Displaying all articles tagged:

Prisons

  1. trans rights
    What Really Happened to Layleen Polanco?Polanco, a trans woman, died in solitary confinement at Rikers last year. Now, damning details about her death have emerged.
  2. inequality
    Are You Rich Enough to Survive This Pandemic?The vulnerable, the virus, and America’s willful blindness.
  3. covid-19
    Who ‘Deserves’ Jail During a Pandemic?The Cook County Jail in Chicago is America’s biggest coronavirus hotspot. Why did we allow this?
  4. covid-19
    Rikers Island Reports Its First COVID-Related Prisoner DeathMichael Tyson, 53, had been locked up for a noncriminal, technical parole violation.
  5. coronavirus
    ‘We’re Going to All Start Dropping’: Rikers Inmates on Being Prisoners of COVID“It’s like The Walking Dead in here.”
  6. coronavirus
    Coronavirus Fears Spark Prison Strikes, Protests, and Riots Around the WorldFrom Colombia to France to the U.S., prisoners are struggling to protect themselves where their jailers won’t.
  7. coronavirus
    Pandemics Are a Great Reason to De-carcerateCoronavirus could wreak havoc on jails and prisons. If their inhumane conditions weren’t a self-evident reason to shrink them, this should be.
  8. immigration
    Biden and Bernie Pivoted on Deportations. America Must Go Even Further.Temporary moratoriums and only deporting “violent criminals” isn’t enough.
  9. pardons
    The Lesson Trump Pardonees Learned in Prison: Prison Is Brutal and UnfairThe Trump era is marked by many people’s dawning realization of how awful prison is when they personally have to endure it.
  10. mass incarceration
    The Justice Department Investigates Mississippi PrisonsThirteen inmates have died since December 29.
  11. iowa caucuses
    Iowa’s Election Crises Won’t End With Monday Night’s Caucus DebacleIowa is the only state that bans people with felony convictions from ever voting again.
  12. cityscape
    Spending $9 Billion on New Architecture Will Not Solve the Rikers ProblemAttitudes toward crime and incarceration, rather than the physical place, are most of the problem.
  13. health care
    How America’s Health-Care System Makes Mass Incarceration WorseA report from AL.com and ProPublica unearths disturbing practices in Alabama.
  14. keeping up
    Why Kim Kardashian Was Back at the White HouseNo, it wasn’t to become the new press secretary.
  15. prisons
    Prison Is Torture. Voting Is Self-Defense.If prisoners continue to be barred from voting, the American electorate will continue drowning them in human-rights atrocities.
  16. the city
    City Seeks to Move Mentally Ill Inmates to HospitalsOfficials are exploring creating “therapeutic” units for inmates with complex medical needs. But who will run the units is being closely watched.
  17. the city
    City Jails Sued Over Brooklyn Man’s Untreated Health WoesLloyd Haynes says he was ignored as he suffered from rare intestinal condition while in the Tombs and Rikers. He’s seeking $90 million in damages.
  18. criminal justice system
    Lawsuit Alleges ‘Inhumane’ Conditions in Frigid Brooklyn JailThe power came back Sunday after inmates in Brooklyn were stuck in the cold and dark for a week.
  19. prisons
    The Problem With Prison Isn’t Steak and Pie on HolidaysOutrage over federal prisoners being fed well on New Year’s Day while prison workers go unpaid due to the shutdown is ridiculous.
  20. trials
    Finally, Some Real Menace Enters the El Chapo CourtroomBut not from the kingpin himself.
  21. el chapo
    The El Chapo Trial Is Already a Movie SetThe drug kingpin takes the stage in Brooklyn.
  22. el chapo
    Everything about El Chapo’s trial is a secretThe trial for El Chapo starts Monday. But will Brooklyn Bridge be closed every time he’s shuttled across? Everyone who knows is sworn to secrecy.
  23. solidarity
    Inmates Across the Nation Are Striking Against ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ in PrisonHow to support the incarcerated people protesting against inhumane, brutal conditions in prison.
  24. power
    Larry Nassar Was Attacked in Prison, Claims His AttorneyHis attorney is also arguing that the judge who presided over Nassar’s case emboldened inmates to attack him.
  25. criminal-justice system
    Is There Justice for Rikers Inmates Who Accuse Guards of Rape?The crime that is the women’s jail.
  26. prison reform
    What If Prosecutors Wanted to Keep People Out of Prison?George Soros’s semi-secret plan to get progressive district attorneys elected all over the country.
  27. Sessions Takes First Big Step Toward Bringing Back the War on DrugsHaving fought criminal-justice reform for years, the attorney general is now demanding maximum sentences for low-level drug offenders.
  28. With Sheriff Joe Arpaio Out, His Notorious ‘Tent City’ Jail Is Shutting DownMaricopa County’s new sheriff called the facility a “circus.”
  29. President Obama Has Now Granted Clemency to More than 1,000 Federal InmatesThat’s more than the previous 11 presidents combined.
  30. criminal justice reform
    New York City Will Stop Putting Teenagers in Solitary ConfinementThe decision raises the permitted age for solitary confinement from 18 to 21.
  31. solitary confinement
    Maybe Don’t Laugh at Whitey Bulger’s Masturbation PunishmentHe was a terrible, murderous man, but nobody deserves to be subjected to the solitary-confinement system we have in the U.S.
  32. The U.S. Is Quietly Exonerating 3 People a WeekAnd a third of them are in one Texas county.
  33. Inmates in New York Will Soon No Longer Have to Eat Prison LoafThe state just agreed to change how solitary confinement is used in New York prisons.
  34. criminology
    The Government’s Early Release of Prisoners Is a Big Social-Science Experiment“There are people who will use anything that happens as evidence that in fact we should be locking people up and throwing away the key, despite all the evidence that that doesn’t produce the results that we want.”
  35. people who shouldn't be in jail
    Justice Department Will Release 6,000 Nonviolent Drug Convicts Late This MonthGreat news for the many real-life versions of Empire’s Cookie Lyon.
  36. What’s Life Like in Zimbabwe’s Prisons?Dr. Walter Palmer may soon find out.
  37. prisons
    For Sale: Upstate New York PrisonFor anyone interested in filming the inevitable prison escape movie. 
  38. rikers
    Rikers Opens New Housing for Transgender WomenTo keep them safe.
  39. shade
    Pope Francis Shades U.S. Over Prisons, Torture“A sentence of life is a hidden death penalty,” he said.
  40. hurricane sandy
    Sandy Made Escaping a New Jersey Halfway House Even Easier Than Usual“The inmates basically rioted,” said a corrections official.
  41. budget crisis
    69-Acre Waterfront Staten Island Estate SaleIt has a certain ’Shawshank Redemption’ vibe.
  42. Mediavore
    Nudie Bar Patron Shot In the Neck; Conscientious Panda Express Tests Recipes ItPlus: Recreating long-lost family recipes requires detective work and discerning palate; and Panera is planning more pay-optional locations, all in our morning news roundup.
  43. prison break
    California Has to Set Some Prisoners FreeThe Supreme Court says overcrowding violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”