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Mississippi Prison Killings: Five Factors Behind the Deadly Violence
Understaffing, powerful gangs and constant lockdowns brew tensions that exploded last week.
How Did They Run an Elaborate “Sextortion” Scam From Prison? Cellphones.
Victim’s family pushes for a high-tech crackdown—but it may not work.
Joseph Darius Jaafari
June 28, 2018
This Prison Won't Let Me Read “Game of Thrones”
Navigating the sometimes weird, arcane rules about inmate contraband.
March 25, 2016
How I Survived ‘Ninja Shakedown’ Cell Searches
Fear and anxiety during a three-day lockdown.
July 13, 2015
For the First Time, Vermont Will Search Prison Staffers
The drug use that plagues the state now haunts its cellblocks.
July 1, 2015
The Case for Smoking in Prison
When cigarettes are outlawed, only outlaws have cigarettes.
June 5, 2015
Job Opening: No Training, Low Pay, High Turnover
In Mississippi prisons last year, half the officers quit.
November 19, 2014
How women in prison remake makeup.