Muslims Sue Arkansas Prisons Over Failure to Offer Prayer Services
The lawsuit follows a Supreme Court decision allowing Alabama to deny a Muslim-American man's request to have an imam present at his execution.
Viewfinder: Police Respond to a Bomb Threat at a Brooklyn Jail
Security staff patrol the grounds of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after reports of a bomb threat at the facility on February 4th, 2019.
How Rush City Inmates Organized a Successful Prison Strike
Two inmates from a Minnesota state prison discuss organizing a strike—and why they feel rehabilitative programming is still inadequate.
Why the American Public Is Coming to Reject Lethal Injection
The total number of executions is declining, but we're not executing the worst criminals—just the criminals with the worst lawyers.
'Prisons Need Newspapers for the Same Reasons That the Public Needs Newspapers'
An interview with the managing editor at one of the country's most widely read prison newspapers.
Following a Nationwide Strike, Prisoners Say They Face Repressive Repercussions
A member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee discusses the retaliation prisoners face when fighting for their rights.
What Happens When Inmates at Sing Sing Learn to Compose
I've seen firsthand how music can restore what's missing in prison: a respect for humanity.
California Will Offer Parole for 4,000 'Three-Strike' Prisoners Facing Life Sentences
The latest ruling comes as a success for advocates of criminal justice reform.
'Cruel and Unusual Punishment': The Questionable State of Medical Care at Louisiana State Penitentiary
Several groups representing inmates at Angola claim the prison's poor living conditions violate the Eighth Amendment.
As Hurricane Florence Approaches, One South Carolina Inmate Says 'Prisoners Are Extremely Nervous' About Their Safety
Pacific Standard spoke with an inmate in Lee Correctional Institution as he and other prisoners prepared for the storm.
What Advocates Are Saying About South Carolina's Refusal to Evacuate Prisoners in Hurricane Florence's Path
Prisoners in the hurricane's path will not be evacuated—and many are outraged.
Protesters Occupy the Entrance to a Private Prison Company's Headquarters in Tennessee
Dozens of protesters on Monday shut down the Nashville, Tennessee, entrance to the headquarters of CoreCivic, a private prison company whose government contracts include immigrant detention.
A Harvard Sociologist Breaks Down the Moral Failures Plaguing the U.S. Prison System
Harvard University sociologist Bruce Western weighs in on the role of prisons in perpetuating human vulnerability.
Thousands of Privately Owned Companies Are Profiting From the U.S. Prison System
A report released by the Corrections Accountability Project this week exposes over 3,100 corporations—including over 2,500 privately traded companies—that profit from the U.S. prison system.
Since We Last Spoke: California Bans Mandatory Life Sentences Without the Possibility of Parole for Juvenile
Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.
Over a Quarter of Americans Believe Their Local Justice System Is Unfair
A new poll from the MacArthur Foundation finds most Americans' sentiments about the justice system are at odds with the Trump administration's punitive policies.
Federal Prisoners With Mental Illness May Spend Years in Solitary Confinement
A new report spotlights one case in which an inmate spent 19 years in a "Restrictive Housing Unit."