A female inmate at Rikers Island told the New York Daily News that a correction officer raped her in a padlocked storage room at the prison on November 30. New York City’s Department of Corrections is currently facing a federal lawsuit alleging that female inmates at Rikers are routinely raped by COs.
As of 2010, there were around 205,000 women in prison in the United States, and a million more under some kind of criminal justice supervision, counting those on probation and parole. But would the country benefit from not incarcerating women? At all? Ever?
An ex-con reviewed Orange Is The New Black and it’s hilariously refreshing. Her first obvious note is that the show is more Blossom than Lockup, where guards act like exasperated dads instead of strangers paid to rule your life.
Today in "Vogue, noooooo," British Vogue is urging Orange Is The New Black fans to purchase conceptual prison-inspired designer garments. The three recommended items add up to about $1500. So chic!
Samantha Orobator, a pregnant 20-year-old from London and possible rape victim, could be facing execution in Laos for her alleged role in drug trafficking. She has not yet been allowed to see a lawyer.
In Bolivia, more than 1,400 children are currently living with their parents behind bars in that country's prisons. Officials and some parents say that given the alternatives, it might be for the best.
"She doesn't know it's a prison. She thinks it's her house." That's Karina Rendon, a 23-year-old woman living in a 144-square-foot prison cell with her toddler daughter and two other mothers and their children at Mexico's Santa Martha Acatitla prison. As the Times reports today, 53 children under the age of 6 live at…
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