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Why Mothers Are the Unsung Heroes of Prison
“I’ve seen disasters averted because an inmate said these simple words: 'What would your mother think?'”
February 15, 2018
A Black Mother’s Survival Guide for Her Teenage Son
"The only right you have, I told him, is to make it home alive."
as told to
September 14, 2017
I Can’t Visit My Sons in Prison Because I Have Unpaid Traffic Tickets
A mother with debts — and cancer — wonders if she’ll ever see her incarcerated children again.
, as told to
May 18, 2017
My Son Was Murdered on Mother’s Day
Now he’s ‘a statistic, and so am I.’
February 16, 2017
A Mother Visits Her Son, Who’s Condemned to Die in April
‘I can’t touch him and comfort him.’
as told to
November 17, 2016
My Daughter Died After Spending Four Days in Jail
“Her eyes were slightly open, but vacant.”
March 6, 2016
The First Time Texas Killed One of My Clients
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
Burke M. Butler
October 18, 2015
For Men in Prison, Child Support Becomes a Crushing Debt
New regulations would give parents in prison the right to pause child support payments, but opponents say it undercuts welfare reform.
April 17, 2015
Long Shorts and Baggy Shirts
An immigration detention facility tries a new method for curbing sexual assault: Make the women dress differently.