Christopher Gilchrist's death was one of four suicides at Graterford in a span of five weeks. By comparison, the entire Pennsylvania Department of Corrections counted seven suicides per year on average since 2000.
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.
Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.