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Articles by Keith Sanders

New Mexico Jail Sued For Allowing Woman Prisoner to Die of Infections

by Keith Sanders

On February 25, 2021, the estate of Carmela DeVargas, who died while in custody at the Santa Fe County Detention Center, filed a federal lawsuit against the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners and its employees. The suit alleges officials at the Detention Center failed to provide ...

Prisoner’s Suicide in Sherburne County Minnesota Jail Results in $2.3 Million Settlement

by Keith Sanders

A recent investigation by KARE 11, a Minnesota-based NBC news affiliate, has brought much-needed attention to systematic failures at jails throughout Minnesota. Many local and state correctional facilities in that state, according to the months-long investigation, do not provide prisoners with adequate medical and mental health care. ...

South Carolina to Use Firing Squads to Execute Prisoners

In recent decades, the inability of state corrections departments to procure the necessary drugs to carry out lethal injections and kill people has led to a gradual decline in the number of executions in America. Many states have put a moratorium on death sentences as a result, ...

Seven Guards Fired After Prisoner Dies in TX Jail

Virginia Prison Guards Attack Prisoners with Dogs

On ...

After DOJ Finds Unconstitutional Conditions for Mentally Ill Prisoners in Solitary, Massachusetts Experiments with Monitoring Gadget

Six months after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a highly critical report accusing the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (MADOC) of violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill prisoners by holding them in isolation too long, the agency has not made conditions any less ...

Woman Abuse Survivors Sent to Prison for Self-Defense

“We Want Court dates!”

Draconian Use of Solitary Confinement in North Carolina

Activism and Art Team Up to Abolish Mass Incarceration