• News

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    DOJ: Missouri is a National Leader in Prison Rape

    The Department of Justice says that in 2011, Missouri led the nation in prison rape. The study, which was released last month, looked at sexual misconduct incidents in 700 state and federal prisons beginning in 2009 and going through 2011. It accounted for staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, as well ... More >>

  • Film

    September 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Marriage Behind Bars: Judge Rules Missouri Law Can't Block Inmates From Tying the Knot

    As the United States Supreme Court takes up gay marriage this week, in Missouri there's been progress in a different kind of marriage equality battle: the right to tie the knot behind bars. The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri has been fighting for months on behalf of a group of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Missouri's Prison Population Getting Older

    In Missouri, the percentage of state prisoners age 50 and over has doubled in the past ten years, rising to 15.3 percent of all inmates in fiscal year 2010, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch, titled "Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States." That change repr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Prison Reform Would Save Missouri Taxpayers Millions, Bipartisan Report Says

    ​Since 1990, Missouri's spending on inmates has tripled to more than $660 million, and the state's prison population has doubled. While the state's overall general fund has grown by 14 percent over the last decade, the Department of Corrections' budget has grown by 39 percent. For all the spendi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Inmates More Likely to Die in Missouri Jails Than in 42* Other States

    John Gotti died of throat cancer while incarcerated at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.​The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics released a bunch of numbers yesterday offering an exhaustive demographic account of inmates who are dying in p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Jailbreak Timeline: Suspended Correction Commissioner's Memos Warned of Jails' Vulnerability for Months

    Image via"We have a major public safety responsibility and jails can become a dangerous place to live and work without an appropriate managerial staffing pattern," Stubblefield told Bryson in April.​It's easy to understand why Division of Corrections Commissioner Gene Stubblefield wants the public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Court of Appeals: Prison Employees Aren't Liable for Inmate's Attack

    ​Let's say an inmate is attacked by fellow inmates wearing masks, then put in an isolated environment for a 30-day period, presumably for protection while the matter is sorted out. The inmate pleads to correctional officers to be kept in protective custody, claiming that his assailants warned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Don C. Weir Locked up at Medium-Security Penitentiary in Illinois, Not Satellite Camp

    ​Many readers have been asking: Where in the world is Don C. Weir, the Town & Country financial advisor who stole $12 million in precious-metal coin investments from dozens of clients? (Check out our feature, "Plot of Gold"). According to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator page, Mr. Weir is ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 19, 2008
  • News

    June 13, 2007

    "You're the Greatest, Asshole!"

    The Mexican explains a Mex-centric phenomenon.

  • Film

    May 10, 2006

    Barred Bard

    Who knew Shakespeare was so good at rehabilitation?

  • News

    May 3, 2006

    How Does It Feel?

    Recent lawsuits puncture the veil of secrecy surrounding lethal injection

  • Film

    March 22, 2006

    Suspended Sentence

    After Innocence probes life after a wrongful conviction

  • News

    February 23, 2005

    Life After Death Row

    From maximum security in Potosi to a bungalow in Maplewood: The odyssey of Rabbit, a.k.a. Robert Driscoll

  • News

    December 15, 2004

    Uncomfortably Numb

    Lethal injection looks painless and peaceful. On Missouri's death row, appearances can be deceiving.

  • News

    May 26, 2004

    All the Jail's a Stage

    Missouri inmates are performing tales of murder, greed and insanity -- and learning how to leave their old lives behind

  • News

    February 18, 2004

    Where's Dora?

    Former St. Louis corrections chief Dora Schriro has moved on to a more high-profile controversy

  • News

    October 29, 2003


    Week of October 29, 2003

  • News

    October 15, 2003

    Dying to Get Out

    Some inmates tell horror stories about healthcare at the women's prison in Vandalia. Some didn't live to tell their tales.

  • News

    October 8, 2003

    The Case of the Vanishing Videotape

    A workhouse inmate claims he was wrongly beaten, and city officials scramble to get their stories straight

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003
  • Film

    August 20, 2003

    Habitat for Inhumanity

    The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland

  • News

    December 25, 2002

    Behind Closed Doors

    Once open to the world, Missouri's death row is now secret

  • News

    August 7, 2002

    Zen and the Art of Evasion

    An alleged rape points to big workhouse problems

  • News

    July 24, 2002

    Serial Tiller

    When it comes to ripping people off, John Tiller and the Civil Rights Legal Defense Team just keep going and going

  • News

    July 10, 2002

    So Long, Joe

    While Joe Amrine waits to die, Missouri courts won't admit they may be wrong

  • News

    March 6, 2002

    Getting What You Pay For

    Blame for problems at the workhouse goes all the way to the top

  • News

    February 20, 2002

    Empty Promises

    Missouri has been pouring millions into prisons that aren't being used. But stay tuned: If politicians have their way, there will be plenty of inmates to go around.

  • Culture

    February 6, 2002

    Captive Audience

    The Prison Arts Project helps local inmates present a mesmerizing Hamlet

  • News

    January 23, 2002

    Solitary Man

    Lifer Bill Herron knew exactly how to get out of jail -- until 16 years ago, when the Missouri Department of Corrections locked him in solitary

  • News

    January 9, 2002

    Fallen Angel

    Angela Coffel, the first woman in Missouri deemed a sexually violent predator, is locked up despite overwhelming evidence that she isn't one.

  • News

    December 26, 2001

    Taking No Prisoners

    Missouri maintains a spotless record at Bonne Terre facility

  • News

    December 5, 2001

    Hard of Hearing

    The city was slow in adopting a jail-suicide expert's advice

  • News

    November 7, 2001

    Unlucky Seven

    Faced with an unprecedented rash of inmate suicides, St. Louis was slow to respond. Now there's a new jailhouse boss in town.

  • Film

    August 29, 2001

    Dirty Work

    A tale of prison gardeners is this summer's sweetest feel-good comedy

  • News

    August 29, 2001

    Blooper Max

    Another security breach surfaces at Illinois' superexpensive supermaximum prison

  • News

    March 28, 2001

    Hard Luck, Hard Time

    Donald Thweatt was once ready to fight for his country. Now he's fighting for his freedom.

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2001

    Cell Theory

    A new book takes an alarming look at America's increasing reliance on prisons

  • News

    August 16, 2000

    The Benetton Four

    Meet the men who sparked a lawsuit

  • News

    August 16, 2000

    Killer Campaign

    When the Benetton clothing company dared to humanize death-row inmates in a $20 million ad campaign, Attorney General Jay Nixon threw a fit. Then he played right into their hands and sued them.

  • News

    May 10, 2000

    Nothing Left to Lose

    Faced with supertough restrictions, inmates at Tamms protest by refusing to eat

  • News

    March 15, 2000
  • News

    March 15, 2000

    The Boys from Boonville

    In 1963, a group of African-American runaways and truants was sent to a rural reform school. Then the nightmare began.

  • News

    February 23, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of February 23

  • News

    February 16, 2000

    Cruel and Usual

    Tamms Correctional Center is one of the toughest, most expensive and least crowded prisons in the nation. But does it accomplish anything - besides driving inmates insane?

  • News

    September 22, 1999


    Kevin Pelot struggles to articulate the thoughts fermenting inside him, sealed in the cask of prison life

  • News

    July 21, 1999


    MCI WorldCom and the state are raking in windfall profits from the captive customers in Missouri's prisons

  • News

    January 13, 1999
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