A for-profit, Corrections Corporation of America facility holding non-citizen inmates is on lockdown after a weekend riot. Officials insist it was a gang feud. But reports from inside suggest a pattern of abuse and neglect that has recurred at privately run prisons.
by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 12:54PM
On Monday, Dharun Ravi, the 20-year-old Indian immigrant, convicted on 15 counts of illegal spying on his Rutgers dorm mate was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
by Channing Kennedy on May 21 2012, 8:57AM
Readers discuss the race politics of Alexander’s 20-year sentence for firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband.
by Julianne Hing on May 18 2012, 4:57PM
One in ten inmates report being sexually assaulted or raped in prison, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2012, 4:06PM
The ruling allows all persons unlawfully stopped and frisked since January 2005 to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2012, 10:48AM
The three page document compiled by Zimmerman’s family physician could be used as evidence by his defense team.
by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 12:22PM
If Zimmerman is charged with a hate crime he could be punished by up to life in prison or even the death penalty.
by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2012, 11:04AM
Despite a series of rallies and calls for her release, Marissa Alexander was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years for firing one shot into a wall during an argument with her estranged husband.
by Leticia Miranda on May 14 2012, 9:00AM
For years, states have worked with private phone companies to charge high rates on phone calls to and from prisons. Now activists are trying to force the FCC’s hand to do something about it.
Topics: Criminal Justice
by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 1:12PM
An unidentified man has been selling gun range targets of a black silhouette wearing a hoodie and holding a bag skittles.
by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 11:13AM
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against him is all politics.
by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2012, 10:19AM
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin, released a video asking parents to support the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign, a national partnership working to reform, repeal and prevent passage of new Florida-style “Shoot First” laws around the country.
by Jorge Rivas on May 10 2012, 1:40PM
A Villa Voice investigation finds New York City’s jails are “houses of horror.”
by Jorge Rivas on May 9 2012, 11:00AM
George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, has waived his right to a speedy trial on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Experts believe lawyers are prolonging court proceedings in hopes the controversy fades away from national headlines.
by Kenyon Farrow on May 4 2012, 10:00AM
From CeCe McDonald to Trayvon Martin, the question of whether black victims of violence are supposedly “innocent” is irrelevant. What matters it that black and transgender bodies are often under siege, and sometimes we must fight back.
Legislators can easily conjure up stories, with accompanying stereotypes, about crack-addicted babies and their mothers, but what’s really behind the antagonism toward moms?
by Julianne Hing on April 25 2012, 5:50PM
The Nutmeg State now joins 16 other states which have abolished the death penalty.
by Jamilah King on April 25 2012, 8:55AM
An ambitious new timeline traces the brutal relationship between freedom and confinement in the United States.
by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 9:30AM
The initiative far exceeded the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot this fall.