incarceration

County sheriffs claim that prisoners sleeping head-to-toe count as being "six feet apart" for coronavirus safety

County sheriffs claim that prisoners sleeping head-to-toe count as being "six feet apart" for coronavirus safety

Prisons in America are already overcrowded, under-supported, and maddeningly profitable for the people who made them that way. And when people die in incarceration under more normal circumstances, it
A Pulp-Fiction Novelist Trapped on Rikers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Pulp-Fiction Novelist Trapped on Rikers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Jennifer Gonnerman writes that infections in the city’s jails are growing quickly, and John Springs is one of the many people worrying about the safety of incarcerated people.
What It's Like to Be Released From Prison During a Pandemic

What It's Like to Be Released From Prison During a Pandemic

Just as the coronavirus is frightening and forcing everyone to hide in their homes, I am beginning to enjoy freedom for the first time since I can remember.
Chesa Boudin on His Incarcerated Father and the Threat of the Coronavirus in Prisons

Chesa Boudin on His Incarcerated Father and the Threat of the Coronavirus in Prisons

Jennifer Gonnerman on politicians and criminal-justice leaders who are advocating for the release of certain incarcerated people who are vulnerable to the coronavirus, including the San Francisco
Cuomo's Prison Workers Say They're Not Actually Making Hand Sanitizer

Cuomo's Prison Workers Say They're Not Actually Making Hand Sanitizer

Inmates told VICE that they're really just putting a mysterious vendor's existing product in 'NYS Clean' bottles.

The coronavirus pandemic turns every arrest into a potential death sentence

In Palm Beach County, Trump's adopted home, the jails are crowded, hygiene is poor, and inmates are scared. In the time of coronavirus, the penalty for a petty misdemeanor could mean death by
“It Spreads Like Wildfire”: The Coronavirus Comes to New York’s Prisons

“It Spreads Like Wildfire”: The Coronavirus Comes to New York’s Prisons

Daniel A. Gross writes about the arrival of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in New York State prisons, and the conditions that could promote its rapid spread through the system.
The Pandemic Economy in American Prisons

The Pandemic Economy in American Prisons

On Sunday afternoon, 45 people incarcerated at Rikers Island released a statement declaring that they would not be leaving their rooms for work or meals due to the jail’s inadequate response to the
Watch - ‘Elderly Clemency’: AOC Uses Coronavirus Crisis to Try to Release Older Criminals from Rikers

Watch - ‘Elderly Clemency’: AOC Uses Coronavirus Crisis to Try to Release Older Criminals from Rikers

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is attempting to use the Chinese coronavirus pandemic as a means to pursue progressive "decarceral policy" and called for the release of older criminals from the

Coronavirus risk looms large for America’s elderly and sick prison population

America’s rapidly aging prison population is a crisis made worse by coronavirus.
Incarcerated people are bracing for COVID-19: Q&A with a woman whose brother is on the inside

Incarcerated people are bracing for COVID-19: Q&A with a woman whose brother is on the inside

Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, people around the globe are being forced to shift the way we relate to work, school, and nightlife. In California, the virus has impacted the entire state,
Incarcerated elderly and chronically ill people could be hit hard by coronavirus. Are prisons ready?

Incarcerated elderly and chronically ill people could be hit hard by coronavirus. Are prisons ready?

Jose Saldana understands the kind of harm a pandemic like the coronavirus could pose to incarcerated communities. He’s seen it before. “Unfortunately, the Department of Corrections has a terrible
Left-wing groups pushing for jailbreak, immigration reform amid the coronavirus outbreak

Left-wing groups pushing for jailbreak, immigration reform amid the coronavirus outbreak

Left-wing reform groups are pushing for the mass release of prisoners, a reduction in arrests, and limits on enforcement of immigration law as ways to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the United
New York to pay incarcerated laborers 65 cents an hour to make hand sanitizer to fight coronavirus

New York to pay incarcerated laborers 65 cents an hour to make hand sanitizer to fight coronavirus

In Monday's press briefing on coronavirus, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that to help address its rapid spread, statewide shortages in hand sanitizer, and price gouging from major online
Per(Sister) exhibit highlights the stories of incarcerated women in Louisiana through art and sound

Per(Sister) exhibit highlights the stories of incarcerated women in Louisiana through art and sound

Dolita Wilhike’s portrait is cast in sepia, her head tilted to the right and eyes fixed upward. The image evokes the iconic portrait of activist Angela Davis. However, surrounding Wilhike’s face is an
Prisons are banning Black history books, and the law has made it possible

Prisons are banning Black history books, and the law has made it possible

By Tracey OnyenachoPrisons have always placed incarcerated folks’ rights at the bottom of their priorities. Recently, prison officials have come under fire for banning books centering Black issues
A new play lets formerly incarcerated people tell their stories. Meanwhile, prisons are still banning books.

A new play lets formerly incarcerated people tell their stories. Meanwhile, prisons are still banning books.

In January of 2018, I was hired by the Civic Ensemble of Ithaca, New York to take part in a fascinating playwriting opportunity. The company had started a ReEntry Theatre program in 2015, teaming with
Video shows 26-year-old man who died of sepsis and pneumonia in jail pleading for help for hours

Video shows 26-year-old man who died of sepsis and pneumonia in jail pleading for help for hours

In October 2015, 26-year-old Terral Ellis Jr. turned himself into Ottawa County officials on an outstanding DUI warrant he had. Six days later he was dead from sepsis and pneumonia. His family filed a
Shorter sentences, second chances: Making the case for clemency

Shorter sentences, second chances: Making the case for clemency

by Yveka PierreWe have a redemption deficit in this country. While our criminal legal system has seemingly perfected the process of imposing punishment, as a society we remain wholly unprepared to
Why aren't more conservatives concerned about felon voting rights?

Why aren't more conservatives concerned about felon voting rights?

I've been a huge fan of Elizabeth Warren since I saw her yelling at a cop during the 2012 Boston Pride Parade. I generally think that her past history as a Republican should actually be a selling