Category Archives: Prison

Six Rikers Island Guards Charged in Drug Smuggling, Bribery Case

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against six New York City correctional officers accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex. Fifteen other people, including several inmates, also were charged in criminal complaints unsealed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. The […]

Oklahoma Releases Nearly 500 Inmates in Push to End Mass Incarceration

Nearly 500 inmates were set to be released from prison in Oklahoma on Monday. The move by state officials comes in response to a push to reduce mass incarceration in Oklahoma that was put into motion by voters in 2016. On Friday, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend that the sentences for […]

Ex-Prisoner has Cannabis Removed From His Nose 18 Years After Smuggling Attempt

It’s one thing to forget where you hid something nearly 20 years ago. It’s quite another if it was hidden in your nose. But that is the improbable story of a 48-year-old former prisoner, whose tale of nasal smuggling was detailed in a case report published by the British Medical Journal. According to the Daily […]

The Last Prisoner Project: Creating Art To Cope With Cannabis Prohibition

California Artist Mohan Sundaresan said cannabis has given him a newfound freedom with his art, and it pains him to think of anyone sitting in prison for a plant that brings so much good to so many. “I love being in the unknown,” he surmised. “In the unknown I can’t be anything else but me. […]

Billy Hayes: Riding the Midnight Express

Billy Hayes likes to say he’s been in the cannabis industry for the past 50 years, and is amazed at the progress made in the new world order of weed. “I recently visited every dispensary in Las Vegas,” he shared. “As I walk in each door, I can’t believe that this exists. I was like […]

Synthetic Weed Found in Alabama Prison Lands K9 in Hospital

A prison K9 in Alabama required CPR after a contraband raid last week exposed the animal to synthetic marijuana.  The dog, named Jake, assisted a search conducted last Thursday at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County, Alabama. As the search unfolded, Jake came into contact with a “powdery substance,” reported, and quickly became unresponsive. […]

California Court Rules Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana Legal in Prison

We already know that inordinate amounts of people are in jail for small-time marijuana possession across the country — even in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, but are behind the times when it comes to the expungement of past criminal records. Compounding this issue is the prisoners who are caught with cannabis when they […]