Maintaining mental health in prison was already challenging before COVID-19 hit.
Prison is a massive, racist source of violence and harm. A film about incarcerated people, especially one purporting to advocate for them, needs to engage with that fact.
When Anthony Holmes goes to the doctor today, he’s asked: How many heart attacks have you had? That’s because, Holmes says, the torture he faced in 1973 at the hands of then-Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge included shocking him with an electric shock box and suffocating him with plastic bags. Burge and the mostly white […]
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Illinois corrections department leave incarcerated peoples’ loved ones with questions
Roosevelt Myles spent 28 years in prison, only to be released into a world in lockdown. He’s happier than he’s been in a long time.
Raptivist Bella Bahhs elucidates the importance—and the failures of—the census for formerly incarcerated women.
Prisoners say the jail, which has seen more than 800 confirmed cases, is a “death trap.”
A man who has waited 20 years for a court-ordered hearing is trying to secure release from prison before the virus hits.
Tonya Crowder still dreams that she and her fiance, Roosevelt Myles—who’s been in prison for decades fighting what he says is a wrongful conviction—will one day build a life together somewhere “nice, quiet, and simple.”
IDOC’s job opportunities are so few and repression of organizing so intense that few inmates may be joining the nationwide labor strike. That doesn’t mean they’re not resisting.
Tamms Correctional Center was Illinois’s only supermax prison. The Reader may have played a part in shutting it down.
Public defenders, especially women, are being sexually harassed while visiting defendants in lockup.
Through toiletry drives, “bail-outs,” and reunification rides, local activists work to brighten Mother’s Day in jail and prison.
Richard Boykin hopes better data may bring much-needed relief to a demographic facing dire problems.
Bills to decriminalize pot and shrink the prison population are in purgatory while the governor and Democrats feud.