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Alysia Santo is a staff writer. She was a finalist for a 2015 Livingston Award for a story about the sexual abuse of Texas prisoners by staff members. Previously, she covered issues in New York’s detention facilities for the Albany Times Union, and was an assistant editor at Columbia Journalism Review.
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News April 26
Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, keeps up pressure on the House.
Life Inside April 20
One ex-inmate’s view of a comfy 6-month stay.
News March 23
Federal officials promised last year to look into the mistreatment of detainees, but little has changed.
Feature March 9
How California's pay-to-stay jails create a two-tiered justice system.
News December 7
It is the latest call for an investigation of the for-profit extradition industry.
News November 18
From police to prosecutions to prisons, the AG holds wide sway.
News September 13
A federal statute from the Carter era favors negotiation, but that can take a long time.
News August 23
They’re using charity to set poor defendants free.
Q&A August 10
“All judges are human beings under that robe.”
News August 9
A proposed deal between Prisoner Transportation Services and its closest rival is delayed after an objection is filed.
News August 5
The moves by Prisoner Transportation Services come a month after a Marshall Project story.
Feature July 6
Tens of thousands of people every year are packed into vans run by for-profit companies with almost no oversight.
Help us localize our national story on this for-profit industry.
News June 29
A star of reality TV, Beth Chapman takes on those who say money bail is unfair.
News June 19
Some defense lawyers have learned to specialize in the realm of excess.
The Frame May 3
An encounter with the Bard transforms a troupe of inmate actors.
Life Inside April 7
“At the end of my life, I’d like to know that I wasn’t responsible for Lewis Clay spending his final days in prison.”
Feature February 28
Listening in on watercooler chatter online.
Q&A February 17
‘There was nothing I could do with him being in there.’
News February 16
The work is based on years of letters between Julia Steele Allen and Sara Fonseca.
News January 27
Three inmates had a 16-hour head start after fleeing lock-up that had ‘poor supervision.'
News December 28
A 5-year turnaround is cited as a model of prevention.
News December 22
The Louisville jail holds an annual competition to bring cheer to a tough time of year
News November 12
‘Is there any better way than money’?
News October 26
Inside Utah’s troubled indigent defense system.
News October 22
Editor-in-Chief Bill Keller moderates a White House talk with law enforcement leaders.
News October 20
Amid abuse charges, union acts to ‘protect our officers.’
News October 1
Alec Karakatsanis’s quest to stop courts from punishing poor people who can’t pay their fees.
Q&A September 1
A history professor examines an American phenomenon.
News August 23
Barehanded, inmates are ordered to grip a metal fence in 10-degree weather.
News August 17
In New York, darkened car windows lead to more police encounters than stop and frisk.
News August 7
How a Tennessee judge ensured that an accused cop-killer would not go free.
News July 8
But the new program would not have helped Kalief Browder.
Life Inside July 7
The ongoing fight for more, and better, prison food.
News July 1
When cigarettes are outlawed, only outlaws have cigarettes.
Feature June 28
From the people who live and work there.
Feature June 17
In Texas, staffers rarely go to jail for sexually abusing inmates.
News June 9
A system that kept a teenager in Rikers for three years.
News June 2
The rule says no solitary for kids. The staff finds a loophole.
News May 15
Today marks the deadline for states to comply with prison rape laws. The results? More are, some may not be, and most just want an extension.
News May 12
A new Human Rights Watch report assesses use of force behind bars.
News April 24
A police officer makes the case for keeping your distance.
News April 2
A closer look at a favorite (and unreliable) law-enforcement tool: drug field tests.
Feature March 30
A closer look at the Sunshine State’s history of undercounting, or altogether ignoring, sexual abuse in its prisons.
Feature March 18
Three days in Room 19E2, Bellevue Hospital.
Feature February 23
The bail industry wants to be your jailer.
News February 18
It’s not just about bad haircuts and peanut butter.
News February 17
Is Vivitrol an answer to addiction? A drug-plagued county thinks so.
News February 4
Inside the world of “murderabilia.”
The Lowdown January 29
The many ways we recycle vacant prisons.
Q&A January 12
Inmate-turned-journalist Paul Wright on what he’s learned in his 25 years covering the prison system.
Feature December 22
The very sleep-deprived life of a corrections officer.
News December 17
Do prison inmates have a right to privacy?
News December 9
Prison inmates are dying of cold. Why?