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Why So Many Jails Are in a ‘State of Complete Meltdown’
Overcrowding, violence and abuse proliferate at jails across the country, as staffing problems make long-simmering problems worse.
September 27, 2021
There Are Fewer People Behind Bars Now Than 10 Years Ago. Will It Last?
Census data show incarceration rates are down. It may have more to do with the pandemic than broad reforms.
January 3, 2019
I Was a Doctor Addicted to Pills. So Were My Patients.
“I had no idea if I would get caught. It didn't matter.”
as told to
July 4, 2016
Turning Prisons into Haunted Houses
Giving strange new life to old penitentiaries.
March 27, 2015
West Virginia Loosens Anti-Truancy Laws
But does the state go far enough?
January 14, 2015
NYC Declares an End to Solitary for Inmates Under 21
Now comes the hard part.
October 6, 2014
No Country for Young Men
Junior Smith was a troubled kid who needed help. Instead, West Virginia sent him to jail.