Prison-industrial complex


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

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

Dylan Jeffrey
Life Inside

How Being a Sports Bookie Helped Me Live Comfortably in Prison

I got to the point where I easily made £12,000 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

When American Prisons Become Haunted Houses

Some former prisons now cater to haunted house enthusiasts and people who believe in the paranormal.
Deonna Anderson
Life Inside

What You Do While You Wait for Your Husband to Go to Prison

My husband had no prior criminal record, and at 56, he never thought prison would be part of his life story. He's inside until May 2017.

Meet the Social Media Editor for America's Prisoners

For up to 100 hours a week, Renea Royster helps prison inmates post on Facebook, meet women, and keep track of fantasy sports, among other projects.
Maurice Chammah
Life Inside

How I Break Prison Rules to Keep in Touch with My Family

Trying to maintain contact with my loved ones turns into a maze of skipped meals, smuggled cell phones, and a whole lot of pain.