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News June 7
As Andre Thomas faces execution for three gory murders, a court questions jury bias and his competency.
Commentary February 22
No, it’s not mental illness. It’s guns.
Feature February 15
Tennessee locks ailing, mentally ill, pregnant and juvenile prisoners in isolation to help jails save money.
News February 14
Johnson & Johnson uses the prospect of jail time to market a schizophrenia drug.
Case in Point January 29
Sometimes capital punishment is just the luck of the draw.
Life Inside January 4
A fretful prisoner struggles with an ever-growing list of symptoms.
The Frame October 25, 2017
In a new documentary, ‘The Work,’ inmates confront their fears in a quest for empathy.
Commentary October 4, 2017
Helping survivors of the violence in Vegas means also addressing their inevitable trauma.
Commentary October 3, 2017
More cops die of suicide than die of shootings and traffic accidents combined.
News September 20, 2017
Colorado just outlawed jail for people in a psychiatric crisis, but plenty of states still do it.
Life Inside July 13, 2017
A rash of suicides in solitary confinement hits an inmate close to home.
News July 13, 2017
Scharlette Holdman, pioneering foe of the death penalty, dies at 70.
News July 12, 2017
A new report contradicts a claim from the Bureau of Prisons.
News July 5, 2017
As a federal program grows, more mentally ill immigrants have access to attorneys.
News June 22, 2017
A new study shows a striking disparity between incarcerated men and women.
News June 14, 2017
An intensive study and new programs to combat stress that often goes overlooked.
Life Inside April 27, 2017
A social worker struggles to keep the mentally ill poor out of jail.
Case in Point January 23, 2017
The last six days of Elliott Earl Williams.
Case in Point December 5, 2016
The case that awakened us to the mental health trauma of “Supermax”
Life Inside December 1, 2016
What I saw tracking down the mentally ill in jail.
Life Inside October 27, 2016
The terror and joy of stepping outside.
Analysis September 15, 2016
Her death at a Texas jail spurred a striking amount of reform talk across political lines.
Case in Point September 12, 2016
William Palmer was “severely mentally impaired” when he clashed with police. Should that matter?
News July 20, 2016
We may never know, because “it is so easy to fall through the cracks.”
Life Inside June 9, 2016
And it made me a different person.
Justice Talk May 30, 2016
We’re talking all about mental illness and justice during our next Justice Talk with Digg, on Wednesday, June 1. For context, browse our guide to key reading on the issue.
Life Inside May 19, 2016
Solitary takes its toll.
Commentary April 6, 2016
What society owes the exonerated.
Commentary March 8, 2016
Remembering Robert Knott, a case the Justice Department would rather you forget
Q&A February 17, 2016
‘There was nothing I could do with him being in there.’
News January 5, 2016
Perhaps because he’s been here before.
Feature December 16, 2015
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.
Commentary December 2, 2015
Why mental health experts are up in arms.
What You're Saying August 17, 2015
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
Q&A June 16, 2015
"You win some, you lose some."
Commentary June 2, 2015
A psychiatrist analyzes the notebook of James Holmes.
Feature March 18, 2015
Three days in Room 19E2, Bellevue Hospital.
Asked and Answered January 22, 2015
A New York parole officer on GPS monitoring, the biggest challenges facing former inmates, and whether parole makes a difference.
Q&A January 12, 2015
Inmate-turned-journalist Paul Wright on what he’s learned in his 25 years covering the prison system.
Life Inside January 5, 2015
I was taught that judges reason, never feel. And yet …
Commentary December 17, 2014
A close look at the L.A. County Jail settlement
News December 15, 2014
Does he belong in a prison or a hospital?
News December 3, 2014
Some questions and answers about the city’s new mental health initiative.
News December 2, 2014
Can New York’s police learn to handle the mentally ill?
News December 1, 2014
Conservative stalwarts urge Texas to spare Scott Panetti.
News December 1, 2014
The impending execution of Scott Panetti and the search for a standard of sanity.