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- Restricting inmates’ mail unconstitutional, federal judge rules in Columbia County Jail case
- Solitary confinement comes under new scrutiny
- 1 Inmate Impregnated 4 Guards At Md. Jail, Prosecutors Say
- For 3 Years After Killing, Evidence Fades as a Suspect Sits in Jail
- Tortured for Testimony: Anarchists Get Solitary Confinement for Not Snitching
- Barry Kidd on The Queer Case Against Prisons
- Litigation Lawyer on States Cut Prison Budgets but Not Prison Populations
- Barry Kidd on California Sheds Prisoners but Grapples With Courts
- Thanh lap cong ty Hai Phong on Illinois’ only supermax may shortly close!
- Overseas Movers on Illinois’ only supermax may shortly close!
Monthly Archives: February 2012
Photo via Todd Heisler/The New York Time. “Dementia in prison is an underreported but fast-growing phenomenon, one that many prisons are desperately unprepared to handle. It is an unforeseen consequence of get-tough-on-crime policies — long sentences that have created a … Continue reading
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed closing Tamms Correctional Center, the state’s only supermax prison. Even if driven by economic efficiency concerns, this action could put an end to prison conditions that have caused a mental health crisis, precipitated, among … Continue reading
This week, the U.S. Sentencing Commission held a hearing in Washington, D.C. on federal sentencing after U.S. v. Booker, the Supreme Court decision that made the sentencing guidelines advisory instead of mandatory. Families Against Mandatory Minimum’s VP Mary Price testified that judges … Continue reading
For those of you following the current controversy over Massachusetts sentencing bills, Families Against Mandatory Minimums has this update: As of last month, the conference committee that was trying to negotiate a compromise between the Senate and House sentencing bills … Continue reading
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is the nation’s largest operator of for-profit prisons; it is a “Wall Street giant” that has grown more than five-fold during the last fifteen years. After 9/11, it capitalized on anxieties about national security and … Continue reading
A fire at a central Honduras prison has caused over 300 deaths, and this tragedy has drawn attention to the broader crises of overcrowding and violence in the nation’s carceral system. The New York Times covers the story, with a photo … Continue reading
Massachusetts is one of only 13 states where criminal cases involving 17-year-olds are handled in the adult justice system rather than juvenile justice system. Fortunately, though, this may change; the state legislature is considering a bill that would increase the … Continue reading
There’s a lot of news and action circulating about the three strikes bill here in Massachusetts. Luckily, Blackstonian just released a special edition on the legislation, featuring Judge Gertner and Charles Ogletree among other prominent thinkers and activists. For more … Continue reading
We rarely see images of incarcerated children like this. You can take a look at more of photographer Richard Ross’ work and watch a video in which he is interviewed here.