prisons

“A Moral Crime”: 22 Years in Solitary, and the Prison System That Watched

At age 18, Frank De Palma entered Nevada Department of Corrections custody on a 10-year sentence for a nonviolent felony.…

July 18, 2024

How Iron Law of Prohibition Works in Prisons, Where Everything’s Prohibited

[Read Part 1 of this story here] When I got off the chain bus at Washington State Penitentiary (Walla Walla)…

July 11, 2024

How Prison Smoking Bans Created a Health Crisis

When I first entered Washington State Department of Corrections custody in 1995, the currency was still cigarettes. In any cashless…

July 8, 2024

Grants Pass Homelessness Case, and the Line Between Shelter and Prison

In 2013, the City Council of Grants Pass, Oregon, was looking for a solution to homelessness that didn't involve providing…

June 26, 2024

“Preventable Security Lapses”—Gun Violence Comes to Georgia Prisons

At around 4 am on June 16, Smith State Prison became the site of the only fatal shooting in recent…

June 25, 2024

CA Mandates Extreme Heat Workplace Safety, Except in Forced Labor Camps

On June 20, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) approved the state’s first regulation protecting indoor workers…

June 24, 2024

As Waupun Correctional Staff Arrested for Abuse, Lockdown Drags On

After Dean Hoffman was transferred to Waupun Correctional Institution in April 2023, his daughter noticed a difference right away. Somehow…

June 14, 2024

Prison Call Center Jobs Pay Minimum Wage, Which for Us Seems to Be $1.30

I work at prison call center. My job is to read from a script about various kinds of debt relief,…

June 13, 2024

Wellpath, Fleeing GA Prisons Contract, Fails One Last Bid at Extortion

On July 1, three years into its nine-year contract, private health care provider Wellpath will leave behind its 50,000-plus patients…

June 6, 2024

How Prison Guard Became the Job Everyone Leaves

Lonnie, in his late 40s, was a high school teacher for 20 years before he came to prison. He and…

June 4, 2024