prisons

The Data Gatekeeper Spinning Pennsylvania’s Prisons Narrative

In 2017, at the American Society of Criminology’s annual conference in Philadelphia, then-President James P. Lynch gave a speech about…

November 16, 2021

De Blasio Rejects Decarceration as Human Rights Catastrophe Consumes Rikers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declined to pursue decarceration for the Rikers Island jail complex at a press…

September 16, 2021

Judge Rules in Favor of New York Prisoner Suing for Methadone Access

A District Court judge has issued a preliminary injunction to ensure that a 35-year-old Watertown, New York, resident can continue…

September 13, 2021

Hundreds of WA Drug-War Prisoners Can Be Freed. We’re Still Waiting.

On February 25, a Washington Supreme Court ruling—commonly known as the Blake decision—effectively decriminalized drug possession in the state. Lawmakers…

September 8, 2021

Initiative Aims to Increase Methadone, Bupe Access in Pennsylvania Jails

Jerome Maynor, 71-year-old Black man with opioid use disorder (OUD), was prescribed methadone. His medication was working for him and…

May 10, 2021

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