• Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    New bill for pregnant inmates goes into effect, but funding isn't certain

    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 >>

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    September 4, 2013
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    November 9, 2012

    Shane Bauer: Out of Iran, investigating America's prison system

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    CeCe McDonald to serve out sentence in male prison

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    CeCe McDonald to be incarcerated in male prison -- at least for now [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Denny Hecker being transferred to mystery prison

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    10 Songs About the Slammer: This Day in Country Music History

    ​"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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Chrishaun McDonald says transgender status means unfair murder trial ahead

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Tom Petters to bunk at Leavenworth

    Photo via WikipediaThe United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth -- The Big House -- is Tom Petters' new address​Ponzi 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Tom Petters moved to temporary cell in Oklahoma City

    Headed for the federal pen​Tom 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010
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    November 23, 2009

    Pennsylvania convicts may be exported to Minnesota

    The state of Pennsylvania's prison system is overflowing, and some of its convicts may be coming to Minnesota.

  • 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 7, 2009

    Wis. prisoner attempts escape, smuggles large bag of raisins

    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?

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009
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    May 21, 2008
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    April 9, 2008
  • News

    January 31, 2007

    Inmate, Inmate, Who's Got the Inmate?

    Under budgetary pressure, the state's prisons transfer costs—and prisoners—back to counties

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2007

    The eternal optimist braces himself, merrily, for prison

    Since he was convicted of accepting bribes from a developer last summer, former Minneapolis city councilman Dean Zimmermann has retained a ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2005
  • News

    November 17, 2004

    Land of 10,000 Felons

    Meth use and harsher sentences are putting more Minnesotans in prison

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    The Walls of Red Wing

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

  • 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.

  • Books

    May 9, 2001

    Safe Harbor?

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

  • Movies

    March 28, 2001

    Doing Time

    Director Cheryl Dunye brings her research stint at the Shakopee women's prison to bear on Stranger Inside

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Arts

    July 22, 1998

    Art of Conviction

    Inmate artists and prison instructors talk about life on the inside

  • News

    March 11, 1998

    I'm Just a Bill...

    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.

  • Books

    March 4, 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

    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
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    September 4, 1996
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    May 15, 1996
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    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
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    February 21, 1996
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    November 1, 1995
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