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Daivion Davis sits in his apartment on May 7, 2015 in Los Angeles. Davis, 21, just got out of prison, where he went to solitary confinement more than three dozen times while he was serving time for murder. There is currently a bill in Sacramento to ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Time/TNS)

Looking To End Time In ‘The Box’ For Youthful Offenders

Juvenile and mental health advocates and officials nationwide have long debated whether placing young inmates like Davis in “the box,” or any form of solitary confinement, does more harm than good.

June 1, 2015

Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years For Corruption

The former Republican star is headed to jail.

January 6, 2015
Arial view of Rikers Island and jail

U.S. Sues New York City Over Treatment Of Young Rikers Island Inmates

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on abuse at the New York jail.

December 18, 2014

California Will End Race-Based Punishment In State Prisons

How civil rights advocates won a huge victory in the Golden State.

October 23, 2014

For Aging Inmates, Care Outside Prison Walls

By Christine Vestal, WASHINGTON — Providing health care to an aging prison population is a large and growing cost for states. Not only do inmates develop debilitating conditions at a younger age than people who are not incarcerated, but caring for them in the harsh environment of prisons is far more expensive than it […]

August 14, 2014

Jail? I Go There To Study, Defendant Says

By Robert Nolin, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — Jail has been a real education for habitual offender Todd Bontrager. “I went to jail on purpose, to study,” he told a judge Thursday. He was promptly given opportunity to further advance his curriculum. Bontrager, 47, was at a first appearance hearing to answer a charge of […]

August 8, 2014

Youths At New York Prison Subjected To Abuse: Officials

New York (AFP) — Young detainees are subject to systemic violence and violation of their constitutional rights at Rikers Island prison in New York City, a study released Monday found. “The investigation, which focused on use of force by staff, inmate-on-inmate violence, and use of punitive segregation during the period 2011-2013, concluded that there is […]

August 5, 2014

Sudanese Ordered To Hang For Apostasy ‘Gives Birth In Jail’

Khartoum (AFP) – A Christian Sudanese woman, sentenced to hang for apostasy in a case that has sparked international outcry, has given birth in jail, her husband said Tuesday. “Until now I did not see them. They didn’t allow me to go in and see,” Daniel Wani told AFP. “I’m disappointed really,” he said from […]

May 27, 2014

Members Of Congress Call On Mexico To Free Jailed Marine Veteran

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — A bipartisan group of 21 members of Congress has appealed to the Mexican government to free a Marine veteran of Afghanistan who is being held on weapons charges in a prison in Tijuana. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, now in the Marine reserves, has been held in the […]

May 8, 2014

Florida Jail Explosion Kills Two Inmates, Injures Dozens

Miami (AFP) – At least two inmates were killed and more than 100 people injured when an apparent explosion destroyed part of a jail in the southern U.S. state of Florida, officials said Thursday. The blast “resulted in a partial building collapse” at Escambia County Central Booking Facility in Pensacola, Florida, officials said on the […]

May 1, 2014

More Than 4 Percent Of Death Row Inmates Wrongly Convicted, Study Says

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A new study argues that more than 4 percent of all defendants who have been sentenced to death — and who remain under threat of execution — are probably innocent. In a paper published this week in the journal PNAS, a team of researchers statistically examined the […]

April 29, 2014

Man Jailed Based On Mistaken Identity Can’t Sue, Court Rules

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — A man jailed in Los Angeles County for a month because he was mistaken for someone with the same name and birth date lost a legal effort Wednesday to hold law enforcement agencies responsible for the mix-up. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of […]

March 12, 2014

‘Kids For Cash’ Hit Close To Home For Documentary’s Maker

By Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — The story at the heart of “Kids For Cash” — judges taking kickbacks from the developer of a private juvenile detention center, then funneling thousands of children there — happened right in Robert May’s backyard. A producer with a New York-based distribution company, SenArt Films, and a track […]

February 19, 2014