Some people are calling it exploitation, but the production company behind ‘Interviews Before Execution’ say they’re doing a service by giving condemned inmates a chance to be heard before their voices are silenced forever. Whichever it is, the show has become a huge hit in China.
Out of all the rights that are taken away when one is put in prison, having some private special time to trigger your personal release valve is one of them. While it obviously does happen in prison, it’s not permitted. Prisoners can get in serious trouble if they’re caught, even if they’re trying to wank in discretion under the sheets. But is masturbation a right that prisoners should have?
Prison doors these days are computer-controlled, with individual doors and entire cell blocks controlled from a central hub, a hub as it turns out that is incredibly vulnerable to being hacked from the outside. Yes, potentially a hacker thousands of miles away could start a prison riot.
A prisoner serving a sentence in Monmouthshire, Wales has been found to be in possession of an extensive arsenal of bladed weapons, most of which are replicas of weapons from Final Fantasy. Even though the weapons aren’t real, they were still confiscated by prison officials for posing a threat.
First off, to be clear, I’m not trying to get anyone in trouble with anyone here, I’m just curious. I’ve spent the past week watching episodes of National Geographic: Lockdown and it’s been an interesting look at life on the inside, from county lockup to women’s prison to maximum security facilities. So it made me wonder how many IHCers have been locked up and what was your experience? Feel free to comment anonymously if you want.
On May 23, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that conditions in California’s prisons violated the constitutional ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” and affirmed a lower court’s order that the state drastically reduce its inmate population.
There’s lots of shit to look out for in prison— homemade knives, prison wine, ass rape, gang activity, etc— but one thing that’s caused headaches for some prisons is Dungeons and Dragons. You may have heard about this last year, when a lawsuit was filed by some prisoners that had their D&D taken away from them because the prison saw the game as a threat to prison security. Just a couple days ago, the seventh circuit of the US Court of Appeals upheld the ruling in the prison’s favor, that it can ban the game if it deems it a threat and something to encourage gang activity.
If you’re Jewish or Muslim in prison, you can request meals specific to your religious beliefs, and apparently if you claim that you celebrate Festivus, you can get away with it for a little while… at least one Orange County, California inmate discovered.
On the one hand, two years in prison, compared to what many people get seems like a drop in the bucket. But two years is plenty long enough to have one’s life disrupted and long enough to make it a vivid experience you’d never forget. One guy went to prison for two years for armed robbery, and when he got out, he makes a post on an imageboard describing his experience.
Twenty-seven year old Zhang Chuanqiu was chained to a cow shed in 2005 after a falling out with village officials over a loan to build his house and was chained so tightly that now that he’s free, he’s got a problem: his skin grew over the chains that bound him and he risks losing his hands to infection.
Around this time last year, fourteen women at Tirgsor Women’s Prison in Romania were given 6 point and shoot cameras as part of a photography workshop. They were given the cameras for two months and could shoot anything they wanted. Over a two month period, the women took over 14,000 pictures and the results of the workshop were just published this month. Via