Last year, supermax inmate Mark Jordan, with the aid of law students from the University of Denver, persuaded a federal judge to throw out a bad rule that prevented prisoners from "acting as a reporter" or publishing under a byline. Prisoners who did so faced censorship of their mail and time in the ... More >>
Thursday's decision by U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger that the Bureau of Prisons can't stop even high-security prisoners from publishing under a byline may not mean much to the public at large. Is there anyone out there clamoring for dating advice from Ted "Unabomber" Kaczynski or a Forbes colum ... More >>
The shackled plaintiff testified by video hookup from a holding cell in the control unit of the highest security federal pen in the country. His lawyers were students from the University of Denver who haven’t yet passed the bar. But Mark Jordan was determined to have his day in court. Three days ... More >>
It can be tricky, running the toughest prison in the entire country, but it's hardly ever dull. One day you're getting blasted by lawmakers because security is too lax and convicted terrorists are managing to send letters out to new recruits. The next you're in the doghouse with a federal judge beca ... More >>
From the week of September 26, 2002
Federal prisoners' fight to get the word out reaches unprintable extremes.