I won’t ever forget the photo of the minutes-old murder a prisoner at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina sent me. It wasn’t a high-quality picture. But I could clearly see the blood, which covered the white clothes of a bearded inmate looking in the direction of the camera. I could see the desperation in…
In 2015, New York City banned solitary confinement for incarcerated people under the age of 22. This decision came in the wake of the the highly publicized Kalief Browder case. Browder was imprisoned on Rikers Island in solitary confinement for three years awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack before…
Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions, the worst remake of Pinky and the Brain ever, are reportedly having a bit of a quarrel over prison reform right now. And according to the New York Times, it helped to force the resignation of the head of the federal prison system.
President Donald Trump offered a series of lackluster and bizarre statements in in response to the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday.
Devilish 1920s society cad and J. Crew spokesmodel Jared Kushner was supposed to be a star of the Trump administration. He was gonna fix the Middle East, using only his impish good looks and the unearned confidence of a man born to incredible wealth. Then he was going to do prison reform, which ABC described as a…
There are not many people left who support harsher sentencing laws than the ones that have already led to our system of mass incarceration which disproportionately affects people of color. But someone who does is Bill Otis, and Donald Trump has made him one of his four nominees to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Earlier this week, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced inmates at three of the state’s prisons would no longer be able to receive donated gifts of books and fresh food from the outside.
The U.S. prison system today is not about detaining a small group of dangerous individuals. Over the past 30 years, we have grown addicted to incarceration, relying on it as the solution to all of our social problems.
Every day, nearly half a million people await trial in a jail cell because they can’t afford to pay bail. It’s the result of a system that favors the rich while punishing the poor.
Prisoners at the White County jail in Sparta, TN, have recently been given a horrifying choice: Serve their entire sentence behind bars or agree to undergo a sterilization procedure, courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Health, in exchange for a reduced sentence.