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Jay Connor Jay Connor today at 00:30. 6 comments

Virginia Department of Corrections Apologizes After Subjecting 8-Year-Old to Unauthorized Strip Search

Virginia Department of Corrections Apologizes After Subjecting 8-Year-Old to Unauthorized Strip Search

The Virginia Department of Corrections has publicly apologized after it’s been revealed that an 8-year-old visiting her father at a state prison was subjected to a strip search.

The Washington Post reports that on Nov. 24, Diamond Peerman drove her boyfriend’s daughter to visit him at the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Va. Upon their arrival, that’s when the unspeakable occurred:

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 20, 2019. 1 comments

Felony, but Make It Fashion: After His Release From Swedish Prison, A$AP Rocky Has Designed Swedish Prison Uniforms

Felony, but Make It Fashion: After His Release From Swedish Prison, A$AP Rocky Has Designed Swedish Prison Uniforms

In a full-circle moment no one saw coming, A$AP Rocky is giving back to the Swedish jail that held him for several weeks this summer . Using his influence and style-savvy, the entertainer has reportedly designed new uniforms for the detainees of Kronoberg prison, which he once described as “walking into a toilet” (h/t BBC).

The rapper, who somehow also made his way into the impeachment...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 02, 2019. 1 comments

Innocent Man Released After 21 Years in Prison, Star Witness Confesses to Killing: 'I Can't Live With This on My Conscience'

Innocent Man Released After 21 Years in Prison, Star Witness Confesses to Killing: 'I Can't Live With This on My Conscience'

After 21 years behind bars, one Pennsylvania man will finally resume the life he left behind.

CNN reports that 44-year-old John Miller has been released from prison after David Williams, the star witness in a murder case that Miller was charged for, has confessed to committing the act himself.

“I’m very happy and excited that after 21 years I’m finally being heard and that my innocence has...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jun 22, 2019. 5 comments

Trump Sat Down With Time Magazine and Then Threatened a Reporter With Prison

Trump Sat Down With Time Magazine and Then Threatened a Reporter With Prison

Time magazine was supposed to have an innocent little sit down with President Trump, but of course nothing involving the overlord of the White House can be innocent or easy or not involve the president threatening a Time reporter with prison.

According to CNN, during the interview with a team of reporters from Time magazine inside the Oval Office on Monday, Trump reportedly showed reporters a...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jun 07, 2019. 23 comments

Nancy Pelosi to Dems: I Don’t Want to See Him Impeached, I Want to See Him in Jail! Suurrrreeeeee She Does

Nancy Pelosi to Dems: I Don’t Want to See Him Impeached, I Want to See Him in Jail! Suurrrreeeeee She Does

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats during a meeting Tuesday night that President Donald Trump’s impeachment isn’t as high on her list as seeing President Donald Trump in prison.

According to Politico, Pelosi reportedly made the remark after House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler asked when, if ever, they could begin an impeachment inquiry.

“I don’t want to see him impeached,” Pelosi...

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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing May 25, 2019. 1 comments

Free Your Mind: 10 Missouri Eastern Prison Inmates Graduate College

Free Your Mind: 10 Missouri Eastern Prison Inmates Graduate College

Ten inmates from the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center made history Wednesday as the first graduates of Washington University’s Prison Education Project.

The proud graduates were decked out in the university’s green and black graduation regalia and participated in a small ceremony in a visitation room in the state prison, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The event was attended by...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin May 16, 2019. 8 comments

An Arizona Prisoner Was Sent a Book Critical of the Criminal Justice System. Now, the State Has Banned It

An Arizona Prisoner Was Sent a Book Critical of the Criminal Justice System. Now, the State Has Banned It

In one of the most memorable passages of his seminal autobiography, civil rights leader Malcolm X made explicit the impact his in-prison education had on him. Arrested on charges of larceny and sentenced to 10 years in prison, Malcolm read voraciously.

“I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke inside me...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 10, 2019. 20 comments

Fed Up With the Criminal Justice System, Man Acts as His Own Attorney and Gets Acquitted After Serving 13 Years for Murder

Fed Up With the Criminal Justice System, Man Acts as His Own Attorney and Gets Acquitted After Serving 13 Years for Murder

Philly native Hassan Bennett had always maintained his innocence, but unfortunately, our faulty criminal justice system ensured it would take him four trials and 13 years to finally prove it.

The Washington Post reports that on September 22, 2006, Bennett was accused of orchestrating the murder of his friend Devon English, 19, over a $20 dice game. Another one of his friends, Corey Ford, 18,...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. May 06, 2019. 13 comments

Michael Cohen, Trump's Former Fixer, Starts Prison Sentence at Reality D-List Overnight Camp That Houses 'The Situation'

Michael Cohen, Trump's Former Fixer, Starts Prison Sentence at Reality D-List Overnight Camp That Houses 'The Situation'

Michael Cohen is proof that life comes at you fast.

In one breath, the slime-ball attorney was claiming that he’d take a bullet for the president of the United States, his friend and former client. In another, he spilled the beans, the Lipton, the espresso and the Takis to try and save himself from going to jail.

Well, it looked like none of that worked, or maybe it did, as the president’s...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir May 05, 2019. 16 comments

Mentally Ill Black Woman Complains of Contractions, Gives Birth Alone in Florida Isolation Cell

Mentally Ill Black Woman Complains of Contractions, Gives Birth Alone in Florida Isolation Cell

Tammy Jackson, a mentally ill pregnant woman, was forced to deliver her baby in an “isolation cell” in a Florida detention center in April, according to public defender Howard Finkelstein in a letter to Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony.

According to the Washington Post, she was escorted to her cell alone, only to have a child one morning after complaining of pain.

The letter, signed by the...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 22, 2019. 22 comments

26-Year-Old Influencer Faces 20 Years for Hiring Cousin to Break into Domain Owner's Home

26-Year-Old Influencer Faces 20 Years for Hiring Cousin to Break into Domain Owner's Home

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, the 26-year-old founder of media company State Snaps, faces up to two decades in prison for hiring an intruder to break into a house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to force the transfer of an internet domain at gunpoint, according to CNN.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Iowa, Adams, who once had “over a million followers on his social media...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 22, 2019. 4 comments

Congress Considering Making Pell Grants Available to Inmates, Reversing Decades-Long Ban

Congress Considering Making Pell Grants Available to Inmates, Reversing Decades-Long Ban

With droves of research suggesting education is one of the most effective tools to rehabilitate those currently serving sentences behind bars, Congress is trying to do something to make education more available to inmates.

According to NPR, The Restoring Education and Learning Act, a bipartisan bill in Congress would allow incarcerated people to use federal Pell Grants offered to lower-income...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Feb 03, 2019. 7 comments

Meek Mill, Justice League NYC Demand Action as Hundreds of Inmates Go Without Heat, Hot Water at Brooklyn Detention Center

Meek Mill, Justice League NYC Demand Action as Hundreds of Inmates Go Without Heat, Hot Water at Brooklyn Detention Center

With its spate of polar vortexes and record-breaking temperatures, this winter has been especially torturous. But for inmates housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., these brutal conditions have officially crossed into inhumane.

According to the New York Times, despite temperatures as low as 3 degrees Fahrenheit, over 1,600 inmates have spent the past week without heat...

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Aliya S. King Aliya S. King Dec 12, 2018.

Aliya S. King's True Hip-Hop Stories: Lady Luck Speaks

Aliya S. King's True Hip-Hop Stories: Lady Luck Speaks

When you’re 16 and signed to Def Jam and then dropped from the label while still a teenager—what happens next.

Last week, I posted my first VSB story, on how I snuck into Teaneck High to cover rapper Lady Luck, who had been signed to Def Jam. I reached out to Luck this weekend to see what her life has been like since the Def Jam days.

Here’s our convo today. I love this kid. Still. (And I’m...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Dec 04, 2018. 8 comments

Real White Housewives Episode Recap: Trump Wants Former Fixer Michael Cohen In All the Prisons

Real White Housewives Episode Recap: Trump Wants Former Fixer Michael Cohen In All the Prisons

On the last episode of the Real White Housewives the president’s former fixer Michael Cohen, whose tagline is “Go get you some hot water, cause you know I’ve got all the tea!” had agreed to cooperate in special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into all things Russia.

Live footage of Cohen flipping:

President Trump, whose tagline is “Russia? But I barely know her,” wants...

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Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried Nov 09, 2018. 17 comments

Colorado Just Abolished Slavery ... Huh!

Colorado Just Abolished Slavery ... Huh!

A stipulation allowing slavery as a form of punishment has just been voted out of Colorado’s state constitution.

From NPR:

The amendment was put on the ballot with overwhelming bipartisan support from Colorado’s lawmakers. It will change Article II, Section 26 of the state’s constitution, which has stated for more than 100 years: “Slavery prohibited. There shall never be in this state either...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Sep 27, 2018. 23 comments

Inmate No. NN7687: Inside the Violent, Deadly, State-of-the-Art Prison Bill Cosby Now Calls Home

Inmate No. NN7687: Inside the Violent, Deadly, State-of-the-Art Prison Bill Cosby Now Calls Home

Less than an hour after his publicist stood on the steps and compared him to Brett Kavanaugh, Tupac and Jesus, comedy legend and convicted rapist (no, the two are not mutually exclusive) Bill Cosby was put in a single cell inside the brand-spanking new correctional facility where staff have been accused of hate crimes and abuse, and at least one inmate has died since the prison opened in...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Sep 21, 2018. 17 comments

Suge Knight, the Red Menace, Hit With 28 Years in Prison

Suge Knight, the Red Menace, Hit With 28 Years in Prison

Murder was the case that they gave him, and days before his trial was slated to begin, the man who many (and by “many” I mean “me”) believe sucked the soul out of hip-hop, is receiving his just desserts.

Marion “Suge” Knight recently entered a plea of no contest to a charge of voluntary manslaughter before his upcoming murder trial and received a sentence of 28 years on Thursday.

The case stems...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Sep 17, 2018. 16 comments

Stop Eating Before Reading: Florida Prisoner Kills Cellmate, Uses Ears for Necklace

Stop Eating Before Reading: Florida Prisoner Kills Cellmate, Uses Ears for Necklace

In an apparent bid to top every absurd “Florida Man” story ever told, an inmate at a Florida correctional facility strangled his cellmate, gouged out his eyes, mutilated the body and made a necklace with the victim’s body parts before heading to eat breakfast in the chow hall.

According to the Miami Herald, the Columbia Correctional Institution in Lake City, Fla. houses some of the state’s...

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Danielle Young Danielle Young Jul 31, 2018. 2 comments

Danielle Brooks Shines Bright as Her Character Faces Darkness in Season 6 of Orange is the New Black

Danielle Brooks Shines Bright as Her Character Faces Darkness in Season 6 of Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black took Netflix by storm. The chronicle of a white woman’s prison sentence gave us glimpses into the world of women in prison, particularly women of color. From petty thieves to murderers, shows like OITNB remind us of the humanity in everyone.

One of the standout performers on the show is Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha Jefferson or as she’s more affectionately known,...

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