Category Archives: Prisons and Prisoners

CFP-Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global

Bumping to the front; submission deadline 7/15 From colleagues at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law: Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the … Continue reading

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Bra-Gate: A 2019 Tale of Institutional Misogyny (@JCSherriffOffice)

by JoAnne Sweeny Back in May 2019, the Jackson County Detention Center, without any warning to local attorneys, instituted a new security policy that requires all visitors, including inmates’ attorneys, to pass through a metal detector.  Seems reasonable in theory … Continue reading

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History of Forced Sterilizations in California: No Justice Yet

Over at governing.com, writer Chris Kardish writes about how different states have approached forced sterilization and compensation for its victims: Forced sterilization by the government sounds like a ghastly practice that ought to be safely locked away in the distant … Continue reading

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The Conditions for Women in Chinese Prisons May Be Improving

At least according to this NYT article. There is also some comparative information including the claim that women are not shackled during childbirth in Chinese prisons, and this: In the United States and in China, women now account for about … Continue reading

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Punitive Pink Prison Pants?

Providing male pre-trial detainees with pink garments is apparently “punishment without legal justification,” so says the Ninth Circuit. Read Ruthann Robson’s commentary on Wagner v. County of Maricopa here. -Bridget Crawford AP image

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Correlation is not Causation

Why, why, why do people continue to ignore this simple rule–including people who presumably know better but who invoke a correlation as a lazy rhetorical device? In The Atlantic this month, neuroscientist David Eagleman writes about biological bases for criminal … Continue reading

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CFP: Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance

From the FLP mailbox: CALL FOR PAPERS Demeter Pressis seeking submissions for an edited collection on: Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance. Co-Editors: Gordana Eljdupovic and Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich. Publication Date: 2012 Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2011. A large proportion – … Continue reading

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Jail for Getting Pregnant + Dying in Police Custody = Major Human Rights Violation

Amy Gillespie stole shampoo and steak from a grocery store.  She subsequently was arrested for prostitution.  She was placed on probation but then jailed for getting pregnant, a violation of the terms of the probation.  One guard allegedly told Ms. … Continue reading

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Prison Parenting in Texas

From time to time there are glimmers of hope in the often bleak landscape of Texas criminal justice policy. Rarely do those glimmers also resonate positively – much less progressively – with the welfare of women and children. But this … Continue reading

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