prisons

A Year Into COVID, Prisoners Still in the Dark About Stimulus Checks

Nearly 13 months since the first coronavirus relief bill was signed and nearly three months since the inauguration of a…

April 13, 2021

Exclusive: ACLU Sues NY County Over Methadone Access in Prison

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Jefferson County in…

April 5, 2021

New York Poised to Significantly Restrict Use of Solitary Confinement

New York is on the verge of significantly restricting its use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails. The state…

March 24, 2021

Will Connecticut Be the First State to Make Prison Phone Calls Free?

Connecticut holds the dismal distinction of being the state with the most expensive prison phone calls in the country. But…

March 15, 2021

“Extreme and Detrimental”—Texas Prisons’ Crackdown on Greeting Cards

When LaToyia Walker was sent to Texas Lockhart Correctional Facility in 2017, her grandmother would scribble short notes on pre-written…

March 8, 2021

In Texas Prisons, Horror Stories Emerge From Catastrophic Blackout

As a winter storm battered Texas, 4.5 million people lost power. A humanitarian crisis mounted across the state, as residents…

February 23, 2021

The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty in the US

In July 2020, the federal government shocked activists and advocate by resurrecting the death penalty. After 17 years without federal…

February 22, 2021

Our Outdated Washington Prison Leaves Us Vulnerable to Climate and COVID

The Washington State Reformatory (WSR), where I’ve been incarcerated for the past three years, is a prison unit within the…

February 17, 2021

Detainees at St. Louis City Jail Rise Up to Protest Inhumane Treatment

Dozens of people incarcerated at St. Louis City Justice Center (CJC) protested inhumane and life-threatening conditions on February 6 by…

February 10, 2021

“They Want to Do Me In”: The Prisoner Who Fought COVID Overcrowding

In May, as COVID-19 loomed over incarcerated people across the country, Ivan Von Staich filed an administrative grievance to transfer…

February 8, 2021