This Death Row Inmate’s Blood-Filled Tumors Could Make His Execution Especially Cruel and Unusual

Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die on Tuesday. But Bucklew suffers from a rare medical condition, and his lawyers say that the execution drug that will be used could come with gruesome consequences and constitute cruel and unusual punishment. For nearly all his life, Bucklew has been afflicted with cavernous hemangioma, a rare disease that causes […]

All Death Row Inmates in Pennsylvania Are Put in Solitary Confinement. Now the State Is Getting Sued.

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Abolitionist Law Center, which advocates for the rights of prisoners, filed a federal lawsuit against officials in charge of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, alleging that their policy of holding death-sentenced inmates indefinitely in solitary confinement is in violation of the Eighth Amendment, which bans cruel and […]

Inmates Are Using Masturbation as a Weapon. Female Guards Have Had Enough.

Inmates Are Using Masturbation as a Weapon. Female Guards Have Had Enough.

A pair of class-action lawsuits filed recently against the sheriff’s office in Cook County, Illinois, allege that the office has failed to protect female workers and female public defenders against frequent and egregious sexual harassment—by male inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Inaction by Sheriff Thomas Dart has left the jail “an objectively abusive […]