Tag Archives: prison

On Hate Crimes And Prison Rape

Several times in recent weeks, commenters on this and other LGBT blogs have feuded over reader statements that the perpetrators of hate crimes deserve to get raped in prison. This has generated a number of complaining emails to me, including a couple from LGBT prisoner activists. Pertinent to that issue, the photos above are part of a new awareness campaign …

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The Butch Wing

Until an investigation by reporters, a women’s prison in Virginia had been segregating inmates perceived to be masculine in order to break up butch/femme relationships and curb sexual activity. Two current guards and one of their former co-workers said targeting masculine-looking inmates was a deliberate strategy by a building manager. Numerous inmates said in letters and interviews that they felt …

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Recession Kills Death Penalty

One bright light in all these economic woes – states are realizing that it’s cheaper to incarcerate a prisoner for life than to put them to death. Death penalty advocates have always argued that a single shot from a needle is “pennies per prisoner” justice, but that is light years from the truth and states are finally getting the picture. …

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CA: Gay Prisoners Can Marry

Gay prison inmates in California will be able to marry their non-imprisoned partners. Gay inmates in state prisons and county jails will soon be able to marry their partners, as long as their spouse is not also incarcerated, prison and jail operators said Thursday. State prison and county jail overseers were putting finishing touches on the new policy to follow …

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Wrinkle: Can Prisoners Marry Each Other?

California does not permit proxy marriages, both parties must be present. Therefore male and female prisoners have not been allowed to marry each other. But what if both parties are in the same prison? If prisoners in the same prison apply for permission to marry, the California proxy law doesn’t apply. State officials are scrambling to come up with a …

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America: Prison Capitol

From the New York Times: The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — …

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