In hard times, people are often forced to find ways to make money. Sometimes those means of generating much-needed revenue aren't always legal. Growing up in rural western Iowa in the 1930s, Keith Kerkhoff was the son of a farmer searching for ways to feed his family. The family had a history of far ... More >>
After more than thirty years of solitary confinement -- including a quarter-century of good behavior, during which he committed no disciplinary infractions -- convicted killer Thomas Silverstein still poses too great a threat to other inmates, staff or himself to be allowed to circulate in the gener ... More >>
Boulder frequently tops the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index -- popularly known as the happiest cities list. Not this year -- although Boulder and one other prominent Colorado community place high in the rankings. Continue to count down the photo-illustrated top ten, complete with blurbs ... More >>
You've just escaped from jail. Where you gonna go? Probably not a community described as "a town in the middle of nowhere with 36,000 souls and thirteen prisons, one of which is Supermax, the new 'Alcatraz' of America. A prison town where even those living on the outside live on the inside." But tha ... More >>
This past week, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the "Underwear Bomber" after a failed attempt to bring down an airliner in December 2009, joined the ranks of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Terry Nichols (who conspired with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing) and others as one of the most ... More >>
Rod Blagojevich.Last December, we reported about convicted Illinois governor Rod "Blago" Blagojevich's desire to complete his sentence at FCI Englewood, a facility Forbes called one of the best places to serve time a few years back. Now, a U.S. District judge has granted his wish. But is the ... More >>
Pax-Am Records Update (12:53 p.m.): So check this out: A couple more things you should know here. First of all, the show has been postponed until tomorrow night due to inclement weather (shocker, we know). Secondly, whatever sensationalist malarkey you've read about Ryan Adams being some sort of up ... More >>
Rod Blagojevich.Word has it that disgraced but nicely coiffed former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich would like to complete his prison sentence at FCI Englewood, a facility Forbes called one of the best places to serve time a few years back. But ask about its reputation as a country club p ... More >>
Pamela Mencher is white.Pamela Mencher has spent eleven years working on her play -- but in some ways, she's been working on it her whole life. Born on a Lakota/Sioux reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Mencher spent her formative years there and on a Blackfeet reservation in Montana dur ... More >>
‚ÄčLet's just go ahead and get this out of the way from the get-go: we love The Rock. We can't explain it but there it is. That said, we also hate Hans Zimmer with a passion usually reserved for evil dictators and ex-patriots. So what better example of Recast then to add a soundtrack to this beloved ... More >>
Is Thomas Silverstein a prisoner of his own deadly past — or the first in a new wave of locked-down lifers?
Inside the fedsí war on the countryís deadliest prison gang: 16 murders, 21 death-penalty cases, and snitches galore.
The Greeks may have their hands full for the Olympics.
They ran the toughest cellblock in the most dangerous prison in the state. It was the perfect place to beat inmates.
From the week of October 10, 2002
A musical spoof of women's-prison flicks will sentence you to hard laughter.
You can tell a lot about the food in Telluride from readers responses to a tart critic.
Now in re-release, Jules Dassin's Rififi is a true treasure.
Director John Frankenheimer delivers a belated gift in the form of Reindeer Games.
At the federal supermax, it isn't just the inmates who think management is unfair.
Revisiting the chain gang at Park Meadows.
Alcatraz Brewing Company gets time off for good behavior.
The NBA tournament begins this week, but the players in the Denver County Jail have their own championship to worry about.
Lisl Auman had met Matthaeus Jaehnig only that morning. By day's end, he and a cop were dead--and her life was over.
Return of the Native
Meet a truly dangerous prisoner. Literate. Political. Published. His teacher: the Birdman of Alcatraz.
A "prisoner of war" plays ball with the feds--and gets beaned.
The Animas-La Plata project is supposed to fulfill the government's promise to Colorado Utes. But tribal opponents worry it will leave the reservations high and dry.
For Clydesdales, life on the run can be heavy going