wat...

John Rudolf

Study: Prison Visits Make Inmates Less Likely To Commit Crimes After Release | John Rudolf | Posted 12.07.2011 | Crime

Just a single visit from a family member or a friend can make a big difference in whether or not a prisoner ends up back behind bars after their relea...