Articles

  • New California law bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers

    OCTOBER 11, 2019 California must phase out private, for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers by 2028 under a new law Gov. Gavin Newsom announced signing Friday. The measure, Assembly Bill 32, represents a step toward the governor’s campaign promise to e...

  • Amber Guyger Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Murder of Botham Jean

    Local protests break out at the leniency with the possibility of only serving 5 years October 2, 2019 A Dallas County jury sentenced Wednesday former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who was convicted of the murder of Botham Jean, to 10 years in prison on an e...

  • How Would You Spend a Life Sentence?

    For one inmate, a new federal law gave hope where there had been none. By Jesse Wegman - Editorial Sept. 15, 2019 Imagine that at the age of 28, you’re told you are going to spend the rest of your life in prison with no chance of release. What would you do with all that...

  • Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison in college admissions sc...

    Expected to report to FCI Dublin on October 25th September 13, 2019 Felicity Huffman has been sentenced for her part in the college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives actress, 56, was given 14 days in prison, one year of supervised release, 2...

  • After brutal beating of now-paralyzed Florida inmate, women take to soci...

    This photo provided by Florida Department of Corrections shows Cheryl Weimar. Weimar, an inmate at a Florida prison is suing the state corrections agency, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, saying she was left paralyzed after being beaten by four guards. Weimar, and her husband, Karl, said in t...

  • Nation's failed weed war turned blacks into prisoners and whites into mo...

    Ferrell Scott is spending life in federal prison for selling large amounts of marijuana. Entrepreneurs are making millions now doing the same thing. September 5, 2019 By Eileen Rivers, USA TODAY It was 2012, and Ferrell Scott was watching television in...

  • Aging in prison, but not losing hope

    Sep. 4, 2019 This letter, written by inmate Wayne Pray, is part of USA TODAY's Lifers series, which focuses on people who will likely remain incarcerated for the rest of their lives for nonviolent offenses, despite last year's enactment of the federal First Step Act. The se...

  • After prison, more punishment

    They did their time. But as the formerly incarcerated reenter the workforce, will their past be held against them?     Meko Lincoln, 46, wants to be a licensed chemical dependency clinician, but his years in prison could work against him. Partaja Spann-Taylor, 34, wants to be...

  • Nevada Inmate Released From Prison After 33 Years on Death Row

    Was kept in prison even after his murder conviction was quashed August 21, 2019 Paul Browning was released from Ely State Prison on Wednesday after spending 33 years on death row. Browning, 63, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the 1985 stabbing of Las Vegas...