The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the land down under. America’s dirty little secret? The same exact thing was happening here. In fact, experts estimate that over 52,000 British prisoners were shipped off to…
Radical life extension is coming. That means future societies will have to do a dramatic rethink of our ideas about how long offenders should be imprisoned and — more crucially — the ways they'll be rehabilitated.
To virtually no one's surprise, scientists are increasingly finding that solitary confinement induces a host of psychological and physiological problems in prisoners. The time has come, say a growing number of concerned citizens, to call it for what it really is: Torture.
If you think the cell phone explosion of recent years has somehow been kept at bay by prison walls, you would be greatly mistaken. Technology, like water, permeates every crack. Today on Lockdown, we're talking phones in jail.
Handcuffs have unusual and contradictory design requirements: They must serve one human, and at the same time thwart another.
Another scary finding from the DefCon hackers' conference: prisoners could escape from their jails, if hackers decided to lend a hand and hack into the prison's security systems.
Computer system errors accidentally released more than 450 inmates with "a high risk of violence" from California prisons. What might be even worse is that no attempt has been made to return any of them back to prison.
The next time you buy some virtual gold for World of Warcraft, you may want to stop and think about how that gold is being produced. It may be coming from the blood, sweat and toil of a Chinese prisoner.
Honestly, I'm beginning to think prisoners have been receiving some sneaky electricians' training, such is the quality of rewiring skills they possess. From rewiring Playstations into tattoo guns, Scottish crims have gone a step further down the sparky route.
It's a non-lethal laser as you probably guessed, but nonetheless, the Assault Intervention Device (measuring 2.2m in height) causes some serious heat when shot at an escapee or fighty prisoner.
A university professor has invented a computer program with crystal ball powers, only its channel is tuned purely to predicting the probability of murders—specifically, if inmates at a Pennsylvanian prison will ever kill again.
The Australian government might have come up with the most brilliant prison plan ever: use hardened criminals to churn out replicas of science fiction props, and then sell them on eBay. Sadly, they aren't using the money to fund the development of robot prison guards — all proceeds are going to charity. The fools. Why…