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The Great American Chain Gang

If our criminal-justice system had to pay a fair wage for labor that inmates provide, it would collapse
posted by MoonOrb on May 29, 2014 - 43 comments

Forgive me for being longwinded, but I was speaking from the heart.

As Gawker has done for a couple years now, they sent letters to all the U.S. death row inmates who have execution dates in the upcoming year. Texas inmate Ray Jasper, who is set to be executed later this month, responded with an incredible letter on his thoughts about the US justice system, race, Christianity, and society as a whole.
posted by gman on Mar 5, 2014 - 84 comments

Is it wrong to say Bon Appetit?

The Last Meals Of Death Row Inmates Documented By Henry Hargreaves
posted by infini on Feb 14, 2014 - 32 comments

Solitary Lives

Solitary Lives - old and recent photos of inmates, plus a short snippet about each. California Prisons' Photo ban Leaves Legacy of Blurred Identities
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 31, 2013 - 7 comments

"..isn't a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare.."

The Center for Investigative Reporting has found that in 2006-2010 nearly 150 female inmates in California were coerced into sterilization without state approval. [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett on Jul 7, 2013 - 89 comments

The Last Meals Project

The Last Meals Project Every prisoner waiting to be executed is granted a last meal. Prisoners waiting to die choose their last meal for different reasons. Here's a list of exonerated death-row prisoners.
posted by modelenoir on Jul 28, 2011 - 45 comments

God's Own Warden

Burl Cain, the warden of Angola, Louisiana's largest prison, uses religion to control and subdue the prison population.
posted by reenum on Jul 26, 2011 - 47 comments

Tools made in German Prisons

Escape and other tools made by inmates in German prisons, from the photographer Marc Steinmetz. My favorite is the functional battery-powered shotgun, although the hand-made toaster is a testament to the love of a decent breakfast. via.
posted by Rumple on Jun 27, 2009 - 21 comments

California Inspects Spector and cannot decide. There is more to this than meets the eye.

California Where the Rich do Fine While the Poor are Doing Time "Hell, you got to live with it, there's nothing else to live with except mendacity, is there?" Big Daddy, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
posted by Rancid Badger on Sep 26, 2007 - 37 comments

Thriller in Manilla?

"Thriller" performed by inmates in the Phillipines
posted by exogenous on Jul 20, 2007 - 38 comments

Torture Inc.

Abu Ghraib revisited? Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq? [...] It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying. Channel 4-documentary on US prisons. (google video. Disclaimer: nasty stuff)
posted by Bravocharlie on Dec 10, 2006 - 105 comments

Allawi shot inmates in cold blood, say witnesses

Allawi shot inmates in cold blood, say witnesses. Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.
posted by waterfrog on Jul 16, 2004 - 22 comments

Reach In And Touch Someone, Part II.

Reach In And Touch Someone, Part II. If your experience with the dating service isn't completely satisfactory, you may want to take matters into your own hands. Even so, your perfect soulmate may not be available...

(link via blort, may a thousand chain-gang virgins sing its praises...)
posted by anser on Dec 2, 2002 - 5 comments

Inmates Claim Ownership of Dogs

Inmates Claim Ownership of Dogs in the San Francisco dog mauling case (that was previously discussed here). Apparently they (the inmates) are in jail for life, and the theory is that they have nothing to lose by taking the blame for the killing.
posted by bshort on Jul 11, 2001 - 3 comments

meet-an-inmate.com

meet-an-inmate.com. Fetish for danger? Here's a web site for all your prison fantasies. Or you could just be pen-pals. Take for example, Nora, age 44, who is "very sexy, young at heart, dream maker, intelligent, sensitive, strong, kind and easy to talk to."
posted by ktheory on May 2, 2001 - 13 comments

And now for something really depressing

And now for something really depressing - the Texas Department of Criminal Justice maintains a database including the 'last statements' of all inmates executed since 1982.
posted by OneBallJay on May 2, 2001 - 32 comments

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