Posts Tagged ‘prison’

Can Pregnant Women Be Shackled In D.C.?

A post from City Paper intern Alex Burchfield:
Last week, NPR’s Andrea Hsu aired a story about the shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth. Her report sheds light on a little-known practice that lawyers and human rights advocates are calling “tantamount to torture.” Take the story of 25-year-old Jennifer Farrar, who was arrested [...]

Prison Rape Standards Will Cost Us—and Save Inmates

Back in April, I reported on national standards proposed to end prison rape in the American justice system—and speculated as to whether the pricetag was too high for corrections facilities t commit to implementing them. Last week, the Department of Justice released a report from consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton detailing just how much the [...]

The Morning After: Gays on Our Trains Edition

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* Via GLAA Forum, The Nation reports on queer youth in juvenile detention facilities.

Eric Holder Misses Deadline For Implementing Prison Rape Standards

Today, June 23, 2010, marks the deadline for Attorney General Eric Holder to finalize the national standards for corrections facilities to address prison rape. And unless Holder's doing some serious cramming right now, he's going to miss it.

It’s Legal to Keep Sex Offenders In Prison “Indefinitely.” But Can We Fix Them?

Today, the Supreme Court decided that sex offenders can be kept in prison "indefinitely"—regardless of the length of their sentences—if they are considered still "sexually dangerous." Our government reserves the right to exert complete control over the lives of sex offenders, possibly until they die. Is that enough time to rehabilitate them?

10,000 Americans Tell the U.S. Government to Stop Prison Rape

Yesterday, the comment period closed on the standards proposed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission on, well, how to eliminate prison rape. According to Just Detention International, over 10,000 people submitted comments in support of the proposed corrections standards, including 100 survivors of prison rape. Press release after the jump.

Prison Rape and the Problem With Statistics

In a recent Sexist thread, a couple of commenters got to arguing a grim set of statistics. The question at hand: Which group experiences more rapes, men in prison or women outside of prison?
In order to resolve this question, one commenter referred to the "Prison Rape" Wikipedia page, which reads: "Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc. [...]

Dating Advice for the Recently Incarcerated

A recent query on the anonymous relationship advice messageboard on LipstickAlley:
How soon after Man is released from Prison do you date him?
Let's say you meet a man tall, attractive, no kids, and then he drops the bomb I have been in jail for the last ten years and just got out 8 months ago. What [...]

Photos: Postcards From Home: Film and Paper Archive

In 2001, we visited Lorton to chronicle the last days of the prison. The inmates had all been transferred out. But what was left was enough to tell a few stories.

A typical cell contained a metal toilet, a metal mirror, empty milk cartons, and a few hand-drawn calendars. But one cell in particular had been [...]

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