A Bag of Hot Dogs Got Tossed in My Prison Cell and All Hell Broke Loose
Four prisoners share stories from inside Texas prison, where the The Pen-City Writers help the condemned have a voice.
Jose Maria Garcia
I Had a Secret Vegetable Garden in Prison and It Was Awesome
We weren't actually allowed to garden, but that didn't stop us from doing it.
Inmates Explain How They'd Run Prisons
A new report on how Texas prisons can improve is unique: It was written solely by prisoners.
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.
The Best Guard at My Prison Was Murdered
His first name was Timothy. I hadn't known that, because we get punished for using guards' first names.
Why the Prison Strikes Going on Across America Really Matter
Inmates across America are staging strikes and protests over what many call a system of slave labor inside the prison-industrial complex.
What I've Learned Cutting Hair in Jail
A cut means more inside than it does on the street, and that's especially true in solitary—where some guys haven't seen their own reflection in a month.
My Life As a Blind Man in Prison
All day long I think about how many steps I take, and what I have to do next.
Burl Washington as told to Christie Thompson
The Absurd Things I Heard Through the Vents in My Prison Cell
Sometimes you can hear your neighbors through them, as if they're right there in the room.
How Wall Street Dehumanized Teenage Inmates with Scientology-Infused Therapy
This is what happened when Goldman Sachs cash paid for teenage inmates on Rikers Island to try a bizarre therapy tinged with Scientology.
How Being a Sports Bookie Helped Me Live Comfortably in Prison
I got to the point where I easily made $16,000 each month.
Anonymous, as told to Maurice Chammah
The Horrible Things I Saw Driving a Van Packed with Prisoners
Low pay, minimal breaks, and prisoners defecating on themselves are just part of the job in the extradition industry.
Fernando Colon as told to Eli Hager