Photo from UUSC report, "No Safe Haven Here: Children and Families Face Trauma in the Hands of U.S. Immigration"
12 Feb 2016

Texas Lowers Childcare Standards To Keep Private Family Detention Centers Open

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission quietly lowered standards for licensing childcare facilities, allowing family detention centers to stay open.

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President Barack Obama addresses the audience at Penn State. (Penn State on Flickr)
09 Feb 2016

Did Obama Approve GOP Efforts To Water-Down Criminal Justice Reform?

Republicans are likely to further weaken bipartisan criminal justice reform, and it appears President Obama may have given them the green light.

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Michael Marshall paces a hallway at the Denver Detention Center moments before his death (Screenshot from video obtained by the Colorado Independent)
05 Feb 2016

Denver Inmate’s Death Calls Attention to Disturbing Use of Restraints in Jails

Michael Marshall, a fifty year-old homeless black man in Denver, Colorado, who was jailed for trespassing, died while officers restrained him. His death has received a substantial amount of attention. Sadly, there is not much that is unique about Marshall’s case. A survey of news reports from the last three

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Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
26 Jan 2016

Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

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The NYC Board Of Correction oversees the city's jail system.
21 Jan 2016

Rikers Island Imposes Harsh Restrictions on Contact Between Inmates And Visitors

Just before the holidays, NYC’s jail oversight board voted to restrict physical contact between inmates and their visitors on Rikers Island.

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A detailed aerial view of Rikers Island. (Wikimedia Commons / United States Geological Survey)
11 Jan 2016

Reforms For Young Adults On Rikers Island Could Face Further Delays

NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte made his second request for more time to end punitive segregation for Young Adults on Rikers Island.

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Tired Little Girl by Tim Brown on Flickr
07 Jan 2016

DHS Says ‘Focus On The Family’ With Latest Deportation Action

When will the U.S. accept that deportation, detention and messaging campaigns mean little to people immersed in danger and suffering at home?

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at Netroots Nation 2011 (Marta Evry on Flickr)
07 Jan 2016

DNC Chairwoman Flippantly Defends Her Support for War on Drugs

The DNC Chairwoman’s scary feelings about “drug culture” perpetuate the destruction of “safety” for countless Americans, especially those in her state.

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In this April 7, 2011 photograph, Norman Seabrook, President of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA), sits center at a table during a forum hosted by National Action Network. Seabrook claims his union hasn’t had a seat at the table during the Rikers Island reform negotiations. (Flickr / Azi Paybarah)
05 Jan 2016

The Devil In The Details Of Tentative NYC Correction Officers’ Contract Deal

The contract specifies a new unit at Rikers Island which would focus on prosecuting inmate-on-guard violence. But what’s the real cause of jail violence?

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Hopkins County Detention Center (HCDC) in Madisonville, Kentucky (Google Maps)
12 Nov 2015

Appeals Court Finds Jail Medical Contractor ‘Recklessly Indifferent’ In Young Inmate’s Death

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a case involving private inmate medical contractor Southern Health Partners (SHP), finding the company was recklessly indifferent to the medical needs of a 25-year-old at the Hopkins County Detention Center (HCDC) in Madisonville, Kentucky. The lawsuit [PDF], brought by the administratrix of

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