The Marshall Project
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November 13, 2020
Life Behind the Wall
Sure, prisons and jails are dangerous places. But everyday life inside isn’t as explosive as TV and movies make it look.
January 30, 2020
Game of Phones
In a prison where 200 men share eight phones, making back-to-back calls is like challenging the guy behind you to a duel.
Olethus Hill Jr.
July 11, 2018
This Call May be Monopolized and Recorded
Advocates say prison phone companies’ merger diminishes competition
January 11, 2018
The Curious Case of the Prisoners in the Wrong Cellblock
A mystery unfolds during an urgent phone call.
Sterling R. Cunio
October 6, 2016
How a Phone Changed My Life on Death Row
“I felt like a virgin on my wedding night — eager to put this thing to use, not sure if it’ll hurt.”
George T. Wilkerson
April 28, 2016
How I Break Prison Rules to Keep in Touch with My Family
“Sometimes I won’t hear from my family in years.”