A new complaint alleges underfunding and understaffing have resulted in "prisons where violence reigns."
Two inmates escaped and five people died across three facilities, with some of the violence thought to be gang-related.
The inmate was found unresponsive in her cell Saturday.
The mother of an 11-year-old victim says she's causing "immense pain."
The DOJ released a scathing 56-page report on Wednesday that details the "deplorable conditions" in 16 Alabama prisons.
Marilynn Winn, a formerly incarcerated 68-year-old Black woman, wants to repurpose Atlanta City Detention Center into a wellness and freedom center for the local community.
How it's become an agency of social control.
The Booker decision gave judges significantly more discretion to issue sentences that are harsher or more lenient than federal guidelines.
"Being in prison causes a lot of anguish. There’s nothing more than that, so we have to find a way to make confinement beneficial and not just a punishment."
It's a watershed moment in prison reform. Now it's up to the states, which house more than 90% of U.S. inmates.
John Dorn's case stands to change wider prison policy around HIV criminalization.