How Not to Report on Prison Conditions

How Not to Report on Prison Conditions

The United States, by all metrics, has one of the cruelest prison systems in the world. In addition to having 25 percent of the world’s prison population (with just 5 percent of the world’s people), U.S. prisons use¬†tortuous solitary confinement, tolerate...
The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All

Slavery has been abolished in the United States since 1865, when the 13th Amendment was passed in the ashes of the Civil War. Well, almost abolished. Actually, the amendment included a caveat: “except as punishment for a crime.” Since then, prison and...
King Coal Is Headed to Prison

King Coal Is Headed to Prison

So long, Don, it’s been God-awful to know you. Don Blankenship, who was the King of King Coal, is headed toward a place he never imagined he’d end up: federal prison. The ruthless former CEO of the Massey Energy company arrogantly assumed he was above the...
An Assault on Justice

An Assault on Justice

Two federal prison guards in Florida recently agreed to plead guilty for beating a prisoner and then covering it up. One officer faces up to three years in a federal prison, while the other is looking at a year. The Justice Department issued a press release that cast...