The crux of a Constitutional lawsuit...Last week we reported on a lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court by an octet of inmates charging they were being price-gouged at Pelican Bay prison in the far north of California. We noted that the e-filing of the case, sadly, didn't include the actua ... More >>
But no one loves pricey coffeeAs hard-liners say, "you do the crime, you do the time." But if you feel you're getting ripped off by paying too much for prison coffee -- to quote Doug Llewelyn, "You take 'em to court." Eight inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City in the far north of ... More >>
Paul Addis' entry in the Best Mug Shot Ever competition Starting August 31, a sizable portion of San Francisco will dust off their faux-fur legwarmers, bloomers, and stale MDMA to spend a week on the playa exchanging bodily fluids and other things at this year's Burning Man festivities. The osten ... More >>
Be sure to wear a flower in your hairThis week has seen California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger scrounging for a few billion dollars beneath the sofa cushions after his stop-gap measures for narrowing the state's budget shortfall went down to defeat in Tuesday's special election. Among the consequence ... More >>
Desperate prison lifers turn to Charles Carbone when trying to navigate the unfair process of parole denials
A liberal intellectual and a right-winger on Death Row discover they have much in common
Music and poetry, not plot, create A Place to Stand's emotional impact
Making phone calls from jail, Harley Mike allegedly helped three prisoners escape and conned parole agents, sheriff's deputies, and judges.
After Innocence probes life after a wrongful conviction
The cases of a young defendant and a repeat offender attorney show power and privilege tip the scales
Infiltrator cooks up a criminal past. A PAX TV show absolves him of it. Ain't it a great country?
This Tennessee Williams production packs a punch, but it's too loud
A quintessential San Francisco story, starring charismatic musician/murderer Bobby BeauSoleil*
*with underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger, cult leader Charles Manson, Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, and the Straight Satans motorcycle gang in suppo
Carandiru reveals the human side of Brazilian prisoners, then leads us to their slaughter
Even big-name stars can't overpower the stories of exonerated death row inmates
Albert Johnson was exonerated for a crime he didn't commit, but not before spending over a decade in prison. Why guiltless people get jailed -- and how to stop it.
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland
Half a century ago, ex-heroin dealer Alfredo Santos created an epic work of art inside San Quentin. Now, he's coming back to be honored for it.
The prison guards' union angrily ripped the rug from under the governor in February
A peek inside a new form of Russian organized crime and an ingenious method of turning credit card mailings into large amounts of cash
Why Gov. Davis' just-say-no parole policy is wrong, Exhibit No. 1: Eddy Zheng has earned a college degree in prison, sings in a church choir, works with at-risk youth, has the support of clergymen, college professors, his prison counselor, and the
The Alcatraz Night Tour is fascinating and beautiful. Then it's cold and eerie. And then it's -- let's get outta here!
A new law gives one more chance at freedom to abused women sent to prison for killing their batterers
The first San Bruno Jail inmates to take part in an experimental meditation program say it has helped to free their minds, if nothing else
The "used-car rabbi" gets probation instead of jail, but the question of what he did with millions of dollars in donations remains unanswered
County Jail No. 3 is a hellhole. Can an ancient, intense form of meditation improve life for the inmates?
The rest of the country is re-appraising the death penalty; California sues to keep a minister from comforting those facing execution
The juvenile justice system is ignoring delinquent girls -- and creating a social time bomb
Long-missing Alcatraz files make their way back to the Bay Area
New Way to Ease New Economy's Inflation Threat: Release Nonviolent Inmates
Mumia Abu-Jamal Changes Name, Urges Supporters to Expand Campaign
When can a repeat felon manipulate the police and fire departments to crush a law-abiding bar and restaurant? When the felon's a San Francisco pol, and the bar's on Mission Street.
The state wants to deny religious counsel immediately before executions. But why?
Twelve convicted drug dealers and other major felons have recently been employed by the San Francisco Housing Authority. But are there even more criminals on the public payroll?
Or is a new law that puts sexual predators in long-term psychiatric lock-up really -- and finally -- justice for perverts?