This story was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Leona Godfrey was sitting down to dinner at a TGI Fridays in Orange, Connecticut, in December 2013 when she glanced at a television and saw her little brother’s name on the local news. Davon Eldemire […]
Last August, when Terry Beasley and other inmates noticed a man had died in his cell, they pounded on the window of their dayroom for at least 30 minutes. “Still wouldn’t nobody come on the zone,” Beasley recalled. Finally, an officer opened the door to their housing area, allowing an inmate to slip past and run […]
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 […]
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 […]
Houston, TX — Showing that bad laws actually put good people behind bars, inmates serving time in Texas prisons have made an inspiring effort to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey that laid waste to the South East portion of the state. According to Texas prison officials, inmates donated more than $ 53,000 to charity […]