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  • You're in the Hole: A Crackdown on Dissident Prisoners

    A Progressive investigation reveals that "in the hours following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, dissident prisoners were singled out from the general population and take to secure housing units." Some of the isolated inmates were denied access to counsel; their lawyers were denied phone conversations and personal visits with their clients. Cusac finds that most of the segregated prisoners happened to be peace-activists or left-wing. Without any public comment, six weeks after Sept. 11 the Justice Department implemented an interim rule that justified the infringement on the detainees' human rights, and explained the new policy with intelligence and law enforcement concerns.
  • Behind The Wire

    The Intelligence Report reports on the problem of racism in prisons. According to the article, the prison world is defined by race. Guards have been charged with "cockfighting" prisoners, intimidating prisoners with Klan hoods and forming their own brutal gangs.
  • Mistaken Identity, et. al

    The Associated Press reports on the use of DNA testing to get wrongfully convicted prisoners freed. In this eight-part series, the AP probes the willingness of judges and prosecutors to turn to DNA evidence, the storage of crucial evidence, research that throws doubt over the reliability of eyewitness testimony and tells the story of innocent men struggling for justice and freedom.
  • Marked For Death

    Westword reports on federal inmate Tony Francis, whose case highlights the inability of the Department of Prisons to prevent violence or protect prisoners from each other. Prisoners who "check-in" to protective custody make themselves even more of a target than a prisoner who won't defend himself. Tony Francis' solution was to get caught escaping and isolated without the stigma of being a snitch.
  • When They Get Out

    The Atlantic Monthly reports how prisons may actually end up producing crime. Prisoners who are kept in isolation for months and years at a time are likely to become psychologically unfit to function in everyday social situations. Moreover, job trainings skills and educational programs are being cut at many prisons. Having no access to support after their release many prisoners quickly turn back to crime. Prisons do not seem to be effective at rehabilitation, the article suggests.
  • Ex-cons On The Street

    U.S. News and World Report reports on issues related to recidivism in America. "Anyone who lives in a metropolitan area in the United Sates is going to be living within five minutes of tens of thousands of prisoners released from prisons," the article quotes a public safety official. Programs are being set up to "graduate" convicts back into society. One persistent problem is that ex-cons have a hard time finding jobs that pay enough to support themselves and their families above the poverty line and makes returning to crime that much more attractive.
  • The Inmate Bazaar

    Governing reports on the issue of prison privatization using the example of Holdenville, OK. Holdenville took a gamble building a $34 million prison and hoping that the state would send prisoners there to relieve overcrowding rather than sending them -- and a $41/day per diem -- to prisons in Texas. Since the prison opened in Holdenville, other private prisons have also opened up across the state, many housing overflow prisoners from across the country. The model of treating prisoners as commodities raises some problems of its own, however.
  • Investigative Reporting Finalists

    The Goldsmith Prize awards a $25,000 annual prize for reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics. The five finalists for 1996 were "The F.A.A., USAir and the ATR Turbo Prop Planes," "Military Secrets," "Prisoners On Payroll," "Honduras," "Who Owns The Law? West Publishing and the Courts," and "Profits From Pain." The stories come from the New York Times, Dayton Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Sun-Sentinel.
  • The other election scandal

    Rolling Stone questions the laws of Florida and eleven other states that have prohibited residents convicted of felony from casting votes until the end of their lives. The author looks at this issue as "the worst violation of the democratic process," since 5 million free U.S. citizens are disenfranchised. The analysis points out that more than half of the legally prevented form casting their votes are black or Latino, and finds that since 1865 forbidding ex-felons to vote has been "one device to limit the political power of African Americans." The story sheds light on a class-action lawsuit in Florida, which can make disenfranchisement an issue in the 2002 gubernatorial election.
  • A Prisoner Personality

    The Express-News reports on personality traits that show up in many prisoners in the form of anti-social personality disorder. Also examined is the effect of aging on criminal behavior.