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Life Inside May 31
“We leaned on each other. We found reasons to laugh while in agony.”
Life Inside May 10
“It started to sink in that I wouldn’t really get a childhood.”
News January 12
An uproar over cost, selection — and coloring books.
News January 7
A California county will issue refunds to parents wrongly billed for their kids’ incarceration.
Feature December 21, 2017
Inside the booming market for food in pouches, clear electronics, pocket-less clothing and other corrections-approved goods.
Life Inside November 30, 2017
“It felt like the universe put us together.”
Life Inside November 10, 2017
“I had no idea how much pain I would be forced to carry alone.”
Life Inside November 2, 2017
People say the darndest things when they hear your spouse is incarcerated.
News November 2, 2017
“Fat chance!” is giving way to “Well, maybe…”
Feature October 26, 2017
The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders.
Life Inside October 12, 2017
For two women getting hitched at Rikers Island, the ceremony was short and bittersweet.
Life Inside October 5, 2017
The 24/7 nature of corrections work can make it all-consuming.
Life Inside September 28, 2017
Law school doesn’t prepare you for delivering bad news to victims and their families.
Life Inside September 14, 2017
A mother with debts — and cancer — wonders if she’ll ever see her incarcerated children again.
Life Inside July 6, 2017
The teenage son of an incarcerated man braces for news that could bring his father home.
Life Inside June 29, 2017
After a violent encounter, an inmate makes a life change.
Life Inside May 18, 2017
Now he’s ‘a statistic, and so am I.’
Life Inside March 23, 2017
Two years later and no arrest. ‘Will it ever happen?’
The Frame March 13, 2017
A stint in juvenile detention excluded one from the financial support that automatically went to the other.
News March 3, 2017
The announcement comes just hours after we highlighted the practice.
News March 2, 2017
For 40 years, many parents have had to pay for their children's incarceration, but that may be changing.
Life Inside February 16, 2017
‘I can’t touch him and comfort him.’
Life Inside February 9, 2017
For the best man, a fleeting moment of humanity.
Life Inside February 2, 2017
Discipline at work, leniency at home—with doubts.
Life Inside January 5, 2017
A grandmother struggles to explain the unexplainable.
Life Inside December 22, 2016
In cell 62, another birthday turns into another day alone.
Life Inside December 15, 2016
A victim is transformed by a family history of crime and violence.
News September 6, 2016
A strict new policy begins after "a security violation".
Life Inside June 30, 2016
“Drive whenever you go anywhere, get your financial house in order, finalize your will, take baths, and cry.”
Feature June 28, 2016
I grew up idolizing my brother. Then he killed a man.
Life Inside May 5, 2016
On living with, and sharing, that information for a lifetime.
The Frame March 13, 2016
“Shout outs” on the air led to van rides to the supermax.
Life Inside February 18, 2016
Life, restricted.
Life Inside February 5, 2016
One crinkly letter at a time.
Feature January 27, 2016
Jhon Sanchez already served his time for a series of sex offenses he committed when he was 13. But he’s not free yet. Inside the world of civil commitment.
News January 19, 2016
Jail time increasingly gives way to residential programs.
Life Inside December 11, 2015
On loss behind bars.
Feature October 18, 2015
New regulations would give parents in prison the right to pause child support payments, but opponents say it undercuts welfare reform.
Justice Lab June 4, 2015
Surprising new research suggests parolees who go somewhere new are less likely to offend again.
Asked and Answered May 6, 2015
A 32-year-old woman on what it’s like being engaged to someone serving a life sentence, long-distance romantic gestures, and the cost of each visit.
Feature April 15, 2015
A doula offers a little comfort for a birth behind bars.
News February 11, 2015
Happiness is a family sleepover.
The Lowdown February 11, 2015
Why they’re disappearing, which states still use them, and what really happens during those overnight visits.