Criminal Sentencing and Punishment

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Steven Augustinack, Brainerd citizen of the year, is guilty of kiddie-porn charges

    linkedin.comSteven "Gus" Augustinack​Steven Augustinack was named Brainerd Citizen of the Year by the local Junior Chamber Jaycees last October, in part for his work with groups like Youth as Resources and the Sertoma Camp Confidence Club for deaf and hard of hearing children. A month later, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Video of Wis. prisoner subdued by grenade is released

    A video the Wisconsin Department of Corrections wanted under wraps is now out in the open.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Another Petters associate pleads guilty, judges stop lawsuits

    photo_servlet-1.jpegLarry Reynolds pleased guilty in federal court for money laundering associated with the alleged $3 bill ... More >>

  • Arts

    March 7, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 5, 2005

    Minnesota by the numbers: Our aging prison inmates

    As the New York Times reported Sunday, Minnesota--like the great majority of states--has experienced a dramatic spike in the number of prisoners serving life sentences. Between 1993 and 2004, according to the Times, the number of lifers in Minnesota jumped by 103 percent--a figure that dwarfs those ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2005

    The Drug War: Back with a Vengeance

    A new bill in Congressional committee would drastically increase sentences for many kinds of drug offenses

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2005
  • News

    April 13, 2005

    The Great Minnesota Tax Dodge

    Meet 10 of Minnesota's most notorious state tax scofflaws

  • News

    November 17, 2004

    Land of 10,000 Felons

    Meth use and harsher sentences are putting more Minnesotans in prison

  • News

    July 14, 2004
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    June 9, 2004

    Blows Against the Death Penalty

    Local attorney Sandra Babcock recently won a major international court decision

  • Arts

    April 7, 2004

    Flirting With Death

    How an unlikely date led to the writing of 'The Exonerated'

  • Books

    December 10, 2003

    Hanging Judge

    A damning verdict on executions in Minnesota

  • News

    December 10, 2003

    The Death Trap

    What's wrong with Pawlenty's execution song

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    The Walls of Red Wing

    The remarkable 114-year story of Minnesota's last juvenile detention home

  • News

    November 12, 2003

    Ashcroft the Avenger

    Two Minnesota judges return fire at the justice department

  • News

    June 25, 2003

    Addicted To Drug Court

    The Good News and the Bad News: Hennepin Countyís drug court has cleared court dockets and steered a lot of people toward treatment. Itís also allowed the county to push thousands more casual offenders into the corrections system.

  • News

    May 21, 2003

    Dead Again?

    The drive to bring back capital punishment has friends in high places

  • News

    May 7, 2003

    Stupid Sentencing Tricks

    A Minnesota judge is targeted for speaking out against federal drug-sentencing guidelines

  • News

    July 3, 2002

    True's Story

    Prosecutors dropped murder charges against Phillip True. Then he was thrown in jail.

  • Books

    May 9, 2001

    Safe Harbor?

    The Salvation Army plans to house prison inmates in a work-release program at its Minneapolis shelter

  • Books

    February 21, 2001

    Look, Sheryl: No Pictures!

    A recommended reading list for people who live in big houses

  • Books

    February 7, 2001

    Ill Communication

    The state profits from phone calls to the big house. Inmates say their families are ending up in the poorhouse.

  • News

    January 24, 2001

    Meet Judge Cupcake

    Instead of a 12-year prison sentence, Judge James Campbell gave an attempted murderer a few months in the workhouse. And he can't understand why everyone's so upset about it.

  • Books

    November 1, 2000

    Drinking Games

    Two high-profile convictions rekindle a debate over what to do when drunk drivers kill

  • Books

    October 25, 2000

    Prison Math

    Thanks to census counts, inmates are bringing big money to small towns

  • Books

    May 31, 2000

    Dropping the Dime

    He fought for his right to make phone calls from prison, but now Ronaldo Ligons is about to be disconnected

  • Movies

    January 19, 2000

    Love and Death

    In Mr. Death, documentarian Errol Morris trains his beloved Interrotron on execution technologist-turned-Holocaust denier Fred Leuchter

  • Books

    October 20, 1999

    Collect Call

    Minnesota could find itself writing checks to hundreds of prisoners--thanks to a jailhouse lawyer with an eye for detail

  • Books

    July 21, 1999

    Time Is Money

    Inmates still stamp out license plates, but an emerging corporate ethic is pushing Minnesota's prison industries to branch out, cut fat, and pay peanuts

  • News

    July 7, 1999

    Life Sentences

    Teaching Minnesota's student prisoners reveals the power of the pen

  • News

    November 11, 1998

    The Bars That Bind

    Eight years for burglary. Eighteen for rape. Life for murder. Five women talk about doing time with their men behind bars.

  • Books

    November 4, 1998

    Bad Blood

    This summer, Corky Maurer learned that he picked up hepatitis C in prison. And that's not the worst news.

  • Books

    October 7, 1998

    Medic Alert

    Apparently imprisonment isn't sufficient punishment--witness the state's new money-saving deal for inmate health care

  • News

    August 12, 1998

    Silent Scream

    A series of teen rapes shocks local Hmong parents into confronting a new culture: their children.

  • Arts

    July 22, 1998

    Art of Conviction

    Inmate artists and prison instructors talk about life on the inside

  • Books

    March 4, 1998
  • Books

    February 25, 1998
  • News

    December 24, 1997

    Christmas in the Big House

    Out of Stillwater's 1,300 or so inmates, 80 attended this year's holiday service, which Chaplain Steve Hokonson calls "pretty good": "You're talking Monday evening. Monday Night Football--there's a little bit of competition there."

  • News

    August 6, 1997

    Warden Jones

    Never mind the new state law outlawing smoking in prisons, Stillwater inmate Gale Rachuy has no plans to quit. "Within a week, watch. This is going to turn into a very dangerous place."

  • Books

    June 4, 1997
  • News

    May 28, 1997

    Fall Guy

    Larry Gould was a long-time junkie on the mend in a methadone program until he was lured into a drug sting. Now he's doing five years. But he made a few undercover cops look good in the process, and that was the important thing.

  • News

    March 19, 1997

    Throw Away the Key--For Less!

    Corrections Corporation of America is a darling of Wall Street and the country's largest private prison company. Now it wants to run Minnesota's newest prison.

  • News

    March 5, 1997
  • News

    May 15, 1996
  • News

    April 3, 1996

    Cracking Down

    Rising repression means escalating tensions at Oak Park Heights, the state's only maximum-security prison.

  • News

    March 27, 1996
  • News

    February 28, 1996

    Death Row Stories

    During the 1970s the Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment on the grounds that it was applied in an "arbitrary" and "capricious" manner. Now it's back with a vengeance, but as a group of Minnesota attorneys is learning, nothing has really changed.

  • News

    February 21, 1996
  • News

    November 1, 1995
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