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December 2, 2022
From Crip to Crochet Artist: How an Unlikely Hobby Changed My Life in Prison
I used to hide this cathartic craft because Crips don’t crochet. But making items that fellow prisoners can give to their loved ones has allowed me to create a peaceful new identity.
LaMarr W. Knox
July 29, 2022
When People Fear Me Based on My Jail Tats and Scars, They Miss the Real Me
A recent ride to a public clinic gave Jose Armendariz a quick break from jail. But he couldn’t escape the fear and judgement of the other patients.
January 14, 2021
White Terrorism Often Leads to Harsher Punishment for People of Color
Amid calls for tougher laws after the Capitol assault, research shows that measures addressing White violence usually fall harder on Black people.
November 1, 2018
The Gun King
A middle-class college student from the Chicago suburbs used Facebook to sell firearms to gangsters. But was he a kingpin or a scapegoat?
John H. Richardson
August 28, 2017
How ICE Uses Secret Police Databases to Arrest Immigrants
Recent lawsuits claim the agency is targeting people for deportation based on spurious allegations of gang connections.
July 27, 2017
Can Sex Sell Peace?
An adman thinks it can help.
June 29, 2017
The Prison Skinhead Gang was My Family. Then I Walked Away
After a violent encounter, an inmate makes a life change.
Daniel J. Royston
March 17, 2016
My Memories of Being in Prison with Whitey Bulger
Tales of the “pale, white-haired, geezer in a wheelchair.”
Nate A. Lindell
May 19, 2015
When The Gang-bangers Are White Guys
“If these biker gangs were non-white, we’d have a national freakout.”
April 3, 2015
Gangs of New York
Allegations in Harlem the latest blow to a celebrated anti-violence program.