• Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Social House Owner Faces 68 Felonies but Might Not Go to Jail at All

    Michael Whitelaw, owner of the Social House, an Uptown sushi bar that closed over the summer, faces 68 felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the slammer, for allegedly cheating the state out of about $100,000 in sales taxes from 2009 to 2011.Those charges sound stiff. R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Bill Clinton's upcoming U of M appearance received more favorably than Condi Rice

    On June 9, Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at Northrop Auditorium as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' "Keeping Faith with the Legacy of Justice" series. The 42nd president will also accept the Dean's Award for Public Leadership.Perhaps unsurprisingly, news of Clinton's appearance ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Suicide note allegedly part of Stillwater prison breakout scheme

    It wasn't as cunning as The Great Escape, but who can say it wasn't bold?A Stillwater Prison inmate is accused of causing a weeklong lockdown after officials were tipped off to his plan to bust out

  • Movies

    January 16, 2013

    The House I Live In explains failed war on drugs

    Powerful voices argue for policy changes in Sundance prize-winning documentary

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Danny Bettcher, state DWI record holder, back in jail after getting busted drinking

    It's not a record anybody wants to have, but it's Danny Bettcher's claim to fame. The 59-year-old resident of New York Mills has the most DWIs in Minnesota history -- 27.SEE ALSO:-- Kevin Tegtmeier arrested for 14th DUI, called "menace to society"-- Justin Clark had roughly 35 drinks in four hours b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    CeCe McDonald supporters throw Molotov cocktail at Portland Wells Fargo

    A group claiming solidarity with Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who recently pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Hennepin County, is taking credit for an unlit Molotov cocktail found inside a Wells Fargo in Portland, Oregon last week. The bank manager found the homemade ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    Native Mob takedown by feds shuts down Minnesota prisons

    For more on the Native Mob, read our November 9 cover story, "The Banishing."​All Minnesota prisons were shut down from 4 a.m Tuesday to 5 a.m. yesterday morning as part of a federally orchestrated, multi-jurisdictional takedown on members of the Native Mob gang. In total, 24 suspected Nativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Prairie Correctional Facility, private prison, not re-opening soon, says Rep. Andrew Falk

    Prairie Correctional Facility closed in early 2010.​The Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton won't be re-opening anytime soon, at least not according to Rep. Andrew Falk. Prairie Correctional Facility has been closed since February 2010. A report by the Minnesota Independent on the growth o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, freed from Iran, call for release of all political prisoners

    Shane Bauer, left, Josh Fattal: Back home, and speaking out.​Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have returned to the United States, and begun describing their two-plus-year ordeal in Iran as accused, convicted, and imprisoned "spies." The two Americans had to go on hunger strikes just to receive letters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Minnesota criminal recidivism rate is nation's worst

    There's a good chance he'll be back.​Minnesota has the worst criminal recidivism rate in the country? That's a national ranking we're not too proud of. A Pew Center on the States report finds that 61.2 percent of prisoners released here were back behind bars after three years, either because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Prison inmates prepare Minnesota for potentially record-breaking floods

    rian_beanPrison inmates are doing battle with old man river.​After record-breaking snowfalls all winter, warmer weather has riverside communities scrambling to prepare for some very serious flooding. St. Paul officials are predicting as many as 2,200 people could be forced to evacuate downtow ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2011
  • News

    January 5, 2011

    DMX: Will the Ruff Ryder rise again?

    Hear exclusive new songs from the troubled rapper

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Denny Hecker jailed again for fumbling financials [UPDATE]

    Denny Hecker is back behind bars.​Bankrupt auto dealer Denny Hecker has been booked into the Sherburne County jail, and treated to a new mug shot. That's not what he expected out of a routine federal court hearing yesterday, and today he got more bad news: He may stay behind bars until his se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Denny Hecker accused of concealing $150,000

    Hecker's dim future just got a little dimmer.​One would think that if you were already neck deep in a legal shitstorm -- say, facing more than enough fraud charges to keep you in federal prison for the rest of your life -- you'd cool your heels for a while. At least chill until the trial is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Titillating programs aired on Moose Lake sex offenders' TVs

    Photo: st33voNot what the doctor ordered​Oops. For about two months there, inmates at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, including some sex offenders, were getting racy after-hours HBO and Showtime shows on their televisions.Corrections officers had reported the "pornographic" programming c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Tom Petters appeals as pauper and seeks public defence

    Ken AvidorPetters hears the judge sentence him to a life behind bars​Tearing a page from the Denny Hecker instructional manual on getting the public to cover the costs of private enterprise deceit, convicted Ponzi schemer Tom Petters filed notice on Tuesday in the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Man actually marries woman in jail for crash that killed 4 kids

    The relationship started last August when Harvieux began writing her letters in prison, saying he thought she was unfairly targeted because she was an illegal immigrant.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    T.I. heads to the pokey

    Group showers, a 6 x 6 cell, supervised visits-- the Atlanta rapper can have whatever he likes.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Want a free necklace? Show your job-termination slip

    Interesting things happen when the economy plummets. Wisconsin already has a running start.

  • News

    September 24, 2008

    Simon Says

    Motivational speaker Russell Simon made a career out of imploring teens to steer clear of drugs and alcohol. So why did he go on a drunken, meth-fueled rampage?

  • Feature

    April 9, 2008

    Did James Earl Ray act alone?

    A Minneapolis author helps raise new questions about the King assassination

  • News

    March 5, 2008

    A Soldier in Winter

    A 24-year-old veteran seeks redemption for atrocities committed during the Iraq war

  • Calendar

    January 9, 2008
  • Movies

    July 5, 2006

    To Hell And Back

    Michael Winterbottom puts a face—and a hood—on the suffering at Guantanamo

  • Arts

    May 3, 2006

    Spotlight: Coyote on a Fence

    'Coyote on a Fence': Live from death row

  • News

    December 7, 2005

    The American Way of Torture

    Local physician and author Steve Miles examines the forensic record of U.S. abuses in Iraqi prisons

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2005
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    July 6, 2005
  • 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

    May 19, 2005

    The drug war: back with a vengeance

    The drug war: back with a vengeance   A new bill in Congress would drastically increase sentences for many kinds of drug offenses   If you think the Congressional Republicans' war on the judiciary can't get any more shrill or irrational, you obviously haven't read up on House Resolution 1528, Defe ... More >>

  • Arts

    April 7, 2004

    Flirting With Death

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

  • News

    January 28, 2004

    Capitol Offenses

    State legislators are poised for a spending spree--on stadiums and prisons

  • News

    December 10, 2003

    The Death Trap

    What's wrong with Pawlenty's execution song

  • News

    May 7, 2003

    Stupid Sentencing Tricks

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

  • Arts

    June 6, 2001

    Musical Minimalism

    Michelle Hensley takes a bit of Broadway to the workhouse

  • News

    December 13, 2000

    Trial & Era

    When Sara Jane Olson goes to court in coming weeks, a Los Angeles jury will be asked to pass judgment on the most divisive time in recent American history.

  • Books

    April 5, 2000


    A felon, his father, and U.S. immigration law

  • Books

    February 2, 2000

    S is for Spriegl

    One jury sent Dameion Robinson to prison for life. The other said he was not guilty. Confusing? Not to the state Supreme Court.

  • 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

  • Art

    July 7, 1999

    Public Image Limited

    A new exhibition moves public art out of the town square and into a conceptual realm

  • Movies

    April 21, 1999
  • Music

    April 14, 1999
  • Books

    April 7, 1999

    CODE Red

    For the last year, Minneapolis's CODEFOR strategy has been packing the jails. Now state taxpayers are being asked to pay the price.

  • Books

    November 25, 1998
  • 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.

  • Arts

    December 4, 1996

    Dead On Arrival

    Tupac's posthumous Makaveli, along with new releases by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, take gangsta rap to different ends

  • News

    April 24, 1996
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    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.

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