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Stories from the high-incarceration states of the South.
Feature February 20
Too many prisoners, too few officers leads to violence.
Feature February 18
It was a triple-murder fueled by rage—but was it a hate crime?
News and Awards February 12
Their investigation exposed modern-day debtors prisons in Mississippi.
News February 11
Confronted with the photos’ lasting impact, some news websites no longer use them as click-bait.
Feature February 7
Allegations in a Missouri lawsuit shed light on how some jail officials use restraint chairs, which have been linked to dozens of deaths.
News January 27
New lawsuits by transgender people challenge bans on name changes for those convicted of crimes.
Analysis January 9
A tip led us to a little-known program that affected hundreds of poor workers.
Feature January 9
How the state’s “restitution program” forces poor people to work off small debts.
News January 8
Understaffing, powerful gangs and constant lockdowns brew tensions that exploded last week.
News December 19, 2019
Prison officials tout video visitation’s convenience. Families say they’re paying high rates for second-rate service