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Sook Station: The prison themed hostel in Bangkok that turns travellers into inmates

A new hostel in Thailand is throwing its guests into cells for the night – at their request.<p>Sook Station is a prison themed hostel in Bangkok which …

Travelers

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Allegedly Hires Personal Prison Bodyguard After Nasty Fight With Inmate

Former <i>Dance Moms</i> star Abby Lee Miller is having a hard time getting along with the other inmates, so much so that she has hired a personal prison …

Iran executes juvenile offender for male rape after 'torturing him into confession'

Iran has a long history of execution of people sentenced to death when they were children.<p>A man who was convicted of male on male rape when he was a …

Judge tells Cobb molester he’ll ‘never get paroled and die in prison’

For four years, Robert Lee Martin molested a relative from the time she was 10 years old.<p>On Thursday, a judge sentenced the Marietta man to life in …

Jail Official Sentenced To Prison For Denying Medical Care To Dying Diabetic Inmate

Wayne Barnes allegedly required employees at an Oklahoma jail to get his permission before calling for medical help for inmates.<p>WASHINGTON ― A former jail administrator in Oklahoma was sentenced to over four years in federal prison on Wednesday in connection with the 2013 death of a diabetic inmate …

Civil Rights

As A Boy In An Adult Prison, His Mother's Letters 'Were Everything'

As a 15-year-old growing up in Washington, D.C., Marcus Bullock knew his mother, theRev. Sylvia Bullock, was working hard to raise him and his sibling on her own. When Marcus saw the effort his mother was putting in and how little his family had, he decided to take matters into his own hands.<p>In …

On this day in 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived on Alcatraz Island

Eighty-three years ago today, Alcatraz went from a rock to The Rock.<p>On Aug. 11, 1934, the first boat loads of federal inmates arrived at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, entering American lore in the process.<p>Alcatraz had been a military prison since the turn of the century, but it wasn't until 1933 …

Bureau of Prisons requires free tampons for female inmates, following Harris bill

The federal Bureau of Prisons quietly issued a new policy last week requiring prisons to provide free tampons and maxi-pads to female inmates.<p>The new …

South Carolina prisoner keeps appearing on Facebook Live and guards are clueless

Inmate livestreams tours inside jail and brandishes banned weapon.<p>A prisoner in the US has been mystifying guards after he was discovered posting …

A prison officer has admitted to having a ‘relationship’ with inmate.

Chelsea Blackwell exchanged more than 850 text messages with Emmanuel Callender-Scott, who was reportedly 21 years old, between July 13 and August 5 …

Behind bars: Molly and Thomas Martens begin their new life in prison

Retired FBI agent Thomas Martens (67) and his daughter, Molly Martens Corbett (33) have begun their minimum 20-year sentences for the second-degree …

Crime

‘It’s Very Easy to Die There’: How Prisoners Fare in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — Do Thi Mai said she was shocked to learn that her 17-year-old son, Do Dang Du, had fallen into a coma in prison a few weeks after he was arrested, accused by the police of stealing about $90.<p>The police initially said that Mr. Du’s severe head and leg wounds had been caused by falls …

Bank robbers, labour leaders and political prisoners: 140 years of history at Stony Mountain Institution

On Aug. 15, 1877, people in Stony Mountain celebrated the official opening of Manitoba’s first federal penitentiary. (Manitoba Archives/Architectural …

Iran eases death penalty laws for drug traffickers

Iranian lawmakers have amended the country's strict laws on narcotics, making it harder to put people to death for drug-related crimes. The law could …

Without air conditioning, America’s prisons can be unbearable — and sometimes deadly

<i>This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Quintero Jones was an inmate at …

Jewish-American serial killer speaks out from prison

The famous Jewish-American killer, "Son of Sam," now claims the Devil made him do it.<p>><br>• ><p>David Berkowitz's mugshut taken on August 11th, 1977.. (photo …

Juveniles and Solitary Confinement

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>“Evolving Attitudes on Solitary for Juveniles” (editorial, Aug. 6) correctly notes potential psychiatric consequences of solitary confinement and the particular risk to adolescents. Citing, among other things, the 2016 Justice Department ban on solitary confinement for youths in …

Teens

“I'm to blame”: Blunkett's indefinite prison sentences and the thousands still locked up without hope

Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences were ruled a violation of human rights.<p>It was around the time her parents split up that …

KIPP

Federal prison takes down kennel-like exercise pens for inmates in solitary confinement

Five kennel-like exercise pens for inmates in solitary confinement at a maximum-security federal prison were dismantled after a photo of their cramped confines appeared in The Globe and Mail.<p>Last week, federal correctional ombudsman Ivan Zinger called the pens at Edmonton Institution "outrageous" …

The Criminal Justice System Treats “Violent Offenders” as Irredeemable. They’re Not.

My brother Aaron, a violent felon, is neither my brother nor violent. The fact that these two descriptors aren’t technically accurate is basically …

Prisoner 'suicidal' 11 years into 10-month jail term

In 2006 James Ward was serving a 22-month prison sentence for assault.<p>During his time in jail he set fire to the mattress in his cell. As a result he was given an IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) for arson and told he would have to serve a minimum of 10 months, but 11 years later he remains …

Extra touches make a $37K tiny house on wheels excel

They fit more in 160 square feet than some apartments do<p>There are almost always some concessions in tiny houses on wheels, but this $37,000, 160-square-foot tiny house on wheels manages to fit in features that don’t even show up in some conventional homes.<p>From the outside, it looks like a typical, …

Living Rooms

5 impressive tiny houses you can order right now

We've seen heaps upon heaps of micro homes crop up with all sorts of eye-popping attributes, whether it'd be glam interiors, wildly low budgets (how …

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For decades now, the tiny house movement has been enchanting American homeowners who wish to live minimally, save money, and live a more-eco-friendly …

Off-grid tiny house is located in the middle of a lava flow

Vacation next to the most active volcano in the world<p>Tiny home amenities like solar power, WiFi, and well-equipped kitchens seem standard these days, but we can guarantee you’ve never seen a tiny house <i>quite</i> like this one.<p>The recently-built, 450-square-foot Phoenix House is located on the 1990 lava …

Off-grid

This Tiny House Is Glamping Goals

San Francisco

Students to design home for Oregon woman

EUGENE, Ore. — Alice Gentry hasn’t lived in a house with a bathtub or a kitchen in two years.<p>“It’s hard to explain if you haven’t had to live it,” …

Home Building