Two lieutenants and one guard from the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal jail in Brooklyn, NY, have been charged in federal court with sexually abusing female inmates. In their time at the jail, the lieutenants—Carlos Richard Martinez and Eugenio Perez—were both supervisors tasked with teaching their…
On his eighth day in solitary confinement and seventh without water, Terrill Thomas died last year while being held at the Milwaukee County Jail. The medical examiner classified his death as a homicide resulting from “profound dehydration.”
On Monday, Dylann Roof, the man who murdered nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, was given nine life sentences without parole in a state hearing. In January, a federal jury sentenced Roof to death.
The executive budget for 2017-2018 from Governor Cuomo’s office includes a plan to cut visitation at New York State’s 17 maximum security prisons, reducing the number of visiting days from seven to three, despite the measurably positive impact of the visitation program.
Darren Rainey died on June 23, 2012, at the Dade Correctional Institution after he was locked in a shower that was hot enough to boil tea for two hours by prison guards. They will face no charges.
Chelsea Manning, whose prison sentence will conclude this May after President Obama commuted her sentence in one of his final monumental acts in office, has published a heartfelt, hopeful open letter in The Guardian, crediting her fellow prisoners for helping her through her time served. It’s a testament to how brave…
Inmates have taken several guards hostage inside the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware, where around 2500 male offenders are currently housed.
Before orange-elect Donald Trump officially takes office in January, Barack Obama is tying up as many loose ends as possible, which includes granting clemency to 79 additional federal inmates as part of the administration’s efforts to relieve nonviolent drug offenders.
The Justice Department is planning to end the use of private prisons in the United States, the Washington Post reports. The government has concluded that prisons run by private corporations are “both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services” than prisons run by the feds, the paper says.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was re-sentenced Tuesday to the same 14 years he’s been serving in federal prison for corruption. A judge denied his request to have his sentence cut to five years, even after his lawyers argued that Blagojevich is a changed man, citing, among other things, the fact that he was…
Early in the morning on Saturday, Corrections Officer Mari Johnson was found unresponsive in the kitchen of the Robertson Unit prison in Abilene, Texas. The 55-year-old was taken to the hospital where she was declared dead.
A deputy from Garvin County, Oklahoma has been fired for disguising an inmate as a fellow officer to aid him in his duties. The breach of conduct, reminiscent of a Bugs Bunny cartoon more than anything else, occurred on April 11, 2016. The deputy was fired April 14.
On Monday, Richard Huckle, a 30-year-old English teacher, received 22 life sentences for raping and sexually abusing almost 24 children between the ages of six months and 12 years while working in Malaysia and Cambodia. Authorities believe that Huckle actually abused over 200 children.
Joe Giudice will soon be following in the footsteps of his wife, Teresa, who was released in December from the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution after spending almost a year behind bars.
On Wednesday, New York State correctional system announced an upcoming overhaul of their solitary confinement process. As one of the largest prison systems in America, this move could signal a trend for the rest of America, if shifts go according to plan.
An incredibly American (or social-bureaucratic Russian-novel-nightmarish, can’t decide) story in the Chicago Tribune begins:
On March 20th, a female inmate was being transported from Brooklyn to Rikers Island when she claims she was brutally sexually assaulted by one of the correctional officers on the bus. The attack, which lasted more than 15 minutes, was witnessed by another guard who did nothing to protect the victim but stayed to watch.
USA Today’s Kevin Johnson has followed the lives of nine inmates who were all released from solitary confinement on the same day in 2002. All of the men were felons, Texans, and while all of them hoped to remain out of prison, none of them were given a transition period between “the box” and the street. Now, 13 years…
Synthia China Blast is a Latina trans woman who, according to her family, has been in involuntary protective custody (IPC), a glorified form of solitary confinement, for almost 20 years. When we spoke, Synthia was incarcerated at Sullivan Correctional Facility, a men’s prison about two hours north of New York City.