All Prisons

Views
Peace Behind Barbed Wire
As media ownership converges and technology “unites” us, the concept of national identity grows ever easier to exploit — and therefore, I fear, increasingly, and dangerously, simplistic. This is the war on terror. This is the war on crime. They march on, despite the magnitude of their failures...
Read more
News
Chicago Police Secretly Detain, Abuse Americans at Domestic 'Black Site
Chicago police have operated a secret prison-like compound where they detain, interrogate, and torture U.S. citizens in what lawyers call a domestic equivalent to a CIA "black site," an exclusive investigation by the Guardian revealed on Tuesday. A "nondescript warehouse" on Chicago's west side,...
Read more
News
Following Turmoil at For-Profit Texas Prison, Inmates to be Transferred
A federal prison in Texas will transfer up to 2,800 inmates to other institutions in the area in response to a two-day uprising which began Friday over the prison's living conditions and inadequate medical services. Inmates at the for-profit Willacy County Correctional Center were reportedly...
Read more
Views
Crime, Incarceration, and the Left
Those disturbed by the United States’ largest-in-the-world incarceration rate have some new reasons to be cautiously optimistic. President Obama nominated an opponent of the drug war to the Justice Department’s highest civil rights position, signaling the possibility that the costly and...
Read more
News
Lawsuits Launched to Target Missouri 'Debtors' Prisons' Scheme
A group of civil rights advocates is suing the cities of Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri for unconstitutional incarceration and policing practices that they say have helped turn the cities' jails into "debtors' prisons." Filed Sunday, the lawsuits charge that Ferguson and Jennings routinely jail...
Read more
News
New Report on Lynching Reveals Sinister Legacy of 'Racial Terrorism' in America
Capital punishment and ongoing racial injustice in the United States are "direct descendents" of lynching, charges a new study, which found that the pre-World War II practice of "racial terrorism" has had a much more profound impact on race relations in America than previously acknowledged. The...
Read more
Views
The Shift: A Note from Lexington Federal Prison
"We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person oriented society: when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered...
Read more
Views
This Prisoner Note Isn't From Some Dystopian Dictatorship. It's From Texas.
"Every day from dusk to dawn there's noise, banging, clanking, yelling, screaming. Everyday someone is getting hurt or hurting themselves. Everyday there's fire and floods and complete chaos & hate…Every day is a challenge here. A challenge against insanity." This sounds like a dispatch from a...
Read more
News
Unbroken, CIA Torture Whistleblower Kiriakou To Finish Sentence Home with Family
John Kiriakou, the CIA agent who was jailed for blowing the whistle on the United States' torture program, was released from Loretto Prison in Pennsylvania on Tuesday under orders to finish the remainder of his 30-month sentence at home. Though glad the whistleblower was finally able to return to...
Read more
Views
University Students Push for Prison Divestment
Only a few years ago did the growing clout of the U.S.’s for-profit prison industry come into sharp relief. 2011 and 2012 saw a flurry of investigative journalism documenting the industry’s political influence, combined with its steadily increasing prison expansion over the course of several...
Read more

Pages