Sexual offender and elderly inmate Jerry Riddle's mugshot.
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Sentenced at 79… Should Compassionate Release Be an Option?

An 79-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week for two counts of assaulting a minor. Does this elderly deserve compassionate release? One week ago, 79-year-old Jerry Riddle, was sentenced to 30 years in Illinois prison for two counts of sexually assaulting a child younger than 13 years old. While the crime is Read More…

Rights of an Arrested Person
Latest News Prison System Issues

Do Prisoners Have Rights? If So, What Are They And Are They Fair?

Oftentimes, most people don’t think of criminals as having any sort of rights once they have committed any type of crime. These rights seem to be abandoned and forgotten because rehabilitation just is not an option. Many inmates are serving sentences for crimes they did not commit. Other inmates are serving inordinate sentences for trivial Read More…

Mental health is a very fragile thing that must be secured. If our prison system is doing less to rehabilitate ex-convicts and doing more harm that can lead to recidivism and suicide, something needs to change.
Latest News Prison Health Issues US Federal Prison System

Alabama DOC Fails to Meet Deadlines, Could Be Held in Contempt

Alabama prisons to answer why they have not met deadlines to improve staffing and issues for the lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill inmates. Myron Thompson, a U.S District Judge, issued an order against the Alabama DOC. The judge acted on a request made by inmates’ lawyers who filed a lawsuit against the DOC. 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 group of protestors in support of the 2018 Nationwide Prison Strike.
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Is the Right Information on the Prison Strike Reaching the Public?

Killings in prisons, violence, and the strike has limited media coverage. The media has struggled to convey information from the prisons to the public.   August 21st marked the beginning of a nation-wide prison strike. The strike was fueled by many things. The sluggishness of the authorities to act is a main point. The violence Read More…

Graffiti meant to promote the 2018 Nationwide Prison Strike.
Breaking News Hunger Strikes Mass Incarceration Prison Reforms Prison Riots, Strikes, Evacuations Prison System Issues

The Largest Prison Strike Across the Country Revisited

On August 21st, inmates across the country began perhaps one of the largest prison strikes in national history. Spanning 17 prisons and three weeks (ending on September 9th), the strikes aimed at drawing attention. They want to put an immediate end to what they have termed “modern-day slavery.” To drive change, inmates turned to forms Read More…

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Pregnancy in Prisons: Are the Kids Going to Be Okay?

  With many mothers incarcerated, what happens to their children? What happens to the babies after birth? How are the children impacted in the long run? According to experts, of the 112,000 women in federal and state prisons in the United States, 1 in 25 are pregnant. It is no secret that the United States has Read More…

Hunger Strike Handbook
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Prison Workers Committee Calls for Action Against GEO Group’s NWDC

More than 200 inmates at Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington began a hunger strike on August 21. They also ceased all prison labor as part of the nationwide prison strike of 2018. Prisoners at NWDC have already gone on three hunger strikes so far this year alone. GEO Group, a FOR PROFIT private Read More…

California Institution for Men, Chino, CA. August 2009 riot aftermath
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Does Phasing Out CDCR Sensitive Needs Yards Really Help the System?

Back in the late 1990s, CDCR started identifying what they called vulnerable prisoners. They created Sensitive Needs Yards to provide them with protective housing units in early 2002. Then, the Associated Press published its findings on these yards. They found that they’d developed underlying problems that led the inmate homicide rate in California prisons to Read More…