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News March 28
Even after the high-profile death of Kalief Browder, jails in the rest of the state routinely isolate juveniles.
Feature February 15
Tennessee locks ailing, mentally ill, pregnant and juvenile prisoners in isolation to help jails save money.
News January 23
A glitch in North Carolina law is trapping people for years in unequipped jails.
Life Inside November 16, 2017
After a bloody fight in the yard, an inmate reflects on his behavior.
News August 1, 2017
Recent rulings in a half-dozen states signal new momentum.
News July 23, 2017
Arizona is set to become the latest state to move away from automatic isolation for death row inmates.
News July 12, 2017
A new report contradicts a claim from the Bureau of Prisons.
News February 2, 2017
A filmmaker spends a year inside a Virginia supermax facility.
Commentary December 14, 2016
Scope, purpose, duration — in short, everything
Life Inside October 27, 2016
The terror and joy of stepping outside.
Feature October 26, 2016
In this federal prison, inmates have a choice: live with a violent cellmate or end up in shackles.
Life Inside September 29, 2016
“Timothy. His first name was Timothy. I hadn’t known that. They punish us for using guards’ first names.”
Case in Point September 22, 2016
In Pennsylvania, the heart of solitary confinement reform, an intellectually disabled inmate says he’s been held in wretched isolation for 36 years.
Life Inside August 25, 2016
“They look tired, ragged, and sick, more so than they thought they would.”
Life Inside August 18, 2016
A prisoner’s world becomes even smaller.
Life Inside May 19, 2016
Solitary takes its toll.
Justice Talk March 31, 2016
From comparisons to “Orange Is the New Black” to accounts from people who spent time in solitary, this is what you missed in our chat with Digg.
Feature March 24, 2016
Imagine living in a cell that’s smaller than a parking space — with a homicidal roommate.
Justice Talk March 24, 2016
Brush up for our March 30th chat on solitary confinement by reading some of the most crucial journalism on the issue.
Commentary March 8, 2016
Remembering Robert Knott, a case the Justice Department would rather you forget
Q&A February 21, 2016
After 42 years in solitary, Albert Woodfox walks free.
Q&A February 17, 2016
‘There was nothing I could do with him being in there.’
News February 16, 2016
The work is based on years of letters between Julia Steele Allen and Sara Fonseca.
Analysis January 27, 2016
Obama takes bold action, but for a population of fewer than 30
Life Inside January 8, 2016
Finger handshakes, the toilet phone, and the “shoe bomber.”
Feature January 7, 2016
New programs are easing inmates out of years of solitary confinement with surprising outcomes for both prisoners and corrections officers.
News December 14, 2015
For 20 years, Burl Cain both punished and preached.
Commentary October 13, 2015
It’s not about non-violent offenders. And it won’t be cheap.
Feature September 25, 2015
Germany allows inmates to wear their own clothes, cook their own meals, and have romantic visits. Could that work in the United States?
Commentary September 3, 2015
People from across the political spectrum suggest criminal justice reforms the president should enact during his remaining time in office.
Analysis July 15, 2015
A closer look at the president’s speech on criminal justice reform.
Looking Back July 14, 2015
The penal colony where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated was “a paradise by comparison.”
Feature June 28, 2015
From the people who live and work there.
News June 25, 2015
Age restriction would be toughest in the nation.
Commentary June 22, 2015
The not-so-nice kids don’t deserve to be brutalized, either.
Feature June 11, 2015
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?
News June 9, 2015
A system that kept a teenager in Rikers for three years.
News June 2, 2015
The rule says no solitary for kids. The staff finds a loophole.
Q&A April 9, 2015
‘They tell you justice is blind. I am telling you that justice can see.'
Life Inside February 13, 2015
A relationship told through letters.
News January 28, 2015
The Bureau of Prisons tightens the rules at its secretive “Communication Management Units.”
News January 20, 2015
Reimagining the president's State of the Union speech.
News January 14, 2015
Now comes the hard part.
Q&A January 12, 2015
Inmate-turned-journalist Paul Wright on what he’s learned in his 25 years covering the prison system.
Graphics December 23, 2014
More states have passed solitary confinement reforms this year than in the past 16 years.
Commentary November 30, 2014
There are fates worse than death.