Prison

Inmate sues penal system over his 91-hour erection

This Oklahoma man says he really got shafted by the penal system.<p>Aptly named Dustin Lance says in a seminal $5 million lawsuit that prison officials …

Offbeat News

Gov. Edwards: Sheriff worried about losing 'good ones' from jail misunderstood new laws | NOLA.com

Gov. John Bel Edwards and the head of Louisiana's prison system are trying to play down Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator's comments about losing …

New Orleans

We failed Robert Pruett from childhood on. Then Texas executed him.

Our cruel system failed ruett on every level, from his His case is an indictment of the criminal The case is an indictment of our cruel indifference<p>Last week, Texas executed Robert Pruett, who was already serving a 99-year sentence for murder when he was convicted of stabbing a correctional officer …

News (U.S.)

102 female inmates are fighting on the front lines of the North Bay wildfires

Among the thousands of firefighters on the front lines of the blazes in Napa and Sonoma counties are 102 female inmates, some of them working 72-hour long shifts in the first days of a firestorm that engulfed California's wine country in flames.<p>These women are part of a partnership program between …

California Wildfires

Deaths, assaults and suicides in prisons are higher than ever - Cornwall Live

The amount of deaths in South West prisons is at record levels, with the number of inmates taking their own lives trebling in the past 10 years, new …

Meet the Prisoners Who Have Their Own Keys, Therapy Horses, and Leave Prison Every Day

In Finland, inmates at Open Prisons go outside to work, study and have therapy horses. They have keys to their rooms and their own kitchens to cook in. Finland believes that by treating criminals as equals, and giving them autonomy, they will rehabilitate and better adjust to life outside of prison.

Finland

'My daddy was a dope dealer': Being a son in the age of mass incarceration

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> "My daddy was a dope dealer, my daddy was a street n---- ... You may say he ain't s---, but to me he's the realest."<p>Those are words from Washington, DC, rapper Chaz French's song, "Pops," in which the 26-year-old reflects on his once-strained relationship with his father, who was …

Justice

Trump's "free market" FCC loves monopolies, especially when they rip off prisoners' families

The American prison system is home to one of the greatest market-failures in the history of telephony (which is saying something): a monopolistic …

Ajit Pai

'Homeless people live better': Inmate hits out at squalid conditions inside Walton Prison

A former inmate has claimed that one of Britain's crumbling prisons is "falling apart" and that conditions are "not suitable for humans".<p>The …

Black and Muslim inmates twice as likely to have negative experiences in prison, report finds

Black and Muslim prisoners are twice as likely to have negative experiences in jail than white inmates – with the figure nearly four times as high …

Race & Ethnicity

Prison security must be a priority

In April, Bertie Correctional Institution prison Sgt. Meggan Callahan was killed after inmates set fire to a trash can and an inmate beat Callahan …

Hampton Roads

State is housing 1,200 federal prisoners from Puerto Rico

Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>CLOSE<p>Drone footage of damage done to the towns of Naranjito, Yabucoa, Patillas and Toa Baja in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria in …

Caribbean

Study: Mass. Has The Highest Percentage Of Inmates Over 55

Support the news<p>Massachusetts has the highest percentage of inmates over age 55 in the country, according to a new national study.<p>The study, from the …

Health Care

Why is it so hard for the wrongfully jailed to get justice?

Imagine for a moment you are wrongfully convicted of a crime. You get sent to prison, where you start to serve out your sentence – every minute of …

Finally, You Can Dress Up Like Snapchat's Dancing Hot Dog for Halloween

It only costs $80 so, you know, worth it.<p>Way back in June, a small, anthropomorphized hot dog breakdanced his way into our hearts and minds thanks to one of Snapchat's new AR filters.<p>We watched the grinning meat tube as he boogied in grocery stores and toilet bowls and, fearlessly, at 35,000 feet, …

HMP Winchester inmate who died had asked staff about suicide methods

Sean Plumstead’s remarks to staff member – who had not had compulsory self-harm training – were not reported, inquest hears<p>An inmate who killed himself at Winchester prison had asked a member of staff two days earlier about the best method of ending his life but his comments were never reported, an …

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Baron Geisler shares jail photos of inmate getting a tattoo of actor’s name

"Couple more days. Saya," says Baron Geisler of his jail time. In the meantime, he appears to be amused by friendly inmates, particularly that of one …

Philippines

Walton prison crisis grows as NHS healthcare team decide to QUIT

An NHS trust has pulled the plug on its healthcare service for inmates at crisis-hit Walton prison.<p>The provider said its health team had struggled so …

Health Care

B.C. jails now using body scanners to keep drugs out

Body scanners are now being used in four B.C. correctional facilities to prevent inmates from smuggling drugs.<p>The equipment is a part of a pilot …

British Columbia

Almost half of Victoria's prisoners are back in jail within two years of release

Nearly half of all Victorian prisoners who have completed their sentence will return to jail within two years, new data from the state's Justice …

Parole Board

44pct of Vic prisoners soon back in jail Yahoo7 News

Two out of five Victorian prisoners are back behind bars within two years of being released, a Department of Justice report says.<p>The annual report …

Australian News

How hardened convicts learned ‘how to feel again’

Behind the wall at the maximum-security prison where Johnny Cash once sang about shooting a man just to watch him die, rival inmates serving …

Lifestyle

Immigrant Prisons -- 440,000 Locked Up Each Year, Billions In Profit

Few Americans know about our nation's system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. These facilities have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off the misery of …

Immigration

Half of indefinite term prisoners being recalled to jail

<b>More than half of prisoners freed after serving controversial indeterminate sentences for public protection are being sent back to jail for breaching licence conditions, MPs have been told.</b><p>Giving the figures in Parliament, Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales, said the …

Parole Board

Inmate begged for help as fungus destroyed his brain, but his pleas were ignored, suit says

Marques Davis was in the infirmary at Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Kansas on Dec. 27, 2016, back with the same symptoms he’d been complaining …

In a country with 80% unemployment, even Zimbabwe's hangman job is fought over

There are 92 people on death row in Zimbabwe, but the country last used capital punishment 12 years ago.<p>More than 50 people have applied for the very …

Africa

The Federal Jail Blocking Some Inmates' Kids From Visiting

Since last year, a detention center in Philadelphia has had one of the strictest visitation policies in the country. “Now it’s a different world in there,” one local lawyer said.<p>PHILADELPHIA—During the 15 months that Allen Woods has been held, awaiting trial, at a federal detention center downtown, …

Politics

SAME INMATE DIFFERENT WOMAN!

AN inmate who appeared in a selfie hugging and kissing a prison warder seems to have more relationships with different women going on behind prison …

News (South Africa)

Pentonville Stays Open

The head of the Prison and Probation Service announced last week that plans to close old prisons are being put on hold because of an unexpected spike …

Why Gladue has not lived up to its promise for Indigenous justice

Across the country, Gladue rights for Indigenous offenders are being ignored, underfunded or flat-out denied<p>On May 8, 2015, when Jeremy Davies was …

Indigenous Peoples