John Oliver Breaks Down How the US Bail Bond System Screws the Poor

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on America’s bail bond system, pointing out that it often jails poor innocent people for not being as wealthy as known criminal Robert Durst—instead of crimes. And because Americans love entertainment, we’ve carved out a cottage industry of bounty hunter television shows… » 6/08/15 9:50am 6/08/15 9:50am

Republican Governors Bravely Fight Anti- Prison Rape Laws

The Prison Rape Elimination Act has a pretty self-evident mission, and yet, somehow, there are still people who manage to be against it. PREA, first passed in 2003 and finalized in 2012, establishes basic standards to keep American prisoners from being assaulted by other inmates or (more commonly) guards. Yet a… » 3/26/15 2:15pm 3/26/15 2:15pm

Manson Follower Patricia Krenwinkel Speaks From Prison

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders committed by the Manson Family. One of the killers, Patricia Krenwinkel, is now the longest-serving woman in the California prison system. Speaking for the first time on-camera in 20 years, she takes full responsibility for her crimes. » 8/05/14 11:00am 8/05/14 11:00am

Live From Rikers: Cecily McMillan on the Horrific Conditions Inside

On May 19, after a two year-long trial, Cecily McMillan was found guilty of assaulting an NYD police officer, Officer Grantley Bovell. She was sentenced to 90 days in Rikers Island Correctional Facility, plus five years of probation. A pacifist activist and grad school student, she had testified that she reacted… » 7/01/14 4:35pm 7/01/14 4:35pm

World's Hottest Felon Spills His Turn Ons in Televised Interview

Jeremy Meeks, the hOt CoNvIcT whose mug shot went viral yesterday because on one hand, violent crime is bad, but on the other, OMG THOSE CRYSTAL CLEAR EERILY HOLLOW BLUE EYES, has finally broken his silence and spoken. And, like many hot people facing possible prison terms, he doesn't really care much that people… » 6/20/14 10:40am 6/20/14 10:40am

Murderer Joran van der Sloot to Marry His Pregnant Peruvian Girlfriend

It's wedding bells for convicted murderer Joran van der Sloot, who is set to marry his five-months-pregnant girlfriend in a Peruvian prison. The marriage may allow him to avoid extradition to the US, where he faces charges of extortion and an entire country of people who are still mad at him for what no one was able… » 5/14/14 11:20am 5/14/14 11:20am

Homeless Mother Arrested For Leaving Kids in Car During Job Interview

Shanesha Taylor, a mother of two from Scottsdale, Arizona, was called in for a job interview last week. Because she's homeless and doesn't have access to childcare, she had to leave her six-month-old and 2-year-old in the car with the windows cracked while she did the interview. While she was gone, police were called… » 3/28/14 6:15pm 3/28/14 6:15pm

Litter of Sickly Kittens Find Unlikely Home at Maximum Security Prison

Well, here's a heartwarming story to get you through your Wednesday. Recently, a litter of kittens somehow found their way into Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Washington County, New York. When discovered by employees, the kittens were sickly and in need of help, so the Great Meadow… » 1/15/14 12:30pm 1/15/14 12:30pm