Transgender Immigrant Detainees Locked in Solitary Confinement

Today’s Advocate has an excellent article by Andrew Harmon, dissecting the abuses faced by transgender detainees in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. It begins with the story of a transgender woman who spent eight months in solitary confinement in a Virginia jail: A few days after Christmas last year, Ruby Corado, a longtime transgender activist in […]

From BOP to CCA: Federal Prison Director Defects to Private Prison Company

Less than a month after retiring from his post as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Harley G. Lappin has been hired to a top positon at the nation’s largest private, for-profit prison contractor, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). In a move that has gone virtually unnoticed by the press except on the business pages, Lappin, who had […]

The Parable of Yarl's Wood

Guest Post by Dan Moshenberg Editors’ note: Today’s guest post is by Dan Moshenberg, who directs the Women’s Studies Program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is co-convener of the Women In and Beyond the Global Project, and coordinator of www.womeninandbeyond.org. His teaching and research focus in part on women in the global prison […]

Solitary Deaths in Immigrant Detention Centers

If the lockdown units of U.S. prisons comprise a largely hidden world, perhaps most secretive of all are the nation’s immigrant detention centers, where noncitizens live for years in often horrendous conditions–and sometimes die–obscured from public scrutiny. The New York Times and ACLU have begun to pull back the shroud of secrecy around these deaths, filing Freedom of Information Act […]