George Lavender is an independent radio and print journalist based in Oakland, California. He’s a producer of “Making Contact,” a weekly half-hour radio show, and editor of The Prison Complex. Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeLavender.
California First State To Pay For Prisoner’s Sex Affirmation Surgery
Shiloh Quine will be the first transgender woman in prison to have her sex affirmation surgery paid for by a state. California settled Quine's case, which leaves open the question of whether... MORE
The Prison Complex · August 10, 2015
Transgender Woman Who Took California to Court Over Cost of Surgery to be Paroled
A transgender woman who took California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to court to argue that sex affirmation surgery should be paid for by the state will now be paroled. Michelle... MORE
The Prison Complex · August 9, 2015
Should Prisoners Pay Medical Bills?
Should prisoners pay for their own medical care? There are a number of reasons why that's something many states do or are considering, not least of which is that medical care... MORE
The Prison Complex · July 30, 2015
“The Punishment Simply Does Not Fit The Crime”: President Obama on Criminal Justice Reform (VIDEO)
President Obama's remarks to the NAACP via the Whitehouse.gov.org THE PRESIDENT: Hello, NAACP! (Applause.) Ah, it’s good to be back. (Applause.) How you... MORE
The Prison Complex · July 16, 2015
California Hunger Strikes Two Years On: What Has Changed?
Two years ago, prisoners across California went on hunger strike to oppose the use of long-term solitary confinement in the state. It was the third such protest in as many years. The hunger... MORE
The Prison Complex · July 9, 2015
Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty
It was 38 times lucky for Ernie Chambers. This week the Nebraska legislator finally succeeded in passing a veto-proof bill to abolish the state’s death penalty. As the New York Times... MORE
The Prison Complex · May 29, 2015
Witness Testimony From Attica Prison Uprising Released for First Time
Beatings, burnings, stabbings, sexual assaults and shootings. All took place in the aftermath of the 1971 Attica prisoner uprising according to witness testimony released this month for the first time. The four-day rebellion at... MORE
The Prison Complex · May 25, 2015
Pennsylvania’s “Revictimization Relief Act” Struck Down by Federal Judge
Pennsylvania’s controversial “Revictimization Relief Act,” was declared unconstitutional on Tuesday. The law, which opponents dubbed “The Silencing Act,” allowed victims of personal injury crime to bring... MORE
The Prison Complex · May 1, 2015
Columbia Students Sit-In For Prison Divestment
“Bring Prison Divestment to the Board” read the message on one placard as students at Columbia University took part in a sit-in on Friday. The sit-in outside Columbia President Lee Bollinger... MORE
The Prison Complex · April 25, 2015
After Prisonville: What Next For Willacy?
After an uprising in February by prisoners at Willacy County Correctional Center, Texas, the privately-run facility was left “uninhabitable.” All 2,834 inmates were transferred to other facilities and the prison closed. Whether... MORE
The Prison Complex · March 31, 2015