The prison population in the US has more than quadrupled since 1980, a rise that is historically and internationally unprecedented. No state has been immune to America's mass incarceration experiment, making each an aberration worldwide.
A single small prison in the rural part of the state has seen three murders in the past three months, and activists have been hearing reports of drug-dealing guards, abused inmates, and uncaring wardens.
In the wake of the inmate hunger strike that brought unwelcome attention to conditions in California prisons, officials are proposing a ban on publications that address prison concerns under the guise of clamping down on "obscene materials."
Rick Van Wickler runs New Hampshire's 230-inmate Cheshire County Correctional Facility, a county-funded facility where his word is law. But his lockup differs from most because of Van Wickler's unorthodox view of crime and punishment.
In 2006, the Bureau of Prisons created two "Communication Management Units" to isolate and segregate specific prisoners, the majority of them convicted of crimes related to terrorism. Prisoners call them "Little Guantánamos" because, by September 2009, ab…
Over the past three Fridays, Egyptian police have arrested over 700 protesters and killed another 27, according to official figures. There was a time when these numbers would have led the news bulletins. Now, they're buried in half-hearted weekend round-u…
For many people who are released from incarceration, simply acquiring a government photo ID that lets them collect benefits, get a job, and reintegrate into society is nearly impossible, but some groups are working to change this sad situation.
Inmates generally come from the city but get locked up in rural prisons—and that means in many states, they're counted as residents of these podunk towns and counties, giving those communities more political power.
You just need to travel 46 minutes northwest of downtown Montreal to find a supermax-style penitentiary—the Regional Reception Centre of Saint-Anne-des-Plaines—that comes complete with its own isolation unit that can hold almost 300 inmates.
You probably know who Sheriff Joe is—he's been the most "controversial" figure in American law enforcement for two decades, which is a nice way to say he's a vicious, small-minded, publicity-hungry cocksucker.