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New Study Finds That Sexually Abused Girls Get Prison, Not Help

A scathing new report critiques the “sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline,” in which girls under 18 who are raped or sexually assaulted are increasingly funneled into the juvenile justice system instead of receiving actual help. That’s particularly true for girls of color, who are disproportionately detained and committed,… » 7/09/15 1:15pm 7/09/15 1:15pm

Texas Mostly Agrees to Comply with Federal Anti-Prison Rape Laws

In a remarkably civil letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act “wherever feasible.” That’s a big step from previous Governor Rick Perry, who called the law “counterproductive” and “unnecessarily cumbersome.” Texas is… » 5/21/15 2:15pm 5/21/15 2:15pm

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

'Suck Dick, Fight or Quit Doing Gay Shit': The Texas Prison Rape Problem

It didn’t take long after Passion Star was sent to prison for her to be sexually assaulted for the first time. And it wasn’t long before she filed her first complaint against her first attacker. And she realized “almost immediately,” she says, that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was not going to help her.
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Despite Laws, Inmates are Still Shackled While Giving Birth 

In 2009, New York state passed legislation banning the use of restraints (shackles, handcuffs, etc.) for female inmates during labor and postpartum recovery. But despite the law's passage, a report by the Correctional Association of New York, a criminal justice advocacy organization, found a sizable percentage of… » 2/15/15 11:50am 2/15/15 11:50am

Two More Women Say Prison Made Them 'Prove' They Were Menstruating 

In late January, a federal lawsuit against the Corrections Corporation of America, the mammoth private prison company, alleged that a prison visitor was forced to disrobe and "prove" she was menstruating by letting a female guard look at her genitals. Two more women have now joined the suit, saying they too were… » 2/04/15 5:10pm 2/04/15 5:10pm

Prison Visitor Says She Was Forced to 'Prove' She Was Menstruating  

A new lawsuit against the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison management company in the U.S., alleges that a female visitor was strip-searched and humiliated at a prison in Clifton, Tennessee. The woman says during her security screening she had to "prove" she was on her period by allowing a… » 1/23/15 8:50pm 1/23/15 8:50pm

John Oliver Uses Muppets to Trick Americans Into Caring About Prisons

As you might be aware, the American prison system is a fucked-up hell pit carved out by institutionalized racism, despicable politics, corporate greed and many other reprehensible factors that — culturally — we've mostly agreed to ignore. The issues facing our nation's incarcerated (a population rapidly growing)… » 7/21/14 12:20pm 7/21/14 12:20pm

Writer Doesn't Understand Why Show About Women's Prison Has So Few Men

Orange Is the New Black, the prison dramedy based on the memoir of Piper Kerman, is a very good show. When you consider its focus on women —particularly those who are trans or non-white or have been made voiceless by the punitive system — you might even call it groundbreaking. But in spite of all that, one male fan… » 6/30/14 6:15pm 6/30/14 6:15pm

Turkey Now Wants to Build All Gay Prisons For 'Protection'

The current administration heading Turkey has announced plans to house gay prisoners in yet to be built all gay prisons. Gay rights groups in the country have expressed concerns about further marginalising LGBT+ persons in a society generally hostile to homosexuality, and where gay prisoners are usually housed in… » 4/19/14 2:51pm 4/19/14 2:51pm

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

More States Are Opening Nurseries For New Moms In The Clink

In many states, incarcerated women give birth while shackled to hospital beds, only to have their newborns taken away mere minutes after entering the world. The state of Indiana, however, is following the lead of six other states, including New York and Ohio, and investing in prison nursery programs. The Indiana… » 5/12/08 9:30am 5/12/08 9:30am