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Breaking Out With A Bar of Soap
In Texas, prisoners are opening their cells to chat—and to riot.
Your Local Jail May Be A House of Horrors
But you probably wouldn’t know it, because sheriffs rule them with little accountability. After one man's death in a notorious lockup, residents of a Missouri town fought back.
Their Unlikely Alliance Began at Whataburger. Can They Reform a Texas Jail?
When COVID-19 threatened the jail in Tyler, Texas, an activist pressured her sheriff to make change.
Mississippi Prisons: No One’s Safe, Not Even the Guards
Too many prisoners, too few officers leads to violence.
The California Experiment
April 23, 2019
Who Begs To Go To Prison? California Jail Inmates
Effort to cut prison overcrowding puts some jails in crisis.
March 22, 2019
Inside the Battle to Close Rikers
Can New York City build its way out of mass incarceration?
November 27, 2018
Why Is Karl Taylor Dead?
Our prisons are our mental wards. One fatal case in New York shows where that can lead.
April 19, 2018
Prison Is Already Scary. It's Even Worse During a Blackout
As darkness fell, nerves got rattled and rumors spread.
Derek R. Trumbo, Sr.
January 23, 2018
Nine Years With No Sunshine
A glitch in North Carolina law is trapping people for years in unequipped jails.
April 28, 2017
Just Another Week in Hell
The news from your local lockup is not good.