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February 4, 2022
How I Went From Gangster to Geek
Prison forced me to be still and start my mental metamorphosis.
June 10, 2021
I Hate to Admit It, but Prison Is a Blessing in Disguise.
Jy’Aire Smith-Pennick suffered multiple traumas before age 18. He masked his pain with Percocet, weed and drug-selling. Now, at a Pennsylvania prison with the right programs, he’s finally starting to heal.
December 13, 2018
How Prisoners Brought 'Death of a Salesman' to Life
“Everything in that room, and everyone, was shining, just for a moment.”
October 9, 2018
More Women Are Behind Bars Now. One Prison Wants to Change That.
Connecticut’s WORTH program uses therapy, classes and mentoring to try to keep women from coming back.
February 28, 2018
For Henry Montgomery, a Catch-22
His “meaningful opportunity for release” came with impossible conditions.
March 16, 2017
The Death Row Basketball League
Always playing against the clock.