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Sexual Abuse Survivors Sue Prison Dubbed the 'Rape Club'

Lawyer says abuse at federal women's prison is continuing despite arrests, convictions

(Newser) - Eight survivors of sexual abuse at a federal women's prison dubbed "the rape club" have filed a class-action lawsuit against guards, officials, and the Bureau of Prisons, saying the agency was aware of "rampant staff sexual misconduct" at FCI Dublin for decades but failed to act. The...

At Least 41 Women Killed in Prison Riot

'I am going to take drastic measures,' vows president of Honduras

(Newser) - A grisly riot at a women’s prison in Honduras Tuesday left at least 41 women dead, most burned to death, in violence the country's president blamed on the "mara" street gangs that often wield broad power inside penitentiaries. Most victims were burned but there also were reports...

Prison Chaplain Sentenced for 'Egregious' Abuse

James Highhouse abused female inmates at FCI Dublin

(Newser) - Behind a closed chapel office door inside a federal women's prison in California, a chaplain forced inmates seeking his spiritual guidance to have sex with him, exploiting their faith and their powerlessness behind bars for his own gratification, prosecutors said. James Theodore Highhouse was sentenced Wednesday to seven years...

At Federal Women's Prison, a 'Rape Club' Environment
At Federal Women's Prison,
a 'Rape Club' Environment

At Federal Women's Prison, a 'Rape Club' Environment

The AP finds widespread abuse and cover-ups at California's Dublin facility

(Newser) - Inside one of the only federal women’s prisons in the United States, inmates say they have been subjected to rampant sexual abuse by correctional officers and even the warden, and were often threatened or punished when they tried to speak up. Prisoners and workers at the federal correctional institution...

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

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...

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...

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...

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