'When My Son Was Taken, I Felt Like a Failure': Stories From Inside the Child Welfare System

In collaboration with Rise magazine, Jezebel is publishing a series of articles written by parents affected by the child welfare system. This post, the last in the series, is written by Piazadora Footman, who lost her son for three years after she was arrested for buying drugs. In New York City, an estimated 25 to 40…

'They Told Me They Knew What Was Best for Him': Stories From Inside the Child Welfare System

In collaboration with Rise magazine, Jezebel is publishing a series of articles written by parents affected by the child welfare system. This post, the fourth in the series, features narratives by Deborah McCabe and Adisha Garner, two parents who were unable to reunite with their children. In New York City, an…

Disgraced Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Opens Up About Life in Prison, Shows No Remorse

Five years into his prison sentence, Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois Governor who tried to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat and was impeached for multiple corruption charges, has given his first set of interviews since he landed in a minimum-security prison in Colorado. The profile is fascinating, bordering on…

Alabama Prisons Ordered to Improve 'Horrendously Inadequate' Treatment of Inmates With Mental Illness

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ordered Alabama to improve prison conditions for its mentally ill inmates on Tuesday, after finding the state’s prisons provide “horrendously inadequate” care for incarcerated people wth psychiatric problems. “Surprisingly,” the ruling reads, “the evidence from both sides…extensively…

2 Prison Supervisors Tasked with Educating About Prison Rape Charged with Sexually Abusing Female Inmates

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…