28 images of convicts that were found deceased in Utah jails.
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Investigations Show 20 Inmates Lost Their Lives in Utah Prisons in 2017

State investigators revealed 20 prisoners died in Utah detention facilities last year. Many more died in 2016. Reports done at the instigation of lawmakers.   The Utah State Department of Corrections revealed 20 inmates died in state prisons in 2017. The Department of Corrections made the disclosure after lawmakers compelled them to investigate prison deaths in Read More…

Wanda Barzee - The 'Monster' Mom Who Helped Kidnap Elizabeth Smart and Hold Her Captive for Months.
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Wanda Barzee’s Mental Health Called Into Question Just Before Prison Release

Wanda Barzee is an embarrassment to her Salt Lake City, Utah family after she took part in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Now, with her release from prison scheduled for today, her mental health is being questioned. When Barzee and husband Brian David Mitchell did the kidnapping, Smart was only a teenager. Barzee was a professional Read More…

An illustration of a prisoner behind the bars of a dollar sign, sandwiched between two prisoners holding signs that show how much they owe in prison debt.
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How the American Govt. Runs an Extortion Racket to Keep Ex-Convicts Perpetually Incarcerated

The U.S. forces former prison inmates to pay for their incarceration, even though taxpayers pay. Former prisoners are sent back to prison if they can’t pay. The American government makes a lot of noise about reducing recidivism. They run “commendable” prison programs. The programs are aimed at increasing the chances of prisoners getting jobs after Read More…

Tasker Spruill in Court. He was exonerated, then sent back to prison again.
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Tasker Spruill Was Exonerated. So, Why Is He Headed Back to Prison?

Just 14 months after vacating Tasker Spruill’s guilty conviction, the appeals court has changed its mind. He has been reincarcerated after already spending 23 years in prison. A judge in Brooklyn recently gave an order to re-incarcerate Tasker Spruill, 51. It was only 14 months after he was exonerated and released from prison. The decision Read More…

Pennsylvania DOC banned incoming books for all state prisons. Says it will enhance its prison libraries to compensate.
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PADOC Declares ‘War on Books’; Do They Have a Better Option?

On August 29, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) announced a statewide prison lockdown. The main aim was to stamp out drugs coming into the PA state prisons. Now, they’re banning books in all state prisons.  The lockdown ended on September 10. After it was all over, PADOC announced that books from free book programs Read More…

Locked Up & Shipped Away. Interstate Prisoner Transfers and the Private Prison Industry.
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Locked Up & Shipped Away: Prison Transfers & the Ones Who Profit

For those of us with family members on the other side of the bars, prison visits aren’t always easy to make. This is especially true when inmates are shipped off to out-of-state prisons. Stressed relationships, the need for those extra hours of pay, the bureaucracy of the prison itself, and raising a family are all Read More…

Oregon has implemented a Veteran Unit at one of its prisons. Yet, it illegally takes money from disabled veteran inmates.
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Oregon DOC Investigated for Illegally Taking Money from Disabled Veterans

Last year, the Oregon Legislature came up with a way to collect debts from its prisoners. Yet, an exception was made where they forbade the Oregon Department of Corrections (ORDOC) from collecting any money from its veterans’ disability checks. Oregon Youth Authority Working to Ensure Juveniles Complete Education While in the System Oregon DOC Disobeys Read More…

A Texas State prison unit is submerged by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Rosharon, Texas
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Hurricane Florence Prison Evacuations Updates: Who’s Not Evacuating?

Due to the threat posed by Hurricane Florence, many have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety. This is however not the case for everyone, especially prison inmates. As bad as the storm has been described to be, all orders that have been put out for people to vacate immediately. Despite the Read More…

A group of inmates being transferred from Vermont to Kentucky.
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Transfer of Vermont Inmates to an Unknown Mississippi Prison

Due to contract negotiations, Vermont inmates are being uprooted again. This time, all the way to a Mississippi prison. Which one is unclear at the moment. On August 27th, the Department of Corrections (DOC) completed its dialogue with an out-of-state prison. It agreed during the meetings, lawyers and state officials will sign the contract that Read More…