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Aramark: Prison Food for Thought

Prisoners caged in lockups where Aramark provides the food service rarely enthuse about great quality meals. So it may come as a surprise that an employee of the firm’s German subsidiary won a Next Chef Award on March 11, 2024. After tasting a dish that TV chef Johan Lauffer created, ...

NaphCare: More Proof That Privatized Healthcare Deals Death and Misery to the Incarcerated to Enhance Profits

by David M. Reutter

A settlement approved by the federal court for the Eastern District of California on January 16, 2024, recalls an all-­too familiar jail story. A wheelchair-­bound detainee named Gregory Cantu was denied anti-­seizure medication after arriving at Kings County Jail in Hanford on a probation violation. Despite ...

Overcrowded and Understaffed, Oklahoma County Jail Remains “Deplorable”

by David M. Reutter

A headline in the August 1965 edition of The Daily Oklahoman said that then-Sheriff Bob Turner of Oklahoma County “denies his jail’s ‘deplorable.’” A new jail was later built, but almost six decades later, a surprise inspection of the lockup in downtown Oklahoma City by the ...

Commissary and Food Service Privatization Strands Florida Prisoners in ‘Food Desert’

by David M. Reutter

Much has been made of the “food desert” where America’s poorest citizens live: inner-city ghettos and rural backwaters where no grocery store is found, forcing impoverished residents—most lacking a car—to shop for food in high-priced and poorly-stocked gas stations and convenience stores.

But prisons also house ...

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12/12/2023 - Paul Wright on Political Misfits


New Execution Method in Alabama Compared to 'Tying Bag Over Their Head'

Human Rights activist and the editor and publisher of Prison Legal News Paul Wright discusses the prevalence of solitary confinement and other forms of torture in the US, what it means to ban the practice in New York City, how solitary confinement policies are being rolled back or hidden in plain sight in US prisons, the novel lengths Alabama is going to to execute one man, and the history of criminal justice “reform” in the US.


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