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Prison Money Diaries: What People Really Make (and Spend) Behind Bars
We asked people in prison to track their earning and spending — and bartering and side hustles — for 30 days. Their accounts reveal a thriving underground economy behind bars.
November 17, 2021
Have It Your Way
Issue 9 of News Inside meets you where you are.
February 19, 2021
Inside Frigid Texas Prisons: Broken Toilets, Disgusting Food, Few Blankets
The deep freeze has been terrible for many Texans, but prisoners have little way to get warm.
May 11, 2020
Ewwwww, What Is That?
Coronavirus has made Texas prison food even more gross.
May 16, 2019
I Lost 25 Pounds in 4 Months Eating Prison Food
“I couldn’t wait to go home, restart my life—and eat a diet that didn’t kill me.”
January 17, 2019
I'm in Prison During the Shutdown. I Didn't Get "Holiday Steak."
There will be beans (there's always beans). And half of a chicken.
May 17, 2018
Why We Can’t Have Nice Things on Death Row
Not even an extra boiled egg.
January 4, 2018
The Latest Big Win for Prison Privatization
It just got a lot harder to send a care package to New York prisoners.
Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge
June 8, 2017
The Secret Garden
An illicit prison veggie patch whets inmates’ memories of freedom.
October 23, 2016
If Prisoners Ran Prisons
Five Texas inmates say what they’d do differently.