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Solitary Confinement Is Still Torture Even If It's Happening to Paul Manafort Solitary Confinement Is Still Torture Even If It's Happening to Paul Manafort

Lawyers for former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said in court filings on Thursday that, now that his bail has been revoked over allegations of tampering with witnesses, he’s currently being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, excluding visits from his attorneys.

How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich in Prison

Four pieces of bread. Only one packet each of peanut butter and jelly. And also you’re in prison. What to do? Watch and learn.

Paul Manafort Is Now Paul Man-in-Jail Paul Manafort Is Now Paul Man-in-Jail

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, left a DC courtroom on Friday on his way to jail.

The Opioid Crisis is Putting More Women in Prison

Welcome to the opioid-fueled prison industrial complex.

Navigating a Digital World After 40 Years in Prison Navigating a Digital World After 40 Years in Prison

Edward Minor had a paper due for his English class on income inequality at Wayne County Community College in Detroit. He’d completed all the research and knew what he wanted to write. The main issue was time—he only had a few hours.

Oh Look, Another Cruel Way the Criminal Justice System Screws Over Poor People Oh Look, Another Cruel Way the Criminal Justice System Screws Over Poor People

Did you know that poor people who receive healthcare through Medicaid routinely get stripped of their coverage if they end up in jail—even if they haven’t been convicted of a crime? Neither did I, until this morning.

Trump Nominates the Last Person You'd Ever Want to Help Oversee the Criminal Justice System Trump Nominates the Last Person You'd Ever Want to Help Oversee the Criminal Justice System

There are not many people left who support harsher sentencing laws than the ones that have already led to our system of mass incarceration which disproportionately affects people of color. But someone who does is Bill Otis, and Donald Trump has made him one of his four nominees to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Mass Incarceration Starts at 12 Years Old Mass Incarceration Starts at 12 Years Old

The United States has many ways to confine young people accused of breaking the law. We keep young people in juvenile detention centers, in strict long-term secure facilities, in residential treatment centers, in group homes, and in adult prisons and jails.

Criminal Justice Reform Bill Sets Up Battle Between Senate and White House Criminal Justice Reform Bill Sets Up Battle Between Senate and White House

Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durban have been trying for years to pass a criminal justice reform bill that would, among other things, axe the three-strike penalty, reduce mandatory minimum sentences, and introduce programs meant to rehabilitate prisoners. It has never gone anywhere.

Study: Pretrial Detention Makes Poor People Plead Guilty Study: Pretrial Detention Makes Poor People Plead Guilty

America’s cash bail system ensures that thousands of people who have not been convicted of a crime nevertheless sit in jail before their trial. A new study finds that pretrial detention is warping our justice system in profound ways.

The New Jim Crow Has Been Banned in Both Florida and North Carolina Prisons The New Jim Crow Has Been Banned in Both Florida and North Carolina Prisons

Over 130,000 adults combined in Florida and North Carolina are banned from reading The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander’s award-winning book about the effects of mass incarceration, according to a report by The New York Times.

Send a Holiday Card to a Prison Rape Survivor Send a Holiday Card to a Prison Rape Survivor

This is the time of year when you do nice things for others. Here is a very nice thing you can do today, and it will only take a minute.

The Best Prison Journalism Is Straight Out of San Quentin

San Quentin is beautiful from the outside. It sits on a sun-drenched point jutting out into San Francisco Bay, a short drive north from the Golden Gate Bridge, at the end of a small road overlooking the water. Right up to its front gate sit quaint houses with spectacular views, which go for around a million dollars…

BAN PRISONS BAN PRISONS

The U.S. prison system today is not about detaining a small group of dangerous individuals. Over the past 30 years, we have grown addicted to incarceration, relying on it as the solution to all of our social problems.

Joe Arpaio's Infamous Tent City Jail Has Been Shut Down at Last Joe Arpaio's Infamous Tent City Jail Has Been Shut Down at Last

The open-air Tent City Jail made infamous by ousted Maricopa County, AZ, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was officially shut down this weekend, more than two decades after the controversial complex first opened its doors.

Gary Otte, Scheduled to Die Next Week, Writes About Drug Addiction Gary Otte, Scheduled to Die Next Week, Writes About Drug Addiction

Gary Otte is scheduled to be executed by the state of Ohio on Wednesday. In what will likely be one of his last acts, he sent us the following essay.

America's Bail System Scams the Poor

Every day, nearly half a million people await trial in a jail cell because they can’t afford to pay bail. It’s the result of a system that favors the rich while punishing the poor.

Tennessee Inmates are Being Offered a Horrifying Choice: Jail Time or Sterilization  Tennessee Inmates are Being Offered a Horrifying Choice: Jail Time or Sterilization 

Prisoners at the White County jail in Sparta, TN, have recently been given a horrifying choice: Serve their entire sentence behind bars or agree to undergo a sterilization procedure, courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Health, in exchange for a reduced sentence.

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