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Man Wins $750K After Suffering 6-Day Erection, Broken Penis in Jail

Rodney Cotton is $750,000 dollars richer today, but the money he’s won from New York City will likely do little to help him get his life back on track. While money is helpful, sure, it won’t bring back what’s most important: the loss of penile function that Cotton suffered after spending time in a Manhattan jail. »7/09/15 12:30pm7/09/15 12:30pm

NYC Will Eliminate Bail for People Accused of Nonviolent Crimes

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration released an $18 million plan that will, starting next year, allow NYC judges to keep nonviolent suspects out of Rikers by replacing bail with “supervision options including daily check-ins, text-message reminders and required drug or behavioral therapy.” »7/08/15 11:20am7/08/15 11:20am

Virginia Pol Finally Admits He Fathered Child with Teenage Secretary

At long last, former Virginia delegate Joe Morrissey has acknowledged the extremely, extremely obvious: that he had a baby with his former secretary, 19-year-old Myrna Pride. This follows a bizarre incident last week where Morrissey handed a reporter a photo of himself, Pride and the baby, dressed in what looked like… »5/20/15 4:40pm5/20/15 4:40pm

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 6:00pm11/01/13 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… »7/08/13 9:40am7/08/13 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 2:15pm5/30/13 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 3:15pm4/26/13 3:15pm