linkedin.comSteven "Gus" AugustinackSteven 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 >>
A video the Wisconsin Department of Corrections wanted under wraps is now out in the open.
Larry Reynolds pleased guilty in federal court for money laundering associated with the alleged $3 bill ... More >>
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 >>
A new bill in Congressional committee would drastically increase sentences for many kinds of drug offenses
Meet 10 of Minnesota's most notorious state tax scofflaws
Meth use and harsher sentences are putting more Minnesotans in prison
Local attorney Sandra Babcock recently won a major international court decision
How an unlikely date led to the writing of 'The Exonerated'
A damning verdict on executions in Minnesota
What's wrong with Pawlenty's execution song
The remarkable 114-year story of Minnesota's last juvenile detention home
Two Minnesota judges return fire at the justice department
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.
The drive to bring back capital punishment has friends in high places
A Minnesota judge is targeted for speaking out against federal drug-sentencing guidelines
Prosecutors dropped murder charges against Phillip True. Then he was thrown in jail.
The Salvation Army plans to house prison inmates in a work-release program at its Minneapolis shelter
A recommended reading list for people who live in big houses
The state profits from phone calls to the big house. Inmates say their families are ending up in the poorhouse.
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.
Two high-profile convictions rekindle a debate over what to do when drunk drivers kill
Thanks to census counts, inmates are bringing big money to small towns
He fought for his right to make phone calls from prison, but now Ronaldo Ligons is about to be disconnected
In Mr. Death, documentarian Errol Morris trains his beloved Interrotron on execution technologist-turned-Holocaust denier Fred Leuchter
Minnesota could find itself writing checks to hundreds of prisoners--thanks to a jailhouse lawyer with an eye for detail
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
Teaching Minnesota's student prisoners reveals the power of the pen
Eight years for burglary. Eighteen for rape. Life for murder. Five women talk about doing time with their men behind bars.
This summer, Corky Maurer learned that he picked up hepatitis C in prison. And that's not the worst news.
Apparently imprisonment isn't sufficient punishment--witness the state's new money-saving deal for inmate health care
A series of teen rapes shocks local Hmong parents into confronting a new culture: their children.
Inmate artists and prison instructors talk about life on the inside
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."
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."
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.
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.
Rising repression means escalating tensions at Oak Park Heights, the state's only maximum-security prison.
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.