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February 11, 2020
The Hidden Trauma of “Short Stays” in Foster Care
Every year, thousands of children are removed from their homes by officials who fear for their safety—only to be returned within days. It “felt like being kidnapped,” one said.
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.
Crime on the Ballot
October 17, 2016
It’s Not Just Pot and the Death Penalty
Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
August 4, 2016
The Absurd Things I Heard Through the Vents in My Prison Cell
“The man proceeded to make car noises.”
September 25, 2015
Prison Without Punishment
Germany allows inmates to wear their own clothes, cook their own meals, and have romantic visits. Could that work in the United States?