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Prisoners Needlessly Endangered by Polar Vortex

Prisoners Needlessly Endangered by Polar Vortex

For many people, the polar vortex of the last week was a wake-up call to the unpredictable consequences of climate change. For many other people, the shocking consequences of the polar vortex opened their eyes to the very pressing need for criminal justice and prison reform in the United States. It became public knowledge late […]

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Inmates In Pennsylvania Prisons Will Finally Have Access to Books Again

Incarceration is supposed to be a form of punishment, but it is also supposed to offer the opportunity for rehabilitation and reentry into society. For many individuals languishing in prison, books are there only form of escape. They can also be a form of enrichment, self-analysis, and self-improvement. Historically, prison libraries have provided people with […]

Woman Sexually Abused in Florida Prison Settles Lawsuit

Woman Sexually Abused in Florida Prison Settles Lawsuit

Prison is not meant to be an enjoyable experience. It is supposed to be a corrective one. Prison serves both as a form of punishment for those who have committed a crime and also a way of removing dangerous individuals from society. Unfortunately, while the law in the United States prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, […]

Female Prisoner Suing Over Alleged Assaults While in Custody

Female Prisoner Suing Over Alleged Assaults While in Custody

Content Note: This article discusses incarceration and sexual abuse/assault. Karen Backues Keil ended up in jail in 2011, but she had no way of knowing what would happen during her incarceration. On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010, she was arrested on six theft-related charges. Although she and her husband were operating a liquor store at the […]

Washington Mushroom Hunter Faces Five Years in Prison for Psilocybin

Washington Mushroom Hunter Faces Five Years in Prison for Psilocybin

Many people enjoy immersing themselves in nature while hunting for wild-growing mushrooms. There are also many people who enjoy the psychoactive and therapeutic properties of the psilocybin mushroom. A 63-year-old man named Paul Lee Corbett happens to exist at the intersection of those passions. In fact, he has spent many years of his life thus […]

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Content Note: This article discusses suicide, abuse and mistreatment/torture of a minor by the state. Kalief Browder was, by most accounts, a pretty normal teenager before his arrest. Then, on May 15th, 2010, just before his seventeenth birthday, he and a friend were stopped while walking back to his house in the Bronx, New York. […]

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Tipping Point 2015 is a free 2 day reentry law conference and community building forum for legal service providers, advocates, community members, and formerly incarcerated people. The first day of the conference will bring expert panelists with a focus on best practices and remedies available to help formerly incarcerated people overcome barriers to reentry. The second day […]

Abused Trans Teen Jane Doe Locked in Boys Prison in Connecticut

Abused Trans Teen Jane Doe Locked in Boys Prison in Connecticut

They call her Jane Doe, an un-named transgender girl of color. Jane first rose to national attention in the spring of this year, when she was kicked out of a Connecticut Department of Children and Families facility, after allegedly attacking one of the staff members. Jane was in the facility because her previous legal guardians […]

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

A lot of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, will happily sing the praises of using drug courts to force those facing criminal drug charges into mandatory drug rehabilitation programs instead of into prison. On the surface, rehab does seem like the kinder, more rational approach to working with non-violent drug offenders, but the truth is […]

Don’t Be a Turkey President Obama, Pardon Prisoners Not Birds

Don’t Be a Turkey President Obama, Pardon Prisoners Not Birds

Every Thanksgiving since Abraham Lincoln began the tradition back in 1865, the US President pardons a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Instead of ending up on the receiving end of an ax, the birds get to live out the remainder of their lives in comfort down on the farm. I have nothing against the White House […]