Darrick Hall, 47, a Philadelphia man who was sentenced to death for a 1993 murder, has been in a windowless solitary-confinement cell for 24 years - conditions that continued even after his sentence was vacated in October of 2014.
The work that had felt so cutting edge back then? Now, at a time when the phrase "pussyhat" needs no explanation, it seems a little passe. Yup, we still have vaginas - or many of us do. But there's a lot more to us than that.
Steven Stadler, an addict who was attempting to break into a car wash coin box, contends that his wounds were incurred when police assaulted him and then unleashed a dog on him until he lost consciousness - all the while laughing and yelling, "Stop resisting!" His lawyers say the Atlantic City Police Department's failure to train or discipline officers is to blame.
Gov. Wolf has placed a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania - yet 156 men remain on death row, which is both a figure of speech and a literal place in two state prisons where death-sentenced inmates are held in isolation for between 22 and 24 hours a day. Eighty percent of them have been in solitary for more than a decade.
Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.