Now Janine Howard is suing the New York Department of Corrections. "I feel victimized," she said. "I feel like my safety and security can just be taken from me at anytime."
Even as their advocates win victories in court, trans inmates remain vulnerable to violence from their fellow prisoners and indifference from a system that does not understand their needs.
Inmates claim guards at High Desert State Prison use their guns to break up fights and don't give medical treatment to prisoners injured by birdshot.
Making the gears of the criminal justice system faster should reduce the number of kids stuck in jail for insane periods of time, but reformers say it dodges law enforcement's larger problems.
Micșunica and Magdalena told me they were both abused at the hands of their alcoholic, unemployed husbands.
"Black Mamba" is changing drug culture and wreaking havoc in the UK's prisons.
Bobby Beausoleil was an associate of Charles Manson who murdered Gary Hinman, a crime for which he was sentenced to death. But in the years since, he's become a prolific artist.
A story of illegal drugs, youthful mistakes, Texas prison, polygraph machines, a Jewish mother, and one road trip gone extremely awry.
That sort of brutal violence is just "part of doing time," one former federal prisoner says.
What it's like to observe a ritual celebrating escape and hope among murderers, anti-Semites, and faux converts just looking for a holiday gift box.
Queensland has the most overcrowded prison system in the country.
A Freedom of Information Report revealed that in Western Australia, children as young as 12 are being held in adult prison cells.
A culture of criminalization increasingly shapes migrant life on both sides of the Atlantic.
Some tips from a former inmate that go beyond the stereotypes of endless rapes and shankings.
Photographer Cosmin Bubut toured Romanian prisons to document the rooms built for conjugal visits.
'Satanic abuse' cases in the 1980s and 1990s centered on sensational tales of animal sacrifices, murders of babies, and violent orgies that children were sworn to keep secret by powerful cabals of daycare workers.
Corned beef and cabbage were served on St. Patrick's Day every year I spent in prison, a testament to the racial politics of the prison-industrial complex.
Also this week: A gang of people beat up some Chuck E. Cheese's workers because a photo booth was broken.
A new "Enhanced Supervision Housing" unit is just one of the measures in a series of reforms New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes will reduce violence at the hellish jail complex.
Due to a work-related noise violation in a posh, ultra-privatized Atlanta suburb, Kevin McGill is spending his next 14 weekends behind bars.
"If defenseless people can't find justice in New York's legal system, who can expect them to believe in it?"
Despite some noises late last year about reform at New York's notorious jail, conditions remain brutal, as a series of recent incidents make clear.
I don't know what it's like in most prisons, but if it's anything like what I endured—scheduling times to go skate between getting one kid on the bus and dropping the other off at preschool—then I truly feel sorry for the masses of incarcerated men and wo…
The true story of a failed bomb plot, an 18-year-old informant, and a massive fuck-up by the US government.