George Lavender is an award-winning radio and print journalist based in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeLavender.
17% Of The Prison Population Has Hepatitis C, Here’s How That Could Change
Hepatitis C affects an estimated 1% of the general population but 17% of the prison population. Until relatively recently, treatment for the disease had extremely limited success rates and highly unpleasant side... MORE
The Prison Complex · June 22, 2016
What Are People Saying About the Stanford Case?
“Even if the sentence is light, hopefully this will wake people up,” she said. “I want the judge to know that he ignited a tiny fire. If anything, this is... MORE
The Prison Complex · June 20, 2016
Governor Restores Voting Rights To More Than 200,000 Formerly Convicted Virginians
Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 people previously convicted of felonies on Friday. In a statement McAuliffe said: “Too often in both our distant and... MORE
The Prison Complex · April 24, 2016
Alabama Governor Blames Prisoner Uprisings On “Overcrowding And Understaffing”
Alabama’s Governor blamed "a volatile mix of overcrowding and understaffing” for two prisoner uprisings at state facilities in the space of three days. Governor Robert Bentley called for immediate action... MORE
The Prison Complex · March 15, 2016
Where Might Remaining Guantanamo Detainees Be Sent If The Camp Closes?
Keeping his campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp has so far eluded President Obama. Questions about the legality of detaining foreign nationals without trial, as well as accusations of torture... MORE
The Prison Complex · March 4, 2016
How Do Companies Make Money From Incarceration?
Have you ever wondered how companies make money from incarceration? These recently released graphics, produced by the research and policy center In The Public Interest, map some of the many ways private companies... MORE
The Prison Complex · March 2, 2016
After Decades In Solitary Confinement Judge Orders Last Member of Angola 3 Released
Albert Woodfox, the last member of the "Angola 3" still behind bars, is expected to be freed Friday afternoon after more than forty years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement. Woodfox had always declared... MORE
The Prison Complex · February 19, 2016
Feeling the Bern or Ready for Hillary? Where The Democrats Stand on Criminal Justice
Are you Feeling the Bern or Ready for Hillary? Here’s where the three Democratic presidential candidates stand on criminal justice issues. Hillary Clinton During this campaign Clinton has talked repeatedly about... MORE
The Prison Complex · January 18, 2016
After 16 Years in Prison DNA Evidence Leads to Exoneration
After 16 years in prison, DNA evidence exonerated Lorenzo Vargas as a suspect in three rapes. On Monday a Los Angeles County judge threw out his convictions. As the Los Angeles Times reports,... MORE
The Prison Complex · November 23, 2015
Thousands of Prisoners Released After Drug Sentences Reduced, But One in Three May Face Deportation
After the Sentencing Commission retroactively reduced the length of time people convicted of some drug crimes have to spend in prison, thousands of people became eligible for immediate release from federal prison. As... MORE
The Prison Complex · November 12, 2015