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Experts Say the Culture Is Often to Blame When Lock-ups Spin Out of Control
Could changes in jailers’ attitudes lead to better jail conditions and fewer deaths?
Zoom Funerals, Outdoor Classes: Jails and Prisons Evolve Amid the Pandemic
But will high-tech programs replace “the human touch” when the virus ebbs?
July 29, 2020
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.
May 13, 2020
Jails Turn to UVC Robots To Fight Coronavirus
Some sheriffs are buying ultraviolet light machines traditionally used by hospitals.
March 26, 2020
“They Don’t Care:” Families Of The Incarcerated Fear The Worst As Coronavirus Spreads
With in-person visits suspended nationwide, people with loved ones behind bars say they’re being left in the dark.
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?
January 29, 2018
North Carolina Fixes a Glitch — For One Guy
After a Marshall Project story, a man serving nine years in jail is moved to a prison.
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.