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Hawaii Warden Subjected Female Prisoners to “Shame Therapy” by The head of the Kauai Community Correctional Center (KCCC) came under fire after admitting he had humiliated female prisoners by showing them sexually-oriented films in an attempt to administer “shame therapy.” Warden Neal Wagatsuma denied he had shown porno­graphy to the ...
Continued Need for Prison and Criminal Justice Reforms by Advocates for prisoners’ rights and criminal justice reform have never forgotten the September 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York, which resulted in the deaths of 33 prisoners and 10 employees. The institutionalized brutality at Attica, which led ...
PLN Goes Undercover to Bust CCA Employees’ Misuse of Prisoner Labor by When PLN managing editor Alex Friedmann received a letter from a prisoner at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville, Tennessee, a jail operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA, which recently changed its name to CoreCivic), he ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
Cell Taught, Self Taught - The Chicano Movement Behind Bars, Chase, 2015 589949 research-article2015 JUHXXX10.1177/0096144215589949Journal of Urban HistoryChase Special Section: Urban America and the Carceral State Cell Taught, Self Taught: The Chicano Movement Behind Bars Urban Chicanos, Rural Prisons, and the Prisoners’ Rights Movement Journal of Urban History 2015, Vol. ...
Article • December 28, 2016
California Prison System Reluctantly Consents to Prison Worker Early Release by Derek Gilna The state of California, under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice and singled out by the U.S. Supreme Court for endemic overcrowding in its prison system, still had to be compelled to do the right thing ...
The New Slave Revolt by By Chris Hedges, TruthDig A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside should do—refuse to cooperate. “We will not only ...
Prison Rodeos: A Bunch of Bull? by David Reutter Rarely does the public find anything entertaining about a person who has been convicted of a crime and sent to prison. That is not the case with prison rodeos, however, which draw people from all over the U.S. and even other ...
"Work Therapy"—How the Salvation Army's Chain of Rehabs Exploits Unpaid Labor by By Kenneth Anderson, The Influence Normally when we hear about people who use drugs being sent to forced labor camps as so-called “addiction treatment,” we think of places like Vietnam, China or the former Soviet Union. Surely nothing ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Former Prison Guard Escapes from Texas State Jail by Charlie Davis, Jr.--a former Texas prison guard--escaped from the Wheeler State Jail in Plainview, Texas, on October 27, 2014. Davis, 36, worked as a guard at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Clements Unit in Amarillo, a maximum-security prison, from April ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright PLN has opposed the private prison industry since we began publishing in 1990; back then the industry was in its infancy, having started in 1983 in its modern incarnation. Besides the political and moral implications of farming out correctional functions to for-profit corporations, there ...
Article • September 21, 2016
How inmates are organizing a nationwide strike from behind bars by Regina Willis By Regina Willis, Waging Nonviolence Whenever an inmate and a guard get into an altercation, Melvin Ray sees an opportunity to connect and educate. After stepping in and trying to de-escalate the situation, he’ll talk to his fellow ...
Article • September 9, 2016
Senator McConnell's Message to Unicor: Back Off by Derek Gilna When one of the most powerful United States Senators makes a suggestion, even a federal bureaucracy takes notice. Kurt Wilson, an executive with American Apparel, Inc., an Alabama company that makes military uniforms, and Michael Marsh of Kentucky-based Ashland Sales ...
China Vows to Finance Mass Incarceration with Public Funds, Not Prison Profits by Despite its atrocious human rights record, China appears to be trying to ensure prisoner safety while at the same time properly financing its prisons. Wu Aiying, China's Minister of Justice, announced in April 2012 while addressing a ...
New Mexico Community Custody House Arrestees Used to Clean Private Land by Matthew Clarke An investigation by Albuquerque television station KRQE revealed that Bernalillo County house arrestees who were assigned to wash cars, pick up trash and pull weeds as part of their community service spent close to the same ...
Fourth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Virginia Prisoner’s Religious Freedom Suit by The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a Virginia prisoner’s civil rights action that raised claims related to his religious practices and medical care. Prisoner Jesus Emmanuel Jehovah’s complaint alleged prison officials violated his free exercise ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Texas Correctional Industries Gives Prisoners Work Skills by With factories employing 5,200 prisoners at 37 Texas prisons, Texas Correctional Industries (TCI) is a large operation. It is also a diversified operation with furniture factories, computer repair facilities, soap and detergent factories, metal fabrication facilities, boot and shoe manufacturing plants, sign ...
Article • August 25, 2016
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Wisconsin Uses Prisoner Workers to Cut Labor Costs by Derek Gilna The recent news that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was planning to utilize prisoners to perform work previously done by state employees has ignited controversy from those who feel that such work will reduce the number of public employees. In ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Alabama Ends Prison Farming Operations by Citing lack of profit, the Alabama Correctional Industries (ACI) ended its farming operations; ACI was formalized in 1976 with the “Prison-Made Goods Act.” It had been unprofitable for years leading up to the restructuring announced in 2007. “I want ACI to be a profit ...
Article • August 19, 2016
Contractor Slow-Plays Nevada DOC for Cheap Prison Labor by After a deadbeat Las Vegas steel contractor lied about paying his bill for cheap prison labor, Nevada legislators called his bluff.             Randy Bulloch, the president of Alpine Steel, told a state committee on Sept. 28, 2012 that he'd just secured ...
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