US prisons

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Satire really has left the building when we’re asked to be kind to Ghislaine Maxwell | Catherine Bennett
The socialite as innocent martyr? Try telling that to one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims

Catherine Bennett

07, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Millions of Americans owe court fees or other ‘carceral debt’. This must end | Astra Taylor
On average, incarcerated people are released owing $13,607 in court fines and fees, not including bail debt. Entire communities suffer as a result

Astra Taylor

06, Nov, 2021 @10:16 AM

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Former Oklahoma jail detainees say officers played Baby Shark song as ‘torture tactic’
Plaintiffs charge they were subject to physical abuse and forced to stand for hours listening to children’s song played at high volume

Gloria Oladipo

05, Nov, 2021 @2:54 PM

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‘A way to deal with emotion’: how teaching art can help prisoners
The Prison Arts Collective is an initiative that brings art, and renowned artists, to incarcerated people as a form of therapy and escape

David Smith in Washington

05, Nov, 2021 @6:24 AM

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Attica: the story behind the bloodiest prison riot in US history
In a revealing new documentary, the inmates who fought back against brutality and inhumane conditions are given a voice

Radheyan Simonpillai

01, Nov, 2021 @2:55 PM

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‘Abject neglect’: critics report chaotic and deadly conditions on Rikers Island
There have been five suicides and seven additional deaths this year in New York City’s notorious jail complex

Erum Salam in New York

19, Oct, 2021 @12:52 PM

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‘It feels like the start of something’: Reginald Dwayne Betts on his groundbreaking prison library project
The lawyer, poet and recent MacArthur genius grant recipient talks about his initiative Freedom Reads which offers inmates access to books across the US

Adrian Horton

08, Oct, 2021 @6:03 AM

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Food dye as paint, hair as a brush: how a lifer found an escape in art
A London exhibition of works created in prison by murderer Donny Johnson coincides with a new film about him

Duncan Campbell

03, Oct, 2021 @6:15 AM

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Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree
Decarceration advocates urge lawmakers to consider sentencing reform instead as prisons have seen high rates of Covid outbreaks

Melody Schreiber

29, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Inside New York’s ‘body shops’ that exploit ex-prisoners to drive down wages
Workers are often given no safety equipment and no training for dangerous jobs, but a new law would provide protections

Michael Sainato

03, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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What I learned visiting Alaska’s only maximum-security prison | Christopher Poulos
The reforms at the Spring Creek prison show what can be done when people are treated humanely and prepared for life on the outside

Christopher Poulos

03, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Covid: Arkansas jail dosing inmates with ivermectin in spite of FDA warnings
It is unclear if patients have been told that the de-worming drug is not an approved Covid treatment

Guardian staff and agencies

26, Aug, 2021 @2:52 PM

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