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Private Prisons, Public Problemsnew

Sometime around 3 o'clock on May 20, a disturbance at the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Miss., erupted into a full-scale melee.
Jackson Free Press  |  R.L. Nave  |  06-08-2012  |  Crime & Justice

Is the New Jail in Guilford County, N.C. Worth the Cost?new

It's no accident that visitors and residents alike confuse the new Guilford County Detention Center for a benign commercial development — the local sheriff says it was specifically designed to look more like a hospital.
YES! Weekly  |  Eric Ginsburg  |  03-26-2012  |  Politics

Jail Birdsnew

The fastest-growing group of inmates in Oregon: Women.
Willamette Week  |  Hannah Hoffman  |  01-23-2012  |  Crime & Justice

Do Private Prisons Save Money?new

Private-prison detractors have long accused businesses in the incarceration-for-profit game of cutting corners to boost revenue.
San Antonio Current  |  Michael Barajas  |  09-07-2011  |  Policy Issues

Cashing in on a Crackdownnew

Georgia’s thriving private prison industry will get a boost from new immigration law.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Gwynedd Stuart  |  07-28-2011  |  Immigration

In Defense of Floggingnew

The war on drugs has overpopulated our prisons. What if we gave prisoners the option of being flogged instead of jailed?
Hartford Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  07-01-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Shakeup in Lockdownnew

As Ohio prisons go private, a prison town goes berserk.
Cleveland Scene  |  Loretta Ashyk  |  06-01-2011  |  Crime & Justice

The Burden of Proofnew

For every person exonerated for a crime they didn't commit, there are many like James Legate: questionable cases, bulldozed through a flawed system, with no recourse left. Only a miracle could free him—and his wife is working, and hoping, for no less.
The Texas Observer  |  Laura Burke  |  05-17-2011  |  Crime & Justice

The Ballad of Red Dognew

"Red Dog" has been in prison since he was 17. He is now 60. This is his life story in graphic novel form.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Tom Ferrick Jr. and Jacob Lambert  |  05-10-2011  |  Cartoons

Prisons for Profitnew

Deaths, lawsuits don’t stop expansion of GEO immigration prisons
San Antonio Current  |  Michael Barajas  |  02-18-2011  |  Immigration

Guarding Grandpanew

Illinois is spending money it doesn't have to keep convicts who can barely walk behind bars.
Chicago Reader  |  Jessica Pupovac  |  01-06-2011  |  Policy Issues

Black Men Are Still Overrepresented in Prisonsnew

Whether you’re a serial killer or a poster child for the Scouts, nothing counts as much as your race when it comes to encounters with police and the criminal justice system in the United States. It’s even true for Colorado, a state with a population close to 90 percent non-Hispanic white.
Boulder Weekly  |  Charmaine Ortega Getz  |  03-01-2010  |  Race & Class

Sex-Worker Advocates Strive For Safety and Human Rightsnew

Marsha Powell, an inmate at Perryville prison, spent the last hours of her life not in an indoor cell, but in an outdoor wire cage. Powell waited four hours in the 107-degree heat to be transferred between wards. She collapsed from heat exposure and died the next day. Powell was serving time for prostitution.
Tucson Weekly  |  Irene Messina  |  02-24-2010  |  Sex

Undocumented Immigrants Barred from Visiting Loved Ones in Prisonnew

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently floated the idea of building prisons in Mexico to house the 18,000 California inmates who are in the country illegally. We have to wonder: Could a jailbird's mom visit him in Tijuana? Because if she's undocumented, she can't do that here.
SF Weekly  |  Lauren Smiley  |  02-17-2010  |  Immigration

Oregon's Jails Are its Biggest Providers of Mental Health Servicesnew

The jail spends half of its annual $600,000 drug budget on psychiatric medications for the inmates who will consent to taking them. But jails can't force the inmates. Far from solving our state's mental health problems, the current situation is probably making them worse.
The Portland Mercury  |  Matt Davis  |  01-14-2010  |  Crime & Justice

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