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Trust in Your Inmates

It was the Quakers who came up with the concept of solitary confinement. As Brooke Shelby Biggs, the author of a fine Mother Jones article on the subject tells it, when the Quakers built their Walnut Street jail in Philadelphia

Columbia Study Finds Hungry Judges Likelier to Deny Parole

This sickens me. A study out of Columbia University reviewed more than 1,100 parole hearings for four Israeli prisons presided over by eight different judges over ten months. The reviewer found a bias toward rejecting inmates petitions for parole as

Arizona Immigration Bill Result of Moneymaking Scheme Among Private Prison Outfits, NPR Finds

Ay ay ay. NPR’s Laura Sullivan announced today on Morning Edition that reporters for the organization have spent the last few months following a lead that links private businesses that operate for-profit prisons and the controversial Arizona immigration bill. You’ll

Podcast Goodness: Grow Houses and Prisons

Good morning, folks. Chuck here from the Stuff You Should Know podcast program. Were you expecting someone else? Here in Atlanta, the dog days of summer drag on. You know it’s summer when you can get a torrential thunderstorm and

5 Horrific Psychological Experiments – #2: Stanford Prison Experiment

There’s a very dark core located somewhere deep within each of us. For, say, Henry Lee Lucas, it was much closer to the surface. For Shirley Temple, perhaps a little more repressed (although there was the one unpleasant incident no

Manson Family Wants a Taste of Freedom

This article from CNN.com today focuses on the current state of the “Manson Family” — the group of murdering murderers famous for slaying seven people in California in August, 1969. We all know that the family’s patriarch was one Charles

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