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October 1, 2020
Being a Prison Firefighter Taught Me to Save Lives
I first joined the San Quentin fire department to get my own room, eat well and train dogs. It ended up being the most important experience of my life.
, as told to
November 13, 2018
The Inspiring Life and Career of Devah Pager
An appreciation of the Harvard sociologist who meticulously documented racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
July 10, 2018
License to Clip
A movement to let the formerly incarcerated cut hair and drive taxis is gaining ground.
January 18, 2018
My First Job Out of Prison Was Back in Prison
“It felt like all eyes were on me.”
David Van Horn
as told to
January 16, 2018
When Your Prison Becomes Your Paycheck
Some states are welcoming back ex-offenders to work behind bars.
July 10, 2017
To Be Good Employees, the Formerly Incarcerated Must First Become Bosses
For the incarcerated, personal agency is a deciding factor in success after release.
July 10, 2017
Hot Chicken, Fair Chance
At an Ohio eatery, patrons get Nashville-style hot chicken and the formerly-incarcerated get a fair shot at employment.
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March 9, 2016
Seven Things to Know About Repeat Offenders
A new report looks at recidivism among inmates released from federal prisons.
April 2, 2015
Meet Our Prisoners
A study lingers on the lives of those we incarcerate.