Family of Imprisoned Member of Pussy Riot Says She's Missing

Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of two members of Pussy Riot who was being held in prison in Mordovia, has not had any contact with her family for 10 days, BuzzFeed reports, leading them to believe that she's missing. This silence follows a facility transfer given to Tolokonnikova after she wrote an open letter denouncing… » 11/01/13 6:00pm 11/01/13 6:00pm

What I Learned From My Summer Internship in a Jail

The typical reaction I receive when I answer the oh-so-common “what are you doing this summer” question: Wide eyes, shock, skepticism, and intrigue. “You’re working in a jail? As an intern? Providing sexual health education? Woah….” The response deems the work itself as it truly is – otherworldly. » 8/05/13 1:25pm 8/05/13 1:25pm

It Is Very Likely That Teresa Giudice Will Do Some Time in Prison

At this point, we're used to seeing various Real Housewives in financial peril, but the 39-count indictment of federal fraud and tax charges that Teresa and Joe Giudice are facing is some next-level courtroom drama shit. According to legal experts, they will both serve time in a federal prison. » 8/02/13 6:00pm 8/02/13 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 required… » 7/08/13 9:40am 7/08/13 9:40am

The Story of One Prison Rape, In an Inmate's Own Words

Today, the ACLU announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, a private prison in Meridian, Mississippi. The suit alleges that EMCF is "hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous." One example of the jail's dangers: this handwritten letter from… » 5/30/13 2:15pm 5/30/13 2:15pm

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Would Really Like to Leave Prison Now, Please

Jailed political activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has been sentenced two years at a labor camp for hooliganism charges after her arrest in March last year, has entered a plea for an early release after multiple instances of health complications caused by hours upon hours of forced labor. Tolokonnikova complained… » 4/26/13 3:15pm 4/26/13 3:15pm

Daring Sperm Smugglers in Palestine Brave Israeli Jails, Implausibility…

People try to sneak lots of miscellaneous contraband into prison, but how often do they try to sneak things that aren't people out of prison? Almost never, probably because the whole point of prison is that it doesn't have anything that anyone wants, except, in the case of Israeli prisons holding Palestinian… » 2/24/13 5:00pm 2/24/13 5:00pm

Lindsay Lohan Scoffs at Your Plea Deals, Mortal Prosecutors!

Even though Lindsay Lohan seems poised for a miraculous career resurgence to hang onto cultural relevance with all the viciousness of a ravenous capuchin, the oracles at TMZ think it's quite possible that she could be going back to jail. But how, you ask? Everything was...okay, it wasn't going well, exactly,… » 1/20/13 11:30am 1/20/13 11:30am

Fiona Apple Tells Concert-Goers How Much It Sucks to Stay in a Texas…

Earlier this week, Fiona Apple followed in the footsteps of Armie Hammer by getting arrested in Texas for marijuana possession, and everyone wondered why Texas was so obsessed with ruining everyone's good time. And the arts. At the very least, this latest celebrity brush with Texas lawmen has given us a Fiona Apple… » 9/23/12 11:00am 9/23/12 11:00am

Overworked Texas Honor Student Jailed For Truancy By Overzealous Judge

Diane Tran, a 17-year-old junior at Willis High School in Willis, Texas, is hardly an underachiever, but the unfortunate example being made by the state's truancy violation policies. Tran, whose parents divorced unexpectedly and left town, is supporting two siblings (although reports are that one of them is an older… » 5/26/12 4:45pm 5/26/12 4:45pm

17-Year-Old Rape Victim Is Released After Being Forced to Spend 25 Days…

Good news: the justice system in Sacramento has finally done something good for the teenaged rape victim who was being held in a juvenile detention facility to ensure she would be in court to testify against her alleged attacker. You may remember that she was held after she failed to show up to two previous court… » 4/18/12 11:15pm 4/18/12 11:15pm

God Forbid You're Named 'Teresa' In Atlanta

In August Teresa Culpepper called the Atlanta police because her truck had been stolen, but they wound up arresting her for an aggravated assault allegedly committed by another woman named Teresa. Culpepper spent nearly two months in jail until the other Teresa came to court to explain the mix up. Now police say… » 10/21/11 9:30am 10/21/11 9:30am

Adorable Cats Find A New Home In Adorable Jail

Nebraska inmates who volunteered at an animal shelter were recently allowed to adopt two cats, Sarge and Nemo. The cats live in the minimum security areas of the prison, and the staff says it's a win-win situation: The cats get a home and they bring out the inmates' softer side. Why cause trouble when you could be… » 8/18/11 11:15am 8/18/11 11:15am