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Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]

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 […]

ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

Featured image courtesy: DianeDiamond.net My name is Kelly. I’m a student at Suffolk University and a passionate activist at the Student Alliance for Prison Reform, a nationwide network of university students working for prison reform. When I was a teenager I spent 7 months in prison. For the first time I was able to personally […]

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

This year marks the 15th year that Washington state activists have been holding a Christmas Vigil at the King County Jail. Every year since 2000, activists in Washington have gathered outside the King County jailhouse in a vigil to draw attention to the tens of thousands of non-violent drug offenders who are incarcerated unjustly and […]

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Privatized prisons, also called for-profit prisons, bring with them a host of serious issues. One of the major concerns is that inmates will be treated poorly and subject to inhumane conditions as corner-cutting to expand profits is all but inevitable. Places were cuts will dramatically affect quality of life include healthcare, inmate educational programs/libraries, and […]

Dear Dandelion: A Love Letter from A Toddler

Dear Dandelion: A Love Letter from A Toddler

Dear Dandelion, Hi my name is Lily.  I’m a flower, too.  I am only 14 months old, so I asked Grandpa to help me with this letter.  I wanted to drop a line just to let you know how much I love you!  I see you every day in my yard and on my walks.  […]

Produce Fresh from Jail: Salt Lake City’s Prison Horticulture Program

Produce Fresh from Jail: Salt Lake City’s Prison Horticulture Program

Gardening is a well known therapeutic, and luckily for some inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail, they are allowed to participate in a special horticulture program which teaches the joys of planting, maintaining and harvesting a garden in the ever-changing Utah climate. Citizens are encouraged to attend tours of the garden offered by the […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Florida Drug Arrests by County, Ratio of Total Arrests

INFOGRAPHIC: Florida Drug Arrests by County, Ratio of Total Arrests

Florida is well-known for being one of the most aggressive states in the War on Drugs. A Florida law firm that specializes in criminal defense, Falk & Ross, PA, has released an infographic analyzing arrest rates for drugs across the state of Florida. According to their website, Druglaws.org, Florida has the highest drug crime rate […]

“Willy the Plumber”: Helping the Children of Utah Prisoners Find a Brighter Future

“Willy the Plumber”: Helping the Children of Utah Prisoners Find a Brighter Future

Education is a key factor in raising happy and functional children.  This is a fact recognized by most, from the elite to the working poor to the incarcerated, people realize that getting a quality education is a worthwhile pursuit and encourage their children to obtain as much education as possible. However, reality can be harsh […]