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Articles by Jayson Hawkins

Guard Commits Suicide Amidst Allegations in Federal Prison

Joe Rojas, a spokesperson for the AFGE Council of Prisons union, said Tippett had been under investigation due to an inmate ...

Microsoft Invests in Digital Incarceration

Texas Prisons Close Amid Pandemic

TDCJ said the latter two were expected to be temporary ...

Report: Massachusetts Prisons Continue to Fail on Mental Health Care

Investigators cited hundreds of instances of MDOC employees failing to prevent suicide or other self-harm among prisoners who had been designated for ...

Audits Reveals Problems With Privatized Food Service at Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Jail

by Jayson Hawkins

Two audits released July 20, 2020 revealed a series of shortcomings by a food service contractor tasked with providing meals to juvenile detainees and in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County.

Florida-based contractor Trinity Services Group was paid $3.5 million to provide three meals a day to prisoners at the ...

Greedo Still Influencing From Texas Prison

Eligible Louisiana Prisoners Get COVID Vaccine

by Jayson Hawkins


National health experts were concerned early in the pandemic that prisons would prove to be superspreader sites for COVID-19.

They were right.

According to The Marshall Project, more than 20% of the incarcerated population nationwide had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of December 2020. ...

Pennsylvania: Flawed COVID Data

by Jayson Hawkins 

For the millions of Americans with loved ones behind bars, information posted online by the prison systems often provides the only inkling of what is happening inside the walls on a day­to-day basis. Never has this been more true than during the pandemic. But what happens when ...

New Details Emerge on Senseless Death in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jail

Magic as Rehabilitation

For many, the answer is to distract themselves with dominoes and television. Others turn ...