Prison-industrial complex


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.
Carlos Flores
Anthony Johnson
Jose Maria Garcia
Jason Gallegos​
Life Inside

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.
Matthew Hahn

Inmates Explain How They'd Run Prisons

A new report on how Texas prisons can improve is unique: It was written solely by prisoners.
Maurice Chammah
Life Inside

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 Wilkerson
Life Inside

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.
Christopher Dye

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.
Jeremy Galloway

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.
Andre Lyons
Life Inside

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
Life Inside

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.
Dylan Jeffrey
High Wire

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.
Maia Szalavitz
Life Inside

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
Life Inside

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