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Recycling electronics using US prison labor is a booming business, with
a captive workforce paid pennies per hour for dangerous work that is
largely unregulated. The human and environmental consequences of
negligent handling and disposal of electronic waste are considerable.

The detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib were both a
continuation and a divergence from historical prison practices.

What about the 178 women who will be released from US prisons every day of the year?

Alberto Gonzales's nomination to succeed John Ashcroft as Attorney General put the Abu Ghraib torture scandal back on the front pages, since he was directly implicated, as White House counsel, in

Did anyone in the Bush White House cast an uneasy eye over the new indictment of Gen. Augusto Pinochet?

Unlike news reports, theater isn't expected to stick to the facts. By nature, the form is duplicitous, built on a sandy foundation of make-believe and pretense.

In November, California voters will have their first
chance in a decade to reform the state's "three strikes and you're
out" law, which has imposed cruel life sentences on thousands for
rel

Private prisons thrive on cheap labor and the hunger of job-starved towns.

The Bush Administration has not made it easy on its supporters. David Brooks now admits that he was gripped with a "childish fantasy" about Iraq.

The Abu Ghraib prison scandal now implicates the highest levels of the Bush Administration in violating federal law and in war crimes.

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Inmates and activists unite to stop prisoner abuse at Rikers Island Prison.

August 14, 2014

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional, many states are still able to send children to die in prison without recourse.

June 25, 2014

Seventy-eight men who have been cleared for release remain in interminable detention. 

June 6, 2014

An ex-deputy testified in court about the culture of abuse pervading Los Angeles County jails.

June 4, 2014

A federal settlement to eliminate the use of seclusion on juvenile offenders is the first of its kind.

May 21, 2014

International organizations have said the seclusion of youth in custody amounts to torture.

May 15, 2014

Seventy percent of incarcerated women are mothers.

May 9, 2014

As reforms have caused incarceration rates to fall and the sky has not fallen with it, Americans are increasingly supportive of such measures. 

May 7, 2014

With coal not paying the bills, West Virginia has turned to prison construction.

April 21, 2014