When pre-trial detention stretches on for weeks or months, a suspect's right to a "speedy and public trial" is undermined. In effect, a prison sentence is being served without the prisoner having been convicted.
A California school district committee is debating banning 'Different Seasons,' a story collection by Stephen King.
Dickens or Denisovich? Mailer or Malamud? This professor agonized over the reading list for a class of prison inmates.
With a new TV show focused on the famous penitentiary, author and historian Michael Esslinger debunks some of the most enduring Alcatraz myths.
If Western audiences are inspired by the film "Shawshank Redemption" about a solo prison escape, then Taliban sympathizers must surely be heartened by today's spectacular escape of some 500 inmates from a Kandahar prison through a 1,180-foot-long tunnel. But while character Andy Dufresne had to dig out of Shawshank prison without any assistance, the Taliban prisoners are suspected of having help from guards. This is not the first jail break that has set back the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, nor is it even the first escape from this specific prison. Here's a short list of recent prison breaks (and one near-escape) in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Film noir 'A Prophet' and photo exhibit put France’s crowded prisons on view.
Readers write about prisoner rehabilitation, converting the US Embassy in Iraq into a university, and tying corporate compensation to a company's success.