prisons

The Weakest Link

‘This Is a War’: Prisons Want Cell Phone Jammers to Stop Inmates from Communicating With the Outside World

Prisons want jamming technology to stop criminal activity, but critics warn there would be dire consequences if jamming was allowed to propagate.
Cara Tabachnick
11.26.18
SURVEILLANCE

Here Is the Contract for the UK's First Confirmed IMSI Catcher

A Scottish prison used the device to catch inmates using mobile phones.
Joseph Cox
9.13.16
JUSTICE

Americans Don't Care About Prison Phone Exploitation, Says FCC Official

Federal regulators are trying to lower sky-high phone rates for inmates and their families, which advocate say reduces recidivism.
Sam Gustin
8.5.16
Canada

Canada Might Finally Reopen Its Prison Farms

Inmates would milk cows and bale hay while doing time.
Kate Lunau
7.13.16
uk

In a First, UK Authority Admits to Using IMSI Catchers for Surveillance

The Scottish Prison Service has been using IMSI catchers (Stingrays) to stop prisoners communicating.
Joseph Cox
5.26.16
News

FCC Votes to Stop Prisons from Charging $14 a Minute for Phone Calls

​Feds approve landmark prison phone reform.
Sam Gustin
10.22.15
News

Bernie Sanders Joins 14 Senators Calling for a Cap on Prison Phone Call Charges

Reducing the exorbitant cost of prison phone calls is of "utmost importance," coalition says.
Sam Gustin
10.15.15
Drugs

How Do You Confuse Two Lethal Injection Drugs? We Asked a Pharmacologist

In a January execution, officials in Oklahoma used potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride...what's the difference?
Kaleigh Rogers
10.9.15
News

Meet JPay, the Company that Controls Prisoners' Access to Technology

Video phone kiosks have been replacing real-life visitation in American jails and prisons—sometimes altogether.
Beryl Lipton, Muckrock
9.24.15
Culture

Is It Ethical for Architects to Build Solitary Confinement Cells?

Activists say no, but the industry's Code of Ethics says yes.
Whitney Mallett
1.7.15
prison

A Clear Plastic Tablet for Prisoners: The Motherboard Review

You could kill someone with this thing, if you wanted to.
Jason Koebler
12.15.14
Power

The Bot That Automatically Faxes Prisons Their Shitty Yelp Reviews

When a hotel gets a bad Yelp review, it fines the reviewer. What happens when a prison gets a bad Yelp review?
Jason Koebler
11.11.14
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