This Program Is Giving Ex-Cons a New Life in Professional Kitchens
"These guys are just the sweetest guys in the world," says Justin Fertitta, the chef behind the Doe Fund's Chef-in-Training program. "They're trying to survive like anyone else."
Traveling Abroad Sucks if You're an Ex-Con
Even after you've paid your debt to society, you can still get denied entry to into another country.
Ex-Cons Remember Their Worst Jobs After Being Released from Prison
From a gig as a farm hand that involved fixing a cow's prolapsed vagina, to a job that involved picking up trash while walking through raw sewage.
I Spent a Quiet Afternoon Watching Ex-Cons Get Hypnotised
I went into the past-life regression session a sceptic – after watching an ex-con come out with tears in his eyes, I didn't know what to think.
Nick Chester, Photos: Chris Bethell
What It’s Like to Get a Medical Marijuana Card as an Ex-Convict
"I've been locked up for a nickel bag of weed before, so to be able to walk around without the fear of the police bothering you is great. Getting weed [legally] is like a blessing."
We Asked Former Inmates What It's Like to Deal with a Parole Officer
"They will tell you what you want to hear so you begin to trust them or think of them as a friend. Then they use what you share with them against you. They work for the government. They're goddamn cops. I have to remember that. I can't be their friend."
Visiting the Massage Parlour in Thailand That Only Employs Ex-Cons
The Chiang Mai Women's Massage Centre by Ex-Prisoners helps female inmates transition back into the real world – and for £3.50, it gives one of the best massages in the country.
In the Margins
How it Feels to Return to the Internet After a Decade in Prison
When I was sentenced to a decade behind bars, I knew that the earliest I would be online again was in 123 months. A lot can change in that time.
Talking to British Ex-Cons About Getting On the Straight and Narrow
You can achieve a lot more when you're not beating people up in the street.
ALEX DE MORA
The Life of a Seismic Gas Explorer in Canada’s Wilderness
Seismic surveying is the closest you can get to the military without picking up a gun.
Joshua Rapp Learn
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Through the Eyes of an Ex-Con
Finally a show gets prison more or less right.