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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.
June 10, 2021
Small Towns Used To See Prisons as a Boon. Now, Many Don’t Want Them.
In its search for a new prison’s home, Nebraska finds few places willing to host.
January 16, 2018
When Your Prison Becomes Your Paycheck
Some states are welcoming back ex-offenders to work behind bars.
October 27, 2016
After Nearly 20 Years in Prison, a Parking Lot Was Heaven
The terror and joy of stepping outside.
June 14, 2016
So You Think a New Prison Will Save Your Town?
Six reasons you’re likely to be disappointed
February 28, 2016
What Prison Guards Really Think About Their Jobs
Listening in on watercooler chatter online.
August 20, 2015
Prisoners Who Fight Wildfires in California: An Insider’s Look
For $2 a day, “It’s a hairy adventure, let me tell you.”
May 19, 2015
A Lifer’s Retirement Plan
Most of us get out old and broke. Not me.