The Trump administration has rolled back yet another policy directive set by former President Barack Obama, this time involving protections for transgender prison inmates.
What is the most immoral industry? Tobacco? Maybe. Guns? A contender. But it is hard to imagine any industry more loathsome than private prisons. And everyone should know exactly what respectable people are giving private prisons their money.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California began this week to publicly post the date and time that inmates will be released in an explicit attempt to make it easier for federal authorities to catch immigrants.
Earlier this week, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced inmates at three of the state’s prisons would no longer be able to receive donated gifts of books and fresh food from the outside.
Black people arrested for a crime are twice as likely to spend time in jail before they go to trial than white people, in part because they often face higher bail fees than their white counterparts.
As part of his annual holiday pardons, the governor of California pardoned two immigrants who were arrested in immigration raids earlier this year.
The night before I was set to turn myself in—either for robbing a pharmacy or committing serial tax fraud, I hadn’t decided yet—I sent Officer Mark Gudmundsen an email with a couple of last-minute questions. “You may bring a book,” he replied, “but I will look at it and decide if you can have it in your cell to read.”
When Sylvester Owino tells people he spent nine and a half years inside immigration detention centers, they ask him a lot of questions. They ask if he liked the food in the cafeteria, and whether his family was able to visit him, if he was able to wear his own clothes. All the follow up-questions make it clear they…
On November 6, Karla Aranda picked up a frantic phone call from an inmate in an immigrant jail in the California desert. Aranda’s husband was in that jail, too, and the inmate told her an ambulance had taken him away.
What does it mean when people say they want to “get rid of the police?” Contrary to what you might think, it’s not about sowing seeds of chaos and anarchy, it’s about reforming a system that creates crimes—and criminals—to fuel a for-profit prison industry.
The U.S. prison system today is not about detaining a small group of dangerous individuals. Over the past 30 years, we have grown addicted to incarceration, relying on it as the solution to all of our social problems.
As if the dramatic uptick in federal arrests of undocumented immigrants—particularly those without any criminal record—was not enough, the Trump administration is looking to expand its capacity to detain even more people.
Immigration officials have received preliminary approval to destroy detainee records, including evidence that relates to in-custody deaths and sexual assault cases after a 20 year period.
When Rolando Meza Espinoza’s family learned he was admitted to the Jersey City Medical Center in early June, his mother, brother, girlfriend, and cousin left their homes near Brentwood, Long Island, and rushed to make the roughly 70-mile trek to the hospital.
On the evening of July 26, an inmate from Rikers Island jail in New York City escaped. Officials stated that 24-year-old Naquan Hill was in the recreation yard of the facility where he climbed over the fence and fled captivity. Hill was found the next day, but between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 10:30pm on July 26, the…
On January 31, 2015, Lynette Dabney received a call from a prison warden who told her that her 30-year-old son, Tyrone Madden, had died. She says the warden explained that her son was playing basketball when he collapsed on the court.