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November 4, 2022
Why So Many Jails Are in a ‘State of Complete Meltdown’
Overcrowding, violence and abuse proliferate at jails across the country, as staffing problems make long-simmering problems worse.
June 30, 2021
A Half-Million People Got COVID-19 in Prison. Are Officials Ready for the Next Pandemic?
People who live and work in prisons worry they remain vulnerable, even as life behind bars returns to business as usual.
The California Experiment
April 23, 2018
Thelton Henderson transformed California’s criminal justice system. Now comes the backlash.
April 12, 2016
The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370
How loved ones bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
March 24, 2016
The Deadly Consequences of Solitary With a Cellmate
Imagine living in a cell that’s smaller than a parking space — with a homicidal roommate.
September 21, 2015
A Letter to Pope Francis
You are about to enter Philadelphia’s largest jail. Here is what you should know.
July 2, 2015
California’s Jail-building Boom
What comes after mass incarceration? Local incarceration.
January 12, 2015
Beat the Feds
Alabama pitches prison reform as a states' rights issue.
November 17, 2014
Obama’s Prison Crisis
Crowded cells, aging inmates, soaring costs.