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A Girl, 11, Is in Prison Because Her Mother Is a Serial Killer

Afghanistan's prison policy results in children behind bars

(Newser) - The yards were apparently gruesome places: Afghan officials say Shirin Gul brought home the men who hired her for sex and fed them drug-spiked tea and kebabs; 27 of them ended up dead, buried in one of two backyards after her family members robbed and killed them, the New ... More »

Spike in Suicides Puts Women's Prison on Alert

California facility has seen 4 deaths, 20 attempts in 18 months

(Newser) - A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause. Four women have killed themselves at California Institution for Women in San Bernardino County in the last 18 months, according to state... More »

Prisons' Quiet Humiliation: a Lack of Menstrual Pads

Columnist: They're kept in short supply, in part to degrade women

(Newser) - A former inmate at a US women's prison takes to the pages of the Guardian to complain about a quiet way that prisons humiliate and degrade those locked up: with a lack of menstrual pads. Bozelko served at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, but she says the problem is... More »

Orange Is the New Black Writer: Prison Plan Is Dumb

Piper Kerman says shipping female inmates across country is misguided

(Newser) - Piper Kerman might be one of the most popular ex-cons in the nation right now, thanks to Orange is the New Black, the Netflix series based on her memoir of prison life. Now that she's on the outside and working as a prisoners' advocate, Kerman is putting that clout... More »

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