Renita Syas

How a Minnesota County Found Alternatives to Jail

Almost all the jail growth in the U.S. since 2000 has been in pretrial incarceration, but in St. Louis County, a program that allows more pretrial defendants to be released under supervision has bucked the trend. It’s been a life-changer for Renita Syas.

Iowa Inmates Claim Constitutional Right to Pornography

Fifty-eight Iowa inmates are suing state officials in federal court, seeking $25,000 each in damages, claiming they have been denied a right to pornography in the state’s prison systems. The lawsuit seeks to overturn a new state law that has shut down designated “pornography reading rooms” in Iowa’s nine prisons.