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I Grew Up Believing I Was Dumb. A College Education Behind Bars Healed That Wound
“My college degree taught me that anything is possible when you show someone how to love themselves, through accountability, vulnerability and education.”
“No Light. No Nothing.” Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup
Teens at the Acadiana Center for Youth at St. Martinville were held in solitary confinement around the clock, shackled with leg irons and deprived of an education. “This is child abuse,” one expert said.
I Hate to Admit It, but Prison Is a Blessing in Disguise.
Jy’Aire Smith-Pennick suffered multiple traumas before age 18. He masked his pain with Percocet, weed and drug-selling. Now, at a Pennsylvania prison with the right programs, he’s finally starting to heal.
Many Juvenile Jails Are Now Almost Entirely Filled With Young People of Color
Thousands of kids were freed from juvenile detention during the pandemic. They were more likely to be White, data shows.
Is Child Abuse Really Rising During The Pandemic?
Amid speculation of a spike in abuse, advocates worry that families of color will be policed even more.
The Inside Story of a Legendary Prison Debate Team
Our victories over college students weren’t just for us—they were for incarcerated people everywhere.
I Followed My Mom to Prison and to a Degree
“This is the path my life had to take so I could be strong.”
The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison
Obama revived Pell grants for prisoners, but the program faces a cloudy future.
Making Sense of Senseless Violence
A Harvard sociologist on a recent story from The Marshall Project and the ways violence begets more violence.
From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
In prison for 20 years, Michelle was chosen for Harvard's elite graduate history program. Then she was unchosen.
What Are Inmates Learning in Prison? Not Much.
A new survey of 2,000 federal prisoners reveals big gaps in teaching reentry skills.
A Lesson On Jordan Edwards
A high school teacher on the challenge of responding to high-profile police shootings.
The Obstacle Course
Applicants said the country's largest state university system discriminated against former prison inmates. Now, the schools have decided to 'ban the box'.
Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall and the Way to Justice
Two towering lives in a prequel to Black Lives Matter.
What Prisons Can Learn From Schools
Lessons from education reform on transforming an expensive, ineffective system.
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