"Captive." Artwork by Todd Hyung-Rae Tarselli.
13 Feb 2020

Even Brief Exposure To Solitary Confinement May Increase Risk Of Death After Prison

Even a few days in solitary confinement may increase a person’s risk of death after they are released from prison, new research suggests.

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When Prison Reform Means Prison Expansion (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
12 Feb 2020

All 50 States Report Prison Understaffing

Every state in the United States of America has reported prison staffing shortages since 2017, according to research by Shadowproof.

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Over 150 Sex worker activists from around the world gather at the Pre-Conference Networking Meeting, ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam 2018. Photo by Juno Mac on Flickr.
11 Feb 2020

Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Popular Among Democrats And Independents

New polling from Data For Progress shows a majority of American voters—especially Democrats and Independents—support decriminalizing sex work.

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President Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
29 Jan 2020

Meet The Cops: Inside Donald Trump’s New Commission On Policing

Attorney General William Barr swore in 18 members of a White House commission on policing—all of whom work in law enforcement.

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17 Dec 2019

ICE Retaliates Against Immigrant Rights Activists By Suspending Visitation Program In Alabama

Immigration and detention officials canceled visits at the Etowah County Detention Center following a protest calling for the facility’s closure and the abolition of immigration detention. Freedom For Immigrants (FFI), a nonprofit immigrant rights group, has organized visitation projects with over 4,500 volunteers from local groups like the Etowah Visitation

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Soledad State Prison (CDCR).
04 Sep 2019

Officials Ignored Warnings Before Massive ‘Gladiator Fight’ At Soledad State Prison In California

Prisoners say the head of California’s prison system was warned the day before hundreds of prisoners were involved in a fight.

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Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
26 Aug 2019

The Number Of People Incarcerated In United States Is Far Higher Than 2.5 Million

The most popular statistic regarding the United States’ prison system is that there are 2.5 million people incarcerated. However, this figure significantly under-represents the number of people caged in this country each year.

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24 Jun 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s Flawed But Well-Intentioned Proposal For Banning Private Prisons

Elizabeth Warren’s strategy appears to prioritize issues of privatization in prisons instead of seeing where issue fits into larger issue of incarceration.

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21 Jun 2019

Alabama Prisoners On Hunger Strike Demand Justice Department End Brutal And Inhumane Treatment

Four Alabama prisoners began a hunger strike at the Limestone Correctional Facility in protest against corruption, abuse, and a lack of accountability for inhumane conditions in the state prison system. The hunger strike is a response to a call to action from a coalition of prisoner rights groups, including the

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14 Jun 2019

Prisoners, Grassroots Activists Halt Construction Of Federal Prison On Former Coal Mine

Federal prisoners and grassroots activists defeated plans by the United States government to embark on the most expensive prison construction project in the country’s history. The plans for a federal prison and labor camp in Letcher County, Kentucky, would have cost at least $444 million and resulted in serious and

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