Here's A Transgender Woman's Letter From a Men's Prison in Texas

Earlier today we published a story on Passion Star, a transgender woman incarcerated in Texas who says she’s been subject to rape and violent attacks at the hands of other inmates for the past 12 years. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice did not move Star into safekeeping, a version of protective custody, until… » 5/13/15 6:00pm 5/13/15 6:00pm

Female Prisoners Sterilized, Illegally and Often Through Coercion

Just in case you were confused about whether or not we're currently living in a dystopian future horror fest, the Center for Investigative Reporting has recently found that some doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates without… » 7/08/13 9:40am 7/08/13 9:40am

Judge Approves First-Ever Sex Reassignment Surgery for Transgendered…

A transgendered woman incarcerated in the Massachusetts state prison system has won the right to have the state pay for her sex reassignment surgery, after a US District Judge agreed that the surgery was "medically necessary." Naturally, this has led to people making A Big Thing about what "medically necessary" means,… » 9/04/12 7:45pm 9/04/12 7:45pm

Texas Teaches Death Row Inmates A Lesson: No More Last Meals

Officials in Texas realized that they've been going way too easy on death row inmates, so they'll no longer be offering a last meal before execution. Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was convicted of the racially motivated murder of James Byrd Jr., enraged State Senator John Whitmire by ordering this meal before he was… » 9/23/11 9:30am 9/23/11 9:30am

Comfort Food: Great For Stress, Except When It's Not

Yum, here's a "no shit" study that hits the spot: Researchers have discovered that junk food lowers stress levels! Go get a cookie, we'll wait. So, yeah. University of New South Wales pharmacology professor Margaret Morris took lab rats away from their mothers as babies and divided them into groups. One group was on a… » 1/30/08 6:00pm 1/30/08 6:00pm