MCC New York (Photo from Federal Bureau Of Prisons website)
24 Jan 2017

Jailed Activist Pens Letter To Justice Department On MCC New York’s Squalid Conditions

A jailed activist, who faces felony charges for a digital sit-in against the Boston Children’s Hospital website, has written a letter from the Metropolitan Correctional Center calling attention to what he describes as appalling conditions inside the facility. The letter was addressed to officials at the Justice Department, the Federal

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(Image: Jared Rodriguez/Truthout)
02 Jan 2017

Mississippi Private Prison Neglected Problems After Deadly Riot

A recently released Department of Justice audit found a Mississippi private prison—which holds over 2,500 immigrant prisoners, most of whom are Mexican nationals—failed to remedy serious problems with staffing and living conditions that led to a deadly riot in 2012. According to the audit [PDF], the Adams County Correctional Center suffered from chronic under-staffing

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Barrett Brown. Photo by Karen Lancaster (Given to uploader by the photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
17 Dec 2016

Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order

Journalist and activist Barrett Brown speaks to Shadowproof about life at the halfway house, restitution, restrictions, and his plans now that he’s out of prison.

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File: Razor wire outside a prison in Maryland. (Flickr / Fred Dunn)
30 Nov 2016

Deconstructing Flaws In Important New Report On Solitary Confinement

A new report on solitary confinement provides access to important data on the number of people in some form of solitary confinement in the United States. However, because the United States prison system is not one body but a collection of fiefdoms that set their own administrative rules and definitions, the data

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Photo by Steve Rhodes
30 Nov 2016

Report Offers Rare Data On Solitary Confinement In United States

A new report provides a rare view of “current comprehensive data on the use of restricted housing,” which is more commonly known as solitary confinement. Released by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) and Yale Law Schools’ Liman Program, the report, “Aiming To Reduce Time-In-Cell,” outlines efforts undertaken by various jurisdictions

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Still from "The Invisible Man" by Judith Ehrlich
28 Sep 2016

Letter From CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Details Federal Prison’s Scandalous Treatment

Shadowproof exchanged letters with CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling to bring more attention to his mistreatment in federal prison.

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US Penitentiary, Marion. Photo by Bureau of Prisons.
22 Aug 2016

Appeals Court: Prisoners Have ‘Liberty Interest’ In Not Being Put In Secretive Prison Units

A federal appeals court reinstated a case challenging the government’s use of secretive, experimental prison units known as communications management units.

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Still from White House video of President Obama's visit to El Reno FCI. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hGZ7AMk39Q
18 Aug 2016

Obama Administration Isn’t Planning To End Private Prison Contracts

In a memorandum sent to the Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Justice announced it would begin “reducing and ultimately ending” the use of private prisons.

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Still image from CBS 4 News Rio Grande Valley broadcast of riot at Willacy County Correctional Center. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX6iHAk5pUI
16 Aug 2016

Federal Government Turns A Blind Eye To Terrible Conditions In Private Prisons

The government bares a significant portion of the responsibility for the abusive environments nurtured at private prisons over the past few decades.

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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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