St. Louis Workhouse Inmates Sue over “Hellish” Conditions

Claiming a variety of problems at their former place of incarceration created “unspeakably hellish and inhumane conditions,” seven former inmates (two of whom shielded their identities with pseudonyms) of the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the “Workhouse,” filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on Nov. 13. The ex-inmates claim long-known but ignored defects […]

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Where compassion knows boundaries

I wanted to share this thoughtful piece from Newseek with you because hits home on many levels.  As a prison activist, it highlights the serious gaps in health care endemic to the prison system and how lack of oversight and regulation is allowing prison officials to, quite literally, get away with murder. And on a personal level, […]

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Mental illness and slow death by solitary confinement

On June 7th, the American prison system took another life. Kalief Browder had not been confined behind the walls of a prison for several months, but the system remains largely responsible for his death nonetheless. On that Saturday afternoon, Kalief’s mother made the discovery that no parent should have to endure: he had hanged himself […]

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