As a pediatric researcher and assistant professor with the University of Minnesota, Rebecca Schlafer has studied children, and more specifically, the children of incarcerated women, for years. She's seen just how difficult life was for pregnant inmates, who are often alone in their pregnancy, feelin ... More >>
For two hellish years, the Iranian government held Shane Bauer prisoner on suspicion of being a spy. The worst part, he now says, was the four months he spent in a solitary cell. But since his release, Bauer has been surprised to discover even more troubling prison practices happening on American so ... More >>
Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, the transgender woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month, will remain in a male prison for the duration of her sentence, despite safety concerns from her attorneys and supporters. Minnesota prisons do follow transgender placement guidelines that c ... More >>
Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month, will be incarcerated in a male prison, at least for now. McDonald was arrested last summer for fatally stabbing Dean Alvin Schmitz outside the Schooner Tavern in South Minneapolis. The Hennep ... More >>
Once the owner of a 17,000 square-foot mansion, fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker is now just trying to find a stable prison cell to call home. Hecker, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud two years ago, was transferred out of the federal prison in Duluth on February 8, confirms Chris Burk ... More >>
"I was drunk, the day my mama, got outta prison." You know the rest. But what you may not know is that this weekend, 48 years ago, country singer David Allan Coe began serving a four-year prison sentence at the Ohio State Penitentiary for car theft, possession of obscene materials, and poss ... More >>
Chrishaun McDonald, charged with stabbing David Schmitz to death earlier this month outside The Schooner Tavern in South Minneapolis, is claiming that her status as transgender jeopardizes her ability to receive a fair trial. McDonald is also claiming self defense.
Photo via WikipediaThe United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth -- The Big House -- is Tom Petters' new addressPonzi schemer Tom Petters is headed for The Big House: the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. And unless his legal team can pull a rabbit out of its hat and win an app ... More >>
Headed for the federal penTom Petters is headed for the Big House. The one-time high-flying millionaire sentenced to 50 years behind bars for orchestrating a $3.7 million Ponzi scheme is cooling his heels in the Federal Transfer Center at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City. Next stop is a f ... More >>
Not quite ironic, but close.
The state of Pennsylvania's prison system is overflowing, and some of its convicts may be coming to Minnesota.
A video the Wisconsin Department of Corrections wanted under wraps is now out in the open.
If you're going to be a free man once you jump that giant razor wire fence, what's the need to bring prison raisins along for the ride?
What's wrong with Wisconsin?
Legislators say it makes more sense to rehabilitate
Under budgetary pressure, the state's prisons transfer costs—and prisoners—back to counties
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 >>
Meth use and harsher sentences are putting more Minnesotans in prison
The remarkable 114-year story of Minnesota's last juvenile detention home
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 Salvation Army plans to house prison inmates in a work-release program at its Minneapolis shelter
Director Cheryl Dunye brings her research stint at the Shakopee women's prison to bear on Stranger Inside
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.
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
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
Inmate artists and prison instructors talk about life on the inside
In the month left before sine die, Minnesota lawmakers must decide what to do about the stadium, the budget surplus, and that nagging turtle-trafficking issue.
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."
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.