True Prison Stories

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 A letter arrived last week from an inmate of a prison in Sioux Falls, S.D. Normally, I quickly glance ...

MAY 5, 2011 by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway "Control Unit" by Thomas Silverstein Thomas Silverstein, who has bee...

By Sean Flynn  -  January 1, 2000 As a kid, Cary Stayner became famous for all the bad things that happened to his family. Last year, he...

December 24, 2010 By SEAN GARDINER Each morning for 5,546 days, Jabbar Collins knew exactly what he'd wear when he awoke: a d...

Hélène Hofman, GlobalPost Mar. 22, 2012 A convicted murderer broke out of a high-security Russian prison with the...

May 7, 2008 A federal judge sentenced 72-year-old Norman Schmidt last week to a mind-bending 330-year prison sentence after he was found...

By Robert Rosso USP Leavenworth June 1999 After unearthing a bag of wine from beneath one of several piles of dirt scattered ...

Reuters  March 30, 2009 LONDON—Police were hunting Monday a convicted arsonist who escaped from London's Pentonville prison by clinging ...

Julia Scheeres 09.24.03 The camera pans around the stark cell, zooming in on the narrow bunk, the metal toilet, the heavy black bars. Th...