16 Mar 2018

Oklahoma Will Be First State To Experiment With Nitrogen Gas In Executions

Oklahoma will execute prisoners using an experimental method never before attempted anywhere in the world: nitrogen hypoxia. Mike Hunter, the state’s attorney general, and Joe M. Allbaugh, the director of the department of corrections, announced Oklahoma will asphyxiate prisoners by locking them in a chamber that will fill with a

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14 Mar 2018

Immigration Officials Attempt To Deport Detained Sexual Abuse Victim After Agreeing To Provide Treatment

Immigration officials tried to deport a sexual abuse victim at an immigrant detention center after agreeing to a court settlement to provide mental health services.

Protestors gather to show their support for Laura Monterrosa outside T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a private immigrant detention center in Texas. Still from video via Grassroots Leadership: https://vimeo.com/257432808
26 Feb 2018

Prison Contractor Blocks Austin Politician From Visiting Detained Immigrant Who Alleged Sexual Abuse By Guard

An Austin City Council member was denied access to T. Don Hutto Residential Center, where he attempted to visit a woman who reported sexual assault by a guard.

14 Feb 2018

ICE Put Immigrant Woman, Who Alleged Sexual Abuse, In Solitary To Make Her Recant Claims

An incarcerated immigrant woman, who alleged sexual harassment and assault by a corrections officer, said she was thrown in solitary confinement for 60 hours and was told she would not be released until she publicly recanted her accusations. Laura Monterrosa is a 23 year old immigrant from El Salvador detained

14 Feb 2018

New York Jail Inspectors Smuggle Contraband Into Jails, Find Culture Of Corruption Alive And Well

An undercover investigator posing as a correction officer smuggled drugs, alcohol, and a razor blade into jails in Manhattan and Brooklyn with incredible ease and found the Department of Corrections failed to implement reforms it supported publicly for nearly five years. A report published by the Department of Investigations [PDF],

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner. Photo via StandWithReality.org.
07 Feb 2018

A Potential Turning Point In Trump’s First Leak Prosecution

An upcoming hearing could be a major turning point in Reality Winner’s case and we’re sending Kevin Gosztola to cover it.

Protesters gather for an IWOC demonstration outside FCI Coleman in Wildwood, Florida. (Photo via IWOC Gainesville)
05 Feb 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 20: Operation PUSH Continues Fight Against Prison Slavery

Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein discuss Operation PUSH: a nonviolent prison labor strike and boycott in Florida that began on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware. Photo by trconrad2001 on Flickr
02 Feb 2018

One Year After Vaughn Prison Uprising, Demands Still Unaddressed

It has been one year since the uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. While DOC demands are being met, little has changed for prisoners.

25 Jan 2018

Florida Officials Deny Operation PUSH Is Ongoing, Even As They Retaliate Against Prisoners

More than a week since Operation PUSH launched in Florida prisons, officials claim there is no strike, even though there are several reports of retaliation.

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17 Jan 2018

Immigrant Woman Attempts Suicide At Detention Center After Facing Punishment For Avoiding Guard Who Sexually Abused Her

A twenty-three year-old immigrant woman from El Salvador attempted suicide at a private immigration detention center in Texas after learning she may face punishment for avoiding a guard who sexually abused her and still works at the facility. Laura Monterrosa ingested “51 pain pills that were left in her possession by