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.
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.
Two inmates from a Minnesota state prison discuss organizing a strike—and why they feel rehabilitative programming is still inadequate.
The total number of executions is declining, but we're not executing the worst criminals—just the criminals with the worst lawyers.
An interview with the managing editor at one of the country's most widely read prison newspapers.
A member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee discusses the retaliation prisoners face when fighting for their rights.
I've seen firsthand how music can restore what's missing in prison: a respect for humanity.
The latest ruling comes as a success for advocates of criminal justice reform.
Several groups representing inmates at Angola claim the prison's poor living conditions violate the Eighth Amendment.
Pacific Standard spoke with an inmate in Lee Correctional Institution as he and other prisoners prepared for the storm.
Prisoners in the hurricane's path will not be evacuated—and many are outraged.
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.
Harvard University sociologist Bruce Western weighs in on the role of prisons in perpetuating human vulnerability.
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.
Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.
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.
A new report spotlights one case in which an inmate spent 19 years in a "Restrictive Housing Unit."