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Former Oregon Prison Nurse Gets 30 Years for Raping Prisoners

by Mark Wilson

Five years after Oregon prison officials and state prosecutors abandoned them, a group of state prisoners sexually assaulted by a prison nurse finally secured a measure of justice from federal prosecutors. On October 17, 2023, the federal court for the District of Oregon handed a 30-year federal ...

Prison Walls No Barrier to America’s Deadly Opioid Crisis

by Douglas Ankney

When Missouri prisoner Robert Hebert learned in January 2023 that he had less than two years remaining on his prison sentence, the father of six and his family shared in the excitement. He planned to look for work in the concrete industry. Along with his wife, Rachelle ...

Breaking the Cycle of Understaffing, Lockdowns and Increased Violence in Prisons

by David M. Reutter

The political atmosphere surrounding criminal justice reform features strong rhetoric on both sides. Those who pontificate the “get-tough-on-crime” culture argue for increasing criminal sanctions and imposing punishment upon prisoners. On the other side are criminal justice reform advocates who push for a second chance by changing ...

“Frozen in Solitude’’: Heat-Sensitive Texas Prisoners Get More Than Air Conditioning Locked Inside Former Segregation Cells

by Matt Clarke

After the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) settled a lawsuit over life-threatening excessive heat at the Wallace Pack Unit in 2018, it realized it needed to apply the suit’s heat-sensitivity criteria systemwide – and found a quick solution.

For years, officials had been moving prisoners out ...

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05/17/2023 - Paul Wright on Political Misfits - Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness


Discussing the use of solitary confinement in US prisons and the human rights catastrophe it demonstrates, the pervasive imprisonment of mentally ill individuals, the divide between who has access to mental health treatment and who doesn’t, and any legislative paths to address crises in US prisons.


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