Babies Behind the Bars of Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies
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Raising Babies Behind Bars: A Closer Look at Prison Nursery Program in Illinois

Nationwide, prison nursery programs remain scarce in the US. But 11 states have opened these facilities among the dramatic growth in the number of women in prisons.  A daring experiment in parenting and punishment continues to set off a fierce debate across the nation when it comes to babies in prisons. What Are Prison Nursery Read More…

Men in Prison Playing HALO Video Games
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Can Video Games Benefit Inmates If They’re Allowed in Prisons? (Video)

Video games are prohibited in most prisons. Yet, they can provide positive benefits to inmates, including improving precision skills and keeping idle minds busy. The entire industry of video games is shrouded in controversy these days. Do video games have a positive or negative impact on players? Do they have an impact at all? According Read More…

A homeless man pushing a shopping cart being asked to leave an alleyway by a blonde female police officer in charge of street cleaning.
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Homelessness & Imprisonment: Let’s Discuss Some Hard Facts

Homelessness is a huge issue in the US. And not all homeless people are criminals. Many are down on their luck, or unable to afford housing. But does that always lead to crime? When it comes to homeless people, there is often the belief that they are criminals, that they are dangerous. In a society Read More…

Wakeshia Wilson was found dead in her Los Angeles jail cell. Her loved ones do NOT believe it was suicide.
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Wakeisha Wilson’s Family Challenges LAPD Over Her Questionable Death (Video)

Wakeisha Wilson died in 2016 in police custody. Initially, her death was ruled as suicide. Her family and the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles members rejected Wilson had committed suicide while in custody. A meeting at the LAPD turned ugly when Wilson’s aunt threw her cremated ashes at the Police Chief, so she can “stay Read More…

Smuggled cellphone captures prison fire set in cell during riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina.
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Video Shows South Carolina Inmates Setting Fire in Secured Prison Cell

A video has gone viral showing smoke from a fire reportedly set on Tuesday by inmates at Lee Correctional Institution. This comes just weeks after a deadly riots broke out causing the deaths of several inmates at the maximum security prison in South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the inmates set fire Read More…

In Loving Memory of Sandra Bland SayHerName
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Sandra Bland’s Death Video: More Questions Than Answers [Watch]

#SayHerName: Sandra Bland hung herself while in police custody. Three years later, her family is questioning the circumstances surrounding her death in an exclusive clip from the upcoming HBO documentary, Say Her Name: The Death and Life of Sandra Bland. About the Video Footage: Sandra Bland Dead in Her Jail Cell The Bland family took Read More…

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25th Anniversary of 1993 Lucasville Uprising and Riot: What Everyone Should Know

The past 25 years had not been easy on survivors of the 1993 Lucasville Uprising and Lucasville Riot. The Lucasville prison riot took place on April 11, 1993 and lasted for 11 days. Security analysts say it is the “longest prison riot in United States history.” Yet others say it is the “longest prison siege Read More…

Inmates, prison loved ones and prison activists all want Riker's Island shut down for good.
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Local Residents React to New Jail Constructions in South Bronx (Video)

Following an announcement made in February, plans are underway to shut down the New York jail complex on Rikers Island. The jail will be replaced with smaller, safer jails that will be constructed in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Residents in the Bronx react differently to having a jail in the local area. Issues Read More…

Jodia Arias Standing on Head in Interrogation Room. This is how concerned she was about going to prison for the murder of Travis Alexander.
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Did Jodi Arias Have an Accomplice When She Killed Travis Alexander? (Videos)

Famous prisoner Jodi Arias confessed to having an accomplice who gave her a hand in killing Travis Alexander. It was a jailhouse confession made to her former cellmate. Travis was her former boyfriend, whom admitted to savagely slaughtering. Jodi Arias Confesses to Murder to Her Cellmate Jodi Arias dropped the admission to former cellmate, Donavan Read More…

Manson Postcards
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Charles Manson’s Prison Pen Pal Shares Recordings of Their Calls (Video)

Infamous cult leader Charles Manson may be a beast to many, but never to prison pen pal Ken Dickerson. They were pen pals for several years beginning in 2005 when he wrote the inmate after reading Helter Skelter. The aspiring musician and sculptor remembers Manson as an enigmatic prisoner who counseled and taught him how Read More…