And COVID-19 has made it worse
Five who tested positive recently will participate in this week’s planned executions of Brandon Bernard and Alfred Bourgeois.
Bounchan Keola was injured while fighting the deadly Zogg Fire. California rewarded him with a possible deportation.
Atilano Dominguez was serving a life sentence for marijuana offenses, and federal prosecutors tried to ensure he died behind bars.
A proposed bipartisan change in pretrial detention rules could free thousands annually.
A Reason investigation has identified three deaths from alleged medical neglect at FCI Aliceville, a federal women's prison. Current and former inmates say it's routine, but the Bureau of Prisons won't talk about it.
Justice Department Asks Supreme Court To Block Judge's Order To Release Inmates at Ohio Federal Prison
A federal judge ordered officials at Elkton to stop "thumbing their nose" at their own authority to release inmates at risk of coronavirus.
A Connecticut federal prison's failures to grant early release to eligible inmates "amount to deliberate indifference" under the Eighth Amendment, the judge says.
If officials want to ease the burden of the pandemic behind bars, there are hundreds of thousands of inmates who can help them do it.
Andrea Circle Bear was serving a 2-year sentence for a nonviolent drug crime.
Fears of contracting COVID-19 in prison are not enough, Justice Department says
"What they are doing to people is cruel and unusual. It isn't right."
William Barr: "We want to make sure our institutions don't become petri dishes."
The Feds Are Opposing Efforts To Release Maryland Inmates Into Home Confinement Because of Coronavirus
A Maryland defense attorney says the Bureau of Prisons is ignoring a judge's order to release his client into home confinement because of coronavirus concerns.
Advocates and Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration to Release Elderly Inmates Vulnerable to Coronavirus
"They were not sentenced to death, and they should be released immediately."
She was imprisoned for a year as she resisted a grand jury's investigation of WikiLeaks.
Those who reported sexual abuse were sent to a county jail, the suit alleges.
We probably won’t see a follow up to the FIRST STEP Act. But it’s still been a boon to federal prisoners.
Criminal justice reformers say the federal prison system is in desperate need of more oversight.
The most unusual thing about Jeffrey Epstein dying in a federal jail was how quickly the Justice Department sprang into action to investigate it.
While the president's mercy might be self-serving, it's not necessarily wrong.
After two decades of mercy, the Justice Department announces five men on federal death row will face lethal injections this winter.
Judges would be permitted to rethink sentences after 10 years have been served, particularly for inmates over the age of 50.
Many benefit from an increase in "good time" credits and from retroactive reductions in crack cocaine mandatory minimum sentences.
Congressman Asked Bureau of Prisons Three Times About Nonviolent Offender Who Later Died in Maximum Security Lockup
A congressman forwarded messages to the Bureau of Prisons from Rick Turner's family begging for his relocation. Two were ignored.
Booker would move the process away from prosecutors and into the White House.
A Terminally Ill, Wheelchair-Bound Inmate Applied for Compassionate Release. The Justice Department Argued He Wasn't Dying Fast Enough To Qualify.
The FIRST STEP Act gives dying inmates the opportunity to appeal to a judge for compassionate release. This case shows why.
Paul Manafort Sentenced to Nearly Four Additional Years in Federal Prison Just as New York Files New Charges
Double jeopardy or a way of circumventing a potential Trump pardon? Or both?
The FIRST STEP Act called for $75 million for reentry programs. It's not listed in the White House's summary.
Overall, CPAC attendees seem enthusiastic about criminal justice reform.
Inmates were left in the dark and frigid cold for a week, while families and lawyers were denied access.
"We're all better off when former inmates can reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens."
What did it take? A promise not to make mandatory minimum reductions retroactive.
This Woman Was Shackled While Pregnant in Federal Prison. A New Bill Would Make Sure That Never Happens Again
Read the horrifying story of one woman who went through it.
Trump and Republicans will wait until after midterm elections to try to pass a long-awaited prison reform bill.
This Man Was Released From Prison and Rebuilt His Life; Two Years Later He Got Sent Back Because of an 'Error'
Now writers, activists, and thousands of readers are calling on Trump to commute Matthew Charles' sentence.
The House passed a major, bipartisan prison reform bill backed by the White House, but it's being attacked from all sides.
New amendments to rules default to placing prisoners on the basis of their "biological sex."
The FIRST STEP Act would result in the immediate release of about 4,000 federal inmates, advocates say.
And throws a bipartisan sentencing reform bill under the bus.
The president lacks subtlety or substance over a chronic public health problem-go figure.
The comprehensive report from the Office of the Inspector General is unlikely to have much follow up.
Fears that a Trump administration will not be as merciful.
Bipartisan sentencing reforms and falling crime rates have played a much bigger role than commutations or DOJ policy.
Another 79 granted mercy over federal drug war sentences.
Today, 72 federal drug war prisoners get sentences reduced.
That seems counterproductive.