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

Activists holding a "Campaign To Shut Down Rikers" banner are escorted out of a recent DOC meeting where officials asked to delay changes to solitary confinement. (Screenshot from Twitter video by @ShutDownRikers)
11 Nov 2015

New York City Postpones Elimination Of Solitary Confinement For Young Adults

New York City’s Board of Correction voted on Tuesday to delay the elimination of solitary confinement for young adults until the end of February 2016.

Poster on Ellis Island (Wilson Loo Kok Wee on Flickr)
06 Nov 2015

ICE Claims There Is No Hunger Strike At Hutto Amid Escalating Retaliation

ICE continues to deny there is an inmate demonstration taking place at T. Don Hutto as hunger striker claim retaliation against them is intensifying.

Hutto immigrant detention center. (Google Streetview)
02 Nov 2015

ICE Punishes Immigrant Women On Hunger Strike With Isolation, Cold Cells

Guards at the Hutto Detention Center in Texas, are retaliating against immigrant detainees engaged in a hunger strike to protest their living conditions.

Thousands rally for immigrant dignity and justice in Washington DC, near The National Mall on Tuesday, October 8 2013. (Stephen Melkisethian on Flickr)
29 Oct 2015

Immigrant Detainees’ Access to Bond Hearings Expanded by Appeals Court

A federal appeals court affirmed and expanded a prior ruling to grant immigrant detainees in the Ninth Circuit access to bond hearings every six months.

File: A discarded pregnancy test rests on a bed of dirt. (Flickr / Dominic Casario)
29 Oct 2015

Mandatory Inmate Pregnancy Tests To End In Alameda County Jails

Under a settlement with ACLU of Northern California, Alameda County & Corizon Health Services can no longer force women in custody to take pregnancy tests.

File: A roll of yellow tear-off tickets labeled "Admit One." Tickets to the Shadowproof Event Series are now available. (Morguefile)
27 Oct 2015

Get Tickets For Shadowproof’s Events Series!

We organized the Shadowproof Events series to give our members and readers a greater stake in our reporting. Get tickets for $5 to attend a video chat.

Photo from UUSC report, "No Safe Haven Here: Children and Families Face Trauma in the Hands of U.S. Immigration"
23 Oct 2015

U.S. Immigration Prisons Lack Oversight, Re-Traumatize Refugees

Studies show families fleeing extreme violence in Central America are treated as criminals, not survivors, when detained in facilities without oversight.

Visitation (Ed Schipul on Flickr)
22 Oct 2015

Report: States Should Make It Easier For Families To Visit Prisoners

Isolation is a defining characteristic of incarceration, but a growing body of research shows contact with family is essential to reducing recidivism.

CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou sits on a couch with his children after his release from prison. (John Kiriakou)
20 Oct 2015

A Letter From John Kiriakou To Shadowproof Readers

Dear Friends, I have long been indebted to Jane Hamsher, Kevin Gosztola, and Brian Sonenstein at Firedoglake. They helped rally support for me in my deepest time of need, reaching out to people like you who gave very generously to FDL to help Heather and me pay for our mortgage