Prisoner's rights

A federal appeals court has overruled a lower court decision that rejected a lawsuit filed by detainees in a Missouri county jail attacking a policy as unconstitutional.
More than six million citizens will be handcuffed from casting a vote this November.
Every year, the American Library Association declares the final week of September "Banned Books Week," commemorated in many libraries with displays designed to highlight often-overreaching censorship of school and public libraries.
The American courts are not kind to the poor, and are downright hostile to at least one poor, transgender woman.
Crowded prisons and excessively long sentences are counterproductive, economists say.
Last month I headed to my local cinema to see "The Stanford Prison Experiment," based, of course, on Prof. Phlilp Zimbardo's 1971 psychology investigation of the effects of a simulated carceral setting on average college students.
During the riot, "inmates were brutally assaulted repeatedly with hands, feet, and objects including sticks, trays and a
The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?
This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.
Federally, the law is very clear on legal correspondence. In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, outgoing mail can be sealed and mailed via legal mail call every weekday morning. Correctional staff are not permitted to read these outgoing letters.
Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.
(Editing by Frank McGurty and Jim Loney) The amount New York City spends per inmate was more than twice that spent by Miami
The inmate has been housed in at least three Ohio prisons since his incarceration in 2011, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter
ACLU officials said that state tried to cover up the death of Rainey, who was blasted with scalding hot water in a locked
In a case that may have implications for the treatment of prisoners worldwide, a Belgian sex offender was granted a "right to die" via assisted suicide.
There's a thing in our Constitution that says Read more on
The Bureau of Prisons has six months to respond to McGowan's claim. If he is denied, he may then file a lawsuit against the
Ghosts of Mississippi? One of them ought to be my mom. She made a difference in Philadelphia while I was growing up. And I'm betting she could in Mississippi, as well, then, or today, and I'm betting people like her, the activists of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union, will now.
One of the more positive things to result from deteriorating state budgets across the nation is that some state lawmakers are looking to smart criminal justice reform as a way to trim budgets. One such change began yesterday in Illinois.